Lebanese Doctors At AUB Achieved A Rare Eye Surgery On A Child

The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) recently succeeded in performing a unique and risky surgery to remove a large vascular malformation from the eye socket of an eight-year-old child.

This rare and modern surgical operation uses minimally invasive techniques. It was carried out by a multidisciplinary team, including Dr. Ramzi Alameddine, who is specialized in Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery, and Dr. Nadim Muallem, who is specialized in Interventional Radiology. 

The surgery aimed to remove a tumor consisting of enlarged blood vessels that were pressuring the eye and causing vascular malformation.

Dr. Ramzi Alameddine explained the procedure in these words: “During surgery, the mass was radiographically mapped and filled with glue to solidify the abnormal vessels and allow them to be removed with a lower risk of bleeding or damage to critical eye structures.”

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The American University of Beirut Medical Center has marked another first in Lebanon by receiving stage 6 HIMSS Certification in both EMRAM and O-EMRAM for inpatient and outpatient services from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This remarkable milestone places Lebanon on the HIMSS world map.⁠ ⁠ The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is an American not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare in quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through the best use of information technology and management systems. The Electronic Medical Records Adoption Models (EMRAM) and Outpatient (O-EMRAM) are eight-stage (0-7) models which measure the level of adoption and utilization of EMR functions. The models score hospitals around the world relative to their capabilities and achievements towards a near paperless environment in support of the highest available standards in patient care.⁠ ⁠ By being validated at Stage 6 in both models, AUBMC is demonstrating its commitment to improving patient safety and the overall quality of clinical care through the effective use of technology in inpatient and outpatient services. ⁠ ⁠ This certification underscores the multidisciplinary synergy and partnership that was built between the Medical Center IT, Medical & Plant Engineering teams, and the community. In his closing remarks, the HIMSS surveyor expressed how impressed he was with the level of commitment and automation achieved at the Medical Center in such a short period. He praised the institution’s commitment to invest in technology to support the overall processes.⁠ ⁠ This would not have been possible without the valuable contributions of each and every member of AUBMC and mainly its physicians, nursing services, specialty clinics, pharmacy, medical engineering, plant engineering, medical records, pathology and laboratory medicine and blood bank, emergency department, radiology, H&V institute, family medicine and the Department of Communications and Public Relations.

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From his side, Dr. Al-Moallem commented on this achievement by saying: “This process is another proof that the medical center at the American University is on the right track as a leading medical center in Lebanon and the region.”

“Through the adoption of advanced technologies and skills, we contribute to saving the eyes and lives of many.” 

Worth noting that this surgery required the patient to seek treatment abroad but the AUBMC team made it possible for him, and successfully, to be treated in Lebanon.

The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) is an academic medical center that was established and built-in 1970. It is dedicated to improving the health of the community in Lebanon and the region

The history of AUBMC goes back to 1902. The Syrian Protestant College (later known as AUB) purchased back then a property across the street from where the AUB Medical Gate is located now and established a 200-bed hospital that provided ancillary services.

In 1905, the School of Nursing – the first of its kind in the Middle East – was founded.

The urgent need for expansion led to the establishment in 1970 of the new state-of-the-art medical center. The American University of Beirut Medical Center was hence inaugurated and in the presence of then Prime Minister Rashid Karameh

AUBMC has been providing the highest standards of care to patients across Lebanon and the region since 1902. It is the first medical institution in the Middle East to have earned five international accreditations:

The Joint Commission International (JCI); Magnet; College of American Pathologists (CAP); Joint Accreditation Committee for EBMT and ISCT Europe (JACIE); and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education – International (ACGME-I).

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