Dr. Samih Tarabichi

Dr. Samih Bakri Al Tarabichi was born in 1953 and brought up in Syria, Damascus. In 1978 He finished his medicine bachelor degree in Damascus and he made the decision to move to the United States Of America to continue his study and involve more in the scientific researches.

1979 Illinois University, IL ,was the first station in the United States for training and fellow researcher,  Dr. Tarabichi mainly was focusing on joint replacement , he trained in Ohio state university and graduated from Mcgill university in 1987.

After graduation Dr. Tarabichi start practicing medicine in Citrus Memorial Hospital 502 Highland Boulevard Inverness, Florida and he practiced there over 10 years and his main invest there is knee and hip replacement.

In 1996 Dr. Tarabichi announced his plans that he is going to move to the American Hospital Dubai on the other side of the world, his colleges was surprised “why would you leave the city who the orthopedic surgeons would describe as paradise”, Their argument was there was simply no demand for joint replacement surgery, which was Dr Tarabichi’s speciality. It was a well-established fact, they said, that people in the Middle East did not want the procedure. And if they did want it, he was told, “they flew to Europe to get it”.

Dr Tarabichi carried on regardless, willing to take a hit to his career to allow his four children to see their grandparents more often. In his first full year in Dubai, Dr Tarabichi performed a total of seven transplants. after few years, he expects to perform more than 850 transplants per year, probably that makes him one of the busiest joint-replacement specialists in the world.

A Short Biography of Dr. Samih Tarabichi

Dr. Tarabichi established the first registry in the Middle East in 1999. Initially, he linked it to the University of Dundee and now we are linking it to private institution in Europe. Through this institution and online, we register all the joint replacement cases and we are required to submit the details about the patient. However, the identity of the patient is kept confidential and we normally give each patient a number, and the data about this patient and the surgery and what has been done will be then submitted online to the data system

Furthermore, by accumulating such data Dr. Tarabichi was able to publish over 10 articles in well-recognized international scientific magazines about joint replacements in the Middle East. These articles can be accessed through the Research Gate site along with few Chapters that were written in major orthopedic text books

along with that Dr. Tarabichi established a monthly special task force meeting to improve the quality of the work performed at his center.  this meeting hosting medical and non medical staff to discuss the ways of care and quality improvement in the center, this meeting is still running since 1998

After few years of practicing medicine Dr. Tarabichi, noticed the facts that total knee replacement (TKR) patients have difficulty performing certain tasks involving deep knee flexion which are part of activities of daily living (ADL). Muslims’ lifestyles heavily depend on the ability to fully flex the knee, and many daily activities, such as praying, social encounters (attending the Sheikh’s majlis), dining or even using the hole bathroom, are carried out on the ground  “These people, if they can’t bend the knee, this is going to be very distressful,” he said, referring to the requirements of the five-times daily ritual of the call to prayer, as well as the preference of many south Asian men to squat on their haunches when they relax. Not to mention the fact that some even go to the bathroom in that position, too.

Working as a consultant to Zimmer, a US manufacturer of orthopaedic products, Dr Tarabichi helped develop knee implants that allow for “full flexion capability,” or bending by as much as 150 degrees, enough for the recipient of a replacement joint to pray five times per day or relax comfortably in the grass or take care of any other business that may come up.

But that was not all. Dr Tarabichi observed that Arab knees are structurally different from those he had seen in the West. The femur bone is generally narrower and set at a slightly sharper angle, and the cruciate ligament more relaxed and malleable

The Flex implant has been designed to accommodate this by giving up to 165 degrees of flexion. One-thousand and thirty-two (1032) TKRs were performed on patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis using the LPS Flex mobile bearing implant over a five year period with a minimum of 1 year post-operative follow up. The results were then compared to a series obtained from the Zimmer Feedback database which is managed independently by the Audit and Research Office, Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom. 44% of pre-op cases had full flexion as per our set criteria. There were no apparent differences in patello-femoral pain levels, complications or Knee Society score despite the fact that our patients had, on average, an increase in maximum flexion along with an increase in functional ability ( for more information kindly visit the publications page ).

Dr. Tarabichi He currently holding six US PATENT which covering surgical instrumentations and implants design for total joint replacement ( for more information kindly visit Dr. Tarabichi Patents page ).

Success TimelineDr. Tarabichi’s practice timeline

October 1978

Damascus University – Medical Degree

September 1978 - September, 1979

Al Mousat University Hospital

October, 1979 - February, 1980

University of Illinois – Research Fellow

July, 1980 - June, 1981

Carmel Medical Center at Columbus, Ohio – Resident Department of Surgery

July, 1981 - June, 1983

Ohio State University at Columbus Ohio – Graduate school

July, 1983 - June, 1984

Medical College of Ohio at Toledo Ohio – Resident Department of Pediatrics

July 1983- June 1987

McGill University

Resident Department of Orthopedics

1996 till 2013

American Hospital Dubai, Tarabichi center of excellence.

30 Dec 1997

US Patent ,, Tension Scraw

1999

Regional Consultant for Zimmer 

Gemini development team for LPS FLEX implant

27 Jan 2005

US  PATENT: Dynamic spacer for total knee arthroplasty

22 Aug 2006

US  PATENT: Physiological total knee implant 

25 Nov 2008

US  PATENT: Dynamic spacer for total knee artroplasty 

10 Jan 2013 till today

Burjeel hospital for advanced surgery, Tarabichi center for joint replacement


General Director

16 July 2015

US  PATENT: Revision joint replacement device and method 

16 Nov 2016

US  PATENT: Revision joint replacement device and method 

Conferences Participated / Chaired

  1. American Arab Medical Association

    – Annual meeting in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, UAE 1994
    – Percutaneous repair of Ruptured Achilles Tendon

  2. Chaired NEXGEN knee replacement workshop

    – Amman, Jordan May 9th 1999

  3. Visiting surgeon and lecturer to the King Hussein Medical Center

    – Amman Jordan, May 8th – May 13th, 1999.
    – Performed multiple surgeries and participated in round and teaching activities for the residents.

  4. Orhtopaedic Surgery and Road Traffic Accident Conference

    – Holiday Inn Resort- Continental Hotel, Sharjah- U.A.E
    – Management of Periprosthetic fracture after hip or knee replacement a difficult problem on the increase
    – Visiting surgeon to Hamad medical institute in Doha, Qatar, Sep 12, 1999

  5. 6th GCC Orthopedic Association Conference

    – Doha Qatar, Tuesday December 8th 1998
    – Management of Periprosthetic Fracture after Hip or Knee Replacement a difficult Problem on the Increase.

  6. Gemini Evaluators Meeting ZIMMER INTERNATIONAL

    – Rome, Italy. June 16th, 1999
    – Clinical Perspectives.

Medical Licensure and Certification

  • Active Florida Medical License No: ME50913
  • Active Michigan medical license No: 4301045198
  • Active Pennsylvania medical license
  • Full time license to practice in Dubai as Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon from Dubai Health Authority (DHA) License # DHA/LS/2992011/24002
  • ECFMG Certificate July 1982
  • VQE Certificate September 1980
  • FLEX Certificate 1979
  • Certification in orthopedic Surgery
  • Royal college of Physician and Surgeons Canada November 1988
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons July 13 1990
  • Recertification – American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – passed the 2015 Maintenance of Certification Recertification Examination and have fulfilled all of the requirements of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery MOC/Recertification process- recertification is through 12/31/2024

The Bone Doctor

14466Total surgeries
9846Total Knee replacements
3064Hip replacements
1556Revisions total knee replacment

ProfessionalismCenter of Excellence

Dr. Tarabichi pioneered the first center of excellence for joint replacement and advanced orthopedics in the Middle East alongside launching a fellowship training program for joint replacement which helped improve the quality of joint surgery in the Middle East.

PerfectionMemberships

Dr. Tarabichi is a member of various medical organisations and associations across the world. He is Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons since 1990, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada since 1988, and Member of the GCC Orthopedics Association and of the Emirates Orthopedic Association.

QualityChairman of (ICJR)

He is Chief Editor of the Middle East editions of American and British Journals of Bone and Joint Surgery and is Chairman of International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR) in the Middle East. He has also chaired many international orthopedics meetings such the ISTA Society Meeting.