International Journal of Surgical Studies (IJSS)

Open Access Journal

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Assad Taha, MD, FACS Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
American University of Beirut Medical Centre
Beirut, Lebanon

Just retired as Orthopedic surgeon at the American University of Beirut Medical Center where I practiced since 1980.  As per the CV, I have headed and served in several clinical and administrative posts, including Chief of Orthopedics, Surgical Coordinator of the Emergency Room, Director of Prosthetic/Orthotic department, and two-term President of the Lebanese Orthopedic Society. I also headed teams to negotiate business ventures related to pharmaceutical and medical device companies as well as administrative responsibilities at the American University of Beirut such as contracts with third party payers, army, and medical companies. Also chaired several committees related to hospital operational management, as well as Ad Hoc committees that study current and changing FDA and CE marking regulations.

I have decided that it is time to retire from clinical orthopedics, and I am interested in any position that can use my clinical and administrative expertise.


  • 1977-1980 Orthopaedic Residency Training in England, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Edgware General Hospital, & Mayday Hospital
  • 1976-1977 Chief Resident in Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
  • 1973-1076 Resident in Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
  • 1972-1973 Intern in Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
  • June 1973 M.D Degree, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
  • June 1968 B.Sc Biology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

  • Clinical and Basic Research
  • General Orthopedics
  • Arthroscopy

  1. Masrouha, K, Tamim H, Taha A, Taha AM, Abi-Melhem R, Al-Taki M. Comparison of Early Adverse Events After Operative Treatment of Bimalleolar and Trimalleolar Fractures Versus Pilon Fractures. The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery 56:332-335, 2017
  2. Chamseddine AH, AbdallaH A, Zein H, Taha A. Transfracture Medial Transposition of the Radial Nerve Associated with Plate Fixation of the Humerus (Accepted for publication in International Orthopaedics). Currently published online on 1/25/2017, reference DOI 10.1007/s00264-016-3397-7
  3. Taha A, Sfeir P, Al Taki M: Pectus carinatum: A novel method of sternal fixation. LMJ 64(3), 142-145, 2016
  4. Taha A, Al Taki M, Taha T: Vitamin D revisited: Impact on osteoporosis. Women’s Health Journal. 1(2), 48-52, 2015
  5. Badra M, Mehio-Sibai A, Al_Hazzouri Z, Abou Naja H, Baliki G, salamoun M, Afeiche N, Baddoura O, Bulos S, Haidar R, Mushrrafieh R, Nsouli A, Taha A, Tayim A, El-Hajj Fuleihan G: Risk Estimates for Hip Fracture from Clinical and Densitometric Variables and Impact of Database Selection in Lebanese Subjects. Journal of Clinical Densitometry July-Sep;12(3):272-8, 2009 (Epub 2009 Feb 25)
  6. Chamseddine A, Jawish R, Hamdan H, Zein H, Taha A: Traumatic Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: A Case with Modification of Gerber Procedure for Humeral Head Reconstruction at a 10-year Follow-up. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol, Feb 12, 19:87-92, 2009
  7. Sraj SA, Lahhoud LE, Musharrafieh R, Taha A: Nuchal-type Fibroma of the Ankle: A Case Report. J Foot Ankle Surg Jul-Aug;47(4);332-6, 2008, Epub 2008, May 12
  8. Moucharafieh R, Wehbe J, Nimeh A, Kirtbawi C, Taha A, Taki M, Maalouf G. Isolated Vastus Medialis Obliquus Ruptures: Repair Using Absorbable Anchor Sutures. Journal of “Techniques in Orthopaedics” 23(2):137-139, June 2008
  9. Chamseddine A, Jawish R, Taha A. Importance of establishing a registry of hip prostheses in Lebanon. Lebanese Medical Journal 56(1): 49-53
  10. Moucharafieh R, Wehbe J, Taha A, Taki M, Maalouf G (all authors except first inadvertently dropped). Pectoralis Major Tendon Ruptures: Repair Using Absorbable Anchor Sutures. J Orthopaedics 4(4)e:13, 2007
  11. Taha J, Favre J, Janszen M, Galarza M, Taha A: Correlation Between Withdrawal Symptoms and Medication Pump Residual Volume in Patients with Implantable Syncromed Pumps. Neurosurgery 55(2):390-394, 2004
  12. Hreybe H, Salamoun M, Badra M, Afeiche N, Baddoura O, Boulos S, Haidar R, Lakkis S, Musharrafieh R, Nsouli A, Taha A, Tayim A, El-Hajj Fuleihan G. Hip fractures in Lebanese Patients: Determinants and Prognosis. Journal of Clinical Densitometry 7(4):368-375, 2004
  13. Taha A, Galarza M, Zuccarello M, Taha J: Outcomes of Cubital Tunnel Surgery Among Patients with Absent Sensory Nerve Conduction. Neurosurgery 54(4): 891-896, 2004
  14. Taha A: The Treatment of Pulled Elbow.  Arch Orthop Trauma Surg 120(5-6):336-337, 2000
  15. Taha A: Simplification of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society Classification.  Bulletin Hospital for Joint Diseases 1(1): 7-11, 1998-1999
  16. Taha A, Taha JM: Results of Suture of the Sciatic Nerve After Missile Injury. J Trauma 45:340-344, 1998
  17. Taha A, Taha J: Results of Suture of the Radial, Median, and Ulnar Nerves After Missile Injury Below the Axilla.  J Trauma  45:335-339, 1998
  18. Baddoura O, Lakkis S, Taha A: Correction of a Vertical Shear Fracture: Staged Sliding Osteotomy of the pPlvic Ring. Operative Ortho Traumatol 9:97-107, 1997
  19. Taha A et al: Unusual Presentation of Meniscal Tear: A Case Report. Bulletin Hospital for Joint Diseases 54(2): 103-105, 1995
  20. Taha A: Subcapital Fracture of a Congenitally Dislocated Hip: Revival of Girdlestone Resection Arthroplasty. Bulletin Hospital for Joint Diseases 54(1): 35-42, 1995
  21. Mansour A, Fakih R, Taha A:  Results of One-Hundred Twenty Knee Arthroscopies: J Royal College Physicians Surgeons 1(2): 8-11, 1995
  22. Taha A: Fat embolism. A review. MEJA  11(3):217-251, 1991

Articles awaiting publication

  1. Taha A, Taha J: Comparison of the Effectiveness of Cervical Traction in Single- versus Multi-Level Cervical Disc Disease: A Prospective Study
  2. Taha A: Symptomatic Anomalous Coracoclavicular Articulation
  3. Taha A: Prognostic Factors in Club Foot: Role of obesity
  4. “International Femoroacetabular impingement Optimal Care Update Survey (IN-FOCUS)”. Underway (Canadian Orthopaedic Association, The European Hip Society, the British Hip Society, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Sancheti group, Lebanese Orthopaedic Society). Survey is based in McMaster University


  1. El-Hajj Fuleihan G, Badra M, Tayim A, Salamoun N, Afeiche N, , Makari G, Baddoura O, Boulos R, Haidar R, Lakkis S, Musharrafieh R, Nsouli A, Taha A. Total Body Fat as a Predictor of Hip Fracture. J Bone Mineral Res. Supplement 1 (Abstract 1393), 2002
  2. El-Hajj Fuleihan G, Badra M, Tayim A, Makari M, Salamoun M, Afeiche N, Baddoura O, Boulos S, Haidar R, Lakkis S, Musharrafieh R, Nsouli A, Taha A. Lebanese patients with hip fractures are relatively young, but have osteoporosis.  J Bone Miner Res.Supplement 1 ( Abstract M 337), 2001

Oral presentations, Chapters & Books

  1. Chonromyxoid Fibroma of the Coracoid Process. Nabil Khoury, Nawal Jurdi, Marl Jabbour, Assad Taha. Oral presentation at the 41th Edinburgh International Skeletal Society (ISS) Oct. 13-18, 2014
  2. Taha A: Tibial shaft fractures in children. In: “Pediatric Trauma From Head to Toe”. Lebanese University Medical School Publications, Beirut, Lebanon, 2000
  3. Taha A: Pitfalls in Acute Musculoskeletal Injuries: The Lebanese War Experience. In preparation