The Life Journeys Series

A public event series that aims to heighten our community experience and spark new conversations about different topics.

Dr. Loubna Hassanieh

The Life Journeys Creator and Moderator 

Dr. Hassanieh was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, during the grueling years of political turmoil, civil wars, and invasions. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California (USC). She worked as a research scientist in the field of Angiogenesis, and published her work in several scientific books and journals. Dr. Hassanieh wrote her debut visionary novel—Where Will My Heart Beat? to spark the conversation about the mystery of the human experience.


Ramen H. Chmait, MD

Saturday February 27th, 2021 at 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern / 8 PM Lebanon

Director, Los Angeles Fetal Surgery 

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Clinical Scholar), and Pediatrics and Surgery (Courtesy) 

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine 

Ramen  H.  Chmait,  MD, established  and has served  as  the  Director  of  Los  Angeles  Fetal  Surgery at University  of Southern  California  (USC) since  2006.  This program is affiliated  with  Children’s  Hospital  Los  Angeles (CHLA) and  is  currently  housed  at  Huntington  Memorial Hospital.  His main clinical focus is treatment of the fetus via minimally invasive  fetal surgery.  Dr. Chmait also directs a  research program devoted  to understanding  fetal  disease and investigating potential therapeutic modalities.  He has published over 150 peer  reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters.


Judge Tony Raphael

Saturday January 30th, 2021 at 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern / 8 PM Lebanon

Judge Tony Raphael was born in Beirut, Lebanon.  He moved to the United States in 1985 at the age of 15.  After a career as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and in private practice, Judge Raphael was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino.  Judge Raphael presently presides over a felony trial department.