The Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at AUBMC provides evidence-based medical care for children and adolescents from birth till the age of 19 years. Thirty full-time pediatricians/faculty members covering most subspecialties and around 15 affiliate pediatricians deliver both preventive and acute care needs for our growing patient population on both outpatient and inpatient basis. The department offers care in the following subspecialties: General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Pediatric Endocrinology, Inherited Metabolic Diseases, Perinatal Neonatal Medicine, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric hematology-oncology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care. Services are provided by the department on inpatient and outpatient units. Inpatients units include a general pediatrics floor (29 beds), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (5 beds) and the Step Down Unit (4 beds), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (17 beds), the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon inpatient unit (16 beds). The outpatient services include the OPD, private clinics (both general pediatrics and subspecialty clinics), Children’s Cancer Center outpatient and Children’s Heart Center. In addition the pediatric emergency department admits patients on 24/7 basis.
The Inpatient Pediatric and Adolescent Floor
The general pediatrics and Adolescent inpatient service is located on the sixth floor of the Medical Center building and contains 29 inpatient beds. Dr Nadine Yazbeck is the medical director, and the floor team consists of the attending doctors, residents, students, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and other paramedical staff. The services are tailored to care for children and adolescents who get admitted for in-hospital care for a variety of acute and chronic conditions, in addition to providing consultations for surgical patients.
The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) affiliated with St Jude Children's Research Hospital
The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) provide state-of-the-art, personalized, and family-centered care for children and young adults with blood disorders and cancer. The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) is a regional center pioneering in the treatment of children with cancer totally for free, at no costs to their parents. Totally depending on donations, CCCL has treated more than 1,600 patients since 2002. The CCCL is affiliated with St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The inpatient and outpatient units of the center are located in building 56. The center is directed by Dr Raya Saab.The medical team include five full-time faculty members and the unit is also staffed by fellows at different levels, hospitalists, oncology nurses, psychologists and social workers. For more details, you can visit:http://www.cccl.org.lb.
Children Heart Center (CHC)
The center, directed by Dr Fadi Bitar, is located on the sixth floor of AUBMC and provides medical care for children and adolescents with congenital and acquired structural heart disease. The multidisciplinary team consists of non-interventional pediatric cardiologists, a pediatric electrophysiologist, a pediatric cardiac surgeon, and cardiac sonographers. For more details about the center and its services, you can visit:
. The Brave Heart Fund (BHF) (http://www.braveheartfund.org
) is a financial fund that helps needy children with heart diseases perform their surgeries and get the best treatment available.
The Pediatrics and Adolescent Emergency Services The Pediatric ED provides care for children and adolescents with acute illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention. The unit is located on the first floor of Phase I of AUBMC within the Emergency Department (ED). It is staffed by faculty members on a 24/7 basis. The team also consists of nurses, pediatric residents and students.
Normal Newborn Nursery (NN)
Around 11 pediatricians rotate in the nursery each for about 5 weeks per year and are responsible for the care of the newborn babies at AUBMC.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)The NICU, fully equipped to take care of premature babies and sick neonates, is located on the 7th floor of AUBMC main building. It can accommodate up to 23 patients. The unit is directed by Dr Khalid Yunis. It is managed by close to 51 nursing staff with 2 nurse managers (one for each unit), and a medical team including attending physicians, fellows, residents, interns and medical students. The unit includes highly specialized equipment and technologies, with an isolation room, a procedure room, and a special room dedicated for parents. The NICU has adopted an open policy where parents can stay permanently next to their babies, and participate in the rounds on their babies as they are considered as an integral part of the team.
The Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Outpatient Clinics
The private clinics manage over 35,000 patient visits annually which offers also same day appointments. General pediatricians and subspecialists are available to serve the needs of newborn and well child routine visits, and subspecialty care, including referrals by outside pediatricians for specialized care or second opinions.
Twenty-five of the faculty members in the department see patients in the private clinics. These include general pediatrics and subspecialty. The clinics operate five days per week throughout the year except on holidays. They are also open on two Saturdays per month. The pediatrics clinics are distributed among three locations as follows:
- The Children’s Heart Center clinics in the main hospital building on 6th floor phase II
- The Special Kids Clinic in the Academic and Clinical Center 2nd floor with the multidicsciplinary team of therapists for diagnostic and treatment services for patients with neurological, genetic, or neurogenetic disorders and other developmental disabilities
- The inherited Metabolic Disease Clinic Sawwaf building 3rd floor
- The general pediatrics clinics with the other subspecialties (nephrology, infectious diseases, hematology, gastroenterology and nutrition, pulmonology) divided between building 23 ground floor and Sawwaf building 3rd floor.
- The endocrinology and diabetes clinic in building 23 ground floor
- The Sickle Cell Clinic within the outpatient department (OPD pediatrics)
The Outpatient Department (OPD)The OPD is an ambulatory pediatric clinic staffed by general and subspecialty pediatricians and is located on the sixth floor of the AUBMC building. The OPD, which is a major teaching facility for students and residents, receives patients from different areas in Lebanon and the region. It offers care at a nominal fee for patients who cannot afford to pay the usual private clinics fees. It is directed by Dr Durriyah Sinno and staffed by attending physicians at all times in addition to residents and students as it is a major teaching venue. It includes general pediatrics as well as subspecialty clinics, including but not limited to: pediatric endocrinology, neonatology, developmental behavioral pediatrics, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, nutrition, inborn errors of metabolism, neurology, hematology/oncology, nephrology, pediatric cardiology, psychiatry, pediatric pulmonology, genetics, pediatric allergy immunology and well-baby clinic. These specialties are distributed over the week according to a monthly schedule. The unit operates from 7:30 am till 5:00 pm daily.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Step Down Unit (PICU/SDU)The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (a 5-bed unit) and the Step Down Unit is (4-bed unit) are located on the sixth floor of AUBMC main building. The unit is staffed by three faculty members who are pediatric critical care specialists, directed by Dr Marianne Majdalani in addition to a multidisciplinary team of residents and fellows as well as the highly specialized nursing team, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and others. The PICU is the place where the most acutely sick children requiring the highest level of monitoring, are admitted until stabilization. The SDU is the area where less sick, but requiring continuous care and close follow-up, are admitted.