Karim Ahmad Sarhane

Dr. Karim Ahmad Sarhane Consultant General Surgeon

Years of Experience : 12

Nationality : Lebanon

Languages Known : Arabic, English, French

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Dr. Karim Ahmad Sarhane is an MD MSc graduate from the American University of Beirut. Following graduation, he completed a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University (Maryland, USA) in Peripheral Nerve Surgery. He then completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Toledo (Ohio, USA), followed by a year of additional training in Plastic Surgery. He then joined Burjeel Royal Hospital in September 2022 (after spending a total of 10 years in the USA). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.​​ Dr. Sarhane is a Surgeon-Scientist who combines clinical care with scientific research to deliver the best possible outcomes to his patients. He has been published in top-ranked bioengineering, neuroscience, and surgery journals. He holds a patent for a novel Nanofiber Nerve Wrap that he developed with his colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology and the Johns Hopkins Department of Neuroscience (US Patent # 10500305, December 2019). He is the recipient of many research grants and research awards, including the Best Basic Science Paper at the Johns Hopkins Residents Research Symposium, the Basic Science Research Grant Prize from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand, the Research Pilot Grant Prize from the Plastic Surgery Foundation, and a Scholarship Award from the American College of Surgeons. He has authored to date 49 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, 48 peer-reviewed abstracts, and 29 national presentations.​​ Dr. Sarhane is recognized by colleagues for his commitment to medicine, his superior surgical skills, his compassionate care, and his innovative mindset. He strives to advance surgical care through excellence in research, education, clinical care, and service. He is proud to offer the patients of the UAE the entire gamut of General and Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery. His areas of expertise include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Breast cancer surgery (including oncoplastic and implant-based reconstruction after mastectomy)
  • Surgery of the colon and rectum
  • Hernia repair (including the groin, ventral, and complex re-operative hernia surgery)
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Upper gastrointestinal surgery (including anti-reflux procedures and hiatal hernia repair)
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Soft tissue sarcoma surgery
  • Adrenal surgery
  • Skin cancer surgery
  • Wound surgery
  • Surgery on the pregnant patient
  • Abdominoplasty and mini-abdominoplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Lipofilling / fat grafting
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast augmentation
  • Trauma surgery
  • Surgical critical care

Awards & Achievements

  • 2021 Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery
  • 2020 Travel Scholarship American College of Surgeons - Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit, DC, USA
  • 2019 Basic Science Grant (10,000$) - The Plastic Surgery Foundation Pilot Grant Project: Nanofiber Composite Carrier for IGF-1 Nanoparticle Delivery to Nerve and Muscle Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2015 Best Resident Poster 94th Annual Conference of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), AZ, USA Project: Functional abdominal wall reconstruction using an innervated abdominal wall vascularized composite allografts
  • 2014 Basic Science Grant (20,000$) - American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand Project: Selectively permeable nanofiber construct for nerve repair and limb transplants Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2014 Best Basic Science Paper 6th Annual Resident Research Symposium of the Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Departments of Plastic Surgery, MD, USA Project: Selectively permeable nanofiber construct for optimizing peripheral nerve repair
  • 2014 Best Paper Award 59th Annual Conference of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, NY, USA Project: Immunosuppression-free Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation across a Full MHC Mismatch Using Cadaveric Bone Marrow Infusion and Costimulation Blockade in a Translational Large Animal Model
  • 2014 Best Poster 8th Annual Research Poster Session of the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery, MD, USA Project: Costimulatory Blockade in Combination with Donor Bone Marrow Infusion Induces Immune Tolerance Across a Full MHC Barrier in a Translational Large Animal Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Model
  • 2014 Best Paper Session 59th Annual Conference of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, NY, USA Project: Selectively Permeable Nanofiber Constructs to Prevent Inflammatory Scarring And Enhance Nerve Regeneration in Peripheral Nerve Injury.
  • 2013 Highest Podium Presentation Score 99th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, DC, USA Project: Building a Clinical Risk Model to Predict Morbidity after Breast Surgery
  • 2013 Best Poster Award 58th Annual Conference of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, CA, USA Project: Cutaneous collateral axonal sprouting re-innervates the skin component and restores sensation of denervated swine osteomyocutaneous alloflaps
  • 2013 Best Poster 7th Annual Research Poster Session of the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery, MD Project: Combined Co-stimulatory Blockade and Donor Bone Marrow Cells Induce Robust Immune Tolerance in A Fully Sla-mismatched Swine Hind Limb Transplantation Model
  • 2013 Resident Research Award Annual Baltimore Academy of Surgery Resident Research Day, MD, USA Project: Combined Co-Stimulatory Blockade and Donor Bone Marrow Cells Induce Robust Immune Tolerance in a Fully MHC-Mismatched Swine Hind Limb Transplant Model 2013 Poster of Distinction
  • 2013 American Transplant Congress, WA, USA Project: Immune tolerance across a full MHC barrier in a swine hind limb transplantation model using a combined co-stimulatory blockade and donor bone marrow cell approach