Dr. Samih Tarabichi - Orthopedics, Dr. Samih Tarabichi
Dr. Samih Tarabichi

Dr. Samih Tarabichi

Qualification - o MBChB, MD, FRCPS (Canada), FAAOS (USA)

Specialization - Orthopedic Surgeon

Department - Orthopedics

Designation - Consultant

Location - Abu Dhabi ,United Arab Emirates

Hospital(s) - Burjeel Medical City

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Career Profile

Dr. Samih Tarabichi is a legendary joint replacement surgeon, regarded as the \'Father of Joint replacement\' in the Middle East. In 1979, after completing his medical degree from Damascus University, Dr. Samih moved to the US to pursue his passion for research. He spent the next 8 years training and working at some of the best medical institutions in the country, including Illinois University, Ohio State University, and McGill University. During his tenure at McGill University, Dr. Samih gained immense popularity and recognition as an orthopedic surgeon. However, in 1996, leaving his fellow doctors in a great deal of shock and surprise, he decided to return to the Middle East and continue his practice. He joined the American Hospital Dubai and worked extensively to set up the Tarabichi center of excellence.

Currently serving as the consultant at the Department of Orthopedics – Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi, he has a total of 6 patents in the US to his name. He also served as the consultant for Zimmer International, working towards the development of the full flexion knee implant. He is also credited with establishing the first joint registry system in the UAE, collaborating with the University of Dundee in Scotland, UK.

Being a true academician and a keen researcher, Dr. Samih has served as a guest speaker in various medical forums highlighting the importance of minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. He even has more than 20 research papers published across many national and international journals.
With a tenure spanning above three decades, Dr. Samih Tarabichi has successfully performed more than 15,000 total major surgeries, 10,000+ total knee replacement surgeries, 3,000+ hip replacement surgeries, and 1,500+ revision knee surgeries.

Education & Training

  • Completed his medicine bachelor degree from a reputed college in Damascus University – 1972 to 1978
  • Trained and worked as a fellow researcher at Illinois University, IL, United States – 1979
  • Trained in Ohio State University
  • Graduated from McGill University – 1987


  • Al Mousat University Hospital - 1978 - 1979
  • Carmel Medical Center at Columbus, Ohio – Resident Department of Surgery - 1980 - 1981
  • Medical College of Ohio at Toledo Ohio – Resident Department of Pediatrics - 1983 - 1984
  • Resident at Department of Orthopedics, McGill University – 1983 - 1987
  • American Hospital Dubai, Tarabichi center of excellence – 1996 - 2013
  • Regional Consultant for Zimmer  - 1999
  • Burjeel hospital for advanced surgery, Tarabichi center for joint replacement -2013 - Present

Clinical Focus

  • Conservative and surgical knee treatment
  • Revision and Re-Revision knee replacement surgery
  • Conservative and surgical Hip treatment
  • Revision and Re-Revision hip replacement surgery
  • ACL repair
  • Minimal invasive orthopedic surgeries

Research and Publications

  • Published 20 papers in international medical journals on various topics, including the differences between the European and Asian knee.


  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons since 1990
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada since 1988
  • Member of the GCC Orthopedics Association
  • Member of the Emirates Orthopedic Association






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