I believe that the medical team and the patients/parents are partners in promoting health, and preventing and treating diseases.





  • English

  • Arabic

  • French


Medical School

  • American University of Beirut , 1984 , Beirut , Lebanon


  • American University of Beirut Medical Center , 1984 , Beirut , Lebanon


  • American University of Beirut Medical Center , 1987 , Beirut , Lebanon


  • St. Joseph's Hospital , 1989 , Phoenix , AZ


  • Emory University , 1992 , Atlanta , GA

Philosophy of Care

I believe that the medical team (physicians/nurses) and the patients/parents are partners in promoting health, and preventing and treating diseases. The former bring their medical knowledge and technical expertise and the latter bring their beliefs and hopes, and they should work together, while respecting each other’s ideas, and accepting suggestions and advice.

As a child, I used to volunteer to help my mother who was in charge of medical and social services at the Lebanese Red Cross. As a teen, I was a first aid rescuer with the same organization during the civil war in Lebanon, and was involved in a field hospital established by the ICRC. I did not think twice when it was time for me to choose a career.


After completing my training in 1992, I was part of the Department of Pediatrics at the American University of Beirut Medical Center until 2000. I had a busy clinical and teaching load in the outpatient clinic, inpatient consultations, inpatient service, and reading EEGs. I had the opportunity to start a few research projects, with the Microbiology Department investigating the organisms causing chronic otitis media and meningitis or encephalitis in our Hospital, and with colleagues from Neurology and other departments on new approaches to therapy and unusual complications of antiepileptic drugs.

Since joining Boston Children’s Hospital, my clinical work includes teaching residents in the outpatient clinic and on the inpatient and consultation services during my rotations there. I also see my patients on my own in my office on Fegan 11.

A few years ago, we started the NOW (Neurologist of the Week) clinic, which is an urgent clinic where I see with a Nurse Practitioner children referred by primary care or emergency room physicians. I see General Neurology patients, but have a special interest in Headache and Head Injury. I see many international patients.


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology


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  1. Symptomatic antiepileptic drug associated vitamin D deficiency in noninstitutionalized patients: an under-diagnosed disorder. J Med Liban. 2003 Apr-Jun; 51(2):71-3. View abstract
  2. Efficacy, tolerability, and kinetics of lamotrigine in infants. J Pediatr. 2002 Jul; 141(1):31-5. View abstract
  3. Efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin in Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 2002 Apr; 26(4):298-300. View abstract
  4. Classification of epilepsy syndromes and role of genetic factors. Pediatr Neurol. 2001 Jan; 24(1):37-43. View abstract
  5. Fatality from hepatitis A in a child taking valproate. J Child Neurol. 2000 Feb; 15(2):135-6. View abstract
  6. Potential hepatotoxicity of lamotrigine. Pediatr Neurol. 2000 Jan; 22(1):49-52. View abstract
  7. IVIG in Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 1998 Nov; 19(5):399-400. View abstract
  8. Two-step PCR-based assay for identification of bacterial etiology of otitis media with effusion in infected Lebanese children. J Clin Microbiol. 1998 May; 36(5):1185-8. View abstract
  9. Alpha-interferon in the treatment of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. J Child Neurol. 1997 Nov; 12(8):486-8. View abstract
  10. Landau-Kleffner syndrome: consistent response to repeated intravenous gamma-globulin doses: a case report. Epilepsia. 1997 Apr; 38(4):489-94. View abstract
  11. Juvenile hyaline fibromatosis: two new patients and review of the literature. Am J Med Genet. 1987 Jan; 26(1):123-31. View abstract