Hibah Osman, MD, MPH

American University of Beirut Lebanon

Balsam – Lebanese Center for Palliative Care

Palliative and Supportive Care Program – AUBMC

Dr. Osman is committed to developing palliative care in Lebanon and the region. In addition to providing palliative care to patients in the Greater Beirut area, she has been actively working on raising awareness among policy makers, health providers and in the community. She also supports hospitals to establish a palliative care culture and palliative care programs to insure that palliative care is available and accessible to anyone who needs it.

• First physician to be license in Palliative Medicine in Lebanon
• Member of the National Committee on Pain Control and Palliative Care in the Ministry of Public Health and Chair of its Subcommittee on Practice
• Founded 2 NGOs that provide home-based palliative care in Beirut
• Director of the Palliative and Supportive Care Program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center’s Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute – the first hospital-based palliative care program in Lebanon.
• Developed and delivers courses on palliative care targeting health professionals, medical students and students in public health.

• Medical Degree, American University of Beirut, 1995
• Postgraduate Training, Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 1995 -1998
• Board Certified, Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 1998 – Present
• Board Certified, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012 – Present
• Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP Course), Harvard Medical School, 2013- 2014
• Masters in Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000
• International Visiting Scholar Program, San Diego Hospice, 2010
• Fellowship, Maternal Child Health, West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park, IL 1998-2000

PUBLICATIONS (Relevant to palliative care)

• Osman H, Shrestha S, Temin S, Ali Z, Corvera R et al. Palliative care in the global setting: American Society of Clinical Oncology Resource-Stratified Practice Guideline. Journal of Global Oncology (Submitted January 30, 2018; In press)
• Osman H, Rihan A, Garralda E, Rhee JY, Pons JJ, De Lima L, Tfaily A Centeno C. Atlas of Palliative Care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Houston: IAHPC Press: 2017.
• Osman H, El Jurdi K, Sabra R, Arawi T. Respecting patient choices: Using the “Go Wish” cards as a teaching tool. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017;0:1-4.
• Osman H, Ramia JA. Assessing physicians’ perceptions of home based palliative care services in the Beirut area. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2015;5 (suppl 1): A28.
• Osman H, Abboud M, El Zein L, Ghosn H, Hanna J, Kanazi G. Setting standards for practice for palliative care in Lebanon: Recommendations of the Subcommittee on Practice – National Committee for Pain Control and Palliative Care. Lebanese Medical Journal 2013; 61(4): 199-203.
• Osman H, Batlouni L. Home Health Care in Lebanon. Human and Health. 2013;22:16- 18.
• Osman H. Developing palliative care in Lebanon: Obstacles and opportunities. J Med Liban 2015;63(1): 42-46.
• Osman H. Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care. Human and Health. 2012;20: 22-3.
• Murray S, Osman H. Primary Palliative Care: the potential of primary care physicians as providers of palliative care in the community in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 2012;18(2):178-183.

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