Patient Care

Khairat Al Habbal, MD

Clinical Instructor
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Family Medicine

Dr. Khairat Al Habbal is an Arab Board-certified family physician, graduate of the American University of Beirut, and winner of multiple prestigious awards for academic excellence, humane conduct, empathy and professionalism. She believes that her mission is to assist individuals in unleashing their maximal potential by making sure they are healthy enough to pursue their dreams. For this reason, Dr. Al Habbal is passionate about delivering high-quality holistic care to individuals of all age groups (children, adolescents, adults and older adults) and their families. She provides a “one-stop shop” for both acute and chronic medical conditions. This is over and above wellness and disease prevention counseling, whether one is staying in one’s home country or planning to travel for vacation or residency. In addition, she provides palliative care to individuals who are suffering from chronic diseases or who are at their end of life, as well as empowerment and support to their families.

Dr. Al Habbal is a strong believer in the World Health Organization’s definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. She offers mental health consultations and teaches medical students and residents about the social determinants of health at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine. As part of her social medicine work, she leads four weekly clinics at outreach centers that cater to the needs of deprived populations.

In addition to Dr. Al Habbal’s interest in one-to-one personalized interaction and community-level interactions, she has a keen interest in health policy at the macro level. This has led her to pursue a master’s degree in Global Health Policy from the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Research is also one of Dr. Al Habbal’s interests. Her niche falls at the intersection of the topics of communication skills, medical education and patient satisfaction. She is studying the challenging concept of physician empathy from the patient’s perspective, and how cutting edge courses like narrative medicine which she introduced into LAU’s medical curriculum can enhance patient-rated physician empathy scores — using a scale that she is validating in the Arabic language. She is working to spread this knowledge by disseminating her findings and experience through national and international conferences.

Selected Publications

View Dr. Habbal’s publications on PubMed.

View Dr. Habbal’s ORCID profile

Professional and Research Interests

Education and Training

American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon

Post-Residency Certification and Degrees



primary care, palliative care, pap smear, weight loss, health maintenance, health screening, screening tests, screening guidelines, vaccinations, premarital tests, high blood sugar, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, high cholesterol, dyslipidemia, anemia, vitamin deficiency, fatigue, headache, sinusitis, common cold, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, sore throat, ear pain, hearing loss, COPD, asthma, cough, back pain, neck pain, muscle pains, GERD, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, irregular periods, polycystic ovary disease (PCOS), dysmenorrhea, painful periods