On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center- Welcome!

I am proud to be at the helm of a department with almost 100 years of history providing quality patient care and outstanding leadership in education across the Middle East. True to the vision of Daniel Bliss, the founder of AUB back in 1866, successive Chairs of the department- starting with Drs. Webster and Oliver, along with world-class faculty- laid solid foundations for our academic department. It has since produced numerous recognized leaders, not only in academic medicine across the world but also in the private and public health care sector, including government cabinet positions. Today, our ambassadors and alumni are making impactful contributions around the world, as leaders of academic departments in the United States and the Middle East, national and international Otolaryngology societies and as quality practitioners within their communities. We are proud of their achievements and grateful for their continued support of our department.

In 2017, an exciting and transformational change in our model of care delivery will be implemented. Our clinical care facilities and academic space in the new Academic and Clinical Center (Daniel ACC) will provide patient services that are founded on the concept of “Point-of-Care” diagnostics and therapeutics. We will also provide Point-of-Care CT imaging, allergy testing, hearing and balance assessment, voice assessment and analysis and hearing aids right in our clinics, a one-stop-shop to improve patient access, expedite diagnosis and treatment, and reduce cost for our patients. Our clinic space will also include suites for in-office rhinology and laryngology cutting edge therapeutic procedures. In addition, the Daniel ACC will have a dedicated operating room theater in the same building just two floors up from our clinics, an ideal setup for focused, efficient and integrated delivery of care.

We expect our current growth to significantly increase in the years to come. The expansion of our infrastructure will be mirrored by recruitment efforts for clinical and research faculty in most subspecialty areas. Our satellite locations such as KMC will enable us to expand our footprint and bring our expertise and services to communities across Lebanon.

Samer Fakhri, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)

Professor & Chair

Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

American University of Beirut Medical Center



The Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and its divisions are committed to provide exceptional patient-centered care, excellence in education and training, and leadership in research and innovation.



  • To lead the evolution of care delivery for Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck and Maxillofacial diseases in the Middle East region and beyond.
  • To create an educational milieu that inspires future leaders and fosters inquiry and life-long learning.
  • To be a regional leader in research and innovation and generate new knowledge that improves the health of patients.
  • To be a leader in the practice of compassionate care and promotion of health and wellness in our community.
  • Sinus and Nasal Disorders
  • Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Audiology and Hearing
  • Balance Disorders
  • Otology and Neurotology
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Cochlear Implantation and Rehabilitation
  • Voice and Swallowing Disorders
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders
  • Snoring and Sleep Medicine
  • Dental and Orthodontic Disorders
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Otology and Neurotology
  • Diagnosis and management of all external, middle and inner ear problems.
  • Evaluation and treatment of vestibular and balance disorders
  • Evaluation and treatment of Facial nerve pathology
  • Evaluation and management of Skull base disorders
  • Laryngology

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center offers a five-year training program in the specialty of otolaryngology head and neck surgery.

Physicians are admitted after successful completion of medical school training.

At the completion of this program, graduates are expected to be proficient in the care of patients of all ages with pathologies relating to the ear, nose, throat and head and neck area.

The program aims to provide a well-rounded training in medical and surgical aspects of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, practice management, as well as a structured research experience, thereby providing its graduates with the tools necessary for a successful and safe practice.