A native of Kurdistan, Iraq and a graduate of David Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN and the UTHSC College of Medicine (1985) in Memphis, Dr. Zibari completed his general surgery Residency Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. He then completed a fellowship in transplantation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Zibari returned to LSUHSC Shreveport 1993 – 2013, where he served as Professor of Surgery with Tenure, Director of Pediatric and Pancreatic Transplantation, Chief of the Division of Transplantation, and Director of Willis-Knighton/ LSUHSC Regional Transplant Program. He holds the Malcolm Feist Chair in Transplantation Surgery. Additionally, he was appointed as a Vice Chairman, Dept of Surgery for Academic Affairs at LSUHSC-S. Most recently, he has been appointed Director of John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center and Director of Advanced Surgery Center at Willis Knighton Health System. He was also named as Malcolm Feist Chair in Transplantation Surgery at LSUHSC-S.
Dr. Zibari is a member of numerous professional organizations (ASTS, AST, AHPBA, ACS, SUS, AAS, SSA, SESC, AMA). He is a Past President of the Louisiana Surgical Association and of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), and a current Board Member of the American College of Surgeons Louisiana Chapter, American College of Surgeon Governor from Louisiana, Past President of International College of Surgeons/US Section, Past President of the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation (AFDT), and Past President of American College of Surgeons Louisiana Chapter.
Dr. Zibari has received numerous awards including AOA, Verstanding Award, elected as best Resident of the year (x4) by his peers at LSUHSC-S. Additionally, he was given “Best Refugee Award” by the State Dept. in 1991. However, one of which he is particularly proud of is the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Additionally, at Duhok University’s 20th anniversary beside the five founding members, he was given an award for his never ending support of Duhok Medical School. He immigrated to the United States from Kurdistan, Iraq after high school as a refugee. Since the first Gulf War he has been going back to Kurdistan at least annually and has done a significant amount of medical mission work under very risky conditions. He has helped to introduce advanced laparoscopic surgery, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery and renal transplantation to their medical communities. Also, he has done medical outreach in Nicaragua, Honduras, Vietnam and Eygpt. His clinical interest is in area of Abdominal Solid Organ Transplantation, HPB Surgery as well as Minimal invasive surgeries including Robotic Donor nephrectomies, adrenaleectomis, major Hepatectomies and Whipples procedure.