Rajaa Chatila, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Coordinator of Med-II Gastrointestinal Module
Gastroenterology and hepatology are fascinating fields to study and practice. Learning to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal system and the liver translates to fully integrating knowledge of microbiology, neurology, endocrinology, and psychology among other disciplines, as well as performing procedures. This puts one in close contact with physicians from different specialties, including surgeons and radiologists. A gastroenterologist is never bored! Moreover, since gastrointestinal disorders are so common among the general population, one has the chance to help many patients feel better and improve their health.
Despite having trained in the U.S., and having had ample opportunity to remain there to practice medicine following the completion of my training, I opted to return to Lebanon. Our country, families, and countrymen and -women need us. At the core of my motivation for this field is my belief in the humanitarian nature of the medical profession. Whereas in the U.S. there may be many physicians highly qualified to treat patients, there is a more pressing need in Lebanon to raise the standard of healthcare. In Lebanon, much work remains to be done if we are to provide equal opportunity of access to good medical care. Outreach programs are needed to allow those living in areas remote from major cities the possibility of having healthcare within their reach, close to home. As a LAU faculty member involved in healthcare education, and having an administrative role, I hope that I may contribute to the realization of this dream of high-quality care that is accessible to all in Lebanon.
- Chamoun N, Ramia E, Lteif C, Salameh P, Zantout H, Ghanem G, Chatila R. Assessment of bleeding in chronic liver disease and coagulopathy using the IMPROVE bleeding criteria. Current Medical Research and Opinion 17:1-19, 2018
- Chatila R, Merhi M,‰Û_., Deeb, M. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Prevalence, risk factors in adult Lebanese population. BMC Gastroenterology 17:137, 2017
- Mansour A, Chatila, R, Bejjani, N, et al. A novel xylene-free deparaffinization method for the extraction of proteins from human derived formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) archival tissue blocks. MethodsX 1:90-95, 2014
- Sinno D, Majdalani M, Chatila R et al. The pattern of self poisoning among Lebanese children and adolescents in two tertiary care centers in Lebanon. Acta Pediatrica, 98:1044-8, 2009
- Charara A et al. Prevalence of restriction fragment length polymorphism patterns of hepatitis B virus compatible with Genotype D in Lebanon. European J of Clin Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 23:861-3, 2004
- Chatila RF. Portal hypertension: Update on pathophysiology and management. Lebanese Med J 49:101-105, 2001
- Chatila RF, Gupta T, Ferayorni L, Groszmann RJ. Arterial vasoconstriction induced by Octreotide in patients with cirrhosis. Hepatology 31:572-576, 2000
- Chatila RF, Andersen DK, Topazian M. Resection of a choledochocele. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 50:578-580, 1999
- West AB, Chatila RF. Diagnosis of bile duct injury and ductopenia (review). Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology 15:270-284, 1998
- Chatila RF, West AB. Hepatomegaly and abnormal liver tests due to glycogenosis in adults with diabetes. Medicine 75:327-333,1996
Professional and Research Interests
- Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Endoscopy; variceal ligation; polypectomy; achalasia dilatation
- Bed-side teaching
- Lecturing medical students and residents
- Clinical research
Education and Training
- B.S. in Biology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1986
- M.D. Degree, AUB, 1993
- Internal Medicine Residency, Saint Raphael Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, 1996
- Gastrointestinal and Hepatology Fellowship, Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, 1999
- American Board Certified in Internal Medicine
- American Board Certified in Gastroenterology
- Diploma in Clinical Simulation, Lebanese American University, 2016
Professional Memberships and Organizations
- Lebanese Society of Gastroenterology
- European Cancer Organization (ECCO)
Intramural Grant: 17,000 USD.
Rectal Cancer: molecular and biological characteristics
Unrestricted Grant: 21,000 USD.
Randomized, placebo controlled double blind study of the effect of Melanole, a Nigella Sativa extract, on gastro-esophageal reflux disease.