26 Ghazawy Street,
Mazzeh - Damascus
Ghassan Shannan, graduated with a B.Sc., from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Damascus University in 1969. He followed extensive training programme in Laboratory Medicine for three years under a special scheme organized by the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Shannan received his Ph.D. in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1977. He followed several short courses on topics in Laboratory Medicine as well as in other disciplines such as Management, Finance, Reproductive Health, Family Planning and Disaster Management.
He started his career in 1970 as a junior Clinical Biochemist at one of Damascus Hospitals, followed by several positions including Manger and Director of various Medical Laboratories in Damascus, Syria. In 1992 he was appointed as Director of the Supply Department at the Military Medical Service.
In addition to his official public positions, Dr. Shannan has maintained his professional work in his Private Laboratory in Damascus. At the same time, he worked as a lecturer for postgraduate students at Damascus University and the Ministry of Health.
He is involved in various Scientific and Professional Committees and/or Working Groups for the Evaluation of Laboratory Equipment for various Ministries in Syria including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Higher Education and the Military Medical Service.
He was appointed by WHO/EMRO and the Ministry of Health to chair the National Committee of Quality Assurance in Medical Laboratories in Syria. He is also, a member of the Accreditation Committees at the Ministry of Health. He is an active member of the Syrian Clinical Laboratory Association (SCLA) since 1979 and he held several positions at the Executive Board of SCLA including Treasurer, Secretary and President. Also, he has played a major role in the reform of the Arab Federation of Clinical Biology (AFCB) in 1991, since then he has been an active member promoting the federation and its activities. He was a member of the Executive Board of AFCB for several periods.
Dr. Shannan has also been active in the affairs of the IFCC having served as a Member-at-Large on its Executive Board and is current treasurer (2009-2011).