Walif Chbeir, MD grew up in Lebanon, studied and practiced medicine in France, and then practiced in Canada for about ten years before returning to his home country. Thanks to his diverse background he has a uniquely global perspective of the medical industry, particularly regarding the developments of medical technology (medtech). He keeps up with medtech progress around the world and integrates the latest knowledge into his own work.
Walif specializes in radiology and he is interested in the way that it is applied around the world. Too often, the public takes technological progress at face value without taking the time to see how it affects society and culture as we know it. Walif, on the other hand, has always been interested in the duality of technology and the way that it can both help and hurt people. That’s why the application of technology to the medical sector is so fascinating, as it consistently has positive effects and saves lives.
Walif Chbeir first began studying medicine in France in the 1970s. As he progressed through his career, culminating in his current studies in Lebanon, he witnessed firsthand the incredible progress of diagnostic and interventional radiology techniques throughout the years. He continued to educate himself and others about medical technology through his memberships in industry organizations such as the French Radiology Society, the Quebec Radiologists Association, and the Radiologic Society of North America.
As medical technology evolved, Walif Chbeir’s career evolved alongside it. From 1990 to 2002, he was active primarily in interventional radiology (focused on diagnostic and therapeutic angiography, as well as abdominal and thoracic procedures) in accordance with his university degree that specialized in this area. By the time he began his work as a radiologist in Gatineau, Quebec, his career had shifted to mainly diagnostic, although he maintained a diverse skill set.
Progress in radiologic technology has enabled early detection and intervention regarding deformation, disease, and abnormalities, and helped physicians understand how they can treat their patients for the best results possible. Walif has had the opportunity to see this progress manifest in different procedures across various countries and even continents.