In 1973, Dr. Edmond Choueiry and Dr. Joseph Naffah, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the American University of Beirut and Saint Joseph University in Beirut, respectively, founded the Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension. This was at a moment Nephrology as a new specialty was fast developing worldwide and in Lebanon. In 1974, and later having officially registered the Society with the Lebanese Order of Physicians as a scientific society, a 1st meeting of the few nephrologists already present in Lebanon was held. Professor Naffah was appointed as the 1st President of our Society. The number of nephrologists registered with the Society began to rise as returnees to Lebanon began establishing practices all over the country. The first dialysis sessions were performed in the very early seventies for a patient expected from Canada. The patient bought the dialysis machine and dialyzers himself, while his niece, a registered nurse in hemodialysis from Montreal, performed the three weekly sessions. This first machine was established at the Lebanese Hospital-Geitaoui. Hemodialysis centers began to be established across the capital city: American University of Beirut Medical Center, St Georges Hospital – Achrafieh, Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Makassed Hospital, Lebanese Hospital-Geitaoui, Trad Hospital and Barbir Hospital. The first nephrologists were Drs Edmond Choueiry, Joseph Naffah, Raja Khoury, Adel Berbari, Antoine Stephan, Georges Bridi, Nabil Moukheiber, Issam Chehade, Mike Balabanian, Aida Moussally, Elias Abdelnour, Jacques Karam, Joseph Chahine and Wadih Malha. Pediatric nephrology initiated with Drs Amine Barakat and Sami Sanjad. During the years of the Lebanese civil war and till the very early eighties, the societal movements were curtailed as the number of nephrologists dwindled and the logistical complications mounted. In the early eighties, arrival of new nephrologists gave a thrust to the Society. Drs Edgard Nasr, Antoine Farah, Albert Karam, Nabil Bassil, Jose Khabouth, Kassem Hamade, Nadra Wadih and Hafez Allame took charge at hospitals, assumed academic activities and favored the opening of hemodialysis centers outside Beirut, namely in North and South Lebanon, the Bekaa and Mount Lebanon regions.
The Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension aims to promote: