NKBCI OVERVIEW

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
  • The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute (NKBCI) at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) provides comprehensive cancer treatment and compassionate nursing care for adults. The institute has established a research network that includes basic, translational, clinical and population based research serving Lebanon and the Middle East Region.

 

  • The Institute’s robust and integrated multidisciplinary programs encompass palliative and supportive care, radiation oncology pathology and laboratory services, and a clinical research unit offering cancer patients enhanced collaborative care. It engages in and endows community outreach initiatives to help raise awareness on cancer prevention, risk factors and the importance of early detection through educational campaigns with the aim to improve knowledge on the disease and its treatment outcomes.

 

  • Our mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in Lebanon and the region by employing state-of-the-art medical knowledge and technology and developing integrated and advanced programs in patient care, research, education and prevention that meet the services offered in eminent international cancer centers.

 

  • The NKBCI is an exciting and growing institute with leading clinicians, educators, and scientists working together to improve patient care. Our faculty participates in a full-range of academic activities that includes basic science research, clinical research, and teaching. We aspire to be a reference in medical care leading innovation in the treatment of cancer in Lebanon and the region.

 

  • With multiple health care accreditations:  Joint Commision International -JCI- , MAGNET designations for Nursing services, CAP accreditation for our Pathology and Laboratory services, JACIE accreditation for our Bone Marrow Transplant Program, NKBCI institute offers a holistic medical care platform to ensure optimal patient outcomes and support throughout the recovery journey. AUBMC is the only institution in the region to have received the 3 international accreditations namely: JCI, Magnet, CAP, and ACGME-I attesting to its superior standards in patient-centered care, nursing, pathology/laboratory services and graduate medical education.
HISTORY AND EXPANSION

HISTORY – The Institute

  • The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute (NKBCI) at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) is a state-of-the-art adult cancer facility that provides comprehensive cancer treatment and research.

 

  • NKBCI became operational in 2007 upon receiving a generous contribution by the Naef K. Basile Foundation. Established in 1995, it bears the name of the late Dr. Naef K. Basile, a Lebanese-American obstetrician-gynecologist whose lifelong wish was to give back to his country of birth, founding a cutting-edge institute that would compare with the best cancer centers in the world.

 

  • The NKBCI relies on multidisciplinary specialized teams to diagnose and treat cancer and fosters health education programs to raise awareness on cancer prevention and early diagnosis.

Expansion

  • Beginning of 2019, the Daniel ACC has featured an expansion of the institute’s ambulatory infusion center that now includes a 43 beds facility. This expansion will allow serving more patients in a timely and effective manner.

 

  • With more subspecialized faculty joining the Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute at AUBMC, the number of clinics have now grown to 11 in the aim to better respond to medical needs and improve patient experience at NKBCI, accounting for the urgency of cancer care. The flow of patients at the Daniel ACC follows a patient-centered model where all concerned health professionals are involved in care: Applying a one-stop service setup to provide all needed services at the same point of care.
MISSION AND VISION

Our Mission

The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute (NKBCI) at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine (AUBMC FM) aims to reduce the burden of cancer in Lebanon and the region through the application of state-of-the-art medical knowledge and technology and the development of integrated and advanced programs in patient care, research, education and prevention.

 

Our Vision

The Naef K. Basile Institute (NKBCI) aspires to be a leading institute for cancer prevention and treatment through the promotion of excellence in patient care, research, and education and enhancing effectiveness and collaboration among cancer programs and healthcare providers.

DIVISIONS & servICES
  1. Department of Radiation Therapy
  2. Division of Hematology Oncology

Our Services

NKBCI facilities have been originally set up to contain a spacious patient and family area that allows a friendly environment. Our commitment to patients goes beyond the delivery of sophisticated care; we respect the individual needs of all those who seek our care and work to empower patients with the knowledge and support they need to face cancer.

NKBCI provides consultation services and care to patients with Solid Tumor, Benign and Malignant hematological diseases in Lebanon and the region.

The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute (NKBCI) consists of 5 major service units:

  • Clinics
  • Ambulatory Infusion Center (Outpatient)
  • Inpatient Unit
  • Stem Cell Transplant Unit
  • Radiotherapy Unit
    WHY COME TO US

    The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute (NKBCI) at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) is a Center of Excellence dedicated to the treatment of adult cancer patients. NKBCI has a leading fellowship training Program with strong affiliations with regional and international institutions including King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, King Hussein Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Winship Cancer Institute. Our faculty are national, regional, and international leaders in clinical and translational research with ongoing clinical trials and more than 80 major publications annually.

     

    NKBCI is the first medical institute in Lebanon to:

    • Develop subspecialized programs for the management of brain, breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, head and neck and lung cancers, in addition to lymphoma, hematological malignancies, bleeding and thrombotic disorders and stem cell transplantation.

     

    FACULTY
     
    Director of the Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute: Ali Taher, MD, Ph.D., FRCP

     

     
    Division of Hematology-Oncology by subspecialty:

     

    Brain Tumors Program

    Hazem Assi, MD

    Assistant Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Brain Tumors – Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma – Breast Cancer -Lung Cancer – Skin Cancer and Melanoma

    Ha157@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7980 

     

     

    Breast Cancer Program

    Nagi El Saghir, MD, FACP

    Professor & Head, Division of Hematology – Oncology

    Director, Breast Center of Excellence

    Subspecialty: Breast Cancer

    Ns23@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980 

    Arafat Tfayli, MD

    Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Director of Fellowship Program

    Subspecialty: Lung and Head and Neck Cancer – Breast Cancer

    At35@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

    Hazem Assi, MD

    Assistant Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Breast Cancer – Lung Cancer – Brain Tumors -Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma – Skin Cancer and Melanoma

    Ha157@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

    Ziad Salem, MD

    Associate Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Malignant Hematology – Breast Cancer

    Zs04@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

     

    Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Cancer Program

    Ali Shamseddine, MD, FRCP

    Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Gastro Intestinal and Genitourinary Oncology

    As04@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

    Deborah Mukherji, MD

    Associate Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Gastro Intestinal and Genitourinary Oncology

    Dm25@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

    Sally TemrazMD

    Assistant Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Gastro Intestinal and Genitourinary Oncology – Hematological, Bleeding and Thrombotic Disorders

    St29@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

     

    Hematological, Bleeding & Thrombotic Disorders Program

    Ali Taher, MD, PhD, FRCP

    Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Director – Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Subspecialty: Benign Hematology

    ataher@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  8460

     

    Sally Temraz, MD

    Assistant Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Oncology Hematological – Bleeding and Thrombotic Disorders

    St29@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

     

    Lung, Head and Neck cancer Program

    Arafat TfayliMD

    Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Director of Fellowship Program

    Subspecialty: Lung and Head and Neck Cancer – Breast Cancer

    At35@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

    Fadlo Khuri, MD

    Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Lung, Head and Neck Cancer Program

    frkhuri@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7980

    Hazem Assi, MD

    Assistant Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Brain Tumors – Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma – Breast Cancer -Lung Cancer -– Skin Cancer and Melanoma

    Ha157@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

     

    Malignant Hematological Disorders & Steam Cell Transplantation Program

    Ali Bazarbachi, MD, PhD

    Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Associate Dean for Basic Research

    Director of Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

    Subspecialty: Malignant Hematology / Stem Cells Transplant

    bazarbac@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980 

    Iman Abou Dalle, MD

    Instructor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Malignant Hematology

    ia41@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  8477 

    Jean El Cheikh, MD

    Assistant Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Malignant Hematology / Stem Cells Transplant

    Je46@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

    Ziad Salem, MD

    Associate Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Malignant Hematology, Breast Cancer

    Zs04@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

    Iman AbouDalle, MD

    Clinical Instructor, Hematology – Oncology

    Subspecialty: Malignant Hematology / Stem Cells Transplant

    Ext: 7980

     

    Palliative & Supportive Care Program

    Rana Yamout, MD

    Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology

    Acting Director Palliative & Supportive Care Program

    Subspecialty: Palliative & Supportive Care / Anesthesia

    Ry30@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7980

     

    Hiba Osman, MD, MPH

    Palliative Care Advocate

    Palliative & Supportive Care / Family Medicine

    Ho02@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7980

     

    Cancer Prevention & Control Program

    Rihab NasrPhD

    Associate Professor, Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiological Sciences

    Director Cancer Prevention & Control Program

    Rn03@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 4812

    Deborah Mukherji, MD

    Associate Professor, Hematology – Oncology

    Co-Director Cancer Prevention & Control Program

    Dm25@aub.edu.lb

    Ext:  7980

     

    Department of Radiation Oncology

    Fady Geara, MD, PhD

    Professor, Chairperson of Radiation Oncology Department

    Fg00@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5198

    Bassem Youssef, MD

    Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

    By04@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5090

    Toufic Eid, MD

    Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

    Specialty: Radiation Oncology

    Te04@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5198

    Zeina Ayoub, MD

    Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology Department

    Za47@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5090

     

    Medical Physics

    Wassim JalboutPhD, MBA

    Head of Medical Physics, Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

    wj01@aub.edu.lb

    Ext. 5074

    Bilal Shahine, PhD

    Senior Medical Physicist, Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

    Bs39@aub.edu.lb

    Ext. 5086 

    Hana MekdashMS

    Junior Medical Physicist, Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology     ​

    te04@aub.edu.lb

    Ext. 5084

    Helena Abdel KhalekMS

    Medical Dosimetrist, Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

    ha170@aub.edu.lb

    Ext. 5087

    STAFF

    Administration

    Celine Abou Karam, RN, MLC

    Clinical Department Administrator

    Naef K. Basile Cancer institute

    Ca40@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7903

    Sana Murad, BSc

    Senior Office Assistant

    Hematology Oncology Division

    Sm137@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5150

    Vanessa Boustani, MIB

    Coordinator

    Radiation Oncology Department

    Vb08@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5198

     

    Palliative care

    Rola Mashmoushi, RN

    Palliative Care Nurse

    Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Rm103@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 6282

    Lama Zahreddine, MSc

    Research assistant

    Palliative and Supportive Care Program

    Lz08@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 6282

     

    Nursing & Quality Control

    Ammar Zahreddine, RN

    Quality control officer

    Case manager

    Bone Marrow Transplantation Program

    Az27@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7714

    Haidar Noun, RN

    Nurse Manager, Inpatient Unit

    Naef K. Basile Institute

    Hn03@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 6281

    Rita Nehme, RN

    Coordinator

    Bone Marrow Transplantation Program

    Rn35@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7106

    Samar Okeily, RN

    Nurse Manager

    Bone Marrow Transplantation Program

    So01@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7090 

     

    Data Management & Clinical Research Unit

    Maya Charafeddine, MPH

    Clinical Data Manager

    Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Mc16@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5110

    Monita Darazi, RN, MSN

    Clinical Trials Coordinator

    Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Md99@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7804

    Rachelle Bejjani, RN, MPH

    Clinical Trials Coordinator

    Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Rb62@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7803

     

    Cancer Prevention & Control Program

    Dima Karam, MPH, MRes, Master of Health Communication

    Health communication specialist

    Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Dk08@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5111

     

    Breast Cancer Community Program

    Zeinab Chahine, BSc

    Breast Cancer Community Program Coordinator

    Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Zc08@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 8179

     

    Social services

    Joyce Baddoush

    Social Worker Case Manager

    Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute

    Jb30@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 7843

    EDUCATION
    • The main objective behind the 4-year residency program at the Department of Radiation Oncology and the 3-year fellowship program at the Division of Hematology Oncology-Department of Internal Medicine at AUBMC is to train specialists to serve in the region and identify unique individuals with outstanding research potential for further training in the United States. NKBCI physicians are involved in training residents and fellows in both the Inpatient (including SCT Unit) and Outpatient Units.

     

    • The Department of Internal Medicine – Hematology Oncology has a three years fellowship program starting at the level of PGY IV. Each candidate is required to have completed his/her residency in internal medicine. Non-AUB graduate applicants to the fellowship programs should sit for an English proficiency examination.

     

    • The Department of Radiation Oncology has a 4 years residency program starting at the level of PGY II. Non-AUB graduate applicants to the residency programs should sit for a medical science examination (also called Dean’s Exam or IFOM clinical science examination) and an English proficiency examination. In addition, the Department provides 2-year residency program in Medical Physics.

     

    • Interested applicants need to fill out an online application on the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website from mid -November to the first of January and submit the required papers to the GME Office. For more information on the specific programs, eligibility criteria and requirements, and applications, please visit the GME website.

     

    Directors of the Educational Programs

    Deborah Mukherji, MD

    Associate Professor, Hematology Oncology

    Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

    Hematology Oncology Department

    Dm25@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5150

    Youssef Zeidan, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

    Director, Radiation/Oncology Residency Program

    Radiation Oncology Department

    Yz09@aub.edu.lb

    Ext: 5198

    WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

    Tumor Boards and Patient Coordination Meetings

    Every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month    1:00 – 2:00pm

    Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Marwan Najjar

     

    Every Monday    8:30 – 9:30am

    Gastrointestinal Tumor Board

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Deborah Mukherji

     

    Every Monday   11:00am – 12:00pm

    BMT Journal Club / Malignant Hematology Lecture

    BMT Conference Room, 8th floor

    Dr. Ali Bazarbachi

     

    Every Tuesday    1:30 – 2:30pm

    Gastrointestinal Tumor Board

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Ali Shamseddine

     

    Every Tuesday    2:30 – 4:00pm

    Breast Tumor Board

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr Nagi El Saghir

     

    Every Wednesday    11:30am – 12:30pm

    BMT Multi-disciplinary Meeting

    BMT Conference Room, 8th floor

    Dr. Ali Bazarbachi

     

    Every Wednesday    4:00 – 5:00pm

    Pediatric Tumor Board

    Pathology Conference Room, 3rd floor

    Dr. Miguel Abboud

     

    Every Wednesday    5:00 – 6:00pm

    Radiation Oncology Journal Club

    Radiation Oncology Conference Room

    Dr. Fady Geara

     

    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month    2:30 – 3:30pm

    AUBMC-MSKCC Gastrointestinal Video Conference

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Ali Shamseddine

     

    Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month    12:00 – 1:00pm

    Gynecology Tumor Board

    Pathology Conference Room, 3rd floor

    Dr Muhieddine Seoud

     

    Once a month on Thursday    5:00 – 6:00 pm

    AUBMC-MDACC Leukemia/Lymphoma Teleconference

    Dean’s Conference Room

    Dr. Ali Bazarbachi

     

    Every Friday    9:00 – 10:00am

    Lung Tumor Board

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Arafat Tfayli

     

    Every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month    2:00 – 3:00pm

    Head and Neck Tumor Board

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Roger Moukarbel

     

    Every 1st Friday of the month     4:00 – 5:00pm

    AUBMC-MSKCC Breast Video Conference/Breast Cancer Case Discussions

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Nagi El Saghir

     

    Every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month     1:00 – 2:00pm

    Rare Tumor Board

    Nagi El Saghir Conference Room – ACC- 4th floor

    Dr. Fady Geara

    FAQS

    At what age do you start taking patients?

    The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute is a specialized cancer center for adults above 15 years of age. Only patients with specific blood disorders such as thalassemia and sickle cell anemia can be seen by our specialists below the age of 15.

    How can I take an appointment in the hematology-oncology clinic?

    Please use the following numbers to schedule your appointment with our specialized hematology-oncology doctors.

    Phone Number: 00961 – 1 – 374 374 ext.: 7980 – 9691

    Direct Line: 00961 – 1 – 759 618

    Fax: 00961 – 1 – 350 000 ext.: 7942

    We promise to give you an appointment within week at the maximum.

    How can I take an appointment in the radiation oncology clinic?

    Please use the following numbers to schedule your appointment with our radiation oncologists.

    Phone Number: 00961 – 1 – 374 374 ext.: 5090/1

    Direct Line: 00961 – 1 – 344 839

    Fax: 00961 – 1 – 370 795

    We promise to give you an appointment within a week at the maximum.

    Do you support patients financially?

    • The Cancer Support Fund (CSF) is a charitable organization at the NKBCI launched in 2018. The Cancer Support Fund offers financial, assistance and emotional and psychosocial support to financially disadvantaged adult cancer patients in need, assuring that they have equal opportunity to receive appropriate healthcare services.

    The CSF provides Adult Cancer Patients with financial support as assessed by the AUBMC Social Services Department with no discrimination based on gender or religion.

    All patients presenting to AUBMC can also request the support of the Social Services Department, which serves as a link between the patient, community organizations, and other AUBMC staff, for evaluation and assistance. The Social Services Department is comprised of eligible individuals specialized in assisting patients with a range of social, emotional, family, and health-related problems.

    • The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation, established in 2011 is a charitable fundraising organization aimed at helping patients financially and morally and raising awareness about breast cancer.

    It has extablished a fund to support patients with the medical expenses on an Outpatient and Inpatient basis (for treatment and diagnosis care) after being assessed by the Department of Social Services.

    Can we donate hair?

    We welcome your hair donations to support adult cancer patients who lost their hair due to treatment. If interested please contact:

    Ms. Zeinab Chahine

    Phone: 00961-1-350000 ext.: 8179

    Email: zc08@aub.edu.lb

    Can we donate money?

    We welcome your financial donations to support all needy adult cancer patients. If interested please contact the Cancer Support Fund:

    Phone: 00961-1-350000 ext.: 7746

    Fax: 00961-1-350000 ext: 7900

    Email: info@csf-lebanon.org

    Facebook: Cancer Support Fund

    Instagram: CancerSupFUnd

     

    TO MAKE A DONATION:

    CREDIT CARD:

    Phone +961 1 366445 or online at www.aub.edu.lb/csf

    CHECK

    Payable to AUB – Cancer Support Fund

    WIRE TRANSFER

    A. Bank name – Lebanon

    Citibank, NA Lebanon

    Account Name

    American University of Beirut

    IBAN

    LB16-0115-0000-0000-0006-0022-4115

    Account Number

    0-600224-115

    Swift Address

    CITILBBE

    Designation

    Cancer Support Fund

    B. Bank name – USA, New York

    JP Morgan Chase Operating Account

    Bank Address
    4 Chase MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11245

    Bank Routing Number
    021000021

    Account Number
    005022622

    Swift Code
    CHASUS33 (For International wire)

    Designation 
    Cancer Support Fund

     

    ADDRESS

    AUB office of development P.O.Box 11-0236, Riad el Solh 1107 2020. Beirut – Lebanon