USA Healthcare Symposium & Showcase: Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes 2017 Speakers

Day 1 Speakers


Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif

Vice Chancellor
Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, UAE

Dr Sharif leads the education sector within the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone. The sector oversees the development of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC).

As CEO, he has broadened the reach of the University, established in 2014 to advance individual and community healthcare status in the UAE. He has guided the University since inception, strengthening collaborations with international academic institutions – the Queen’s University Belfast, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, also in the UK.

Dr Sharif has been instrumental in raising the profile of the University through its academic programs at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine for dental postgraduates and the College of Medicine which will welcome its first cohort of undergraduates in 2016. He is responsible for oversight of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City’s dedicated academic complex, home to learning resources – Al Maktoum Medical Library and the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center, and its infrastructure, comprising auditorium and education suites and lecture halls. The resources are accessible to students and faculty of the MBRU as well as to healthcare professionals.

He advises on medical education events and conferences at MBR-AMC, and was integral to the launch in 2014 of the UAE Clinical Simulation Conference to introduce simulation training in medical education in the region in collaboration with the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). Prior to joining DHCC in March 2013, he was the Director of Healthcare Operations – Hospital Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority. He dedicated a substantial portion of his 10-year tenure to medical education and research projects in workforce development, handling leadership roles including Health Systems Advisor, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Continuing Education Department.

An academic, Dr Amer has authored and published several papers with a focus on the challenges of the UAE’s health system and health policy. He is a regular speaker at industry events and a guest lecturer.

Dr Amer has a Medical Degree from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), UAE University, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). He enjoys football, travelling and languages.



H.E. Dr. Amin Hussain Al AmiriH.E. Dr. Amin Hussain Al Amiri

Assistant Undersecretary, Health Policy and License
Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE






Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Saif Bin KalbanDr. Ahmad Ibrahim Bin Kalban

CEO, Hospitals Services Sector and Acting CEO, Clinical Support Services Sector
Dubai Health Authority (DHA), UAE

Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Saif Bin Kalban was educated at the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Leadership Program for Executive Managers. He received his Masters Degrees in Leadership and Healthcare Management from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Arab Board Specialization in Family Medicine. From 2011 – 2013 he was the CEO of Primary Health Care Services Sector (PHCSS) at DHA HQ. He is currently the CEO of Hospitals Services Sector (HSS-HQ) and Acting CEO of Clinical Support Services Sector (CSSS-HQ) at Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Head Quarters (HQ), provides Governance for four government hospitals, eight specialized centers, a dozen Medical Fitness Services Centers and corporate DHA departments of Pharmacy, Laboratory and Clinical Nutrition.




Iman Hasan SalemIman Hasan Masood

Advisor, Healthcare Planning and Investments
The Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Iman joined HAAD as Analyst in February, 2010. Iman holds a BSc in Pharmacy and diploma in Information Technology from Higher Colleges of Technology. Iman has 14 years working experience, administrational, technical and medical experiences. Her last role prior joining HAAD was a Medical Educator for Diabetic patients (Nationals) at Daman National Health Insurance Company.





The Honorable Barbara A. LeafThe Honorable Barbara A. Leaf

U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
U.S. State Department

Barbara A. Leaf was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates on November 17, 2014. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Arabian Peninsula in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2013-2014, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq from 2011-2013. Ambassador Leaf directed the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in the strategic province of Basrah, Iraq from 2010-2011, leaving an assignment as Political Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, to oversee the PRT’s transition to a U.S. Consulate General. Prior to Rome, Ambassador Leaf served as the first Director of the Department of State’s Office of Iranian Affairs.

Ambassador Leaf’s previous tours include assignments in Cairo, as Kuwait Desk Officer during the first Gulf War, Jerusalem, the Department’s Operations Center, and Port-au-Prince.

Ambassador Leaf is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, and has received six Superior Honor and four Meritorious Honor Awards during her career. She received a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, with a focus on Soviet Affairs.



Dareen M. ZoughbiDareen Zoughbi

Nadereen Consultancy, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dareen Zoughbi is the Chief Executive Officer at Nadereen Consultancy, a healthcare consultancy firm based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

A senior advisor and a passionate healthcare guru; Mrs. Zoughbi’s 14 years of professional experience includes working for a US fortune100 company, UAE investment firm, an international not-for-profit organization and start-up companies.

Mrs. Zoughbi’s career began with Aflac (IN, USA) in 2003, after which she joined Humana Inc. (KY, USA) in 2004. During her role at Humana, Mrs. Zoughbi led the MENA and GCC business development efforts. Between 2009 and 2014, she held a number of leadership positions at UAE organizations such Emirates Advanced Investments where she was responsible for strategic development and business performance management. In 2014, Mrs. Zoughbi lead the business operations for a homecare agency in Dubai before launching the healthcare consultancy in 2015.

Mrs. Zoughbi is an active member of AmCham and serves as a Member of the Board of Directors since 2016. She is the Chair of the Healthcare Committee and is the Chairwoman for Women in Business Committee. Dareen Zoughbi is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the European International College.

Mrs. Zoughbi has an MBA degree from Manchester Business School (UK) and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Manchester (USA).



Dr. Jacob E. (Jed) Friedman, MDDr. Jacob E. (Jed) Friedman, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, and Reproductive Sciences
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado, USA

Dr. Jacob E. (Jed) Friedman received his PhD in Physiology, and following fellowships in Endocrinology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics at Case Western Reserve University, joined the faculty at University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2000, where he is Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Biochemistry, Reproductive Sciences, and Director of the Colorado Program for Nutrition and Healthy Development, sponsored by the Colorado Children’s Hospital. In his role as Director of the NIH Nutrition Obesity Research Center he has trained more than 53 Post-Docs, MD fellows, and graduate students including 9 currently on the faculty at the University of Colorado who help make these team science studies possible.

Dr. Friedman’s main focus is on “Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DoHAD)”- particularly the mechanisms by which maternal diet, obesity, and Gestational Diabetes impacts infant and child health in the next generation. He has demonstrated that maternal diet causes persistent changes in the epigenome, microbiome and offspring behavior. Importantly, his human studies show that maternal BMI in women with Gestational Diabetes predicts newborn intrahepatocellular lipid storage, suggesting risk factors for pediatric obesity/ NAFLD begin operating in early life (even in utero) and may permanently change the body’s structure, physiology, and metabolism, leading to an increased lifetime disease risk and/or disease acceleration (JCI-insights, 2017). Since 2012, he focused on understanding how maternal diet impacted infant microbiome (MB) in human neonates and in germ-free (GF) mice.



Dr. Farhana Bin LootahDr. Farhana Bin Lootah

Consultant, Internal Medicine
Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Farhana bin Lootah is renowned for her passion and enthusiasm for good community health and spent her early career in the Republic of Ireland in ambulatory health services, developing an interest in medicine of the elderly, diabetes, obesity, disease prevention and public health awareness. Since 2012 she has led the successful Health Education Forum, sharing her energy and expert advice with hundreds of patients at the Imperial College London Diabetes Center (ICLDC) who have benefited from her expertise, insight and profound knowledge in the areas of diabetes management, diet and lifestyle.




Dr. Sven RohteDr. Sven Rohte

Chief Commercial Officer
National Health Insurance – Daman, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Sven Rohte is the Chief Commercial Officer at Daman, a position he has held since 2010 when he joined the company. He is responsible for leading the company’s commercial activities such as sales and after-sales services, marketing and customer experience management. He also oversees the management of the health insurance scheme for UAE Nationals, thiqa.

Prior to joining Daman, Dr. Rohte served as Chief Commercial Officer at Thuraya Telecommunication Company in the United Arab Emirates. He has more than ten years of experience in strategy management; and has worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants on business transformation projects in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Dr. Rohte’s experience includes academia where he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Trier. Dr. Sven Rohte holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Trier, Germany.



Dr. Raghib Ali, MPH MA MSc Mb BChir FRCPDr. Raghib Ali, MPH MA MSc FRCP

Director, Public Health Research Center; Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health and in Population Health
New York University College of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Raghib Ali is Director of the Public Health Research Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health and in Population Health at New York University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford & Honorary Consultant in Acute Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital. His research interests are the etiology, prevention & treatment of non-communicable diseases in Middle Eastern and South Asian populations.

He is the Principal Investigator for the UAE healthy Future Study, the first prospective cohort study in the UAE investigating risk factors for obesity, diabetes and Cardiovascular disease in 20,000 adults.

He graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1999 and also has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London.



Michael KhayyatMichael Khayyat

Senior Healthcare Management Consultant
Abu Dhabi Health Service Co (SEHA), Abu Dhabi, UAE

Michael Khayyat is a senior healthcare management consultant working with large health care delivery systems and key government organizations. He led strategic projects focusing on strategy, operational excellence and operating models, service delivery and patient outcomes, clinical service-line integration, access and coordination of care, financial performance, and change management.

Michael is completing his Master of Health Science at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States of America and holds a Master of Business Administration from Alliance Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom.


Day 2 Speakers


Dr. Bas NairDr. Bas Nair

Consultant Pediatrician
Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA

Dr. Bas Nair is a Consultant Pediatrician at the Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas for over 30 years. He is a member of the Royal College Physicians, UK (MRCP, UK), fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCP, (C)) and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP, USA). His interest in pediatrics and medicine is fitness, nutrition and the prevention of obesity. A former test cricket player having represented India at the National Team level, fitness and nutrition naturally has been a part of his life. He has run a total of 15 full 26.2 mile marathons. Dr. Nair is a former physician to the USA Junior Olympics Track and Field Team. He has conducted research with NASA in Houston in pediatric cancer, currently in research partnerships with MIT, a Harvard Professor and the University of Texas, Houston in cancer research. Dr. Nair has also conducted research with the Space X Falcon spaceship with Elon Musk’s space team on MRSA (Methycillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).



Dr. Dima Quraini, MDDr. Dima Quraini, MD

Staff Physician
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Heart and Vascular Institute, UAE

Dr. Dima Quraini, MD is a staff physician at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Quraini served as director of the echocardiography laboratory and as staff cardiologist at New England Cardiology/ Steward Medical Group, a busy private practice and community hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Quraini is a graduate of Université de Montreal medical school. She trained in internal medicine and served as chief medical resident at St Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her cardiology fellowship at Tufts Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts where she dedicated a year of training in advanced cardiovascular including and 3D echocardiography. Her research on 3D echocardiography has been cited in recent imaging guidelines. Her areas of interest include cardiovascular imaging, women’s cardiovascular health, coronary artery disease and valvular disease.

Dr. Quraini is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease. She also holds certification boards from the National Board of Echocardiography and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.



Dr. Maryam Matar, MD, PhDDr. Maryam Matar, MD, PhD

Founder & Chairperson
UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAEGDA), Dubai, UAE

Dr. Maryam Matar is recognized as the most powerful scientist in the UAE and is a leading influencer advising private sector organizations, healthcare and educational institutions on their strategy regarding the sustainable development through technology, wellness and epigenetics, creating guidelines for bringing professional women and girl students under STEM programs.

An acclaimed speaker, she delivers keynote on emerging technologies, biotechnology, epigenetics, impact of genetic screening and leadership in over 20 international conferences and events every year. She is the first Emirati Woman to be entrusted as Director General, of the Community Development Authority (CDA) & the first Emirati woman to bear the title Undersecretary to the Minister of Health in 2006, and designed blueprints for Primary and Public Health care sector and implementing it. A true game changer in the field of genetic research and biotechnology in the Arab world, she is single handedly responsible for putting UAE on the global map of genetic research and innovation. As the pioneer genetic scientist, she played a lead role in bringing new legislations for pre-marital screening, preventive genetic testing and relevant mandatory legislations at the government level in the UAE. She is committed to women leadership, STEM and scientific innovation. Dr. Matar pioneered the study of genes and advocates public education and awareness of genetic disorders across the ME region. In 2004 she had conceptualized a national body on genetic disorder, awareness and prevention and is the Founder & Chairperson of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association. The UAE Genetic Disease Association achieved extraordinary results such as screening of 22,281 Emirati families and more than 13,000 expat families.



Dr. Reem AlGurgDr. Reem AlGurg

Assistant Professor of Health Policy, College of Medicine
Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, UAE

Dr. Reem AlGurg graduated in Medical Lab Technology Science from the UAE University in 2004. She holds two master’s degrees — one in Nutrigenomics from King’s College, UK in 2005 and the other in Health Care Management and Leadership from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI, Dubai) in 2009. Dr. Reem secured a post graduate diploma in Research Methods in 2011 and PhD in Healthcare Management in nutrition interventions from the University of Bradford, UK in 2016.

Dr. Reem is one of the first female Emirati teachers in Zayed University and was an adjunct faculty at the Health Science Department designing and teaching courses and modules on Nutrition across the life cycle, Principles of Nutrition and Food Safety. Dr. Reem had served as the Senior Executive at Medical Affairs – Dubai Health Care City wherein she conducted surveys for Health Awareness Campaigns, organised campaigns on Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Blood donation and Breast cancer awareness and formed relationships with government bodies in the period 2006 – 2008.

Dr. Reem is a young Emirati who has done her country proud in various fields — education, literature, health care, nutrition and research. She is an experienced teacher who could contribute to teaching in areas of Human Nutrition, Healthcare management and leadership. Dr. Reem also pursued writing Children’s books in Arabic dedicated to young readers.



Prof. Safwan A. Taha, MD FACS CABS FRCSGlasgProf. Dr. Safwan A. Taha, MD, FACS, CABS, FRCSGlasg

Medical Director, Consultant Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon, Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center
Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital, Abu Dhabi UAE

Safwan Abdulrahman Taha graduated from Basrah College of Medicine on 1983 with honors. He obtained the Certificate of the Arab Board of Surgery in 1992 and started his clinical practice as Consultant Surgeon in Basrah Teaching Hospital and his academic career in Basrah College of Medicine that culminated in the “Professorship of Surgery with honors” in 2000. He then pursued an international career and had training in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in the USA and France and obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Glasgow, a Specialization Diploma in laparoscopic Surgery from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg (France) and Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons. He has keen interests in Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery as well as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).

Prof. Taha is an international speaker and has more than 36 published papers. He was the first surgeon to win the prestigious “Fellowship Award” of SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeon) twice in a row (2006 & 2007), the founding Editor of “Basrah Journal of Surgery” (1985), founding Dean of Thi Qar College of medicine, IRAQ (2002) and founding member of EOMSIG, the Emirates Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Interest Group under IFSO (International Federation for Surgeons of Obesity), now ESMBS (Emirates Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons). Prof. Taha is the current Governor of the UAE Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, member of the International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons and Vice President of ESLES (Emirates Society for Laparo-Endoscopic Surgeons). He is also member of several International Surgical Societies including SAGES, ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons), IFSO & ELSA (Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia). He is currently the Medical Director and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center, Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital, a state-of-the-art 150-bed private Hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE.



Dr. Matthew Kroh, MDDr. Matthew Kroh, MD

Chief, General Surgery, Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Matthew Kroh, MD, is Chief of the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Prior to coming to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Kroh spent 14 years at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. He has served as the Section Head of Surgical Endoscopy in the Department of General Surgery, the Program Director for the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Flexible Surgical Endoscopy Fellowship, the Clerkship Director for Surgery in the Lerner College of Medicine, and the Surgical Director of both the Advanced Endoscopy Center and the Esophageal Center.

He has also held the position of Director of the Center for Advanced Skills Training in the Cleveland Clinic Simulation Center. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Boston College and Master’s degree from Boston University, Dr. Kroh received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. He completed his General Surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, where he also underwent fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Flexible Surgical Endoscopy.

Dr. Kroh is committed to clinical excellence and patient-centered care, with a particular focus on surgical and endoscopic innovation. He is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio and board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. His specialty interests include advanced laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, surgical endoscopy, endoluminal procedures, and robotic surgery.

Dr. Kroh is also a Consultant to Medtronic, Cook Medical, Teleflex & Levita.



Dr. Edward Laskowski, MDDr. Edward Laskowski, MD

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Co-Director
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Dr. Laskowski is internationally recognized for his expertise in fitness and sports medicine; he studies and promotes best practices for general fitness, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation, strength training, and stability training. Collectively, Dr. Laskowski’s work has produced several hundred publication credits. His articles have appeared in in major publications like the he Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and Time Magazine. He has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Now, and Good Morning America as a trusted voice in sports medicine and fitness. He has been annually acknowledged as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for the past 16 years. His teaching expertise has been recognized by his election to the Mayo Clinic Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame, and he also has been selected as Outstanding Faculty Member in the Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, and as Co-Director of the highest rated continuing medical education course at Mayo Clinic in 2016.

Dr. Laskowski has provided medical services at sports events ranging from high school football to the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Chicago Marathon. From 2006 to 2010, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; he served under Presidents Bush and Obama, and he received a special commendation from the Department of Human Services for his contributions to the Council. He also received the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 2016. Dr. Laskowski is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, and he was one of the first physiatrists to receive Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine. He currently serves as a Consultant to the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and he is a Charter Member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.



Dr. Tariq S. AkbarDr. Tariq S. Akbar, MD

Primary Care Physician
American Hospital Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Dr. Tariq Akbar, M.D. Is A Primary Care Physician With Special Interest In Preventive Medicine. He Was Awarded Certification From The American Board Of Family Medcine And Is A Member Of The American Academy Of Family Physicians.

He Received His MBBS From King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan And Completed His Transitional Residency At Mercy Hospital, Ohio, U.S.A. He Then Went Onto Complete His Family Practice Residency At Mercy Health Partners – Northern Region, Family Practice Program, Where He Would Work As Chief Resident. Dr. Akbar Also Served As A Family Physician At Calais Regional Hospital, Maine, U.S.A.

Dr. Akbar Takes A Holistic Approach To Medicine And Understands The Importance Of Individualized Patient Care. He Makes Patients Feel At Ease And Ensures The Entirety Of Their Story Is Heard Before Offering Medical Advice. He Instills In His Patients The Understanding That Medication Is Only Part Of The Puzzle And That Active Involvement And Lifestyle Modification Will Result In Lasting, Positive Outcomes.



Dr. Abdulrazzaq Al Madani, MDDr. Abdulrazzaq Al Madani, MD

Emirates Diabetes Society, UAE

Dr. Abdulrazzaq Ali Al Madani is consultant physician and endocrinologist at Al Borj Medical Centre in Dubai since 1998.

After graduating in Medicine from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Dr. Madani pursued his Postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology from Munich, Germany and obtained his Fachartz in both specialties. The Royal College of Physicians awarded Dr. Madani Honorary Fellowship from their Colleges in Edinburg and Glasgow. Dr. Madani joined Dubai Health Authority in 1980 and since 1993 holds the post of Consultant in Medicine and Endocrinology. In 2000 he became the head of the medical department, in 2003 the director of Dubai hospital and in 2009 became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Hospital-DHA till 2014. He is also consultant physician and endocrinologist at Al Borj Medical Centre in Dubai since 1998. Currently he is a member of the advisory board for the minister of health in UAE.

Dr. Madani was awarded the Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific Achievement in 1988 and was honored with the Dubai Government Excellence Award (DGEP) in 2002 under the Category – Distinguished Employee.

Dr. Madani is the President of the Emirates Diabetes Society and the Chairman of the Gulf Group for Study of Diabetes. He is also the Editorial Board chairman of the “Diabetes Positive Living Magazine” a social initiative of EDS. And member of the editorial board of the North Korean Ultrasonography Magazine of Korean Society of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Dr. Madani headed the group who prepared the “UAE National Diabetes Guidelines”. His publications in Clinical Diabetes include “Recommendations for Management of Diabetes During Ramadan”, “Diabetes Care, Algorithm for Management of Type 2 in the Middle East”, and Diabetes Education in the Arab World, A Call for Action and Diabetes and Ramadan: Practical Guidelines, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in collaboration with the Diabetes and Ramadan (DAR) International Alliance, April 2016.



Dr. Iyad Ksseiry, MD, F.A.C.E.Dr. Iyad Ksseiry, M.D., F.A.C.E.

Consultant, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Head of Internal Medicine Department
Mediclinic City Hospital, Dubai, UAE

Dr. Ksseiry is a graduate of Damascus University School of Medicine, Syria. He received his training in Internal Medicine and became Chief Resident at Monmouth Medical Center, a major teaching affiliate of MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine, in New Jersey, U.S.A. He was awarded Al-J. Decotti’s Award and John C. Borden Award for outstanding resident. He then completed fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Baystate Medical Center, Western Campus of Tufts University Medical School, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He is certified by the American Board in Internal Medicine, and also certified by American Board in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

He is currently licensed by the Dubai Health Care City licensing authorities as well as in the USA. On national level, he was a member of the committee tasked to develop the first UAE National Diabetes Guidelines in 2009. He received an Award of Excellence for extraordinary contribution, dedication and initiative in the organisation and chairing of the scientific committee of Emirates Diabetes Congress 2009 held in Dubai. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation for invaluable contribution to the success and chairing of the scientific committee of the 6th Dubai International Conference for Medical Sciences & Emirates Endocrine Congress 2010. He was Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the first three Emirates Endocrine and Diabetes Congresses from 2009 till 2012. While he was working at Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, Dubai, he acted as the Internal Medicine representative on the Hospital Board and served on several committees.

He has also held the position of Director of the Center for Advanced Skills Training in the Cleveland Clinic Simulation Center. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Boston College and Master’s degree from Boston University, Dr. Kroh received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. He completed his General Surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, where he also underwent fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Flexible Surgical Endoscopy.

He is a professional member of multiple international medical societies. He is on the Editorial Board of “Diabetes: Positive Living”, a publication by Emirates Diabetes Society. He is a fellow of American College of Clinical Endocrinologists (F.A.C.E.). He is also member of American college of Physicians (ACP), and Emirate Diabetes Society.



Dr. Mahmood Kazemi, MDDr. Mahmood Kazemi, MD

Senior Director, Global Medical and Scientific Affairs
Abbott USA, San Ramon, California, USA

Dr. Mahmood Kazemi MD, FACE (Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) is the Senior Director of Global Medical & Scientific Affairs of Abbott’s diabetes care unit. Prior to this role, Dr. Kazemi was the Medical Director at Sanofi. Dr. Kazemi was also previously in the private Endocrinology practice, while also being the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California’s San Francisco Division of Diabetes.

Dr. Kazemi earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from Stanford University, and his medical degree from University of California San Francisco.



Dr. Fatheya Al AwadiDr. Fatheya Al Awadi

Head of Endocrinology; Head of DHA; General Secretary; Vice-President
Dubai Hospital; DHA Diabetes Committee; Emirates Diabetes Society; EDEC, UAE