Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel, M.D.
Dr Michel is emeritus professor of medicine and former head of the academic geriatric department (Geneva Hospitals and Medical University) He is also honorary professor of Medicine at Limoges University (F) and Beijing University Hospital (CN) as well as adjunct professor at Mac Gill University (Montreal – Ca).
He co-founded the European Academy for Medicine of Aging (EAMA) in 1994, the Middle East Academy of Medicine of Ageing (MEAMA), in 2002, the Academia Latinoamericana de Medicina del Adult major (ALMA), in 2008 and the Asian Academy for Medicine of Ageing (AAMA) in 2015. He was also appointed as ambassador of the IAGG (International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics) for Asia and the Middle East in 2011.
He was honoured getting “The China Foreign Friendship Award” in 2002 and gave a talk at the Great People Hall in Beijing on this exceptional occasion. He was elected President of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) in 2012 and 2013 He has been the editor-in-chief a peer review journal “European Geriatric Medicine” (IF2015 = 1.33) since 2010 and co-director of the course called “Total Nutrition Therapy – Geriatrics” since 2012 (the second version was launched in 2014).
He was elected full board member of the French National Academy of Medicine (Paris) in 2013. During the last IAGG world congress of Geriatric Medicine in Seoul, in 2013, he received a “World award” for his long life and global achievement in geriatric. He is ongoing WHO expert of the “Aging and Life course” program, which appointment started in 2002. He is one of the co-authors of the 1st Global WHO report devoted on “Healthy Ageing”, which was launched on 2015 October 1st.
In 2015, he was appointed as member of the world research committee of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
In 2016, he co-founded the European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing “EICA”, based at Venice International University in San Servolo Island (Italy). He already organized there, 3 successful “train the trainers” courses.
He is the 1st editor the 3rd edition of the Oxford textbook of Geriatric Medicine, which will be published in 2017. His is also the editor of a Springer book untitled “Healthy Ageing: midlife prevention of age-related disability” which will be ready for publication in May 2018.
Dr. med. Roland Kunz
Roland Kunz, was born in 1955 in Zurich (Switzerland). He is actually chief physician of the university clinic of Geriatrics at Waid Hospital in Zurich and lecturer at the University of Zurich Medical School.
After graduation (1982) and dissertation (1988) at the Zurich University Medical School, he specialized in internal medicine, geriatrics und palliative medicine. From 1988 to 2006, he was working as chief of the long-term care clinics in Winterthur and Schlieren (Switzerland). In this time, he developed new models of dementia care and implemented the knowledge of palliative care into nursing homes and the care for demented people.
In 2006 he was appointed chief physician at Affoltern Hospital (Switzerland), where he established a clinic of Geriatrics and a centre of competence in Palliative Care. He was also responsible for a large long-term care unit. From 2012 to 2017 he was medical director of the hospital. 2017 he was appointed chief physician of the clinic of Geriatrics at the Waid Hospital in Zurich. This clinic is part of the university geriatrics network, including also the long-term care facilities of Zurich.
His main topic in the last years was the comprehensive interpretation of geriatric medicine including acute care, rehabilitation, dementia care, palliative care and long-term care. As author of numerous articles and as lecturer at the University of Zurich and in several colleges he spread his experience to doctors and nurses. The Swiss palliative care award honoured him in 2010.
Prof. Christophe Büla
Prof. Christophe Bula has an FMH in internal medicine and in geriatrics. He has completed his studies in Switzerland and is graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), USA.
Since 1994, he has been nominated Medical Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Geriatric rehabilitation Center (CUTR-Sylvana), University of Lausanne Medical Center in Lausanne.
He is responsible for the teaching of geriatric training at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of Lausanne University. His research activities focus on the prevention of decline and functional dependence in elderly people.
In 2007 he was nominated by the University of Lausanne (Faculty of Biology and Medicine) ‘Full Professor’ of Geriatric Medicine and promoted Head of the Service of Geriatric Medicine & Geriatric Rehabilitation University of Lausanne Medical Center. He represents Switzerland in the board of the Geriatric Section of the European Medical Specialists.
He chaired the experts’ Committee working on the report “Ageing and Health Cantonal Policies” in 2012. In 2013, he co-edited with François Schenk and Geneviève Leuba “From cerebral aging to Alzeihmer’s disease. Vulnerability and plasticity.”
He takes on many mandates for the public and private institutions, like the Leenaards Foundation, which supports important research project in the field of social and medical sciences for elderly people.
Prof. Reto W. Kressig, MD
Reto W. Kressig is Professor and Chair of Geriatrics at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is Chief Medical Officer and Member of the Executive Board of the University Center for Medicine of Aging at the Felix Platter Hospital Basel. His scientific work and interests include older adults’ gait biomechanics, physical activity, functional autonomy, nutrition and cognition in relation to principles of geriatric rehabilitation and fall prevention. Prof. Kressig is author of over hundred peer-reviewed original articles, numerous book chapters and other miscellaneous publications. He is Editorial- Member of several international geriatric journals, including JAGS (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society). Prof. Kressig is Associate Professor of Gerontology at the University of Luxemburg and former Board Member and Secretary of the European Academy for Medicine of Aging.
Dr Philippe CHASSAGNE MD, Ph D
. Head of Geriatrics (Senior Consultant and Chief manager) in the Rouen University Hospital 60- bed acute geriatric ward (1990-2016)
.May 2016: Physician and Professor [Ambulatory care unit. Lausanne CH. University Hospital (CHUV and UNIL].
Dr. Martin Zarate Lagunes, M.D.
The youngest ever to graduate within the history of his university, Dr. Martin Zarate Lagunes completes his General Medical studies graduating summa cum laude in 1986 and then specializes in Internal Medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with honorable mention in 1990.
Shortly afterward, he is named professor of internal medicine, then professor of postgraduate emergency internal medicine. As Head of Emergency Medical Services, he perfects his knowledge in internal medicine before leaving for France in 1993 to continue his residency training at the Paris University Hospital La Pitié-Salpêtrière.
In 1995, he obtains the National Diploma in Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie (UMPC), Paris, France and certification in Supplemental Specialization in Medicine and Geriatric Research in 1997.
Passionate about biological research and the mechanisms of aging, he obtains first and foremost certification in Normal and Pathological Neurological Aging in 1996. His research within neurodegeneration linked to aging brings him to continue fundamental research on Parkinson's disease at U-289 of INSERN within Paris University Hospital La Pitié-Salpêtrière. He carries on further education and obtains a certification in the Biology of Aging in 1999 at UMPC.
Dr. Zarate Lagunes is solicited by the Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland to join their medical team at the Geriatric Hospital in 2000. Recognizing his professional expertise, senior management names him Deputy Physician, then Head of Service ad interim of Medical Rehabilitation in 2014, where he supervises a ward of almost 300 beds.
With more than 30 years of experience in the university-hospital field, Dr. Zarate Lagunes joins the Swiss Medical Network group at the Clinic of Genolier in Switzerland, as Head of the Residence “Les Hauts de Genolier” in 2009. Since 2015 he is working as the Medical Deputy Director of Nescens Preventive Medicine Center at the Clinic of Genolier pursuing his clinical activities and passion for the biology of aging.
MD, Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Dr. René Rizzoli, M.D.
Dr. René Rizzoli is an internist and endocrinologist, with a subspecialty focus on metabolic bone diseases, osteoporosis and disorders of mineral metabolism. He is presently emeritus professor of medicine at the Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland, where he used to be the head of the Division of Bone Diseases and the chair of the Department of Geriatrics.
Dr. Rizzoli is the former chairman of the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, of which he is now the treasurer. He is the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, and co-chairing the scientific program committee of the annual IOF-ESCEO congress. He is involved in both basic and clinical research projects investigating hormone action, regulation of bone growth, pathophysiology of osteoporosis and of calcium and phosphate homeostasis disorders, and the role of nutrition, calcium, protein, bisphosphonates, selective estrogen modulators, parathyroid hormone, denosumab and strontium ranelate in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Dr. Rizzoli is author of more than 850 scientific articles, editor-in-chief of Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Research and associate editor of Osteoporosis International.
Prof. Michel Oris
Michel Oris earned his doctorate in History in 1991 at the University of Liège, and occupied a number of research posts through Belgium's Fund for Scientific Research. Since March of 2000 he has been a full professor at the Geneva School of Social Sciences at the University of Geneva. Member of the Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics, he teaches Demography, Economic and Social History, and Socioeconomics. Until mid-July of 2015, he was the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Gerontology and Vulnerability Studies and co-director of the Swiss National Centre of Competency in Research "LIVES. Overcoming Vulnerabilities. Life Course Perspectives". From mid-July 2015 he is Vice-rector of the University of Geneva, in charge of research and human resources.
Michel Oris also directed the program of Socioeconomics (Bachelor, Master, PhD) at the University of Geneva. He is president of the ‘Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française’ and the ‘Société de Démographie Historique’. He worked first on the demographic transition and the formation of the industrial populations in 19th century Belgium, then was one of the leaders of the EurAsian Project for the Comparative Study of Population and Family. During the last 15 years, his research focused on inequalities, with an emphasis on the living and health conditions of the elderly, injustices regarding death, and interactions between individual trajectories and the dynamics of social structures, between vulnerabilities and life courses. He has published 160 papers and 28 books of journal special issues.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kloppel
Chairman and Head, University Hospital of Old Age Psychiatry, Bern Switzerland
Stefan Klöppel studied medicine at the University Medical Centers in Freiburg (Germany) and Vienna. He specialised in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Centers in Hamburg, London and Freiburg. He was head of the Memory Clinic in Freiburg and of Freiburg Brain Imaging. In December 2016, he became Chairman of the University Hospital of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Bern (Switzerland). His research aims to improve imaging based diagnostics in dementia and to develop individualised non-pharmacological treatments of cognitive impairment. He also contributed to concepts to improve the treatment of hospitalised vulnerable geriatric patients with a focus on the prevention of delirium.
Professor Gabriel GOLD
Professor Gabriel Gold is currently Chief of Service in the Department of Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics of the University Hospitals of Geneva where he is responsible for a 146 bed sector of the Geriatrics Hospital, including a unit specializing in acute medical care for demented patients. His service also includes a large outpatient Memory Clinic. He has trained in France and in the United States where he received his board certifications in Internal Medicine and in Geriatrics. He has extensive clinical experience in geriatrics and the care of people with cognitive disorders. His main research interests include dementia and cognitive impairment focusing more specifically on diagnosis, clinicopathologic correlations and vascular lesions. He is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in this field with approximately 4’000 citations and an H index of 35.
Amal ALjaziri, M.D
Amal ALjaziri, M.D. obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Ain Shams University Egypt, studied Master in Geriatric Medicine, MRCGP from Royal College of General Practitioners and certified Arab Board Family Medicine.
Dr. ALjaziri is a consultant has been practicing in DHA since 2000 . She had been the head of the community center for the Elderly (Long term care Center) for six years. Currently she is head of the Geriatric Care Unit, in Dubai Health Authority .
Manager of the home care program in DHA.
Supervising Acute geriatric care in RH.
International examiner for MRCGP.
She establish a lot of project related to the geriatrics (as elderly home care program in DHA, osteoporosis clinics in Primary health care , Specialized geriatric clinics, First Dementia clinic in DHA , Falls clinic in PHC and more .
Dr. ALjaziri had been part of major medical courses, workshops and conferences in United Arab Emirates and abroad .
Dr.ALjaziri had been also involved in setting up different clinical guidelines for DHA , leading and members of different committees ( home care, Disability, pharmacy & therapeutic committees ,and others ) she is leading one of the DHA initiative strategy
Dr. ALjaziri received different Award for Scientific Outstanding, along other key appreciation certificates.
Dr. Nahed Abdulkhaleq Monsef
Qualifications/ Profession: MBBCH-1994, Arab board family Medicine 2001 (first batch graduate in UAE), Membership Royal college of general practitioner (INT) 2007, Master in health care management RCSI 2009, Fellowship Royal college of general practitioner (INT) 2014.
Arab board family medicine examiner since 2006, Senior lecture for Dubai Medical College. Former MRCGP International Examiner since 2007, and written paper module coordinator 2010-2014 (Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Dr. Tamer Farid
Dr Tamer Farid is a consultant of geriatric medicine at Primary Health Care Service Sector (PHCSS) of Dubai Health Authority (DHA). For the last two decades he has been involved in the care of elderly from several angles; clinically in out-patient clinic and in-patient wards of geriatric medicine department of Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and Academically by conducting and supervising field researches as professor in the same department. He also had been a member of a collaboration team with multiple regional and international groups for implementation of services for elderly such as;
Currently, he is working as a consultant of geriatric medicine in Health Affairs department of PHCSS of DHA, focusing on planning clinical guidelines for clinical care of elderly in PHC, beside running services provided for elderly in health centers and homes.
Mr. Ossama Salamah
Mr. Salamah is a pharmacist with more than 10 years of multinational experience in sales, marketing, business development and training within the pharma and health care industries.
Most recently, he was a senior consultant in a regional health care consultancy firm where he developed technical, marketing and financial feasibility studies for health care projects. Prior to that, he was a business unit manager for Wholesale and Pharma in Planet Pharmacies, one of the leading companies in UAE. He managed a portfolio of 400 products, more than 2,000 SKUs and a sales team of 30+ employees. He successfully over-delivered a budget of 110 million USD.
He has also served in a variety of sales and marketing leadership positions in regional and multinational businesses such as Eli Lilly Suisse, Novo Nordisk and Pfizer. He has a proven track record of succeeding in competitive markets with consistent budget over achievement.
Among his core competencies are consistent demonstration of sound business judgment, decisiveness, well-developed planning, strong communication skills and a high level of performance in a variety of progressively responsible and challenging assignments.
He is a recognized trainer who has delivered more than 50 training courses to large organizations including United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health, American Hospital Dubai, Mediclinic Middle East, Dubai Gold Exchange, Emirates NBD and more
Dr. Elamin Abdelgadir
Dr. Elamin Abdelgadir, Senior specialist endocrinologist at Dubai hospital. Graduated from Sudan in 2004, he did his membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2010. He pursued his endocrinology career in 2010. He got his postgraduate degree of endocrinology in 2014. He is a fellow of American College of Endocrinology. He is interested in Thyroid diseases and currently he is a licensed Thyroid and neck sonographer from the US. He was appointed as vice head of medical education department at the International University of Africa 2009. He is interested in clinical research and he has published over 31 original article and abstract.
Ms. Mariam Hasan
Enayati Founding Director
Education: Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science Nursing
Experience: Finance, Operations Management, New Program Development, Health Facility Planning, Commissioning, Project Management
Territories: Canada, United Kingdom, Poland, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait
Dr. Hanan Sheikh Ibrahim
Dr Ibrahim is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, a Consultant Physician who serves as an Academic Lead and a Quality Officer for the Medical Subspecialty Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
She was trained at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Palmer, concept originator of the Acute Care of Elderly (ACE) unit which was modeled internationally. Then she pioneered in the geriatric care in the UAE by establishing the first MACE unit and the first Geriatric Core Curriculum for resident physicians in training.
Dr. Ibrahim received her MD from Damascus University, Syria where she specialized in Pulmonary Medicine then she moved to US where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.
She completed her Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. She is board certified in Internal & Geriatrics Medicine
Dr. Ahmed Foul
Graduated in Ain Shams University Cairo Egypt in 1987
Holds Master’s degree in geriatrics from same university in 1994
Worked in primary care geriatrics in Dubai health authority (DHA) for 5 years
Work in in acute geriatrics hospital settings in the last 15 years till now as specialist senior registrar.
Dr. Hashim Hasan Balubaid
MB, ChB. SSC-MED, FACP Assistant Professor and Head Division of Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Balubaid graduated from the Medical College of King Abdulaziz University – Jeddah in 1995 and completed his internship at King Abdulaziz University Hospital from 1995 to 1996. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Balubaid joined the residency program in Internal Medicine at King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
In 1998, Dr. Balubaid joined King Khalid Academy for Military Training until 1999, and currently posts the position of a Colonel.
In 2002-2005, Dr. Balubaid joined the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. At the same time, he was a member of the Hospice Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship program at Burnaby General Hospital in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada which was competed in 2005.
Later in 2005, Dr. Balubaid completed a 6-month Health Care Management Program at Simon Fraser University.
Currently, Dr. Balubaid is holding the position of Assistant Professor at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences and Head Division of Geriatric Medicine at King Abdulaziz Medical City for Ministry of National Guard – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In addition, Dr. Balubaid is a member of KAMC-Riyadh Committee to Review Mortality Cases and member of the Ministry of National Guard High Military Medical Committee.
Dr. Balubaid is Co-chairman of the Middle East Academy for Medicine of Ageing (MEAMA). Founder and President of Saudi Geriatric Society.
Mrs. Wafaa Helmi Ayesh
Director of Clinical Nutrition Department -
Clinical Support Services Sector for Dubai Health Authority
Mrs. Wafaa Helmi Ayesh is the Director of Clinical Nutrition Department for Dubai Health Authority-Dubai.
She graduated from the medical Allied Sciences Yarmouk University, Jordan, before gaining an M.Sc in Food Science and Nutrition from Clayton University in the USA.
Her other qualifications include Diploma in Nutrition from the American Association of Continuing Medical Education, the European ESPEN Diploma in Nutrition & Metabolism and Diploma in Therapeutic Nutrition.
She has also set the Accredited Curriculum in the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, and is Adjunct and Advisory Board Member as well as part-time lecturer for College of Health Science in University of Sharjah.
Dr. Bassam Mahboub
Bassam Mahboub, MD, FRCPC, MBA is the Program Director of care model innovation at Dubai Health Authority, Assistant Dean at the College of Medicine, Sharjah University. He is a graduate of U.A.E. University, Al Ain. He is American board certified in (internal medicine, allergy and clinical immunology, and pulmonology) from university of Toronto. He also has Masters in Business administration from Wolverhampton University.
Dr. Mahboub is Consultant Pulmonologist and the Head of Pulmonary Medicine, Rashid hospital under Dubai Health Authority, UAE. He is also head of emirates allergy and respiratory society. Besides, he holds the position of associate clinical professor, faculty of medicine, in Sharjah University and is the associate research fellow at Meakins Respiratory research centre, McGill University, Canada.
Dr. Mahboub’s areas of interest are health innovation and respiratory care, as well as translation research in airway diseases.
He was awarded the following:
His publications include TB Current Issues Diagnosis and Management (Editor 2013), Respiratory Disease and Infection: New Insight (Editor 2013), Chapters: Title "Steroids in Asthma: Friend or Foe" in book "Corticosteroids – New Recognition of our familiar friend" from INTEC PUBLISHER. He is also the co-editor for the Annals of Thoracic Medicine. He has also published various papers in respiratory disease.
Dr. Alaaeldin Mohammed Khidir Bashier
Consultant Endocrinologist at Dubai Hospital
FRCP (Edin), FACE, SCE Endocrine, MSc Diabetes (Cardiff), ECNU
Dr. Alaaeldin is a graduate of university of Gezira, Sudan, fellowship of American College of Endocrinology and the Royal College of Physicians (Edin). Achieved the subspecialty endocrine exam (SCE endocrine), and MSc Diabetes from Cardiff University.
Has excellent experience in the field of internal medicine, endocrinology and diabetes. He has special interest in management of diabetes Obesity and in thyroid USS which, he has been performing since 2008; and completed more than 3000 USS, FNAB, thyroglobulin and PTH washout studies since then. Has achieved his certification in Neck USS and FNAB from the American College of Endocrinology in 2013 (ECNU).
He is very active in research. He shared also in many multicenter trials that has been conducted in the region in the field of endocrinology and diabetes. He published many original articles, short communications, case reports and review articles.
Dr. Suhail Abdulla Al-Rukn,
President of Emirates Neurology Society,
Consultant Neurologist, Head of Stroke Program,
Director of Neurology Residency Program,
Rashid Hospital, DHA, Dubai
Dr. Al-Rukn, graduated from Faculty of Medicine, UAE University. He did his neurology postgraduate studies at Montreal Neurology Institute, McGill University, Canada. He Pursed his Fellowship in Cerebrovascular disease and Stroke at Montreal General Hospital, Canada. He is interested in Acute Stroke intervention and Cerebral -imaging. Dr. Al-Rukn is the Founder and Coordinator of the GCC Stroke Group and the MENA Stroke Group. His interest research areas are acute stroke intervention and Headache. Currently Dr. AlRukn is the President of Emirates Neurology Society and Stroke Chapter.
Prof. Yacoub Yousef Al-Kandari
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kuwait University. He received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University in the United States. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Arts and Social Sciences. He has served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Kuwait University, Director of the Center for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Center for Gulf and Arabian Studies.
He has authored many books and researches, including 21 books, and numerous research papers in scholarly journals. He worked as an advisor in the Office of the Martyr of the Emiri Diwan, the Office of Social Development of the Prime Minister's Office, the Central Administration of Statistics, and several organizations. Participated in many scientific and technical committees, both inside and outside Kuwait. Participated in many scientific conferences and forums. He is the recipient of the State Encouragement Award from the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Scientific Production Award from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, the best researcher in the field of social sciences from Kuwait University and the Rashid Bin Humaid Award for Science and Culture.
Dr. Prasan Rao
MS (Ophthal), FRCSEd (UK)
MBBS, MS, DipNB, DO, DOMS, FCPS, FMRF, FVRF
Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery (Sankara Nethralaya)
Medical Director & Head of Department, Ophthalmology,
Medcare Eye Centre
Specialization: Specialist Ophthalmologist & VitreoRetinal surgeon
Location: Medcare Eye Centre, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE
Dr. Prasan Rao has been treating and managing ophthalmology patients since 1995. With over 20 years of vast clinical and surgical experience, he is specialised in diagnosis and surgeries of the retina (retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity etc). He routinely performs scleral buckling, pneumatic retinopexy, pars plana vitrectomy (23, 25 & 27 gauge - MIVS) for complicated retinal detachments, intravitreal Lucentis/Avastin/Eylea/Ozurdex/Iluvien injection, retinal laser photocoagulation, management of intraocular tumours, uveitis, and retinopathy of prematurity.
After completing his medical degree at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, with distinction in Ophthalmology, he pursued his post-graduate training at L.T.M.General Hospital and Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai. He was among the first resident ophthalmologists to regularly perform non-phaco small incision cataract surgery and phacoemulsification in 1995-96 in Mumbai. He underwent an extensive and rigorous Fellowship in vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery at the esteemed Sankara Nethralaya & Vision Research Foundation (Chennai, India) and also completed his Fellowship in Ophthalmology from The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
Dr. Rao joined Dubai Hospital in June 2003, and was instrumental in developing the vitreo-retinal unit. He was involved not only in clinical and surgical work, but also in surgical training of peers, clinical research, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and scientific paper presentations. He was the first to introduce scleral buckling for management of retinal detachments in retinopathy of prematurity in UAE in 2003, and intravitreal antiVEGF injections for active ROP in 2008 in the UAE. In 2006, he was the first to perform combined half-fluence photodynamic therapy and intravitreal lucentis injection for wet AMD in the gulf region. In 2009, he setup the ROP registry in Dubai and Al Wasl Hospitals (Latifa Hospital).
He joined Mediclinic Welcare Hospital in October 2009 and established the vitreoretinal services. In 2010, he was credited as the first surgeon in UAE to perform lens sparing vitrectomy for Stage IV retinopathy of prematurity. He is also one of the first retinal surgeons to perform 25gauge vitrectomy for treatment of complex retinal detachments and for treatment of vitreoretinal complications of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. He has performed well over 2000 cataract surgeries (phacoemulsification) and over 5000 posterior segment surgeries including combined phaco-vitrectomies.
He is a Fellow in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Surgery from Sankara Nethralaya & Vision Research Foundation, Chennai, India, and in Ophthalmology from The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He is board certified by the National Board for Ophthalmology (India). He is a Member of European Society of Vitreoretinal Surgery (EVRS), an International Member of American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Member of American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS).
Dr. Soha Abdelaziz Abdelaal Dawoud
Senior specialist Geriatrician in DHA
Doctorate degree in geriatric medicine, working as a lecturer in geriatrics and gerontology department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
Working as a geriatrician, with experience of 20 years in Egypt and UAE with great experience in osteoporosis and major neurocognitive disorders.
Dr. Dhoha Ahmad Alawadhi.
Consultant in Family Medicine and Head of
Quality and excellence Office -Primary
Health Care Services Sector.
With a focus on family medicine and implementing quality protocols, my career objective is to contribute to the overall enhancement of quality aspects of the organisation, build my skills as a quality management professional, share my knowledge and experience, and further strengthening my skills by working with professionals.
My ambition is to add a value to my place of work.
In 2016, Joint Commission International accreditation was granted for all primary health care centers to be recognized as “the largest JCIA accredited primary care centres in the world.”
In 2016 again, 6 ISO certifications were achieved for all health centres to be known as “the largest healthcare centers globally to achieve all aforementioned international standards certifications collectively”.
In 2017 added the 7th ISO certification on Business Continuity Management System
Dr. Mona Elsherbiny
Dr Mona Sobhy is a consultant of geriatric medicine at Primary Health Care Service Sector (PHCSS) of Dubai Health Authority (DHA). She was graduated from faculty of medicine Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt after which she started working as resident, assistant lecturer then lecturer For one decade, she has been involved in the care of elderly from several angles; clinically in out-patient clinic and in-patient wards of geriatric medicine department of Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and Academically by conducting field researches in the same department.she joined geriatric unit, RH in DHA Currently, she is working as a consultant of geriatric medicine in Health Affairs department of PHCSS of DHA, running services provided for elderly in health centers and home and planning clinical guidelines for clinical care of elderly in PHC.
Dr Nadia Dabbagh
Dr Nadia Dabbagh is a UK-trained Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has been working in Dubai Health Authority (DHA) since April 2011. She has established Child Psychiatry services at Rashid Hospital as well as contributed to the establishment the Child Mental Health Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s Hospital prior to its departure from the DHA. She currently covers Child and Adolescent Psychiatry outpatient, inpatients and liaison services throughout the DHA. Dr Dabbagh is Program Leader for Dubai’s Mental Health Strategy 2016-2021.
Dr Dabbagh embarked on her training to become a psychiatrist over 20 years ago in 1993, initially doing her undergraduate medical studies and research at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and University College London, then General Psychiatry training in the Royal Free and Associated Hospitals followed by Completion of her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist Consultant Training (CCT) at the Tavistock Clinic, London.
Dr Dabbagh has a BSc and PhD in Medical Anthropology and an MSc in Psychiatric Research. She is the author of the book 'Suicide in Palestine: Narratives of Despair' as well as several published articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Dr Dabbagh is passionate about developing efficient, evidence-based and culturally sensitive mental health services for children and adolescents living in the UAE. Through teaching and training junior doctors and staff within the DHA as well as building supportive, collaborative relationships with a range of professional colleagues and external organizations including a non-clinical advisory role at Camali Clinic she hopes to fulfil her ambition to promote good practice and high quality care throughout the region.