Dr. Iyad A Issa

Consultant Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Iyad A Issa

Consultant Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr Iyad Issa Gastroenterologist

Department: Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Interests: Functional disorders, GI bleed, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease
Languages: Arabic, English, French


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Dr. Iyad A Issa graduated with an MD from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1995 and subsequently completed his Diploma’s in Internal Medicine and then later Gastroenterology at AUB Medical Center. He has received a certificate for the Business of Healthcare Academy from Duke University (USA) in 2016.

Dr. ISSA has authored / co-authored more than 20 papers over the past few years, published in high impact international journals, in addition to more than 50 oral presentations given locally and internationally. He is also a designated reviewer and member of the editorial board on several peer-reviewed journals including the world journal of gastroenterology.

His main fields of interest / research are functional disorders, GI bleed, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease, which was the subject of his last book chapter published in 2012. Dr Issa has GCP training and CITI certification and has served as chairman of the institutional review board (IRB) at RHUH for 9 years. His administrative work experience includes appointments in administrative positions such as chairman and chief medical officer of a large university hospital (RHUH).

  • Experience
  • Academics
  • Memberships

Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH)

  • Head of Division of Gastroenterology (2005-2016)
  • Chairman out patient department (2015-2017)
  • Chief Medical Officer (Apr 2017-Oct 2018)

Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC) (John’s Hopkins Affiliate)
Consultant (2005-present)

Cure Medical Centers (Abu Dhabi)
Consultant (2008-2020)

Emirates Hospital Day Surgery (Dubai & Abu Dhabi)
Consultant (2020-2022)

  • School of Medicine, Lebanese University (Adjunct faculty)
  • School of Medicine, Lebanese American University (Founding Faculty)
  • Lebanese Society of Gastroenterology (executive board 2011-2015, IBD committee 2017- present)
  •  American Gastroenterological Association (International affiliate member)
  • European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (member)
  • European Society of Digestive Oncology (member)



It was a wonderful experience, shown by the care and attention of the attending physician, Iyad Issa, and the medical staff, Dr. Iyad, who specializes in endoscopy and gastroenterology. I have been treated with him for ten years, and I feel psychologically comfortable because of the care, attention, and sincerity he provides in his work. Treat the patient humanely. Once, a pill got stuck in my esophagus, and I went to the doctor for a week. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was wrong. I wrote to Dr. Iyad outside the UAE, explaining the symptoms to him via email. And he knew why. Only by e-mail, and when he returned to Abu Dhabi a week later, the pill caused severe inflammation in the esophagus, and he was able to expel it, and I felt that I might die. An entire week was horrible, full of pain. There was no word to express my thanks to our wonderful doctor, may God increase his number of people like him and protect him.

(Translated by Google, From Arabic) 

-Fatima Kareem

Today I had a procedure, since the first moment of my arrival, Riham welcomed me to HSMC, she was very kind and very helpful, I really appreciated the treatment and I would like pass my sincere regards to Dr. Iyad & Dr. Moudar and to all HSMC staff for their kind efforts and professionalism.
~via Doctify

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