Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension.
History and Aims of the Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension
In 1973, Dr. Edmond Choueiry and Dr. Joseph Naffah, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the American University of Beirut and Saint Joseph University in Beirut, respectively, founded the Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension. This was at a time Nephrology as a new specialty was fast developing worldwide and in Lebanon.
In 1974, and after having officially registered the Society with the Lebanese Order of Physicians as a scientific society, a first meeting of the few nephrologists already present in Lebanon was held. Professor Naffah was appointed as the first President of our Society. The number of nephrologists registered with the Society began to rise as returnees to Lebanon began establishing practices around the country.
The first dialysis sessions were performed in the very early seventies for a patient coming from Canada. The patient bought the dialysis machine and dialyzers himself, while his niece, a registered nurse in hemodialysis from Montreal, performed the three weekly sessions. This first machine was installed at the Lebanese Hospital-Geitaoui.
Hemodialysis centers began to be established across the capital city: American University of Beirut Medical Center, St Georges Hospital – Achrafieh, Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Makassed Hospital, Lebanese Hospital-Geitaoui, Trad Hospital and Barbir Hospital.
The first nephrologists were Drs Edmond Choueiry, Joseph Naffah, Raja Khoury, Adel Berbari, Antoine Stephan, Georges Bridi, Nabil Moukheiber, Issam Chehade, Mike Balabanian, Aida Moussally, Elias Abdelnour, Jacques Karam, Joseph Chahine and Wadih Malha. Pediatric nephrology started with Drs Amine Barakat and Sami Sanjad.
During the years of the Lebanese civil war and till the very early eighties, the societal activities were curtailed as the number of nephrologists dwindled and the logistical difficulties mounted.
In the early eighties, arrival of new nephrologists gave a thrust to the Society. Drs Edgard Nasr, Antoine Farah, Albert Karam, Nabil Bassil, Jose Khabouth, Kassem Hamade, Nadra Wadih and Hafez Allame took charge at hospitals, assumed academic functions and favored the opening of hemodialysis centers outside Beirut, namely in North and South Lebanon, the Bekaa and Mount Lebanon regions.
The first president was appointed President of the National Council for Scientific Research and Dr Adel Berbari followed him as the second President from 1975 till 1993. The list of elected Presidents is as follows:
Dr Elias Abdelnour
1996 - 1997
Dr Nabil Droubi
1998 - 1999
Dr Aida Moussalli
Dr Selim Kabalan
2002 - 2003
Dr Edgar Nasr
2004 - 2005
Dr Mahmoud el-Khatib
2006 - 2007
Dr Nabil Bassil
2008 - 2009
Dr Anwar Hatoum
2010 - 2011
Dr Jose Khabouth
2012 - 2013
Dr Ali Hazimeh
2014 - 2015
Dr Robert Najem
2016 - 2017
The Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension aims to promote:
Adapted from a first version by Dr Jose Khabouth, President LSNH 2012-2013.
I am honored to be the President of the Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension for the next two years.
My main goal as president is to incite all nephrologists to get involved in our medical society. Given the challenges facing the medical practice nowadays, I believe their involvement is vital to the evolution of our community and patients.
It is our duty to support the young nephrologists to start their professional journey by helping them in gaining access to available dialysis centers or opening new centers where needed.
We are meant to guarantee a certain level of education and a high quality of medical expertise in order to insure the respect and honor that medicine grants us.
I would like to schedule more gatherings in the future, across the country and build a momentum that would end up in a more connected, interactive and coherent medical community.
Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 10th update in Nephrology, October 13 – 15, 2016, at the Metropolitan Hotel. We will again be presenting hot topics and providing activities for our residents and specialized nurses.
Last year’s meeting was a great success and we look forward to an even greater attendance this year.
I look forward to working together for the flourishing of our medical community.
Robert N. Najem, MD
Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension
MD, Vice President.