Ibtissam M. SAAB

Ibtissam M. SAAB
Faculty: Health SciencesDepartment: Physical TherapyPosition: Associate ProfessorOffice Number: 521Phone: 00961-1-300110Ext: 2482E-mail: ibtissam.saab@bau.edu.lb

Biography

I am an associate professor of physical therapy. I earned my B.Sc. in PT in 1994 from the Lebanese University, Faculty of Public Health. I had my M.Sc. and PhD in PT for Musculoskeletal disorders and its surgeries from Cairo University – Faculty of Physical Therapy in 1998 and 2004 respectively. I started her professional career in a self-owned clinic in Beirut from 1995 till 1999. I gained additional professional skills through working in various clinical sites in Egypt during my postgraduate period of stay. I started my teaching career in giving courses in the Lebanese University, Faculty of Public Health, physical therapy department from 2001 till 2008, as well as being an instructor of Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine from 2004 till 2008. In 2008, I established the physical therapy department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Beirut Arab University and was assigned as head of the Department in 2012 till now. I also was the leading person in establishing the first Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the history of Lebanon. I also have  many memberships in various committees at the level of BAU or at the Order of Physical Therapists of Lebanon, and gained many awards for my professional and educational contributions.

Dr.Ibtissam Saab_Curriculum Vitae_EU.pdf

Teaching

I gave many courses in physical therapy in my teaching career using various contemporary methods namely evidence based practice, team based learning, and problem based learning; and I am eager to use contemporary methods in student evaluation especially those related to clinical reasoning.
Previously taught courses
Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Public Health, Lebanese University. Hadath – Rafic Hariri Campus (2001 – 2008):
Electrotherapy, Therapeutic Exercises, Stretching, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Beirut Arab University (2008-….)
Major core courses of BSc in physical therapy programme
Principles in Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy Intervention I, Physical Therapy Intervention II, Physical Therapy Intervention III, Kinesiology And Biomechanics I, Evidence Based Practice, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II.
Major core courses of Doctor of Physical Therapy programme
Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making, Evidence Based Practice Seminar I, Evidence Based Practice Seminar II.
Faculty/University elective courses:
Exercise Therapy for Health, Preparation for Painless Labor, Stretching

2015-2016 Courses

Spring Courses
- Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I (3 Crs)
- Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II (5 Crs)
- Evidence Based Practice Seminar I (3 Crs)

Fall Courses

- Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I (5 Crs)
- Evidence Based Practice Seminar II (2 Crs)
- Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making (2 Crs)

Research Interests

- Bone and Metabolic Disorders
- Professional Education
- Evidence Based Practice
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Muscle
- Biological Effects of Physical Agents
- Anthropometry

Publications

Publications
•    Morphometric Study of the Lumbosacral Spine and Some of its Related Angles in Lebanese Adult Females. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology 2014; 119 (2): 91-105.
•    Pulsed versus Continuous Phenytoin Phonophoresis in Accelerating the Burn Wound Healing in Rats. Journal of American Science 2014; 10 (10): 15-19 (ISSN: 1545-1003).
•    Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Ankle’s Muscle Performance in Elderly. Journal of American Science 2014; 10 (7): 180-184 (ISSN: 1545-1003).
•    Does Static Lumbar traction Affect Lumbar Intervertebral Spaces and Foramens? Bull. The 9th International Scientific Conference of Faculty of Physical Therapy. Cairo 2006; 1-3 March. P 25-34.

Activities

Attendance and lecturer in many congresses and workshops related to the Physical Therapy profession and to Education in Lebanon and abroad. Participation in various volunteer social activities like Beirut Marathon, Camp Made by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Lebanese Immigrants and other similar activities.
Member of:
•    2015: Head of scientific research committee of the faculty of health sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    2014– ……: Member of scientific research committee of Beirut Arab University.
•    December 2013: Member of the oral committee of the national physical therapy colloquium exam (Ministry of Education).
•    July 2013:  Member of the oral committee of the national physical therapy colloquium exam (Ministry of Education).
•    July 2012: Member of the oral committee of the national physical therapy colloquium exam (Ministry of Education).
•    2011 – ……: Academic coordinator of bachelor programs of the faculty of health sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    2011– ……: Member of Advisory Committee of the faculty of health sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    2011 – ……: Member of library Committee of the faculty of health sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    2009 – ……: Member of The Quality Assurance Committee of the faculty of health sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    2008 – 2011: Member of The job fair Committee of the faculty of health sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    July 2008: Member of the oral committee of the national physical therapy colloquium exam (Ministry of Education).
•    2008: Academic coordinator of bachelor programs of the faculty of health sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    Member of Faculty Council, Faculty of Health Sciences, Beirut Arab University.
•    2006 – ……: Member of Pedagogic Committee of the Order of Physical Therapists in Lebanon.
Honors and Awards
•    May 2015: Honorship from the OPTL and ACPT as being the first in the history of Lebanon to develop a post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in Lebanon at BAU
•    2013: Physical therapy Medal from the order of physical therapy of Lebanon.
•    April 1st and 2nd 2010: Representative of Lebanese minister of Higher Education in the 13th annual scientific international conference organized by the Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University.
•    2004: Honorship from the dean of the faculty of physical therapy, cairo university “best thesis study for the year 2004”
•    1994: Honorship of the distinguished students in Lebanon from President Elias El HRAWI.
•    1993: Honorship of the distinguished students in Lebanon from P.M. Rafic HARIRI.
Supervisor (thesis)
M.Sc. Nursing thesis: Effect of Body Mechanics Training of Critical Care Nurses on Incidence of Low Back Pain