(August 18, 2014) Beirut, Lebanon – The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) announces the opening of Lebanon’s first comprehensive multidisciplinary Balance Center. The center caters to patients with dizziness and imbalance symptoms, whether related to ear, neurologic, muscular or orthopedic issues, offering them therapy by a specialized medical team.
“Another specialized clinical program to be added to AUBMC’s portfolio,” said Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Director of the Balance Center at AUBMC, Dr. Marc Bassim. “This program will be one of the very few specialized comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic centers in the Middle East catering to the medical needs of people with dizziness and balance conditions.” added Dr. Bassim.
Dizziness is a complex complaint that can result from disorders of various organ systems and medical conditions. AUBMC’s Balance Center provides expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders relating to dizziness, vertigo and unsteadiness.
Given the complexity of the vestibular and balance systems, experience counts when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. AUBMC’s clinicians have a combined experience of many years diagnosing and treating even the most difficult cases. The Balance Center utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on the expertise of specialists in the area of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Neurology, Neuroradiology, Audiology, and Physical Therapy to address each patient’s medical and rehabilitative needs. This collaborative approach to patient care makes this facility a unique and outstanding resource for both patients and healthcare providers who work with individuals experiencing dizziness or balance problems.
“This center is yet another proof of the pioneering role AUBMC takes to fulfill its community’s health needs through patient-centered comprehensive care.” added Dr. George Zaytoun, acting chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology -Head & Neck Surgery: “With the opening of this center, AUBMC is following on its commitment, as part of the AUBMC 2020 Vision, to establish specialized services and centers that meet the needs of the people of our region.” Concluded Dr. Zaytoun.
The Balance Center is located at the Department of Otolaryngology (6th floor, Phase 1). For more information, please call the Admissions Department at 01 350000 ext. 5579 from 8am to 5pm.
For more information please visit our website www.aubmc.org or contact:
The AUBMC Office of Communications at 0096 1 350000 ext. 4732
Rana Alley, Director of Strategic Planning and Communications 00961 1 350000 ext. 4722
Note to Editors
Since 1902, AUBMC has been providing the highest standards of care to patients across Lebanon and the region. It is also the teaching hospital for the Faculty of Medicine at AUB (established in 1867) which has trained generations of medical students and physicians, and its graduates can be found at leading institutions around the world. AUBMC is the first medical institution in the Middle East to have earned the three international accreditations of JCI, Magnet, and CAP, attesting to its superior standards in patient-centered care, nursing, and pathology/laboratory services.
The Faculty of Medicine has graduated over 4,000 medical students and physicians; the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing provides excellent education for the nursing staff, and the Medical Center meets the health care needs of over 300,000 patient visits annually.