Dr. Egon Toft is the Vice President and Founding Dean of the College of Medicine at Qatar University. He brings to Qatar University valuable experience in the establishment and leadership of institutions of medical education. He was the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Aalborg University in Denmark from 2010 to 2014, and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Medicine from 2006 to 2010.
In these roles, he was responsible for educational programs in Medicine (MD), Industrial Medicine, Sports Science, Master of Science in Health Technology, Public Health and the research fields related to these programs at Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital. Almost all of these programs were developed under his leadership, and all are accredited. Additionally, a successful PhD program in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology was established under his deanship. Dr. Toft is experienced in designing and implementing problem-based learning in Bachelor and Master programs.
A cardiologist by training (MD 1984 from Aarhus University/Dr Med.Sci. 1995 from University of Copenhagen), he was a Consultant in the Department of Cardiology at Aalborg University Hospital from 1996 to 2007, as well as Adjunct Professor (2004-2007) and later Professor in Clinical Electrophysiology (2007-2014). Dr. Toft is the author and coauthor of more than 100 peer reviewed papers, and an avid inventor (co-inventor on 7 patents) and entrepreneur (founder/co-founder of 4 biotechnology enterprises).
Dr Alison Carr is Head of Clinical Education and Professor in the College of Medicine at Qatar University. Alison brings to Qatar experience of all aspects of medical education and a track record of establishing new organisations in healthcare education. Alison led the development of the clinical years (3 and 4) of the newly formed Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) in 2002 and was instrumental in ensuring that university academics and healthcare clinicians worked collaboratively in developing the clinical programme. The BM BS programme at PCMD has received excellent commendations from the General Medical Council. Publications based on student feedback report the course to be one of the best in the UK in preparing students for clinical practice as a doctor.
Alison has held a number of education leadership roles in England in undergraduate medicine, postgraduate medicine and in developing national policy: Director of Postgraduate Education for Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Medical Director for the new PG Diploma in Physician Associate Studies (2002- 2006), Senior Clinical Advisor to the Medical Education and Training Programme of the Department of Health in London (2008- 2013) and in Health Education England (2013- 2014), Deputy Postgraduate Dean in the new South West Peninsula Postgraduate Deanery (2005-8), Director of Phase 2 curriculum for the new Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (2002-5), Foundation Programme Director in Plymouth (2004-5), Education Director for the South West School of Anaesthesia (2001-5) and College Tutor in Plymouth (1999- 2002).
As well as her educational roles, Alison has also maintained her clinical activity as a Consultant Anaesthetist. She was Consultant Anaesthetist at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England from 1997- 2016 and took part in a full on-call rota as a Paediatric Anaesthetist until 2014.
Alison is proud to be a doctor and hopes to transfer some of the enjoyment she has for clinical practice to her new medical students in Qatar University. Alison will also soon work at Hamad Medical Corporation one day per week.
Ala-Eddin Al Moustafa has earned his B.Sc. from Aleppo University (Aleppo-Syria) in 1982, and his Master as well as PhD in Developmental Biology (in the field of Oncogenes in the embryo) from the Institute of Embryology of the CNRS and Collège de France, and Paris XIII University (Paris-France) in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Afterwards, he completed his training as a postdoctoral fellow at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI) and Biotechnology Research Institute of the NRC of Canada and McGill University (Montreal-Canada); he then became a project director and an assistant professor at the LDI and the Oncology Department of McGill University, respectively.
On the other hand, Dr. Al Moustafa and in collaboration with his Colleagues from Aleppo University established the first Cancer Research Centre in Aleppo-Syria within the Syrian Society Against Cancer in September 2009, where he was appointed as a Director of this Centre. He also founded the Middle-Eastern Association for Cancer Research (MEACR)
Professor Marwan Abu-Hijleh graduated with a Bachelor degree in Medicine & Surgery (MBBCh) from Cairo University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt (1980) and received his (PhD) degree in Anatomy from Glasgow University Medical School, Scotland, UK (1987). He taught Clinical Anatomy to medical students for more than 30 years in UK, Jordan, Oman, and Bahrain. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Vice Dean for Curriculum & Medical Education, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan (1998-2001). He also served as Chairman of the Anatomy Department, College of Medicine & Medical Sciences (CMMS), Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain (2005-2015). Over the past two decades, he developed an increasing interest in Medical Education which prompted him to earn in 2009 a Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE); a joint program between University of Maastricht, the Netherlands & Suez Canal University, Egypt. Before joining Qatar University he was the Chairman of the BSc Examination Committee and Chairman of the CMMS Appointments & Promotions Committee. He also was a core member in several key committees at both College and University levels. He is currently Professor of Anatomy & Medical Education and Head of Basic Medical Sciences Department in the College of Medicine, Qatar University. Areas of his research interests include lymphatics and lymphoid organs, morphological variations, body fascia, radiologic and anthropological anatomy, and Medical Education. He published over 60 papers in highly rated international journals. He is member in several international scientific organizations and societies. He is also editor, associate editor and reviewer in several regional and international medical journals. He supervised several postgraduate students and acted as external and internal examiner on many occasions.
Dr. Nadia A. M. Al-Banna is a Research Assistant Professor with speciality of Immunology and Microbiology, and strong interest in Medical Education. She is also the Head of Academic Support Taskforce at College of Medicine.
- PhD Microbiology/Immunology (Dalhousie University, Canada, 2012),
- Postdoctoral fellowship in Tumor Immunology (McGill University, Quebec). Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral fellow in pharmaceutical companies in Halifax, Canada, working in the R&D department to investigate lymphocyte infiltration in tumor vaccine development, and iron chelating agents in bacterial infection, and hormonal intervention in models of sepsis.
Teaching interest: Immunology and Microbiology, with a strong interest in Medical Education
Research interest: Dr. Nadia A.M. Al-Banna has published several papers and conference presentations in two broad areas of biomedical research 1. Tumor and Microbial Immunology, and 2. Medical Education/Academic Advising and Support
1. Tumor and Microbial Immunology. Our efforts focus on the infiltration of lymphocytes (T cells and B cells) into inflammatory tissues and tumors. Using ex vivo and in vitro models, We are asking the following questions: 1. How do lymphocytes infiltrate the tissues (chemokine receptors, and adhesion molecules)? 2. What kind of lymphocytes infiltrates are present in tumors (activation, and functionality)? 3. How do tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes get affected by the microbial and hormonal factors present in the tumor microenvironment?
Project 1. Estrogen and infections modulate anti-tumor immune responses. QU-funded project (2016-2017): “Priming innate signals via TLRs to promote effective anti-breast cancer immune responses”.
Project 2. Functions of lymphocyte infiltrates in intestinal/dermal inflammation and bacterial infections (C. jejuni and S.aureus).
2. Medical Education and Academic Advising / Student Support.
In addition, we have been interested in developing a personalized academic advising/student support systems to help transition students from high school to first-year medical school at the College of Medicine. With such a strong need to promote educational process, we have looked into the benefits of such system, based on peer-assistant learning, to promote the knowledge, and skills of first-year medical students.
Running Project: Clinical Approach in Developing Academic Support System for Medical Students of Qatar University. CMED Based work.
Ms. Nicola Frank is Project Specialist at the Office of the AVP for Strategy and Development at the College of Medicine at Qatar University. In this function, her responsibilities include the development, planning and implementation of key strategic projects for the College of Medicine. With six years of experience in healthcare strategy consulting, she brings vast experience in business strategy and organizational development in the healthcare sector to CMED.
Before joining Qatar University, Nicola was working as a strategy consultant with public and private healthcare providers, health insurance companies, and governmental institutions in Germany, the UAE and Asia. In these roles, she was responsible for the systematic research and analysis of quantitative and qualitative healthcare data, development of business strategies and financial feasibility studies, and the implementation planning of strategic projects.
Educated at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, Nicola graduated in 2009 with a Master Degree in Health Economics.
Dr. Michail Nomikos earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 2000; and his M.Sc. in Medical Genetics with Immunology from Brunel University (UK) in 2002. The same year, he was awarded a PhD studentship from the School of Medicine to perform his PhD at Cardiff University (UK). After completing his PhD, he joined the NCSR ‘Demokritos’ in Athens (Greece) as a post-doctoral Research Fellow. In 2012, he returned to Cardiff University as a Senior Research Associate. In 2014, Dr. Nomikos was awarded a highly competitive Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship to perform his research at Cardiff University until 2016. His research focuses on understanding the process of cytoplasmic calcium signalling, in different cell types, including egg activation during mammalian fertilization. His research interests also involve the elucidation of the molecular mechanism in which mutations in calmodulin lead to cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. He has a variety of teaching experience, including the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications (including 2 book chapters) in highly ranked scientific journals. In 2013, Dr. Nomikos was awarded the prestigious ‘Fertility and Sterility Investigator Achievement Award’ by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Halema Al-Farsi joined Qatar University in August 2016 as assistant professor in collage of medicine. She holds an M.D. 2005 from Arabian Gulf University in Kingdom of Bahrain, internship and clinical training at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). Dr. Halema Joined Qatar Research Leadership Program (QRLP) in Qatar Foundation as research analyst III in 2009. Her main responsibilities were including but not restricted in establishing a partnership with outside institutes, evaluating research proposals for international organizations. She completed the QRLP in 2015. Dr. Halema received her PhD in Cancer from Paris Saclay- Paris Sud University in 2015. She conducted several research projects in different Labs including Weill Cornell medical collage in Qatar WCMC-Q, Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, Hôpital Saint-antoine and Faculté de Médecine Paris VI in France. She received Recognition letter from H.H Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani for her achievement in 2016.
Dr. Halema is highly skilled Doctor and Researcher with diversified experience and knowledge in: Researches & Education, processing scientific and medical data, analytical reporting and administrative skills, practicing general medicine, strong background in management medical emergency, long history of serving patients by successfully diagnosing, treating and also managing their illnesses and diseases.
Dr. Sana Abu Dahab holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from University of Pittsburgh (2008), she earned her MSc. from University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and her BSc in occupational therapy from the University of Jordan in 2003.
Dr. Abu-Dahab is an associate professor in occupational therapy and has been working at the University of Jordan since her graduation in 2008. She has recently moved to Qatar and joined college of medicine assisting in the development of the research department within the college. Dr. Abu Dahab works on developing research labs, managing grants, and exploring funding opportunities. She is also the environment and safety liaison for the college of medicine.
Dr. Abu-Dahab primary research interest focuses on evaluation and interventions for children with developmental disabilities. She has a special interest in developing and cross-culturally validating assessment tools. She has an active research agenda and pursuing research opportunities in Qatar. She has published several articles and is an active reviewer for a number of international, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Abu-Dahab has also worked with several non-governmental organization (i.e. Handicap International, Prevention of Blindness Union) on disability related projects, and aims at enhancing the knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to individuals with disabilities.
Dr, Desouki attained her Bachelor degree in Medicine & Surgery (MBBCh) from Cairo University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt (2001) and achieved her (M.Sc.) degree in Pediatrics from Cairo University Medical School, Egypt, (2008).
Since 2003 she worked as a pediatrician with remarkable exposure in neonatology, pediatric cardiology and hematology.
Dr. Desouki has special interest in medical research. Areas of research include pediatric cardiology publishing “Pediatric Supraventricular Tachycardia”, and Infection Management Control where she was certified from George Washington University Medical Center, Washington DC in October 2011.
Prior to joining College of Medicine, Qatar University Dr. Desouki had a substantial clinical tutoring background teaching Clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students for more than 10 years. She is also member in several international scientific organizations and societies.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Graduate Medical Education, Hamad Medical Corporation
Dr. Alkhal graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 1989, following which he joined Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) where he completed a one-year internship and then joined the Department of Medicine. In 1991, he joined the Internal Medicine Residency training program at the University of Connecticut Medical Center in Farmington, CT, USA.
After completing his residency in 1995, he joined a 2-year fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital, following which he worked as an attending of Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital for 6 months. He was awarded the Diploma of the American Board in Internal Medicine in 1994 and Diploma of the American Board of Infectious Diseases in 1996.
Dr. Alkhal holds several leadership positions and chairs several committees and is overseeing a number of strategic projects and programs at Hamad Medical Corporation, including the ACGME international accreditation for Graduate Medical Education Programs, which aim at creating safe and high quality training environments for residents and fellows in the system, ultimately improving patient care. He also fostered an educational environment at HMC that supports medical students in meeting their clinical training requirements.
Currently he holds the title of Deputy Chief of Medical Staff for Graduate Education and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division and the Head of Communicable Diseases Clinic at HMC. He is also the Manager of the National TB Program and the Director of the Clinical AIDS Program. Dr. Alkhal held the posts of the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine from 1999 to 2001 and the Chair of the Department of Medicine from 2001 until 2012.
In addition to his advisory role with several public health programs under the umbrella of the Supreme Council of Health, he continues to publish and conduct research in the fields of internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical education, and is involved in ongoing research projects.
Bared Safieh-Garabedian Joined Qatar University from Zayed University, before then, he was at the American University in Beirut, where he held the position of professor in the Department of Biology. He obtained his PhD from Kings College, London University in 1986 and since then has been active in research and academic affairs. His teaching expertise lies in the area of life sciences. His main research interests are in studying the interactions between the nervous system and the immune system and the role of such bi-directional communication in inflammatory processes and pain. Current research activity is directed towards understanding the role of inflammation in neurodegeneration. His research is translational in nature and involves targeting inflammatory mediators for novel therapeutic approaches. His patented drug is currently undergoing clinical trials in France. Professor Safieh-Garabedian has published more than 70 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, British Pharmacological Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Personalized medicine is the area of interest of Dr. Serhiy Souchelnytskyi. This interest is since his graduation from Lviv State University (1985) and obtaining PhD degree at the Institute of Biochemistry (1992) in Lviv, Ukraine. Dr. Souchelnytskyi worked at the Institute of Biochemistry (Ukraine), INSERM U244 (France), Ludwig Institute for cancer research (Uppsala, Sweden), Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital (Stockholm, Sweden), before joining Qatar University. He is involved in commercialization of research by developing diagnostic and personalization of cancer treatment (Ukraine and Sweden).
Dr. Souchelnytskyi has 124 publications (85 experimental papers, 34 reviews and 5 patents). He has been teaching in biomedicine, participated in organization of courses, exchange programs and supervision of students. Dr. Souchelnytskyi is involved in editorial works as an Editor and a member of Editorial boards, works frequently for granting agencies as an expert, and has received awards in the area of proteomics and biology of cancer.
Current projects are in development of personalized cancer medicine. Proteomics, systems biology, cancer signaling biology are used for individualized profiling of patients, their diagnostic and selection of the most efficient treatment. Quantum biology of cancer is explored as a tool to complement OMICs approaches.
Dr. Farhan Cyprian is a medical graduate (MBBS) from Pakistan (2003). Following his practice as a physician, he received a merit HEC scholarship for a master’s program in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Oncology at ENS Lyon where he further received the French Ministerial Fellowship (MRT) for a PhD (2010) in immunology working on T cells tolerance mechanisms.
Prior to his appointment at CMED, Qatar University Dr. Cyprian served as an assistant professor at the College of Medicine, UoS, UAE, where he taught many different courses and supervised masters graduate students to completion. He was a member of several college committees and actively engaged in assessment driven learning in medical education. He taught as a lecturer in SSC, LUMS in Pakistan prior to his appointment at UoS, UAE.
Dr. Farhan Cyprian has worked in INSERM labs (initially at Institut Mérieux and later Centre Leon Berard) in France and then at Sharjah Institute for Medical Research (SIMR), UAE, where he contributed in the establishment and building of many active projects to facilitate research, in particular he designed animal facility at SIMR. His area of research focused on employing transgenic mice models to study immune tolerance. Current research focuses on regulation of immune tolerance mechanisms in cancer, autoimmune disorders, chronic infections and organ transplantation.
Dr. Al-Moslih commenced his career as an emergency physician and chose medical education as a career track, where his passion for both of these fields could be combined in the journey of his career development. Before joining QU, he worked at the Medical Campus of the University of Sharjah in several roles of clinical education at the College of Medicine, Clinical and Surgical Training Center and the Leadership Institute for Health Professions Education. Dr. Al-Moslih completed his master’s studies in medical education at Maastricht University in Netherlands. His interest in Acute Care and Academic Emergency Medicine motivated him to become a certified provider and trainer in a handful of life support courses within the field of resuscitation, trauma, disaster medical response, and point-of-care ultrasound. His research interests revolve around the role of technology in enhancing learning in undergraduate medical education, such as ubiquitous learning, learning clinical skills in simulated environments, and assessment of clinical competencies.
Tanya Kane is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine at the University of Qatar. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, a MA in Classical Archaeology from McMaster University, a BEd from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Classics and Archaeology from Queen’s University (Canada). Her research interests include globalization of higher education, knowledge-based economies, medicine and gender, especially in relation to the countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Her recent work focuses on cultures of expertise, the intersection of religious and scientific knowledge, language in transnational education and the universality of medicine. Dr. Kane has held posts at Northwestern University in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. A former schoolteacher, she has taught in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Bidmos is a medical graduate of the University of Lagos. After undergoing rotation in the four major clinical disciplines as part of the internship program at the St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, he moved to South Africa where he completed his MSc and PhD degrees in Anatomy at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was the course director for anatomy for medical students and also taught gross anatomy and embryology to dental, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy students. He also has an extensive teaching experience at the University of Toronto in Canada where he taught in the faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Kinesiology and Arts and Science. His research interest is in the establishment of local standards for human identification from skeletons and has published widely in reputable journals. He also acts as a reviewer for a number of journals including Forensic Science International and the International Journal of Osteoarcheology.
Dr Hamda AL-Thawadi is an assistant professor in College of Medicine, Qatar University. She obtained her PhD in molecular biology (cancer) in 2015 from Paris Saclay University, Paris, France. She worked on different projects in molecular biology in different labs in Paris such as Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, Hôpital Saint-Antoine and Faculté de Médecine VI, Paris, France. Furthermore she worked on different projects about ovarian cancer in research labs of Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar.
Dr. Hamda gained her BSc. and MD. from Arabian Gulf University, Medical College, Kingdom of Bahrain in 2005. She has done her internship and residency in Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.
Before joining QU, She joined Qatar Foundation in 2009 as a research analyst working on evaluating research proposals for international organization and establishing partnership with different institutes in and outside Qatar. In 2011 she started the Qatar Research Leadership Program-Science track where after that she has completed this program and graduated in 2015.
Prof. Kassab is currently working as a Professor of Physiology and Medical Education, College of Medicine, Qatar University. His last appointment was the Chairman of the Department of Medical Education and Professor of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University. He worked at the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences (CMMS), Arabian Gulf University (AGU) in Bahrain for over ten years. His last position at AGU was the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Chairman of Medical Education Unit.
After receiving his medical degree in Egypt (1984), he started his career as a paediatrician and two years later, he switched to an academic career in Physiology. After obtaining a Master degree in Physiology (1990), he went to the US and enrolled in training for PhD degree in Physiology at the University of Mississippi, USA in 1992. Following his PhD, he worked as a Post-doctoral fellow and then an instructor at the Department of Physiology, University of Mississippi Medical Centre till 1998. His main areas of research interest are obesity-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, homocysteine and endothelium-derived factors. He worked also as a Professor of Physiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)-Medical University of Bahrain (MUB) from 2009-2010.
Prof. Kassab holds a Master degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE) and has many international activities being currently on the Executive Committee Board of the Association of Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR), a WFME-affiliated organization and also served as a WHO consultant in Medical Education and accreditation in the EMRO region. He is also a member of the Editorial and Advisory Boards of a number of journals in medical education and medical physiology. He conducted several workshops on different areas of Medical Education in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Jordan. He has published around fifty articles in international peer-reviewed Journals in Medical Physiology and Medical Education.
I, Dr. Ramya Nanjappa, have Graduated with MBBS degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences, Bangalore in 2008 with outstanding academic achievements.
I completed my Postgraduation in MS OBG from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences in 2012 with 2nd Rank for the University.
I also hold DNB in OBG from National Board, NewDelhi.
I am specially trained in Infertility, Laparoscopy & Ultrasonography.
I worked as Assistant Professor In Medical institution in India,training & mentoring Undergraduates & Postgraduates for 2.5 years.
I have also worked as consultant gynaecologist in tertiary health care set ups for 2 years.
I am highly motivated & dedicated to my work with a will to go that extra mile. I am passionate about teaching & my profession with a humane touch.