Dr. Ghassan Azar
Dr. Ghassan Azar was born in 1959 in Beirut where he grew up. After completing his elementary studies at International College (IC), he received a MD degree from the American University of Beirut in 1985 and spent four years training as a General Practitioner in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the American university of Beirut Medical Centre (AUBMC). He then pursued his higher education specializing in Maternal Foetal Medicine for three years at King’s College Harris Birthright Centre in London, one of the world’s leading clinical units and research centres for the assessment and treatment of unborn babies, where he also published several publications and wrote a chapter in the most prominent book about ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Dr. Azar came back to Beirut in 1991 and worked as an Assistant Professor at the American University Hospital (AUH) for seven years. During that time, he was engaged in clinical research and published 23 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He also served and headed several committees local and international.
While working as an Assistant Professor in foetal medicine, Dr. Azar opened his practice in 1994 in Gefinor. In 1996, he opened his current practice located at Speciality Clinic Centre in Hamra; a state-of-the-art centre for maternal foetal medicine which he regularly updates his practice with the latest technologies. To date, Dr. Azar has treated over 21,000 patients and delivered around 11,000 babies. He currently admits patients to Trad, Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC ) and Lebanese Canadian Hospital.
Dr. Azar is married to Gracy El Khoury; they have three children: Joe, Laura and Jad.
About the Clinic & Treatments
In our medical center you can get high quality treatments and procedures to diagnose and resovle infertility problem.
In our center we are using state of the art technology to make sure you as a patient are treated in a best possible way.
We have great experience with international patients in our clinic.
Some of the important procedures we have in our clinic are:
IVF – In Vitro Fertilisation
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro.
The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory.
The fertilised egg undergoes embryo culture for 2–6 days, and is then transferred to the same or another woman’s uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
Egg donation is the process by which a woman donates eggs to enable another woman to conceive as part of an assisted reproduction treatment or for biomedical research. For assisted reproduction purposes, egg donation typically involves in vitro fertilization technology, with the eggs being fertilized in the laboratory; more rarely, unfertilized eggs may be frozen and stored for later use.
Ultrasonography is used to visualize the embryo or fetus in its mother’s womb. It helps establish key information about the progress of the pregnancy and the health of both the mother and the baby. In addition to tracking the size and listening to the heartbeat of the embryo, it screens for abnormalities and and determines the risk of premature birth, if any.
Ultrasonography can also be used to define the sex of the baby in later stages.
The Pap test (also called Pap smear) is used to detect potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the female reproductive system. The test consists of collecting cells from the uterus and examining them under the microscope for abnormalities. If needed, a Pap smear can be followed up by a colposcopy, or the visual examination of the cervix and vagina through a colposcope to take tissue samples for biopsy.
IVF is a major treatment for infertility that consists of monitoring a woman’s ovulatory process, removing ova from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a fluid medium in a laboratory. The fertilised egg is then transferred to the patient’s uterus with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Maternal Fetal Medicine deals with high-risk pregnancies resulting from pre-existing medical conditions or complications during pregnancy. In addition to regular pre-natal testing and monitoring, the obstetrician may perform a fetal intra-uterine surgery.
Amniocentesis, Chorionic Villus sampling, and Cordocentesis
Amniocentesis is the sampling of detached embryonic cells floating in the amniotic fluid. After a small amount of the fluid is extracted through a needle, tests are made to determine whether any chromosomal abnormalities or fetal infections are present. The test can also be used to determine the sex of the baby.
Similar to amniocentesis, CVS can be used to check for chromosomal abnormalities by taking a tissue sample of the placental tissue, and can usually be performed as early as 10 weeks of gestation.
Cordocentesis is the sampling of blood from the fetal umbilical cord.
Cosmetic Gynecology aims to reconstruct and improve internal and external tissues and organs of the reproductive system.
Procedures include rejuvenation of the perineum and removal of dark stains, collagen injection to G spot, labiaplasty, and hymenoplasty.
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