Rami Hanna, MD., Bed., MS
Professor of Health Sciences
Office: Science 101
Office Hours: 
By Appointment
Medical Doctor (MD), Syria
Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition and Food Sciences, Wayne State University
Bachelor of Education (Bed) in Mathematics and Art History, University of Windsor
I was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an educated middle-class family. I was educated at a Carmelite school, and I obtained my MD at Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria and moved to North America. Inspired by my school teachers, university professors and my own mother (my mother was a biology and science teacher for 35 years), I decided to pursue teaching as a career and received a degree in art history (honors) and mathematics (I had a keen love for mathematics, culture and arts). I lectured at the university of Windsor on art history topics and I subsequently earned a bachelor in education at the University of Windsor, ON Canada. Then, I was hired in Québec to teach mathematics, sciences and biology. After teaching mathematics and sciences for two years I decided to pursue a career in nutrition and I received my MS in nutrition and food sciences at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. Nutrition and lifestyle modification including exercise played an important role because they helped me treat insulin resistance which ran in my family. After completing my MS, I was hired by the department of nutrition and food sciences to teach as part-time professor (Wayne State) and I taught there for 4 years. I also taught anatomy and physiology at the biology department there.
I have been an avid speaker and blogger about nutrition, holistic lifestyle, stress management and health for the last ten years. I lectured about diet and adrenal glands /stress management at the international institute of metro Detroit and I was invited to lecture for a graduate class "the Biology of Aging" by Dr. Robert Arking, a world-renowned expert on aging, at the biology department, Wayne State University. I continue to write and speak about the importance of nutrition and life style in preventing chronic diseases.
Courses Taught at Anna Maria: 
Nutrition and Health
Anatomy and Physiology
Research Interests:
The role of nutrition in stress management and adrenal homeostasis. Cortisol is a very important hormone. It is extremely misrepresented and feared in the media. Inflammation with oxidative stress and central adiposity are key factor in chronic old age diseases. The presence of cortisol dysregulation (cortisol resistance) is a major risk factor for inflammatory diseases, and for insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is found in obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cortisol resistance (the hypo-cortisolemic form) is seen in rheumatic, allergic, atopic and auto-immune diseases. Chronic stress and excess intake of junk foods especially sugar, lack of physical activity, sleep dysregulation and other factors lead to imbalance in the homeostasis and increases the risk of both cortisol resistance (CR) and insulin resistance (IR). They may also shorten telomeres and lead to early death (after Elissa Epel and Elizabeth Blackburn, the latter is a noble laureate). Outside academia, I enjoy nature and outdoor hiking, arts, history and cultures, languages and religious studies, writing about healthy eating and metabolism, solving/creating mathematics problems, and scenic photography.
Hanna, Rami (2013). Effects Of Tocotrienol Rich Fractions On Lipid Profiles In Hemodialysis Patients.