LAU Medical Center - Rizk Hospital

Dermatology *

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Welcome to the Dermatology Department!

Many patients ask: why see a dermatologist?
Well, almost 95% of people will eventually need to see a dermatologist at least once in their lifetime. We are here to take care of your health and appearance every step of the way.

Remember, skin is the largest organ of the body; it protects you from the outside world and provides you with the best natural tool to express your feelings.

From the first moment of your life, dermatologists offer you preventive and therapeutic care for common and unusual conditions of the skin, mucous membranes, hair, and nails.

We have multiple divisions in our department, with a qualified amiable multidisciplinary team, always ready to provide you with the utmost care, according to international guidelines and ethical principles.

If you have any queries or would like to schedule an appointment, we are glad to help you
from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
at (961) 01-200800, Ext. 6680.

Team members

Attending Physicians

Zeina Tannous, M.D.
Dr. Zeina Tannous is the Founding Chairman of Dermatology at Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine of the Lebanese American University and Chief of Dermatology at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. She is also a Dermatology faculty member at Harvard Medical School. A graduate of the American University of Beirut School of Medicine, Dr. Tannous joined the Harvard Medical School for a Dermatology residency and three fellowships in Dermatopathology, Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery, and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology. She is board certified in the United States in Dermatology and Dermatolopathology.

An author of over 70 scholarly articles, reviews, chapters and abstracts, Dr. Tannous co-authored a textbook on Cosmetic and Laser Dermatology containing over 600 clinical photographs that was translated to Korean and Greek Languages. She subsequently served as the first author of the second edition of this textbook. She has also served as a guest editor of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine's Special Dermatology Issue that was published in February 2012. She is currently authoring a Comprehensive Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser and Energy-Based Therapies that will be published in 2018. Dr. Tannous is a Board member of multiple prestigious societies and an Editorial board member of Laser in Surgery and Medicine journal.

Dr. Tannous has lectured extensively in regional, national and international meetings. She served as a program co-chair for the Annual Symposium of the International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgery meeting in 2009, and as a co-chair of Cutaneous Laser Surgery Section at the American Society of Lasers in Surgery & Medicine national meeting in 2010, the leading society in Laser surgery.

Dr. Tannous’ research interests include the application of lasers and light sources in the treatment of dermatologic conditions, as well as non-invasive imaging of skin and ulcer treatment. She has served as a principal investigator on multiple studies, and her research work has resulted in three patents.

Jinane El-Khoury Okais, M.D.
Dr Jinane El Khoury obtained her Medical Doctorate from the American University of Beirut in 2009. She went on to pursue her dermatology residency training at the American University of Beirut medical center with an emphasis on general dermatology, dermatopathology and basic science. During her final year of training she attended a two month elective at the laboratory of stem cells dynamics of the EPFL (école polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) headed by Professor Yann Barrandon. During her stay she was trained in basic and advanced molecular biology, and was involved in a project aimed at studying the behavior of epithelial stem cells during wound healing on a murine model.

After her residency, she was awarded a one year scholarship from the College of medicine of the Hospitals in Paris (Bourse du collège de médecine des hôpitaux de Paris). She completed one year of advanced training at the Cochin Tarnier hospital in Paris in the field of cutaneous oncology, with an added exposure to the management of connective tissue diseases, bullous diseases, female genital mucous membrane diseases and skin ulcers. She was awarded a Diploma of Specialized Medical Training in October 2014 (DFMS, Diplôme de formation médicale spécialisée).

She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the dermatology department of the Lebanese American University Medical Center- Rizk Hospital. Dr El Khoury is the author of multiple publications in the fields of general dermatology and dermatopathology. Her interest is in managing challenging medical dermatology cases as well as female genital mucosal diseases.

Dermatology Residents
Farah El Chaer Issaoui, M.D.

Maya Farah, M.D.

Omar Bou Hamdan, M.D.

Jinia El Feghaly, M.D.

Elie Saliba, M.D.

Qualified Nurse
Mrs. Cynthia Sahyoun Mzaaber, R.N.

Senior Administrative Assistant
Miss. Suzanne Kaddourah


General Dermatology
"Dermatology is an art of seeing!" This quote by Professor Franz Trautinger lights on the most important skill of a dermatologist: the talent to make a diagnosis by the act of seeing.
General dermatology includes among others: acne, rosacea, psoriasis, pruritis, vitiligo, skin infections and allergies, burns, skin cancer, connective tissue diseases, psychosomatic disorders, pediatric dermatology, skin diseases in pregnancy, hair and nail disorders, and skin manifestations of internal diseases.

Procedural Dermatology (Surgery)
• Biopsies
• Excisions
• Nail surgery
• Acne surgery
• Cryotherapy
• Sclerotherapy
• Electrosurgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Few are the dermatologists specialized in Mohs’ surgery, especially in Lebanon & the MENA region.
Mohs surgery has its indications, and when indicated, it provides the patient with highest cure rates and best cosmetic outcomes. In certain types of skin cancer, the cure rate may reach 99% with Mohs micrographic surgery compared to 76% with classic surgeries.
Dr. Zeina Tannous, an American Board certified dermatologist and a Harvard-trained Mohs surgeon, performs all the Mohs surgery at our center while examining the corresponding dermatopathology specimens with an aim to eradicate at least 99% of the tumor.
Dr. Tannous is also a board certified dermatopathologist; her additional fellowship training in dermatopathology adds tremendously to her unique experience in treating aggressive, recurrent and complicated skin cancers in cosmetically and functionally sensitive areas such as the face.

Clinicopathologic Correlation (CPC) is a major feature that characterizes the daily life of dermatologists, it gives them an advantage lacking in many other specialties.
When we take a biopsy from your skin, mucosa, hair or nail, we examine it under the microscope, in an attempt to make an accurate diagnosis of conditions that cannot be confirmed by history and macroscopic physical examination alone.

LASER Therapy
We are supplied by the newest technologies in laser therapies including the Diode laser, the Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) and the fractional skin resurfacing laser.
These lasers, while in expert hands, have a major role in many skin conditions such as laser hair removal, rejuvenation and removal of pigmented and vascular lesions, scars, and burns.

Vascular Birthmark Clinic
From congenital (skin diseases children are born with) to infantile birthmarks and pediatric vascular anomalies (e.g. hemangiomas, port-wine stains), to vascular diseases in adults, our department is lucky to have experts in the field of vascular disorders.

We are here to provide you with the best available multidisciplinary treatment options, including a combination of medications and advanced laser therapies, along with interventional radiologic procedures.
Remember! The earlier you start the treatment the better.

Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dermatology
Along with medical knowledge, dermatologists get special intensive training to acquire the skills needed to perform the cosmetic procedures in a safely manner.
In our department, we have multiple modalities that can help our patients improve their appearance: from anti-aging creams to peeling therapies, Botox, fillers, and the newest laser rejuvenation techniques.
After all, your skin is the mirror of your body, it is affected by your daily life and your general health; it shows a lot about who you are.

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