American University of Beirut

 Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery



The mission of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is in alignment with the mission of the department in general, to serve as a major referral center in the region for education, research and the provision of state-of-the-art patient care for all types of cardiac and thoracic surgery for the adult and pediatric population.​


The division, is currently headed by Dr. Pierre Sfeir and comprises 5 faculty members with expertise in the management of complex cardiac, aortic and thoracic surgical procedures.

There are no specialty residents. General surgery residents rotate in the division during their first and second years of training.


  • Adult cardiac surgery
    • ​Traditional bypass and valvular surgery
    • Beating heart surgery
    • Valvular repair
    • Aortic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery service
    • Thoracoscopic evaluation and treatment of pleural, mediastinal and lung pathology
    • Conventional general thoracic and oncologic procedures
    • Lung transplantation
    • Pulmonary endarterectomy
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
    • Closed heart procedures
    • Complex repair of congenital anomalies


The current faculty members are:

Sfeir, Pierre
Associate Professor of Clinical
Head of division
Adult cardiothoracic surgery
Al-Halees, ZouheirAdjunct Clinical ProfessorAdult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
Borgi, Jamil
Adjunct Associate Professor of ClinicalAdult cardiothoracic surgery
El-Rassi, IssamAssociate Professor of ClinicalPediatric cardiothoracic surgery
Haddad, RajaClinical Associate ProfessorAdult cardiothoracic surgery
Obeid, MounirProfessorAdult cardiothoracic surgery



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