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The Cardiovascular Division at LAUMC-SJH empowers itself through a solid and rigorous practice, with a variety of scientific activities that have provided our division with permanent exposure to the front-lines of science in cardiovascular disease. Our Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology Unit is one of the pioneering entities within Lebanon that served as a pilot center for the establishment of the Lebanese Interventional Coronary Registry (LICOR). Our division is a highly recognized and esteemed institution within regional, European and Lebanese-American medical circles. It has established close connections with many countries such as France, Italy, Monaco, Germany, Poland, Serbia, Greece, Belgium, Egypt, Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Iraq, and Jordan. Clinical Units & Services: A team of cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular medicine specialists, clinical pharmacist, fellows & residents are running the activity in the division. Our mission is to provide the best treatment and therapeutic approach for our patients. Our path to excellence is founded upon principles of mutual respect and capacity building, all within a team-driven atmosphere. As an affiliate of the Lebanese American University, we continuously invest in our knowledge, and transmit expertise and research into the generations to come. We are solid and rigorous in our practices where the application of evidence-based medicine is reinforced within a congenial environment for our patients. Our vision is to fully nurture and establish leadership status within the Lebanese cardiology community as pioneers within the field with strong readership among prominent academia and medical specialists.
  • 1993: First Percutaneous Miral Commissurtomy
  • 1994: First Coronary Stenting
  • 1998: First Carotid Angioplasty & Stenting
  • 1999: First Arterial Septal Defect Closure
  • 2000: First Intra-Vascular Ultra-Sound Program
  • 2012: 1st TAVI
  • 2015: 1st Mitra-clip
  • 2019: 1st OCT program
  • More than 30000 diagnostic catheterizations
  • More than 7000 angioplasty and coronary stenting
  • More than 500 percutaneous valvular interventions (mitral, pulmonary, aortic)
  • More than 80 percutaneous Atrial Septal Defect and Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • More than 50 Patent Ductus Arteriosus Closure
  • More than 100 TAVI
  • More than 4000 trans-thoracic and trans-esophageal cardiac echo-doppler and dual carotid scans per year
  • Lebanese Course on Revascularization, March 29, 2006
  • Regular Live Transmissions from our Cath Lab to major Lebanese Courses: Non coronary interventions by trans septal technique, coronary and carotid stenting
  • Our division has been continuously present in the executive boards of the Lebanese Society of Cardiology (LSC) since 1994 and gave the LSC 2 presidents: Dr Georges Ghanem (2005-2007) and Dr Elie Chammas (2009-2011).
  • Regular presence in International meetings Euro PCR, TCT, Gulf PCR & others since 2007,
  • Active participation as Graders & Faculties at Euro-PCR, TCT & ACC meetings
  • Pilot Center for the Lebanese Interventional Coronary Registry (LICOR)
  • Participating in writing the 1st Lebanese Guidelines for Acute Coronary Syndromes in NSTEMI patients
  • Editorial board position for the European Heart Journal, Middle East Edition
  • Primary & active participating center in multiple multi-centers Surveys, trials & studies: SMART, ACCESS, ACTUAL, I PREFER, MEDIX, PEITA, DYSIS, CEPHEUS…
  • Organizing the 1st Lebanese Symposium on Valvular Heart Interventions
  • Ghanem G, et al. La commissurotomie mitrale percutannée. L’expérience Libanaise. Journal Médical Libanais, 1995;43(2):58-61
  • Abou-Charaf, L.C., Ghanem, G., Sami, L., Haddad, J. Congenital heart disease balloon dilation of 18 cases of pulmonary valve stenosis [Cardiopathies congenitales: Dilatation par ballon de 18 cas de stenoses pulmonaires valvulaires] (1999) Revue Medicale Libanaise, 11 (1), pp. 7-9.
  • Ghanem G. Cardiology in a War Zone. Interview to Circulation, August 8, 2006 p f 122
  • Abla M Sibai1, Rania A Tohme1, *, Georges A Saade2, Georges Ghanem3, Samir Alam4 and for the Lebanese Interventional Coronary Registry Working Group: The appropriateness of use of coronary angiography in Lebanon: implications for health policy. Health Policy and Planning Advance Access published online on March 20, 2008; Health Policy and Planning, doi:10.1093/heapol/czn005
  • Ayman Hammoudah, Akram Echtay, Georges Ghanem, Jihad Haddad “Achieving low-density lipoprotein cholesterol treatment goals among dyslipidemic individuals in the Levant: The CEntralized Pan-Levant Survey on tHE Undertreatment of hypercholeSterolemia (CEPHEUS) study”, Current Medical Research & Opinion online publication. June 3, 2014.
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: The Acute and 6-Month Outcomes of the First Lebanese Experience Essa H. Hariri1#, B.S., Ahmad A. Hachem1#, B.S., Nibal R. Chamoun2, 4, Pharm.D, Elie K. Haddad3, M.D., Diana F. Tamer2, RPh., George A. Sarkis3, M.D., and Georges Y. Ghanem1, 4*, M.D.
    Corresponding author Lebanese Medical Journal, April 2017 edition Issue 65-Volume 2.
  • Evaluation of prophylactic dosages of Enoxaparin in non-surgical elderly patients with renal impairment. Nibal Chamoun1*, Hady Ghanem2, Ahmad Hachem3†, Essa Hariri4†, Christelle Lteif1†, Hanine Mansour1†, Hani Dimassi5, Richard Zalloum6 and Georges Ghanem6. Chamoun et al. BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology (2019) 20:27 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40360-019-0308-8
  • Immediate and long-term results of percutaneous mitral commissurotomy: up to 15 years Nabil Braiteh1, Ali Zgheib2, Anthony H Kashou3, Hani Dimassi4, Georges Ghanem5 Am J Cardiovasc Dis 2019, 9(4):34-41 www.AJCD.us /ISSN: 2160-200X/AJCD0098596 Address correspondence to: Dr. Georges Ghanem

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