Trad Hospital History

Founded in 1939

Trad Hospital, originally known as the Trad Maternity Hospital, was founded in 1939 by the late Dr. Fouad Trad, one of the first Obstetrician & Gynecologists in Beirut. Under his leadership, the institution quickly gained notoriety locally as well as regionally.

The Founders

Dr. Fouad Mitri Trad


Born to a prominent Beirut family, Dr. Fouad Trad attended medical school during World War I and graduated from the Faculté Française de Médecine (FFM) in Beirut in 1920. He pursued specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Paris at l'Hôpital de la Salpêtrière. He established a very successful practice and served as Chief of Staff at Saint George Hospital in Beirut. In 1939, he founded what was then known as the Trad Maternity on Rue du Mexique in Beirut. He is credited for contributing to the creation of the Lebanese Order of Physicians and his groundbreaking work in establishing the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

Dr. Sami Fouad Trad


Born in 1929, Dr. Sami Trad graduated in 1954 from the School of Medicine at the American University of Beirut. He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in London, England and subsequently under the mentorship of Dr. Hermann Knaus in Vienna, Austria. He returned to Trad Hospital in 1959 where he established his own successful practice and developed a safe and effective method of painless childbirth, the Trad Analgesic Cocktail (TAC). He is the author of a book on this subject, entitled “Programmed Painless Childbirth” (Georg Thieme Verlag). Since 1966 and for more than half a century, Dr. Sami Trad presided over multiple expansion and rehabilitation projects, transforming Trad Hospital into a highly respected and thriving institution.