Dr. Jabbar Saliba, General Surgeon
“Medicine is a blend of art and science. I strive to offer the best
clinical solutions and treatment while honoring the patient’s choice
throughout the process.”
Dr. Jabbar Saliba’s profession has taken him across the globe, including
a stint in the Lebanese Army, to hone his surgical skills. When asked
why he chose to work and live in Upstate New York, the answer was simple.
The youngest in a large, Catholic, Lebanese family, Dr. Saliba spent lots
of time with his father and four brothers -- all butchers. He admired
their skills and precision, and first learned about anatomy, clean technique,
and safe handling by watching them.
“Doctor isn’t on my birth certificate,” Dr. Saliba quips.
“I worked hard and was near the top of my class during school. Becoming
a doctor was a long and often challenging road, and a goal achieved with
Dr. Saliba’s philosophy of patient-centered care begins with a team
of two – patient and doctor. “Physicians must offer the best
solutions and treatment while respecting the patient’s choice. I
must also do what’s right based on my clinical expertise,”
Dr. Saliba says.
“Medicine is a blend of science, art, and conscious choice,”
explains Dr. Saliba. “As physicians, we strive to uncover problems
with science. Finding a middle ground between quality of life and longer
life is the core of our art. Conscious thinking drives the decision-making
process, which focuses on individual needs as well as prior expertise.”
Dr. Saliba brings over 17 years of experience to the already extensive
surgical services offered at Cortland Regional. Advanced laparoscopic
(minimally invasive) surgery is a big interest for him, and he hopes to
establish an integrated breast care center in collaboration with the Cortland
Regional oncology group. “This would be a single location where
we can support patients through all the stages of cancer care –
chemo, surgery/biopsy, infusion, radiology, and recovery,” he says.
Had he chosen to work in a large city, Dr. Saliba would have been too busy
to spend quality time with his wife and four children. A more rural, remote
setting would not have challenged him. Living and working in Cortland
seems to offer a perfect balance.
“Dr. Saliba’s enthusiasm is infectious,” says Dr. Chris
Mohemani, Cortland Regional’s Director of General Surgery, “His
passion for his work and his patients is apparent right away, and he’s
eager to share that passion with our community.”
University of South Alabama
Vanderbilt University Medical Center