American University of Beirut

Department of Surgery

Chairperson:Hoballah, Jamal
Professors Emeriti:Khalil, Ismail; Obeid, Sami
Al-Halees, Zohair (Adjunct Clinical); Abi Saad, Georges; Atiyeh, Beshara (Clinical); Bulbul, Mohamad (Clinical); Haidar, Rachid; Hoballah, Jamal; Khalifeh, Mohammad; Khauli, Raja; Khoury, Ghattas (Clinical); Obeid, Mounir; Sawaya, Raymond; Skaf, Ghassan
Associate Professors:Abbas, Jaber (Clinical); Akel, Samir (Clinical); Bakhach, Joseph; Faraj, Walid; Haddad, Fady; Haddad, Raja (Clinical); Ibrahim, Amir; Najjar, Marwan; Saghieh, Said; Sfeir, Pierre; Sfeir, Roger (Clinical)
Assistant Professors:Bachir, Bassel; Baddoura, Omar (Clinical); Borgi, Jamil; Darwish, Hussein; Deeba, Samer (Clinical); Doughan, Samer (Clinical); El Hajj, Albert; El-Rassi, Issam; Hussein, Maher (Clinical); Kreidieh, Ibrahim (Clinical); Lakkis, Suheil (Clinical); Nasr, Rami; Sagherian, Bernard; Sbaity, Iman; Sheikh Taha, Abdel Majid; Sidani, Mustafa (Clinical); Tayim, Ahmad; Wazzan, Wassim (Clinical); Zaghal, Ahmad
Instructors:Abiad, Firass ; Nasser Eddine, Mohamad
Clinical Associates:Abdelnoor, John; Bitar, Elias; Harakeh, Ayman; Hushaymi, Ibrahim; Jassar, Yehya; Msheik, Mayyas; Rahhal, Salim, Salameh, Joseph; Sakr, Ghazi; Sayyed, Khaled​

The Department of Surgery offers courses, graduate clerkships, and specialty electives to medical students. It also offers post-graduate training to MD graduates including residency and subspecialty fellowships.

Post-Graduate Training

The Department of Surgery offers two tracks of residency training which include a one-year of internship in preliminary track required for any further specialization and a categorical track for residency training in General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Urology. Trainees are selected during or after their last year of medical school.

The training programs in the categorical track consist of a five-year training program in general surgery, a seven-year training program in neurosurgery, including two prerequisite years of general surgery, a six-year training program in orthopedic surgery and urology, including prerequisite one year in general surgery and a second year of other surgical and non-surgical rotations, and a seven-year training program in plastic surgery including three prerequisite years in general surgery.

All residency programs are structured to conform to the requirements of the Lebanese Order of Physicians, Arab Board of Surgery, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-International (ACGME-I).

All the surgical residents in the General Surgery training and rotations participate in the didactic curriculum established by the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE).

All junior surgical residents are enrolled in the ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum. In addition, an elaborate skills lab curriculum including basic and advanced open and laparoscopic skills is provided.

All first year categorical residents are required to join the institutional Fellowship and Residency Research Program (FRRP) and to carry out one research project throughout their residency or fellowship period.

All residents are required to take and maintain their BLS and ACLS certification offered at AUBMC. They are also required to take the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, which is currently offered by AUB and the American College of Surgeons-Lebanon Chapter. All senior general surgery and urology residents are required to get FLS certification offered at the AUBMC-Department of Surgery that is an approved international FLS test center.

All surgical residents have memberships in societies or associations pertinent to their specialty of training which are the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) for all General Surgery, Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for Orthopedic Surgery, the Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) and the American Urological Association (AUA) for Urology residents.

Starting February 2011, the General Surgical residents were allowed to sit for the annual International American Board of Surgery In-training Exam (I-ABSITE).The General Surgery Residency program was accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and general surgery residents will be eligible to sit for the FRCSI after they fulfill needed requirements. The General Surgery Residency program and the Plastic Surgery residency program received accreditation by the ACGME-I in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

As of 2013, General Surgery graduates became eligible to sit for the European Board of General Surgery Certification exam.

The Department of Surgery also offers a two-year fellowship training program in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, a one-year fellowship training program in Surgical Critical Care, and a two-year fellowship training program in Vascular Surgery.


A Departmental Grand Round is held once a month. Each division has its own weekly conference and teaching activities. Bedside teaching rounds are held at least once or twice a week. The trend is more toward bedside teaching rather than didactic teaching. A quality improvement conference is held biweekly in most divisions. Didactic teaching conferences are held each Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 am to cover the surgical curriculum, pathology and journal club reviews.

Pathology and Journal Club Reviews

Special lectures are delivered as the occasions arise, especially with visiting professorship lectures. Journal clubs are held monthly in all specialties.


Currently there are several affiliations with the Department of Surgery based on agreements of cooperation:

  • Makassed Hospital (since March 4, 1982)
  • Rafic Hariri University Hospital (since June 9, 2005 for urology, since July 2017 for Plastic Surgery)
  • Notre Dame Liban – Jounieh (since September 2008)
  • Al Janoub Hospital – Saida (since May 2009)
  • Clemenceau Medical Center (since July 2009)
  • Notre Dame Liban – Zgharta
  • Mount Lebanon Hospital (since August 2010)
  • Najjar Hospital (since February 2010)
  • Wahib Nini Hospital (2012)
  • Bikhazi Hospital (2015)
  • King’s College Hospital England (since 2014 for Transplant Rotation)
  • General Hospital of Athens “G. GENNIMATAS” (since 2016; for Plastic Surgery)

Additional affiliations are being explored.

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