Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension

Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hpertension



ASN, ERA-EDTA and ISN Joint Statement - Ensuring optimal care for people with kidney diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic


On behalf of ISN, I have collaborated with the Presidents of ASN and ERA-EDATA on the elaboration of a joint statement requesting urgent action from government agencies to address the dire situation kidney health professionals are confronting in continuing to provide regular care and dialysis services for our patients.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents numerous challenges to health care systems across all continents and in particular in developing countries. Vulnerable kidney patients requiring dialysis are facing live-threatening situations.

  • Many regular dialysis services have been interrupted to prepare hospitals to provide care to COVID-19 patients.
  • 20-30% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop kidney failure, leading to a surge in requirement for dialysis.
  • Drugs and consumables necessary for dialysis treatment are in shortage
  • PPE is in shortage and healthcare professionals are ill-equipped
  • Centers are understaffed due to illness and quarantine
  • Patients are in lock-down and cannot travel to dialysis centers

Together, the three societies are requesting urgent action by:

  • Providing support to staff, nephrologists, and other health professionals delivering life-saving dialysis treatments to these vulnerable patients.
  • Prioritizing rapid testing capabilities and supply of personal protective equipment

Please support our request and efforts by sharing this joint statement on your website and with your members as well with colleagues and on social media.

The COVID-19 and Nephrology section on the ISN website is updated daily with resources, guidance and reports from around the world.

With many thanks,

Take care and stay safe,

Vivek Jha

President, International Society of Nephrology


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

2000- 2001

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 - 2018

Pr Ali Abu Alfa

2018 - 2020


The Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension aims to promote:

  • The provision of high standard continuous medical education through the organization of meetings, events, debates and an annual National Congress.
  • The active participation and endorsement of nephrology courses and events organized by the national faculties of medicine or other societies with shared scientific interests.
  • The active participation in official national renal registries and databases.
  • The standardization of the practice of nephrology through promotion and adaptation of KDIGO and other international guidelines.
  • The participation in research activities in the fields of nephrology, inclusive of hypertension and transplantation.
  • The involvement in global initiatives and partnership with various international renal societies.

 Adapted from a first version by Dr Jose Khabouth, President LSNH 2012-2013.

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Dear colleagues,

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


  • Pr. Robert Najem



Pr. Walid Medawar

Vice President.


 Houssam Rabah 

General Secretary


Elias Nicolas 



Sola Aoun 



Hiba Azar 



 Mohammad Abdallah



Ramy Ghabril 



Hassan Hoballah 









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