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Karim Trad, MD,FACS

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Karim Trad MD,FACS Karim Trad MD,FACS


  • Clinical Professor of Surgery | Vice President, Reston Hospital Medical Staff
Medical Biography
Clinical Interests
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • EndoscopyGERD and Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Gallbladder Disease,Abdominal Wall Hernias
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery and Morbid Obesity
  • Medical School
    • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Residency
    • George Washington University
  • Fellowship
    • Case Western Reserve University
Board Certified
  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery

Karim S. Trad, MD is board-certified in General Surgery and a Clinical Professor with The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. He attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, completed a six-year general surgery residency at The George Washington University and a fellowship in Endoscopic Surgery with Dr. Jeffrey Ponsky at Case Western Reserve.

Dr. Trad returned to GW as the director of Surgical Endoscopy and headed the newly established Laparoscopic Surgery Program. Among many achievements, he is credited with performing Metropolitan Washington’s first Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and with leading the area's first Laparoscopic Training facility at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

In 1996, Dr. Trad returned to Lebanon to serve as Medical Director at Trad Hospital. Then, he came back to the United States and joined Dr. Daniel Turgeon in Reston's premier General Surgery practice, Reston Surgical Associates, which is now a part of The GW Medical Faculty Associates.

Dr. Trad brings 20 years of experience in managing complex gastrointestinal and abdominal surgical problems. While he routinely performs a wide range of laparoscopic procedures (gallbladder, hernias, colon, bariatric and solid organ removal), Dr. Trad’s special expertise is in GERD and the minimally invasive management of complex hiatal hernias, including revisional surgery and giant paraesophageal hernias. He also specializes in the Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve procedure for morbid obesity. He pioneered the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure in the Washington area and has reported their experience in the peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Trad is an investigator in several ongoing multi-center clinical trials. He has served as chairman of the Department of Surgery at Reston Hospital in Reston, Virginia, and is currently the vice-president of its Medical Staff.

Dr. Karim S. Trad is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS, Fellow since 1995) and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES,) the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE,) the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of General Surgeons.


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GERD and Hiatal Hernia Surgery: