” Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again. We had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

 

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My younger years were spent in Toledo Ohio, amongst my extended family. Work opportunity for my

family sent us back to Lebanon where I grew up in the sullen fertile beauty of the Bekaa valley , where the seed of medicine for me germinated. I left its comfort to return to America for higher education in pursuit of the craft. I graduated from the Ohio State University in 2002 Magna Cum Laude. During those years I coupled my basic science research in hereditary colon cancer syndromes with creative writing workshops and classes and mentorship.  My medical school training was done at the University of Cincinnati Ohio , completed in 2007. Internal medicine residency took me to Chicago , where I spent three years learning the core of the trade at Northwestern University. From there, I made the long voyage to the west coast, where I completed three years of specialty training as a Gastroenterology Fellow at the University of San Diego California. Finding great satisfaction in the skill set of therapeutic endoscopy, I stayed an additional year as clinical instructor in medicine to acquire a sub-subspecialty training in advanced endoscopic techniques in 2013.  I took my knowledge and experiences with me and returned to the welcome embrace of the midwest, were I began practice in Chicago and its surrounding South West community.

 

Clinical Interests:

 

 

Endoscopic Procedures Performed: 

Colonoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD/ Upper Endoscopy)

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatoscopy ( ERCP)

Endoscopic Ultrasound ( EUS) with Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

Percutaneous Gastrostomy Placement ( PEG tube/ G-tube)

Advanced polypectomy

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection ( EMR)

Enteral stenting

Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett’s Esophagus ( RFA)

EUS guided fiducial placement

EUS guided drainage techniques

Single Balloon Enteroscopy

Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy

 

 

Professional Memberships:
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy ( ASGE )
  • American College of Gastroenterology ( ACG )
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • American Medical Association ( AMA )