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The First LAU Head & Neck Symposium

February 10, 2018 — 8 AM to 6 PM
Le Bristol Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon



Saturday, February 10, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


Joseph G. Jabbra, PhD
President, Lebanese American University

Michel E. Mawad, MD
Dean, Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine

Alain M. Sabri, MD, MPH, FACS
Chairman, the First Lebanese American University Head & Neck Symposium

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Session 1





Session 1



Chairman: Alain Sabri

 Panelists: Selim Chammas, Marwan Ghosn, Joseph Makdessi, Michel Saade & Caroline Samaha

1. Oropharyngeal Cancer HPV, the Robot, and De-escalation Therapy

Kerry Olsen, MD – Mayo Clinic, USA
2.  The Dr. ASSEM SERHAL MEMORIAL LECTURE: Immunotherapy in Recurrent and Advanced Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Fadlo Khuri, MD – President of the American University of Beirut
3. Updates and Standards of Care in Treatment of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Fady Geara, MD – American University of Beirut
4. Role of Induction Chemotherapy in HNSCC

Hady Ghanem, MD – Lebanese American University
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Session 2
Session 2 Chairman: Rami Saade

Panelists: Abdul Latif Hamdan, Antoine Jaklis, Maher Kasty, Clement Khoury & Fadi Nasr

1.  Aggressive Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Randal Weber, MD, FACS – MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
2. Nuances in Management of Advanced Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma 

Amine Haddad, MD – Hôtel Dieu de France

3. Lessons Learned from 35 Years of Salivary Gland Surgery

Kerry Olsen, MD – Mayo Clinic, USA

4. Special Topics and Recent Advances in Thyroid Tumor Surgery

Alain Sabri, MD, MPH, FACS – Lebanese American University
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Session 3



Session 3

Chairman: Kerry Olsen

Panelists: Anthony Al Hawat, Fares Azoury, Emile Brihi, Georges Chahine & Bassel El Baba 

1. Controversies in Management of Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Antoine Melkane, MD – Hôtel Dieu de France
2. Pathology Margin Assessment in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Resections

Selim Nasser, MD – Lebanese American University & Clemenceau Medical Center 
3. Radiologic Considerations in Head and Neck Cancer Imaging

Raghid Kikano, MD – Lebanese American University
4. Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer for Major Head and Neck Defects

Sami Melki, MD – Lebanese American University
3:00 – 3:20 p.m. Coffee Break
3:20 – 5:00 p.m. Session 4
Session 4 Chairman: Randal Weber

Panelists: Raja Fakhoury, Georges Farha, Nabil Moukarzel, Marc Mourad & Rabih Said

1. Endoscopic Management of Anterior Skull Base Neoplasia

Samer Fakhri, MD – American University of Beirut

2.  Endovascular Management of Hypervascular Lesions of the Head and Neck 

Michel Mawad, MD – Dean of the Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine

3. Head and Neck Cancer Treatments and Quality of Life

Rami Saade, MD – Lebanese American University
4. Value Based Head and Neck Cancer Care

Randal Weber, MD, FACS – MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
5. Hospice and Palliative Care

Hibah Osman, MD – Balsam Lebanese Center for Palliative Care
5:00 – 5:20 p.m. Coffee Break
5:20 – 6:20 p.m. ROUND TABLE (All Panelists, All Faculty)

Session Chairmen: Kerry Olsen, Randal Weber, Alain Sabri & Rami Saade

For any inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Lama Naim
Lead Program Administrator
Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
Lebanese American University

Phone: + 961 1 200 800 Ext: 5830

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