The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and its Committee on Trauma (COT) have developed the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) Program for training doctors on the early care of trauma patients.

The ATLS® Program provides participants with a safe and reliable method to:

  • 01. Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately.
  • 02. Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priorities.
  • 03. Determine if the patient’s needs exceed the facility’s capacity.
  • 04. Arrange for the safe patient’s inter-hospital transfer if needed.

Assure that optimum care is provided at all times during the evaluation, Resuscitation and transfer process.

In October 2005 a request for bringing the ATLS® program to Lebanon was submitted by the Council of the Lebanon Chapter.

The approval for importing the course to Lebanon was granted to the Lebanon Chapter of the ACS in May 2006.

In November 2008, a visit to Lebanon by Dr. Christoph Kaufman, International ATLS® Director and Dr Claus Flack Larsen, Region Chief of COT Region 12 lead to the signature of a memorandum of understanding between ACS and the Lebanon Chapter of the ACS. Both parties signed the MOU in March 2009.

Another visit to Lebanon in May 2009 led to the recognition of the Hariri School of Nursing at the American University of Beirut as the official venue for provision of the ATLS® course.

A partnership between the Lebanon Chapter of the ACS and the American University of Beirut was born.

The purpose of this partnership is to serve the population of Lebanon and reduce the incidence of deaths and disabilities resulting from trauma. This purpose is to be achieved through the implementation of the Advanced Trauma Life Support® Program in Lebanon by the joined efforts of the Lebanon Chapter of the ACS and the AUBMC. The ultimate objective of this program is to certify all doctors responding to trauma calls in Lebanon.

The inaugural course was given in November 2010 with great success. Since then and until April 2015, a total of 14 ATLS® courses were provided in Beirut – Lebanon, at the average rate of 4 courses per year, resulting in the certification of around 300 surgeons nationwide.