AUBMC Holds the Dedication Ceremony of the Newly Renovated Temporal Bone Lab

Posted on 7/1/2016

On Friday, June 24, 2016 the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) dedicated the newly renovated Temporal Bone Lab at the Department of Otolaryngology and Neck and Head Surgery. The Temporal Bone was recently renovated with the generous support of HE Dr. Salah D. Salman.  The dedication ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief of Staff, Head, Division of Otology and Neurology, Dr. George Zaytoun, Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and Neck and Head Surgery, Dr. Samer Fakhri, and former Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and Neck and Head Surgery, Dr. Salah Salman along with several AUBMC notables.

Established in 1970 the temporal bone lab is a first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art lab dedicated to studying the anatomy of the human inner ear. Being a core component to training otolaryngology senior residents, the lab wil​​l help improve understanding of the pathology and pathogenesis of auditory and vestibular system disorders and eventually lead to more rational diagnosis and management of these disorders. Trainees will have a better opportunity to identify all surgical procedures and practice on cadaveric human temporal bones before they actually operate on the human ear.

The generous donation from Dr. Salah D. Salman supported the renovation and equipping of the lab with surgical microscopes, temporal bone holders, video monitors, and surgical instruments. In line with the mission of the Department of Otolaryngology and Neck and Head Surgery to develop centers of excellence and disseminate the expertise of its faculty to the region at large and based on the latest renovations, the lab is expected to become a regional center for holding semi-annual temporal bone dissection courses for otolaryngologists in training.

Dr. Zaytoun welcomed attendees and thanked Dr. Salman for his contribution. “It is my distinct pleasure and an honor to be part of this dedication ceremony today. This occasion is a testimony of the attachment of the donor to his department and his Alma Mater and a reaffirmation to see traditions of excellence being perpetuated by his followers,” he added.

Dr. Salman commented on his journey at AUB and the Department of Otolaryngology.  He said, “It is in this department that I started my training and later was privileged to serve and lead.”  He added “I am happy that my name found a place in this department which continues to be very dear to me.”

Dr. Fakhri acknowledged Dr. Salman for the contribution he has made to renovate the temporal bone lab and for his relentless dedication when he was chairman of the department. 

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