Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy Unit

​The Suhayl M. Uthman Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy Unit (EBU) at the American University
of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) is a state-of-the-art unit dedicated to provide high-quality
services in gastrointestinal, pancreaticobiliary, and pulmonary endoscopy. Our mission is to
provide our patients with an outstanding service in an efficient, safe, and friendly environment
and to be the leading endoscopy center in the entire region.

The EBU was founded more than two decades ago and has expanded tremendously over the past 5 years with ongoing major expansion plans at all levels (space, personnel, equipment). The plans for such expansion have been supported by the Dean of Medicine and AUBMC administration as a part of the AUBMC 2020 vision and are expected to finish by the end of 2018.

The unit will consist of 5 fully equipped endoscopy rooms, spacious waiting area, dedicated patient preparation and recovery areas, dictation room, storage areas, staff lounge, patient consultation room, janitor room, conference room, isolation room, scope cleaning and processing room with modern washers, patient and staff bathrooms (wheelchair accessible), clean/dirty utility rooms, and scope storage rooms. The EBU design specifications, workflow, and professional practice guidelines, which have been perfected with the idea of providing exceptional patient care and safety, have been supported and approved by the AUBMC
nursing service, infection control, biomedical and plant engineering. This has culminated in an outstanding evaluation and full accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

The EBU is operated by highly-qualified (US and European board-certified) faculty members
(gastroenterology, pulmonary, surgery, pediatrics), dedicated fellows, and highly trained and selected staff
(administrator, nurses, technicians, secretaries, orderlies and janitors), who are provided with top-quality
equipment implementing cutting edge technologies (endoscopes and supplies) to be able to deliver the
aspired world-class patient care.

We provide a wide range of procedures including diagnostic and therapeutic upper GI endoscopy (EGD) and
colonoscopy, percutaneous gastric and jejunal tube placement (PEG/PEJ), Endoscopic Retrograde
Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), esophageal pH/ impedance monitoring, Endoscopic Ultrasonography
(EUS) and Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA), miniprobe ultrasonography, esophageal and anorectal manometry,
therapeutic anoscopy for hemorrhoid ligation, botox injection and infrared coagulation, diagnostic and
therapeutic bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasonography (EBUS), Argon plasma coagulation (APC),
intragastric balloon placement (BIB), self-expanding metallic stent placement (SEMS), Video Capsule
Endoscopy (VCE), balloon push enteroscopy, and pediatric gastroenterology.

The EBU takes pride in providing local and international patients with world-class services in a highly
professional manner. It offers a timely, friendly and professional check-in in a large and comfortable
reception area, one stop service (approval for insurance, billing, and payment); patient preparation,
monitoring, and recovery at the hands of highly-trained healthcare professionals who are sensitive to their

We all hope that the EBU will be able to serve its role in providing this exceptional endoscopic service in a
friendly, safe, and efficient environment.


  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy: diagnostic and therapeutic
  • Colonoscopy: diagnostic and therapeutic
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP): diagnostic and therapeutic
  • Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) with fine needle aspiration (FNA)
  • Sigmoidoscopy: Diagnostic and therapeutic
  • Anoscopy: Diagnostic and therapeutic that include the following:

    • Hemorrhoid band ligation
    • Botox injection
  • Ambulatory 24-pH metry
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Argon plasma coagulation (APC)
  • Video capsule endoscopy
  • Video fiberoptic bronchoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic) including:

    • Transbronchial and endobronchial biopsy
    • Transtracheal and transbronchial needle aspiration
    • Endobronchial Argon plasma coagulation (APC)
    • Nd Yag laser photocoagulation
    • Flexible endotrachial and endobronchial stent placements
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic thoracentesis (pleural tap)
  • Closed pleural biospy

Our Endoscopy Unit offers

  • Timely check-in
  • A comfortable reception area with a designated receptionist
  • Highly trained personnel who are sensitive to the needs of patients
  • Endoscopy rooms designed for efficiency, safety, and privacy
  • Dedicated, fully monitored recovery area designed for safety, privacy, and comfort
  • Separate scope cleaning and processing area maintained according to criteria set by JCI, Infection Control Committee, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
  • Computerized registry and reporting of procedures.

Full-time Faculty

Gastroenterology Physicians

Kassem Barada, M.D., Professor and Head, Division of Gastroenterology. Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Research interests include endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and Helicobacter pylori

Assaad Soweid, M.D., Professor and Director of the Suhayl M. Uthman Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy Unit . Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Research interests include diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), pancreaticobiliary endoscopy, NOTES (natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery, and sedation/monitoring

Ala’ Sharara, M.D., Professor. Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Research interests include liver and pancreaticobiliary diseases, Helicobacter pylori, and inflammatory bowel disease

Fadi Mourad, M.D., Professor. Research interests diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea and NSAID-induced gut injury

Yasser Shaib, M.D., Associate professor, Research interest gastrointestinal oncology, interventional endoscopy and pancreatic diseases

Fady Daniel, M.D., Assistant professor, Research interest Inflammatory bowel diseases, Gastro-intestinal motility, Digestive oncology, and Medico-interventional proctology and Ano-rectal diseases.

Jana El Hashash, M.D., Assistant professor, Research interest is in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Prevention of postoperative Crohn's disease and Prevention of dysplasia and cancer in ulcerative colitis

Pulmonary Physicians

Pierre Bou-Khalil, M.D., Associate Professor and Head, Division of Pulmonary Medicine. Research interests include asthma, ventilation, and sleep medicine.

Ahmad Husari, M.D., Associate Professor. Co-Director of the Sleep Disorder Center. Research interest include hyperoxia induced lung injury

Salah Zeineldine, MD, Assistant Professor. Director of the Pulmonary Function Test Laboratory. Research interests include mechanical ventilation and COPD

Imad Bou-Akl, M.D., Assistant Professor. Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, critical care, and sleep. Research interests include asthma and sepsis.

Hassan Chami, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. Research interests include Cardiovascular Effects of Sleep Apnea, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Effects of Waterpipe Smoking

Nadim Kanj, M.D., Assistant Professor. Research interests include bronchoscopy and anti-smoking campaign and policy Staff

Na​​me Title Email
Assaad SoweidUnit Director as25@aub.edu.lb
Tarek Abou MerhiAdministrator ta21@aub.edu.lb
Melhem TabetSenior Endoscopy Technician mt23@aub.edu.lb
Laudy SafwanEndoscopy Technician ls27@aub.edu.lb
Marwan IssaEndoscopy Technician mi35@aub.edu.lb
Houssein MawlaEndoscopy Technician hm67@aub.edu.lb
Abbas KarimEndoscopy Technician ak118@aub.edu.lb
Mirna TamimEndoscopy Technician mt48@aub.edu.lb
Jihane JaberEndoscopy Nurse jj10@aub.edu.lb
Ruba LabaEndoscopy Nurse rl02@aub.edu.lb
Reem KaakatiEndoscopy Nurse rk97@aub.edu.lb
Ramadan NhyleEndoscopy Nurse rn51@aub.edu.lb
Farah AssafEndoscopy Nurse fa55@aub.edu.lb
Wadad Ali HassanEndoscopy Nurse wa50@aub.edu.lb
Mohamad SrourConscious Sedation Technician ms181@aub.edu.lb
Joumana ShahineEndoscopy Secretary js54@aub.edu.lb
Zeinab Al MokdadEndoscopy Secretary za37@aub.edu.lb

Contact Us

P.O. Box 11-0236/16B, Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107-2020, Lebanon
Tel: 00961 1 350000 - ext. 5400/1 - Fax: 961-1-370 814
E-mail: ta21@aub.edu.lb