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Georges Ghanem, MD

Clinical Professor
Division of Cardiology

Division Head, Cardiology

Dr. Georges Ghanem obtained his M.D. degree from St. Joseph University in Lebanon in 1985; he pursued his residency and fellowship in Cardiology in Paris under the mentorship of Professors Jean Acar and Alec Vahanian. With membership in a number of major international medical and scientific societies, Dr. Ghanem has been Associate Member of the French Society of Cardiology since 1989, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology since 2006, and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology since 2007. He was elected President of the Lebanese Society of Cardiology (LSC) in 2005.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Ghanem has been a pioneer in introducing major interventional cardiology techniques in Lebanon since 1993: the first Percutaneous Mitral Commissurotomy, the first intra-coronary stenting, the first carotid stenting, in 2012 the first Trans-Catheter-Aortic-Valve-Implantation (TAVI), and in 2015 the first Mitral Clip intervention.

His name appears in more than 70 publications (manuscripts, editorials, abstracts and book chapters). He has organized, chaired, and lectured extensively in multiple local, regional and international cardiology meetings and symposiums. Dr. Ghanem is a permanent faculty member and abstract grader in major European and American courses (Euro-PCR, Gulf-PCR, ACC, TCT, C3).

Dr. Ghanem occupied major leadership positions at (then) Rizk Hospital during the last few decades as Head of Cardiology, Chairman of Internal Medicine, President of the Medical Committee, President of the Executive Committee and Member of the Board.

In September 2016, he was appointed Chief Medical Officer of the Lebanese American University Medical Center - Rizk Hospital.

In September 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor in Cardiology at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine.

In parallel with his activities in the medical field, Dr. Ghanem is a Master of Martial Arts; he intensely pursues many sporting techniques and conducts counselling activities in the sports and health domains.

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acute coronary syndrome, congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, mitral valve disease, blocked stent, coronary angioplasty & stenting, rotablator, IVUS, FFR,trans-septal catheterization, balloon valvuloplasty, TAVR, mitraclip, TMVI, congenital heart disease interventions, heart attack, M.I., myocardial infarction, chest pain, heart failure, CAD, valve disease