Dr. Adham al Hariri started his journey in Lebanon where he completed his studies in biological sciences with distinction and graduated medical school from the prestigious American University of Beirut. He finished his internship in internal medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland then completed a residency in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. He did his first clinical fellowship in ocular and orbital oncology at the Hamilton Eye Institute and Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis under the patronage of Drs. Barrett Haik and Matthew Wilson. He subsequently completed a second fellowship in ophthalmic plastic, orbital and reconstructive surgery at University of Cincinnati Eye Institute and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital under the direction of Dr. Dwight Kulwin.
During his fellowships Dr. al Hariri seized the opportunity to work with other masters in the field, including Drs. J. Chris Fleming and Jeffery Nerad, who enhanced his training and expanded his vast learning experience. Moreover, his involvement with the military in his capacity as an ophthalmic and facial trauma surgeon provided him invaluable insight and served to further polish his surgical skills. Dr. al Hariri was the first recipient of the International Fellowship Award in 2008 from the Foundation of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), and was lately awarded the Achievement Medal in 2014 by the Department of the Army in the United States.
Following his sixteen-year track of studying and training, Dr. al Hariri worked for over three years at the Ochsner Medical Center main campus as an academic staff surgeon. He then went on to pursue his dream of establishing a center of excellence dedicated to taking care of patients requiring his subspecialty services. His joint practice, Eyelid & Facial Consultants, was born adjacent to the Touro Infirmary in uptown New Orleans in collaboration with his friend and entrusted partner, Dr. Michael Worley.
Even though Dr. al Hariri will be focusing his efforts on growing the young practice, he will continue to be involved in teaching the residents of the Louisiana State University and Ochsner ophthalmology residency program. His passion for education and sense of responsibility remain the driving force for his commitment to this training program. He specifically enjoys mentoring the residents in research projects related to his field of subspecialty and he is proud to have sparked interest in several of his former residents to pursue his path in oculoplastic surgery. In recognition of his contribution to their education and career development, the ophthalmology residents at LSU and Ochsner honored Dr. al Hariri by selecting him for the Teaching Faculty of the Year Award in 2012.
Dr. al Hariri sees all age groups and practices the entire spectrum of oculoplastic surgery including functional disorders, reconstructive surgery related to trauma and cancer, and aesthetic procedures. He specifically finds satisfaction in treating complex eyelid, orbital, and lacrimal cases that challenge his expertise and skills. His approach to any clinical problem is systematic and his style focuses on balancing form and function around the eyes. In addition, he enjoys cosmetic cases invoking his artistic talents and showcasing his surgical capabilities.
In his continued pursuit of excellence Dr. al Hariri travels frequently to participate in multi-specialty meetings in the States and across the globe. He produced several publications and had numerous presentations at local, regional and national conferences. Dr. al Hariri is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, Louisiana Ophthalmology Association, New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology, and several other professional societies. In addition, he continues his affiliation with The United States Army Medical Department Regiment.
Dr. al Hariri believes that his patients especially his advanced reconstructive surgical cases deserve access to state of the art tactics, devices, and implants. He prides himself on thinking outside the box, and borrows techniques from surgeons in other fields since he believes his subspecialty is a true bridge to any gap existing between ophthalmology and the various head and neck specialties. Dr. al Hariri does not hesitate to collaborate on cases with colleagues from other fields including ear, nose & throat (ENT), oromaxillofacial surgery (OMFS), neurosurgery, facial plastic surgery, dermatological surgery including Mohs, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, endocrinology, rheumatology, and others.
Dr. Adham al Hariri is a native of Lebanon. However, he and his wife, Dr. Shams Halat, found a new home in New Orleans. They love the Southern hospitality and are passionate about all what NOLA has to offer. They are committed to serving its growing community and establishing their young family in this captivating environment. Their two boys, Bassam and Zain, are already taking advantage of the multi-cultural opportunities offered in this unique place where they attend school at Ecole Bilingue. As amazing as the city, Bassam voiced his concern for kids everywhere else the day he realized that Mardi Gras exists mostly in New Orleans. Thanks to NOLA’s decadent food everyone in the family including the little ones are now referred to as foodies by family and friends elsewhere and they love it! “I cannot explain my attraction to Louisiana and its people, yet it is a mysterious connection and homey feeling that draws me to the area every time I return to the Big Easy…” Dr. al Hariri comments.
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