American University of Beirut

Division Of Orthopedic Surgery



The mission of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery is in alignment with the mission of the Department in general; the first being clinical, providing state-of-the-art service in the field of orthopedic, the second being academic through our residency training program providing well-trained physicians in the field of orthopedic, the third being research and advancement.


The division, is currently headed by Dr. Rachid Haidar and comprises 7 faculty members specialized in all major orthopedic surgery subfields, providing state-of-the-art services in orthopedic trauma, joint reconstruction, pediatric orthopedics, spine surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and limb reconstructive surgery. In addition, it fosters a pioneering limb salvage program for musculoskeletal tumor in pediatric and adult population.

To achieve its mission, the orthopaedic division is committed to:

  • Deliver comprehensive, cost-effective unsurpassed medical care, pioneering methodologies and procedures, in addition to specialized surgical expertise to ensure the best outcome for every patient along with promoting patient education.
  • Offer inspiring educational programs to medical students and residents through teaching orthopedic knowledge, refining skills, and encouraging the utilization of the resources and decision-making methods. It aims to emphasize the importance of life-time learning in the ever developing field of orthopaedics.
  • Support and promote innovative research in the field of musculoskeletal sciences and its clinical aspects by encouraging creative thinking and intramural and extramural collaborations.


The division is also committed to the education of future orthopedic surgeons by training medical students and residents on the most up-to-date orthopedic surgery procedures as well as promoting innovative research in the field of musculoskeletal sciences. The division offers a highly competitive ACGMEI-accredited 6-year residency training program with capacity for 12 residents. The program graduates 2 chief residents per year who are regularly accepted into competitive fellowship training programs in the United States of America.​


  • Spine Surgery of the degenerative and traumatic disorders including disc surgery, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, instability of different etiologies, tumor and scoliosis
  • Limb salvages for malignant tumor surgery in collaboration with the St. Jude Children Cancer Center
  • Reconstructive Surgery, total joint replacement, hip, knee, shoulder, reconstructive hip and knee osteotomies, Ilizarov technique for lengthening and correction of traumatic and congenital deformities
  • Sports Medicine backed by a good Physical Therapy Department which is essential after reconstruction of ligament, bony sport injuries, such as ACL tear, meniscal tears, and rotator cuff tears
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic including scoliosis surgery
  • Trauma


Haidar, Rachid
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Head of Division​​
​Pediatric Orthopedic and Spine Surgery
Bone Tumor
Scoliosis Surgery
Limb Salvage Surgery
​Baddoura, Omar​
​​Clinical Assistant Professor
​Hip, Knee and Forefoot Surgery
​Lakkis, Suhayl
​Clinical Assistant Professor
​Spine Surgery
​Nasser Eddine, Mohammad
​​Instructor of Clinical
​Arthroscopic Shoulder & Sports Medicine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Hip & Knee Reconstructive Surgery
Complex Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
​Sagherian, Bernard
​Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
​Hip and Knee Surgery
Joint Replacement Surgery
Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Foot and Ankle Surgery
​Saghieh, Said
​Professor of Clinical Surgery
​Musculoskeletal Oncologic Surgery
Adult and Pediatric Reconstruction
Trauma Surgery
​Tayim, Ahmad
Assistant Professor of Clnic​al
Knee Surgery​

​Executive Assistant and GME Coordinator

Khawla Malla​
Executive  Assistant (Orthopedic)5444

Research Assistant

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