Name Bassem Safadi MD, FACS
Title Chair of Surgical Services – General Surgery
Primary Specialty Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Consultant 
Languages Arabic, English & French
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Email [email protected]
Phone +974 4400 4400

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  1. Haddad A, Fobi M, Bashir A, Al Hadad M, ElFawal MH, Safadi B, Taha O, AbouzeidM, Alqahtani A, Nimeri A. Outcomes of One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass in the IFSO Middle East North Africa (MENA) Region. Obes Surg 2019 Aug;29(8):2409-2414.
  2. Minhem MA, Safadi BY, Tamim H, Mailhac A, Alami RS. Does intraoperative endoscopy decrease complications after bariatric surgery? Analysis of American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. SurgEndosc. 2019 Nov;33(11):3629-3634.
  3. Minhem MA, Safadi BY, Habib RH, Raad EPB, Alami RS. Increased adverse outcomes after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in older super-obese patients: analysis of American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2018 Oct;14(10):1463-1470.
  4. Pujol Rafols J, Al Abbas AI, Devriendt S, Guerra A, Herrera MF, Himpens J, Pardina E, Peinado-Onsurbe J, Ramos A, Ribeiro RJDS, Safadi B, Sanchez-Aguilar H, de Vries C, Van Wagensveld B. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or one anastomosis gastric bypass as rescue therapy after failed adjustable gastric banding: a multicenter comparative study. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2018 Nov;14(11):1659-1666.
  5. Abiad F, Khalife D, Safadi B, Alami R, Awwad J, Khalifeh F, Ghazeeri G. The effect of bariatric surgery on inflammatory markers in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2018 Nov;12(6):999-1005.
  6. Nassar H, Zaghal A, Taher A, Mafouz R, Safadi B, Kanso M, Khalife M, Faraj W. Triple thrombophilic simultaneous mutations in patients after bariatric surgery: is there a 10.role for screening in the Eastern Mediterranean?J Surg Case Rep. 2018 Jun; 15;2018(6).
  7. Minhem MA, Sarkis SF, Safadi BY, Fares SA, Alami RS. Comparison of Early Morbidity and Mortality Between Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass in High-Risk Patients for Liver Disease: Analysis of American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Obes Surg. 2018 Sep;28(9):2844-2851.
  8. Dakour Aridi H, Khazen G, Safadi BY. Comparison of Outcomes Between Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy in a Lebanese Bariatric Surgical Practice. Obes Surg. 2018 Feb;28(2):396-404.
  9. Dakour Aridi H, Asali M, Fouani T, Alami RS, Safadi BY. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy with Concomitant Hiatal Hernia Repair: an Unresolved Question.Obes Surg. 2017 Nov;27(11):2898-2904.
  10. Dakour-Aridi HN, El-Rayess HM, Abou-Abbass H, Abu-Gheida I, Habib RH, SafadiBY. Safety of concomitant cholecystectomy at the time of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: analysis of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Jun;13(6):934-941.
  11. Dakour Aridi HN, Wehbe MR, Shamseddine G, Alami RS, Safadi BY. Long-Term Outcomes of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Conversion of Failed Laparoscopic Gastric Band. Obes Surg. 2017 Jun;27(6):1401-1408.
  12. Nimeri A, Al Hadad M, Khoursheed M, Maasher A, Al Qahtani A, Al Shaban T, Fawal H, Safadi B, Alderazi A, Abdalla E, Bashir A. The Peri-operative Bariatric Surgery Care in the Middle East Region. Obes Surg. 2017 Jun;27(6):1543-1547.
  13. Dakour Aridi HN, Tamim H, Mailhac A, Safadi BY. Concomitant hiatal hernia repair with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is safe: analysis of the ACS-NSQIP database.Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Mar;13(3):379-384.
  14. Ramly EP, Safadi BY, Aridi H, Kantar R, Mailhac A, Alami RS. Concomitant removal of gastric band and gastric bypass: Analysis of outcomes and complications from the ACS-NSQIP database. Obes Surg. 2017 Feb;27(2):462-468.
  15. Dakour Aridi H, Sultanem S, Abtar H, Safadi BY, Fawal H, Alami RS. Management of gall bladder disease after sleeve gastrectomy in a selected Lebanese population. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Aug;12(7):1300-1304.
  16. El Lakis MA, Pozzi A, Chamieh J, Safadi B. Portomesenteric vein thrombosis after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a 36-case series. Surg Endosc. 2017 Mar;31(3):1005-1011.
  17. Labban S, Safadi B, Olabi A. Effect of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy on taste acuity and sweetness acceptability in postsurgical subjects. Nutrition. utrition. 2016 Nov-Dec;32(11-12):1299-302.
  18. Ramly EP, Alami RS, Tamim H, Kantar R, Elias E, Safadi BY. Concomitant removal of gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy: Analysis of outcomes and complications from the ACS-NSQIP database. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Jun;12(5):984-8.
  19. Dakour Aridi H, Alami R, Tamim H, Shamseddine G, Fouani T, Safadi B. Long-term outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a Lebanese center experience. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Nov;12(9):1689-1696.
  20. Halawani HM, Abdallah M, Safadi BY. Repair of major lymphatic duct injury during laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 May;12(4):921-922.
  21. Aridi HD, Alami RS, Fouani T, Shamseddine G, Tamim H, Safadi B. Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in adults presenting for bariatric surgery in Lebanon. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Feb;12(2):405-11.
  22. Dakour-Aridi H, Fawal H, Shaghoury I, Safadi BY. Efficacy and Safety of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in Adolescents. Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care. 2016; 11 (2).
  23. Safadi BY, Shamseddine G, Elias E, Alami RS. Definitive surgical management of staple line leak after sleeve gastrectomy. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015 Sep-Oct; 11(5) :1037-43.
  24. Marlene T Chakhtoura, Nancy F Nakhoul, Elie A Akl, Bassem Y Safadi, Christos S Mantzoros, Ghada El‐Hajj Fuleihan. Vitamin D supplementation for obese adults undergoing bariatric surgery. The Cochrane Library 2015.
  25. El Labban S, Safadi B, Olabi A. The Effect of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery on Dietary Intake, Food Preferences, and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Post-Surgical Morbidly Obese Lebanese Subjects: A Cross-Sectional PilotStudy. Obes Surg. 2015 Dec;25(12):2393-9.
  26. Halawani HM, Khalife M, Safadi B, Rida K, Boulos F, Khalifeh F. Laparoscopic antral resection with Billroth I reconstruction for a gastric glomus tumor. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2014;5(12):1128-31.
  27. Hosn MA, Haddad F, El-Merhi F, Safadi B, Hallal A. Repair of an aberrant subclavian arterioesophageal fistula following esophageal stent placement. World J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 Jun 27;6(6):117-21.
  28. Hamdan AL, Safadi B, Chamseddine G, Kasty M, Turfe ZA, Ziade G. Effect of Weight Loss on Voice After Bariatric Surgery. J Voice. 2014 Sep;28(5):618-23.
  29. Musallam KM, Khalife M, Sfeir PM, Faraj W, Safadi B, Abi Saad GS, Abiad F, Hallal A, Alwan MB, Peyvandi F, Jamali FR. Postoperative Outcomes After Laparoscopic Compared With Open Splenectomy. Ann Surg. 2013;257(6):1116-23.
  30. Hage MP, Safadi B, Salti I, Nasrallah M. Role of Gut-Related Peptides and Other Hormones in the Amelioration of Type 2 Diabetes after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. ISRN Endocrinol. 2012;2012:504756. doi:0.5402/2012/504756. Epub 2012 May 7.
  31. Loopo J, Tyrrell D, Jennings R, Harrison M, Safadi B, Bratton B, Albenese C. Combined Laparoscopic Splenectomy and Cholecystectomy in Pediatric Patients: A Three-Port Technique. Pediatric Endosurgery & Innovative Techniques Vol. 3, No. 2:15 Mar 2009.
  32. Loutfi SI, Arabi MS, Safadi BY, Haddad MC. Life-threatening liver laceration with arterial hemorrhage complicating percutaneous treatment of hepatic hydatid cyst. J Med Liban 2008;56(3):185-8.
  33. Davenport DL, Henderson WG, Hogan S, Mentzer RM Jr, Zwischenberger JB; Participants in the Working Conditions of Surgery Residents and Quality of Care Study. Surgery resident working conditions and job satisfaction. Surgery 2008;144(2):332-338.
  34. Alami RS, Schuster R, Friedland S, Curet MJ, Wren SM, Soetikno R, Morton JM, Safadi BY. Transnasal small-caliber esophagogastroduodenoscopy for preoperative evaluation of the high-risk morbidly obese patient. Surg Endosc 2007;21(5):758-60.
  35. Williams DB, Hagedorn JC, Lawson EH, Galanko JA, Safadi BY, Curet MJ, Morton JM. Gastric bypass reduces biochemical cardiac risk factors. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2007;3(1):8-13.
  36. Schuster R, Singh J, Safadi BY, Wren SM. The use of acellular dermal matrix for contaminated abdominal wall defects: wound status predicts success. Am J Surg2006;192(5):594-7.
  37. Schuster R, Curet MJ, Alami RS, Morton JM, Wren SM, Safadi BY. Concurrent gastric bypass and repair of anterior abdominal wall hernias. Obes Surg 2006;16(9):1205-8.
  38. Sanchez BR, Safadi BY, Kieran JA, Hsu GP, Brodsky JB, Curet MJ, Morton JM. Orogastric tube complications in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.Obes Surg2006;16(4):443-7.
  39. Sanchez BR, Mohr CJ, Morton JM, Safadi BY, Alami RS, Curet MJ. Comparison of totally robotic laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and traditional laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2005;1(6):549-54.
  40. Sanchez BR, Morton JM, Curet MJ, Alami RS, Safadi BY. Incidental finding of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) during laparoscopic gastric bypass. Obes Surg2005;15(10):1384-8.
  41. Meneghetti AT, Safadi B, Stewart L, Way LW. Local resection of ampullary tumors. J Gastrointest Surg 2005; 9(9):1300-6.
  42. Alvarado R, Alami RS, Hsu G, Safadi BY, Sanchez BR, Morton JM, Curet MJ. The impact of preoperative weight loss in patients undergoing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Obes Surg 2005;15(9):1282-6.
  43. Alami RS, Morton JM, Sanchez BR, Curet MJ, Wren SM, Safadi BY. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at a Veterans Affairs and high-volume academic facilities: a comparison of institutional outcomes. Am J Surg 2005;190(5):821-5.
  44. Hsu GP, Morton JM, Jin L, Safadi BY, Satterwhite TS, Curet MJ. Laparoscopic Roux- en-Y gastric bypass: differences in outcome between attendings and assistants of different training backgrounds. Obes Surg 2005;15(8):1104-10.
  45. Safadi BY. Trends in insurance coverage for bariatric surgery and the impact of evidence-based reviews. Surg Clin North Am 2005; 85: 665-80.
  46. Wren SM, Ahmed N, Jamal A, Safadi BY . Preoperative Oral Antibiotics in Colorectal Surgery Increase the Rate of Clostridium difficile Colitis.Arch Surg 2005; 140: 752-6.
  47. Safadi BY, Kieran JA, Hall RG, Morton JM, Bellatorre N, et al. Introducing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at a Veterans Affairs medical facility. Am JSurg 2004;188(5):606-10.
  48. Battat AC, Rouse RV, Dempsey L, Safadi BY, Wren SM. Institutional commitment to rectal cancer screening results in earlier-stage cancers on diagnosis. Ann Surg Oncol2004;11(11):970-6.
  49. Safadi BY. Laparoscopic antireflux surgery. Minerva Chir 2004;59(5):447-59.
  50. Safadi BY. Laparoscopic repair of parastomal hernias: early results. Surg Endosc2004: 18(4): 676-89.
  51. Kolodziejski TR, Safadi BY, Nakanuma Y, Milkes DE, Soetikno RM. Bile duct cysts in a patient with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Gastrointest Endosc2004; 59(1):140-2.
  52. Safadi BY, Kown M, Wren SS. Utilization of laparoscopic antireflux surgery at a single VA facility compared to the VA National Trend. Am J Surg 2003; 186:505-8.
  53. Safadi BY, Rosito O, Nino-Murcia Matilde, Wolfe VA, Perkash I. Which stoma works better for colonic dysmotility in the spinal cord injured Patient? Am J Surg 2003; 186:437-42.
  54. Melcher M, Safadi BY. Ileocolic intussusception in an Adult. J Am Coll Surg 2003; 197(3): 518.
  55. Safadi BY. Post-herpetic Self-limited Abdominal Wall Herniation. Am J Sug 2003; 186(2):148.
  56. Safadi BY , Duh QY: Minimally Invasive Approach to Inguinal Hernia Repair. J. Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech 2001;11(6):361-6.
  57. Patti MG, Arcerito M , Tamburini A, Feo CV , Safadi BY , Diener U ,Way LW : Effect of Laparoscopic Fundoplication on GERD-Induced Respiratory Symptoms. J.Gastrointest Surg 2000; 4 (2): 143-9.
  58. Safadi BY , Marks JM : Pancreatic-pleural Fistula: the role of ERCP in diagnosis and treat. Gastrointest Endosc 2000; 51 (2): 213-5.
  59. Patti MG, Feo CV, Diener U, Tamburini A, Arcerito M, Safadi BY, Way LW: Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Relieves Dysphagia When the Esophagus is Dilated.Surg Endosc1999; 13 (9): 843-7.
  60. Safadi BY , Marks JM , Ponsky JL : Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy.Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Amer 1998; 8(3): 551-68.
  61. Safadi BY , Marks JM, Ponsky JL : Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy: AnUpdate. Endoscopy 1998; 30 (9): 781-9.