American University of Beirut

Division Of General Surgery



The primary goal of the division of general surgery is to support the mission of the Department of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the American University of Beirut. The Division of General Surgery has a long standing tradition of excellence in patient care, education and research in Lebanon and across the region in the Middle East, it strives to:

  • Provide the highest quality patient care across all general surgical subspecialties
  • Provide the best quality of undergraduate medical education
  • Deliver superior academic and clinical training to graduate surgeons who are competent in all aspects of modern surgery
  • Promote the academic and personal development of the faculty by supporting professional growth, medical education, and research


The division, currently headed by Dr. Mohamad Khalife, includes a total of 14 faculty members who cover the wide spectrum of general surgical procedures for both adult and pediatric patients, and is the mainstay of the residency training program and curricular teaching.

The General Surgery residency program is accredited by the ACGME-I. This accreditation provides recognition by a respected international body that the General Surgery Residency Program is on par with training programs in the United States. It also ensures that the residents are meeting international standards throughout their training. As of 2012, graduates of the program became eligible to sit for the European Board of General Surgery.

The General Surgery Residency Program graduates 3 residents per year and provides outstanding technical and academic training over the course of 5 years.

The division offers the following fellowships:

  • A  two-year Trauma and Surgical Critical Care fellowship program
  • A one-year Surgical Critical Care fellowship program
  • A two-year Complex General Surgery Oncology fellowship program


The current faculty members in the division are:

Khalife, Mohammad
Professor of Clinical
Head of Division
Liver and hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery
Abbas, JaberClinical Associate ProfessorThyroid and parathyroid surgery, breast surgery
Abi Saad, GeorgeProfessor of ClinicalTrauma, and Surgical Critical Care, Breast Surgery
Abiad, FirassAdjunct Instructor of ClinicalBariatric surgery
​Akel, Samir
​Clinical Associate Professor
​Pediatric Surgery
Dibe, SamerClinical Associate Professor
Colorectal surgery
Doughan, Samer
Clinical Assistant ProfessorColorectal surgery
​El Lakis, Mustapha
Assistant Professor of Clinical
General, endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and neuroendocrine tumors), ​​and laparoscopic surgery
Hussein, Maher
Clinical Assistant Professor
General, laparoscopic and vascular surgery
Khoury, GhattasClinical ProfessorGeneral and laparoscopic surgery
Kreidieh, IbrahimClinical Assistant ProfessorGeneral and laparoscopic surgery
Sbaity, EmanAssistant Professor
Surgical oncology, breast surgery
Sidani, Mustafa
Clinical Assistant ProfessorColorectal Surgery
Zaghal, Ahmad​
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Clinical Associates

The current Clinical Associates in the division are:

Harakeh, Ayman
Clinical Associate

Msheik, Mayyas
Clinical Associate
Surgical Critical Care
Rahhal, Salim
Clinical Associate
Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care


  • Liver Transplantation and Hepatopancreaticobiliary Unit (HPB)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Unit (MBSU)
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Laparoscopic procedures
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Minor surgery procedures

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