Youssef Comair

Professor Youssef G. Comair, MD. FRCSC. He is an internationally recognized authority in Neurosurgery for his pioneering work in pediatric epilepsy surgery and brain tumors. Dr. Comair received his medical degree from St Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon, and completed his neurosurgery residency at the prestigious Montreal Neurological institute, Mc Gill University. He subsequently was appointed assistant professor and Chief of Pediatric epilepsy and brain tumor surgery at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he and his colleagues contributed to establishing epilepsy surgery as an essential treatment modality of certain types of catastrophic epilepsy in childhood. In addition, he pioneered the use of awake craniotomies for the resection of brain tumors in the eloquent cortex. In 1992 he was appointed head of the division of epilepsy surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1998 Dr. Comair returned to Beirut to lead the division of Neurosurgery at the American University of Beirut. During his tenure, the division of neurosurgery became the pacesetter of Neurosurgical care in the region. He founded the first comprehensive epilepsy surgery program in the MENA and eastern Mediterranean region and introduced several neurosurgical advances, including; Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for epilepsy and Parkinson disease, awake craniotomies for resection of brain tumors in the eloquent cortex, intracranial recordings for evaluation of epilepsy surgery, Neuronavigation, Stereotactic radiosurgery, endoscopic surgery, selective rhizotomies for spasticity and cerebral palsy and torticollis. Intracavitary radioactive treatment of craniopharyngiomas and several other innovations.

In 2006 Dr. Comair was appointed professor and Vice-chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College Of Medicine, Texas Medical Center. Houston, Texas, and Chief of neurosurgery at St. Luke’s Episcopal hospital, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Comair has educated scores of Neurosurgical trainees in the MENA region and the United States, authored more than 120 publications in Peer-Reviewed journals and two leading textbooks of Neurosurgery. Also, he contributed chapters to more than 40 textbooks in his specialty. Dr. Comair has received multiple awards and recognitions and has been invited visiting professor to the most prestigious neurosurgery centers, including Johns Hopkins University, The University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, University hospital of Vienna. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery and a fellow of the royal college of surgeons of Canada. He serves on the board of directors of the world society of functional and stereotactic neurosurgery and has been elected to the pediatric epilepsy surgery committee of the international league against epilepsy (ILAE).

Spoken Languages : Arabic, English, French
Types of Physician : Full-time
DHA License : Consultant Neurosurgeon
Branches : American Hospital Dubai

Credentials:

  • Neurosurgery Residency, Montreal, Neurological Institute, McGill University & Affiliated Hospitals, Montreal, Canada
  • Chief Resident, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Canada
  • Chief Resident, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada
  • Brain Tumor and Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Canada

Professional Associations:

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Canada Neurosurgery Certification
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery
  • Joint Section on Stereotactic Functional Neurosurgery
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Houston Neurological Society
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Canadian Neurological Society
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • Society of Neuroscience
  • Member Board of Directors, World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery; Board of Directors
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery
  • Fellow of the royal college of surgeons of Canada

Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns, Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
  • Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Chief, Neurosurgery Service, St. Luke’s Episcopal, Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Dean, Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, Lebanese American University
  • Professor and Chief, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Chairman, Department of Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Neurosurgeon, Head, Section of Epilepsy Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery), Head, Pediatric Epilepsy and brain tumor surgery program, the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA), Los Angeles California
  • Visiting Senior Consultant, Department of Neurosciences, The Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital, Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Consultant Neurosurgeon, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

Clinical Expertise & Services Offered:

  • Complex brain tumor and spinal cord surgery
  • Epilepsy surgery pediatric and adult,
  • Acoustic neuroma surgery
  • Surgery for arteriovenous malformations
  • Parkinson, dystonia, and torticollis surgery
  • Pituitary surgery, endoscopic and transsphenoidal,
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Pediatric neurosurgery and craniofacial reconstruction
  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy for spasticity and cerebral palsy
  • Brain mapping for brain tumor surgery