Khairat Al Habbal, MD
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.
Al-Habbal K, Arawi T. Physicians’ empathy levels in a primary care setting: Perceptions of patients and their physicians, a qualitative study. Fam Pract (2020 Jul) 23:cmaa073. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmaa073
Alameddine R, Taleb R, Al-Habbal K, Patel KD. Systems thinking: Advancing health advocacy training; a perspective from junior family physicians in the Middle East. Educ Prim Care (2020 Mar) 31(2):71-73. doi: 10.1080/14739879.2019.1711201. Epub 2020 Jan 20.PMID: 31959069
- Al Habbal K. The Teacher.British Journal of General Practice(2015)65(636): 359. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp15X685729. https://bjgp.org/content/65/636/359
- Al Habbal K. A Perspective from Lebanon, in chapter, International perspectives, in book The Exceptional Potential of General Practice Making a Difference in Primary Care, ed. Graham Watt, CRC Press, Dec 13, 2018
View Dr. Habbal’s publications on PubMed.
View Dr. Habbal’s ORCID profile
Professional and Research Interests
- Family Medicine:
- Holistic management of the individual
- Management of acute and chronic conditions for all age groups (children, adults and older persons)
- Preventive medicine and screening
- Travel medicine
- Palliative care
- Social Medicine
- Global Health Policy
Education and Training
American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon
- Bachelor of Science (Biology), June 2008
- Doctor of Medicine, May 2012
- Residency in Family Medicine- AUB Medical Center, 2016
Post-Residency Certification and Degrees
- Certification as Family Physician by Arab Board, May 2017
- Certification in Essentials of Palliative Care, May 2018
- Certification by Scholars in Health Research Program (SHARP), July 2016
- Master’s degree in Global Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Oct. 2016- expected graduation date Sept. 2020
- The first recipient of the International College’s Basil Fuleihan Award “in recognition of a distinguished academic record, exemplary attitude and conduct, service to the community and outstanding contribution to school life”, June 2005
- Penrose Award of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences-American University of Beirut, June 2008
- Humanism and Professionalism Award- AUB Medical Center, June 2015
- Alpha Omega Alpha Award and Society membership, June 2016