Dr. Bassem Safadi is a specialist in bariatric surgery and has been performing operations such as laparoscopic and open gastric bypass, banding, and sleeve gastrectomy since 2001. Dr. Safadi is well known in the region and he is frequently invited to perform surgery, teach and mentor other surgeons in the Middle East.

His scope of work includes surgery of the digestive system (examples: surgery for gall bladder disease, stomach cancer and ulcers, acid reflux disease and hiatal hernia, achalasia, colon cancer, colon polyps, appendicitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and anal fissure). He also performs abdominal wall hernia repair, abdominoplasty, and endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery).

Current Work and address

Dr. Safadi teaches at the Lebanese University of Beirut, School of Medicine and is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery (http://medicine.lau.edu.lb).  He also works at Risk Hospital (LAUMC-RH) specialising in Bariatric Surgery (https://www.laumcrh.com). He also has admitting privileges in other hospitals in Beirut such as Clemenceau Medical Center (http://www.cmc.com.lb), Bikhazi Medical Group (http://www.fouadkhouryhosp.com) and Najjar Hospital.

Previous work experience

Before returning to Lebanon Dr. Safadi worked at the prestigious Stanford University Hospital in California, USA where he was appointed as an assistant professor of surgery and the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship. He also had a joined appointment as a staff surgeon at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He worked there from 1999 until 2005.

Medical qualifications

Dr. Bassem Safadi graduated in 1992 from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He earned the degree of Doctor of Medicine with distinction and was awarded the Penrose Award and the AUB Alumni Academic Excellence Award. He started his surgical training in Washington, DC with an internship in surgery at the Washington Hospital Center (1992-1993). He then completed his surgical residency (1993-1997) at the Case Western Reserve University Integrated Program in Cleveland, Ohio. Following that he pursued further training in Surgical Endoscopy in Cleveland (1997-1998) and in advanced laparoscopic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in San Francisco, California (1998-9).

Dr. Safadi is certified by the American Board of Surgery (http://www.absurgery.org) and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (http://www.facs.org). He is an active member of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (http://asmbs.org) and the international Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (http://www.ifso.com). He has active medical licenses in Lebanon and in California. He is member of the Lebanese Order of Physicians and the Lebanese Society for General Surgery.

Publications

  1. Musallam KM, Khalife M, Sfeir PM, Faraj W, Safadi B, Abi Saad GS, Abiad F, Hallal A, Alwan MB, Peyvandi F, Jamali FR. Postoperative Outcomes After Laparoscopic Compared With Open Splenectomy. Ann Surg 2012 [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Hage MP, Safadi B, Salti I, Nasrallah M. Role of Gut-Related Peptides and Other Hormones in the Amelioration of Type 2 Diabetes after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. ISRN Endocrinol 2012;2012:504756. 2012 May 7.
  3. Loutfi SI, Arabi MS, Safadi BY, Haddad MC. Life-threatening liver laceration with arterial hemorrhage complicating percutaneous treatment of hepatic hydatid cyst. J Med Liban 2008;56(3):185-8.
  4. Davenport DL, Henderson WG, Hogan S, Mentzer RM Jr, Zwischenberger JB; Participants in the Working Conditions of Surgery Residents and Quality of Care Study. Surgery resident working conditions and job satisfaction. Surgery 2008;144(2):332-338.
  5. Alami RS, Schuster R, Friedland S, Curet MJ, Wren SM, Soetikno R, Morton JM, Safadi BY. Transnasal small-caliber esophagogastroduodenoscopy for preoperative evaluation of the high-risk morbidly obese patient. Surg Endosc 2007;21(5):758-60.
  6. Williams DB, Hagedorn JC, Lawson EH, Galanko JA, Safadi BY, Curet MJ, Morton JM. Gastric bypass reduces biochemical cardiac risk factors. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2007;3(1):8-13.
  7. Schuster R, Singh J, Safadi BY, Wren SM. The use of acellular dermal matrix for contaminated abdominal wall defects: wound status predicts success. Am J Surg 2006;192(5):594-7.
  8. Schuster R, Curet MJ, Alami RS, Morton JM, Wren SM, Safadi BY. Concurrent gastric bypass and repair of anterior abdominal wall hernias. Obes Surg 2006;16(9):1205-8.
  9. Sanchez BR, Safadi BY, Kieran JA, Hsu GP, Brodsky JB, Curet MJ, Morton JM. Orogastric tube complications in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Obes Surg 2006;16(4):443-7.
  10. Sanchez BR, Mohr CJ, Morton JM, Safadi BY, Alami RS, Curet MJ. Comparison of totally robotic laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and traditional laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2005;1(6):549-54.
  11. Sanchez BR, Morton JM, Curet MJ, Alami RS, Safadi BY. Incidental finding of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) during laparoscopic gastric bypass. Obes Surg 2005;15(10):1384-8.
  12. Meneghetti AT, Safadi B, Stewart L, Way LW. Local resection of ampullary tumors. J Gastrointest Surg 2005; 9(9):1300-6.
  13. Alvarado R, Alami RS, Hsu G, Safadi BY, Sanchez BR, Morton JM, Curet MJ. The impact of preoperative weight loss in patients undergoing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Obes Surg 2005;15(9):1282-6.
  14. Alami RS, Morton JM, Sanchez BR, Curet MJ, Wren SM, Safadi BY. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at a Veterans Affairs and high-volume academic facilities: a comparison of institutional outcomes. Am J Surg 2005;190(5):821-5.
  15. Hsu GP, Morton JM, Jin L, Safadi BY, Satterwhite TS, Curet MJ. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: differences in outcome between attendings and assistants of different training backgrounds. Obes Surg 2005;15(8):1104-10.
  16. Safadi BY. Trends in insurance coverage for bariatric surgery and the impact of evidence-based reviews. Surg Clin North Am 2005; 85: 665-80.
  17. Wren SM, Ahmed N, Jamal A, Safadi BY . Preoperative Oral Antibiotics in Colorectal Surgery Increase the Rate of Clostridium difficile Colitis. Arch Surg 2005; 140: 752-6
  18. Safadi BY, Kieran JA, Hall RG, Morton JM, Bellatorre N, et al. Introducing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at a Veterans Affairs medical facility. Am J Surg 2004;188(5):606-10.
  19. Battat AC, Rouse RV, Dempsey L, Safadi BY, Wren SM. Institutional commitment to rectal cancer screening results in earlier-stage cancers on diagnosis. Ann Surg Oncol 2004;11(11):970-6.
  20. Safadi BY. Laparoscopic antireflux surgery. Minerva Chir 2004;59(5):447-59.
  21. Safadi BY. Laparoscopic repair of parastomal hernias: early results. Surg Endosc 2004: 18(4): 676-89.
  22. Kolodziejski TR, Safadi BY, Nakanuma Y, Milkes DE, Soetikno RM. Bile duct cysts in a patient with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Gastrointest Endosc 2004; 59(1):140-2.
  23. Safadi BY, Kown M, Wren SS. Utilization of laparoscopic antireflux surgery at a single VA facility compared to the VA National Trend. Am J Surg 2003; 186:505-8.
  24. Safadi BY, Rosito O, Nino-Murcia Matilde, Wolfe VA, Perkash I. Which stoma works better for colonic dysmotility in the spinal cord injured Patient? Am J Surg 2003; 186:437-42.
  25. Melcher M, Safadi BY. Ileocolic intussusception in an Adult. J Am Coll Surg 2003; 197(3): 518.
  26. Safadi BY. Post-herpetic Self-limited Abdominal Wall Herniation. Am J Sug 2003; 186(2):148.
  27. Safadi BY , Duh QY: Minimally Invasive Approach to Inguinal Hernia Repair. J. Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech 2001;11(6):361-6.
  28. Patti MG, Arcerito M , Tamburini A, Feo CV , Safadi BY , Diener U ,Way LW : Effect of Laparoscopic Fundoplication on GERD-Induced Respiratory Symptoms. J. Gastrointest Surg 2000; 4 (2): 143-9.
  29. Safadi BY , Marks JM : Pancreatic-pleural Fistula: the role of ERCP in diagnosis and treat. Gastrointest Endosc 2000; 51 (2): 213-5.
  30. Patti MG, Feo CV, Diener U, Tamburini A, Arcerito M, Safadi BY, Way LW: Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Relieves Dysphagia When the Esophagus is Dilated. Surg Endosc1999; 13 (9): 843-7.
  31. Safadi BY , Marks JM , Ponsky JL : Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Amer 1998; 8(3): 551-68.
  32. Safadi BY , Marks JM, Ponsky JL : Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy: An Update. Endoscopy 1998; 30 (9): 781-9.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. BY Safadi and M Alaeddine. Laparoscopic Collis Gastroplasty and Nissen Fundoplication Jamal J. Hoballah and Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, Editors. In: Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery, 2nd edition. In Print.
  2. BY Safadi and M Alaeddine. Laparoscopic Enterolysis for Intestinal Obstruction. Jamal J. Hoballah and Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, Editors. In: Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery, 2nd edition. In Print.
  3. BY Safadi and M Alaeddine. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Jamal J. Hoballah and Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, Editors. In: Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery, 2nd edition. In Print.
  4. BY Safadi and M Hojeij. Laparoscopic Banding for Obesity. Jamal J. Hoballah and Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, Editors. In: Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery, 2nd edition. In Print.
  5. BY Safadi and S Masri: Bariatric Surgery. Bishara S. Attiyeh, Editor, In: Body Contouring Following Bariatric Surgery and Massive Weight Loss. Bentham Science Publisher, Ltd. In Print.
  6. BY Safadi: Wound Problems. Adams, Garland, Shatney, Sherk and Wren, Editors, In: Surgery Clerkship Guide, 1st Edition. St. Louis, Mosby 2003;172-177.
  7. BY Safadi, QY Duh. Neck Masses. Adams, Garland, Shatney, Sherk and Wren, Editors, In: Surgery Clerkship Guide, 1st Edition. St. Louis, Mosby 2003;123-128.
  8. BY Safadi, JM Marks. Diagnostic Colonoscopy. Scott-Conner, Editor, In: The SAGES Manual, 1st Edition. New York, Springer 1998; 551-564.

Workshops/Seminars

Invited surgeon, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Workshop. Air Base Hospital in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. February 25-27, 2012. Course co-Director, Advanced laparoscopic surgery for Iraqi Surgeons sponsored by the Iraqi Ministry of Health. AUBMC
  • April 6-8 2011
  • December 13-15 2010
  • November 11-13, 2010
  • November 4-6, 2010
  • November 16,17 2009
  • October 22,23 2009
  • July 9,10 2009


Course co-Director, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for Junior Saudi Surgeons. AUBMC
  • May 4-6, 2011-05-21
  • Septrember 30-Oct 1, 2010


Course Director. Abdominal Wall Reconctruction Workshop. AUBMC. December 2,3 2010. Course co-Director, Nurse’s Bariatric Surgery Workshop AUBMC, October 21, 22 2010. Invited Surgeon, Laparosopic Bariatric Surgery Workshop, Hamad Hospital in Qatar – Al Khor November 14,15, 2009 Invited Surgeon, Laparosopic Bariatric Surgery Workshop. Larnaca, Cyprus.
  • February 5, 2011
  • July 29, 2009


Invited Surgeon, Laparosopic Endocrine and Bariatric Surgery Workshop, Al Difaa Hospital Bahrain, April 13-14, 2009

Course co-Director, Advanced Techniques in Metabolic Surgery, AUBMC, Feb 19-20, 2009

Course Director, Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, AUBMC, November 28, 2008

Invited Surgeon, Laparosopic Gastric Bypass Workshop, Syria, September 6-7, 2008

Course co-Director, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, AUBMC, August 8-9, 2008

Course Director, Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, AUBMC, May 18-19, 2008

Invited Surgeon. Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Workshop. Rashid Hospital. Dubai, United Arab Emirates Course co-Director, Advanced Techniques in Metabolic Surgery, AUBMC, Feb 19-2,0 2008

Invited Surgeon, Laparosopic Gastric Bypass Workshop, King Abdallah University Hospital, Irbid Jordan June 9, 2007

Invited Surgeon, Laparosopic Gastric Bypass Workshop, Al Assad University Hospital, Damascus March 29, 2007

Invited Surgeon, Laparosopic Gastric Bypass Workshop, Kuwait (Adan , Military and Amiri Hospitals) June 17-20, 2006

Course Director, Laparoscopic Roux-y Gastric Bypass Workshop, AUBMC, March 24-25, 2006.

Course Director, Laparoscopic Roux-y Gastric Bypass Workshop, AUBMC, March 3-4, 2006

Course Director, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Techniques, AUBMC, March 10-11, 2006

Course Director, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Techniques, AUBMC, Feb 10-11, 2006

Course co-Director, Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery Workshop, AUBMC, Jan 2006

Course Director, Laparoscopic Roux-y Gastric Bypass Workshop, AUBMC, Jan 2006

Course instructor, Laparoscopic Roux-y Gastric Bypass Workshop, AUBMC, Sept 2005

Course instructor, Minimally invasive colorectal surgery. Ethicon Endosurgery, Stanford, CA Nov. 2003, May 2004, Oct 2004, Feb 2005

Course instructor, UCSF Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, 1999 - 2002

Course instructor, Stanford resident laparoscopic surgery workshop, Feb 1999

Contact Dr Safadi

To contact Dr. Safadi please send an email to: bassem.safadi@lau.edu.lb . You may also call 00 961 1 200 800 ext. 5514 / 5013
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