Dr. Elia M . Ayoub was educated at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He has been a Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville since 1969 and Professor in Immunology and Microbiology since 1972. In 1984, Dr. Ayoub won the Hippocratic Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching award in the college of medicine, and in 1994 was named the Distinguished Service Professor. Dr. Ayoub also serves the College of Medicine as the Vice-Chairman for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Ayoub has been heavily involved in various committees initiated by the American Heart Association. He has served the Council on Rheumatic Fever and Congenital Heart Disease from 1970 through 1974 and also was a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young from 1977 through 1980. For his many years of dedicated service, Dr. Ayoub was awarded the Bronze Medal for Meritorious Service in 1974, the Silver Medal in 1975, the Award of Distinction in 1977, and the Gold Award for Distinguished Service in 1981.
Dr. Ayoub is currently a Senior Member of the Society for Pediatrie Research, the American Pediatrics Society, and the Rheumatology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been published in various books and journals.
Currently Dr. Ayoub is conducting research on protein markers in pediatrie patients who have recently developed streptococcal diseases to see why some develop complications from rheumatic fever and some do not. Rheumatic fever is the single most common cause of acquired heart disease in children and affects 2 of every 100 children who get a streptococcal infection. Dr. Ayoub presented his findings and his continued concerns about some streptococcal patients and their susceptibility to rheumatic fever in a keynote address at the 8th Annual Lewis W. Wannamaker Memorial Lecture held in Minneapolis in 1991.