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Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta

Pioneering surgeon, humanitarian leader

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Why Featured?

Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta is renowned for his expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery, particularly in craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, and trauma-related injuries. He is a highly respected figure for his humanitarian work in wars and his contribution to healthcare innovation and medical education.

Brief bio

Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta is a British-Palestinian plastic and reconstructive surgeon, recognized globally for his specialization in craniofacial surgery and his humanitarian efforts. He has worked in various conflict zones, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, South Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. Dr. Abu Sitta is also known for his academic contributions and his role in leading medical technology advancements.

Major Milestones


  • Completed medical education at the University of Glasgow in the U.K. and postgraduate residency training in London.

  • Underwent three fellowships in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery, Cleft Surgery, and Trauma Reconstruction.

  • Became Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery and Founder of the Conflict Medicine Program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

  • Led a first-of-its-kind augmented reality operation, aiding a surgeon in Gaza to reconstruct the hand of a child.

  • Serves as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College University of London and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Kings College London University.

  • Leadership in the first augmented reality operation in Lebanon and the region.

  • Extensive work as a war surgeon in the Middle East...See More

  • Clinical Lead for the Operational Trauma Initiative at the World Health Organization’s EMRO Office...See More

  • Board member of INARA, providing reconstructive surgery to war-injured children...See More

  • Published works on war injuries and health consequences of prolonged conflict.

Date of Last Update: 
December 30, 2023

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