Abbas Abdulhassan
Senior Quality Officer
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)
Abbas is currently the Senior Quality Officer in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) since June 2011. He is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality CPHQ. He has a Diploma in Project Management, Diploma in Operations Management, OHSAS 18001 certification, Nursing Management Course, accredited by Harvard University and is Lean Methodology Certified. 

Abbas worked at SKMC since the first two months of Operation in 2000. He started working as a translator and moved to administration work as a Senior Unit coordinator on 2005.  Abbas always had a passion for performance improvement and continuous change for best practice. He believes that every day and everywhere there is a chance for improvement. World Class Healthcare is the standard that he wishes he can reach in SKMC one day. 

Abbas is the Data and IT person in Office of Nursing Staff Affairs. He developed the Nursing Monthly Report as a productivity and quality measurement tool for all nursing departments and clinics (54 departments). He developed Nursing Dashboard that populates data automatically from the Nursing Monthly Report. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the nursing site on the internal website of SKMC. He is part of SEHA’s NIHQM (National Inpatient Hospital Quality Measures) implementation and follow-up team as well.

He has done and participated in many research studies conducted in SKMC. He was part of Hourly Rounding study which set the ground to a new perception of patient care by putting patient at the center of all activities done by SKMC nurses. He is also conducting a Data Usage research currently which is designed to avoid a well-known shortfall that majority of organizations fall for; that is DRIP (Data Rich Information Poor). 

Abbas is a lead Auditor for EHSMS in SKMC. He conducted 11 internal EHS audits in SKMC for 2013 and 2014. He is also part of SKMC’s continuous survey readiness team which does periodic audits in the organization.  He is part of SKMC NDNQI (National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators) team that has established and maintained this initiative as the first hospital in the UAE.

Abeer khallaf
Senior Charge Nurse/Unit Manager
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)
Abeer Is an Infection Control manager at SKMC. She received her Bachelor degree in Nursing from Ain Shams University Egypt, and post graduate study for master same university.  Received her infection control training from Cleveland Clinic, USA in 2002 where she then specialized as Infection control professional at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt. Abeer Was certified CIC 2007. Currently she is a lead internal auditor for Environment health and safety, Chair of several committees and projects and the president elect of APIC UAE chapter.
Adam Buettner
Registered Respiratory Therapist
Royal University Hospital
Adam Buettner is a practicing Registered Respiratory Therapist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He works at the Royal University Hospital, a tertiary care facility in Saskatchewan’s largest city. He has twelve years experience, mainly focused in respiratory care of neonatal and pediatric clients. and has served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists as the Treasurer for the past four years. Adam is also a member of the Saskatchewan Pediatric Transport Team, transporting critically ill children by air and road ambulance from remote locations.

Adam is a respected mentor and preceptor to staff and students. He is a Basic Life Support instructor and Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor. Adam has been the clinical educator and a clinical supervisor for respiratory therapy services in the Saskatoon Health Region. Adam is committed to patient and family centered care, patient safety and quality improvement.
Ahmad Qaissiah
Unit Manager OR/CSSD
Al Rahba Hospital
  • Ahmad Qaissiah is a manager of OR and CSSD units at Rahba hospital.
  • Graduated from university of Jordan, college of nursing on 1995.
  • Has been working under SEHA since 2009 with total experience of 22 years in operation theatre.
  • HAAD examiner since 2012.
  • BLS Instructor.
Akram M. Al Ajmi
Corporate Cardiovascular Services Manager
Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Group

Akram is a registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist  and Sr. Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist  and  Master Degree holder in Healthcare Management from College of Surgeons in Ireland RCSI), Class 2011 - 2013. He is currently working as the Corporate Cardiovascular Services Manager through Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Group HMG KSA/Gulf, leading more than 55 employees. He is the founder and head of the Saudi Society of Cardiac Technologists.

Alaa Ahmad
Senior Nursing Quality Coordinator
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City-Abu Dhabi

Alaa Ahmad finished his Bachelor Degree in Nursing from Al Mousel University and received his Master Degree in Quality Management from Wollongong   University Dubai. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) from National Association for Healthcare Quality USA. He serves as FQM, DQA and SKEA internal assessor. He also achieved his certification for Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) from Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in USA and got his Professional Diploma in Infection Control from German University.

He is currently working as Clinical Quality Coordinator in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City-Abu Dhabi.  He is a strong advocate for patient and staff safety and involves as Quality Champion in quality improvement projects to enhance performance and patient safety.  His professional interests focus on meeting national and international healthcare quality standard.

Mr. Ahmad has created early adopter teams to embrace and sustain organizational goal.  His current projects include improving teamwork through the use of Crew Resource Management principles. He is leading TeamSTEPPS team in Pediatrics wards toward eliminating events related to communication and teamwork and serves as member of many committees through SKMC and SEHA. He is the site coordinator for national database for Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) in SKMC, and Chair of advisory council for NDNQI at SEHA Corporate Office.

Allam Rezqallah
Renal Community Team Manager
SEHA Dialysis Services (SDS)

Allam Rezqallah has finished three Master Degrees including in Renal Nursing from De Montfort University, UK, Public Health from Al-Najah National University and Nursing Science from Al-Quds University, Palestine. He is currently working as the Renal Community Team Manager of SEHA Dialysis Services (SDS), Abu Dhabi. 


He is responsible for training, monitoring and supervising community team members. He is actively participating in planning and developing communication protocols and pathways to improve renal care coordination and referral. Conducting health care provider awareness sessions about chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of his accomplished tasks. He is working collaboratively with non-renal health care providers in SEHA facilities to provide kidney health promotion, screening, education, disease prevention and care. He is also engage in developing positive relationships with community agencies & local resources to involve them in the CKD community awareness program.  
Amal Saber
Clinical Resource Nurse
Corniche Hospital

Amal is a registered nurse since 1997 and has been working as a neonatal nurse for the last 18 years. She studied her postgraduate studies in Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing in 2004 from the University of Alexandra, Egypt.

She is presently working as a Clinical Resource Nurse at Corniche Hospital. She is instrumental in the development of the unit based orientation programme. She is also works as Neonatal Resuscitation Programme (NRP) instructor for 6 years. Her passion includes patient safety and focused on improving outcomes.

Ani Jose
Staff Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital

Mrs. Ani Jose has completed her Diploma in Nursing in 2001 and received Bachelor Degree from Vinayaka Mission University in 2010. She has 15 years of experience in nursing. She is an RN, working in Al Rahba Hospital Abu Dhabi since 2005. She has deep passion towards patient safety and quality of care.

Ani Jose is currently working as an Educational link nurse in Medical Surgical Unit. She is leading the educational programs in the unit. She is an active member in the hospital EBP committee and participating in various projects. She is an active member of unit CUSP team. She is an active team leader in the unit. Ani Jose was representing the unit for various train the training programs and she is a validator for unit competencies. She is a strong preceptor for the GNIs and the new staff. She is co ordinating the GNI program in the unit.

Ani Jose was awarded as an Employee of the Year in 2014 and received so many appreciations and awards for participating in various Quality and patient safety activities in the unit. 

Awadia Khatir
Staff Midwife labour room
Corniche Hospital

Awadia has been working as senior midwife and staff midwife for 16 years. Currently, she is working for Al Corniche Hospital Labor and delivery suites since 2013 as staff midwife. She holds a bachelor degree in Midwifery 2010 from the higher college of technology Dubai-UAE and now taking up her Master Degree on Hospital Management from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.

Her experience varies between medical and surgical nursing to psychiatric and primary health care nursing. She worked at Dubai Health Authority as Senior Midwife and shift in charge from 2005 to 2013 where she participated in low risk management in Dubai Hospital. They established midwifery led care in the labor and delivery room. Since then, she is being invited to present in different Midwifery Conferences in UAE.

Bindu Anthony
Clinical Resource Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital

Bindu has a total experience of over 16 years in the field of Nursing and currently working as a Clinical Resource Nurse (CRN) Nursing Education Department at Al Rahba Hospital, Abu Dhabi since May 2012. She completed her Master of Arts in Sociology and Masters in Science Nursing -Cardiothoracic Nursing from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India.

She is the comprehensive unit based safety program (CUSP) coordinator for ICU and mentor for 2 new CUSP units. She is the co-chair of the Nursing Evidence based committee at Al Rahba Hospital. She is also actively involved in various performance improvement projects such as manual handling and ergonomics project, Leading Delirium project in the Adult ICU. She is member of the Joint commission chapter; Quality improvement and Patient safety.

Bindu is the Course Director and Faculty of Trauma Nursing Core Course under Emergency Nurses Association. She serves as an instructor for all the disciplines (BLS/ACLS/PALS/PEARS) under American Heart Association since 2010.

She became a member of curriculum formation committee for Bachelor of Science Nursing at Maharashtra university of Health Sciences (MUHS) University for the State of Maharashtra, India (2005-2006). She was also nominated as external examiner for MUHS University for the year 2003-2006.

She was awarded a silver medal for MSC and excellent performance award from Nursing Department for the year 2012 at Al Rahba Hospital.

Celine Joseph
Charge Nurse Pain Management
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

Celine finished her BSc Nursing from India Institute of Medical Sciences and obtained her Master’s Degree in Medical and Surgical Nursing in 2008. She got certified in Pain Management in 2014. She has experience of   almost 25 years working as Registered Nurse, Charge Nurse in Medical Surgical Units and ICU from different hospitals in India and Saudi Arabia. She joined MOH UAE in 1993 where she worked for Jazeira Hospital. In 2011, she joins SKMC as Acute Pain Nurse.

Chiranjeevulu Darsi
Senior Cardiovascular Technologist
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Darsi is a Senior Cardiovascular Technologist in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi since 2006. He completed his post-graduate Diploma in Cardiovascular Technology from Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), Tirupati, India in 1998. He has vast work experience from various high volume cardiac centers in India for more than 8 years that includes Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences,Kerala,India  Amrita Institute of Medical sciences Kerala, India and VIVUS Heart Center Bangalore, India.

He is first in the Region to get International Credentials from Cardio Vascular Credentialing International as Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist and Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist.

As a Senior Cardiovascular Technologist, he is responsible in assisting all Cardiac Electrophysiology Procedures including Diagnostic EP Studies and Complex RF Ablation Procedures, Cryo Ablations, 3D Imaging (CARTO, NAVx) Procedures, Cardiac Device Implantations, Device Clinic Management. He actively participates in all educational, clinical and administrative tasks from his department.

Chithra Lekha Jithesh
Registered Nurse
Alain Hospital
Chithra Lekha Jithesh is a Registered Nurse in Alain Hospital with more than 8 years’ experience in Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing. Upon completion of her Nursing Degree from Kerala University, India, she works as a Pediatric Nurse in Christian Mission Hospital, India. She obtained her Masters in Pediatric Nursing from Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India in 2010 and became the coordinator for clinical education of staff nurses and Student nurses in Pediatric Ward, Neonatal and Pediatric ICU in General Hospital- Erode.

She conducted different workshops including “Clinical Teaching and Clinical Evaluation Methods” in 2009, “Basic Pediatric Skills for Nurses” in 2010 and “Neonatal Nurses’ Perceptions of Pain Assessment and Management in NICU” as part of the 4TH SEHA International Nursing Conference in November 2015.

Presently, she is actively participating and conducting clinical lectures, journal clubs, audits and research activities along with patient care in their facilities. She has a vision to provide superior care to the patients by implementing evidence based practices and clinical educational activities.

Christelle du Plessis
Assistant Director of Nursing
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Christelle is Assistant Director of Nursing at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.  She has been with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City for the past 11 years. She initially followed a path of both diverse and dynamic experiences in the Medicare profession in South Africa prior to coming to U.A.E in 1997.

She is a Master Degree holder in Business Administration, Honours Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies,  Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management, Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Sciences  and a Diploma in Nursing (Psychiatry, Community Health) & Midwifery. She is also a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.

Christelle is passionate about nursing and is dedicated to assuring a positive patient experience, as well as working with nurses to improve quality and safety.

Constance Philippa Timmins-Oliver
Infection Control Nurse
Amana Healthcare
Constance obtained a BSc in General Nursing at University College Dublin, Dublin, Republic or Ireland and trained in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin. She has to work in Cardiothoracic Critical Care at NHS Foundation Trust Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK. Whilst, she gained a certificate in Physiological Approaches to Assessment undertaking a placement at Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital, Harlow, UKin Accident and Emergency.

Constance began working with Amana Healthcare in 2013 and set up the Infection Control Program gaining a Certificate in Infection Control and has started her MSc in Infection Control with University of Essex. She holds memberships with APIC and IPS UK. Her special interest includes multi drug resistance organisms and prevention of infections in rehabilitation areas. He leads the project for infection prevention and control in accreditation of Amana Healthcare for JCIA and CARF. 

Derar Rushdi Gharaibeh
Clinical Resource Nurse
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

Mr. Derar been a nurse for 17 years and have recently worked in the last 7 years in an Adult Cardiac Surgical ICU & Coronary Care Unit in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), Abu Dhabi as a Clinical Resource Nurse and covering duties and responsibilities of Clinical Nurse Coordinator. His career has taken him from organizations in Jordan to the United Arab Emirates. Although challenging at the beginning, he have come to love and inspire the customs and culture of this beautiful city called Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Derar received numerous awards like “CAREGIVER AWARD” as well as numerous appreciation letters for his compassion in rendering patient care and being sensitive to patient needs. Last but not the least; He was recently nominated as SEHA 100 Best Employee.

His active role involves providing clinical support services to Graduate Nursing Students and 1500 Clinical Staff Nurses across the hospital to provide safe, high quality, patient centered care. He have enjoyed the opportunity to be the lead Clinical Resource Nurse on a numerous important projects where he played a key role in workflow coordination, high impact CRITICAL CARE MEDICATION SAFETY GUARDRAILS, HEPARIN PROTOCOLS for disease indications, NURSING CLINICAL PATHWAY, CHEST ACCREDITATION and most importantly JCIA ACCREDITATION.

Dexie Josefa Marquez Mariano
Unit Manager, Chronic Unit
Mafraq Dialysis Center

Dexie has completed the Masters in Renal Nursing in De Montford University UK and is currently involved in various Quality Initiatives that aims to improve clinical outcome at the same time allocate resources in a most cost effective way. She made good representations of her organization in several international nursing conferences such as ISN and EDTNA/ERCA. 

Dina Ahmed Hidayat
Clinical Systems Analyst
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

Dina is from Egypt but was born and raised in UAE. She believes that joining nursing was the strangest, yet, most interesting experience. She is a BSN degree holder from University of Sharjah and graduate of MSc of Leadership in Health Professions Education from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & University of Sharjah. Recently, she moved to informatics domain of clinical care.  For her, it is very interesting to see how much impact health information systems have on health care and its processes.

Dr. Ameera Mohammed Aldossary
Director of Nursing Saudization, Practice, Education, & Research
King Fahad specialist hospital

Ameera Aldossary has completed her Ph.D. in Nursing Studies on January 2011 from King’s College London and her Master of Science in Health Services Management on November 2004 from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - UK. She is the Director of Nursing Saudisation, Practice, Education and Research in King Fahad Specialist Hsopital-Dammam (KFSH-D) and was an assistant professor of Nursing in Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences form 2005 to 2014 (Saudi Arabia). She has published three papers in reputed journals and has been participating in several workshops, symposiums and conferences nationally and internationally. She is a member in the IRB committee in KFSH-D and was a member in the Nursing Scientific Board in the Saudi Commission for Health Specialist. 

Dr. Ibrahim Hatab
Chief Nursing Officer
Al Gharbia Hospitals

Ibrahim is currently working as Chief Nursing Officer in Gharbia Hospitals which consists of 6 hospitals and 4 clinics and covers Abu Dhabi western region with a population of about 300,000. Current number of Nurses is about 600.

He holds a  B.S. degree  and MPH  from American University of Beirut  and got PH.D  in Health care management in 2001. He has been in the nursing field for the past 30 + years. His international experiences includes King Faisal Saudi Arabia, St. Luke's' Roosevelt Hospital Center New York, Aramco Medical Centre, Saudi Arabia etc. He has special interest in the area of Ethics, patient safety and quality.             

Dr. May McCreaddie
Associate Professor, Nursing Department
Fatima College of Health Sciences, Institute of Technology
Dr. May McCreaddie joined FCHS in September 2015 as an Associate Professor. She is a nurse and academic from Scotland, UK with over 30 years’ experience. May has held academic posts at the Universities’ of Edinburgh, Lancaster and latterly, Stirling. She is an award winning nurse (Most Inspiring Lecturer University of Stirling 2014, shortlisted Times Higher Education most innovative lecturer 2014, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award SGNA 2012, Robert Tiffany International Award 2001). May has obtained and led numerous research grants and has over 40 publications. Her main area of interest is authentic interactions, specifically healthcare interactions and humour in healthcare interactions. She is currently analyzing and publishing from a data corpus of ‘healthcare complaints’ with Dr Bethan Benwell – a colleague in English Studies from the University of Stirling, UK.
Dr. Nabeel Al Yateem
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
University of Sharjah
Dr. Nabeel Al Yateem is an academician and researcher in the field of children and adolescent health nursing. He completed his PhD in this specialization from the National University of Ireland-Galway in 2012. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, and has extensive experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a large educational pediatric hospital and research center in Dublin in Ireland. His research interests include continuity of care for children and adolescents across healthcare systems, the provision of developmentally appropriate care for children and adolescents, decreasing children stress and anxiety within different healthcare settings, family centered care, community care for children and families.
Elsa Nel
Senior Clinical Dietitian
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

Elsa Nel is a Senior dietitian at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City , Abu Dhabi.  She received  her dietetic qualification in South Africa. Since then she has 20 years’ experience in different fields in dietetics in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

She started to focus on nutrition support as young professional and has 15 year experience in ICU. She is now working in the Adult as well as Pediatric ICU and is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician  - a qualification through American Society for Parenteral and enteral nutrition. She can be contacted at  

Esther K Jenslin
Registered Nurse, NICU
Al Rahba Hospital

I am Esther. I did my RN and CCRN in Neonatal. I am the first person to complete CCRN neonatal exam from UAE (other than American Nurses)- based on AACN database. I have 10 years of experience in NICU and 1 year in teaching NCLEX RN. I am interested in EBP practices, active member in hospital wide EBP and also lead the journal club in NICU.

Some of hobbies are reading, surfing for updated evidence base practices and cooking. I have two little boys who always keep me at my toes. 

Eva Calimlim
Senior Charge Nurse
SEHA Dialysis Services (Mafraq Dialysis Center)
Eva Calimlim completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Virgen Milagrosa University in 1992. She has over 13 years of experience in various nursing position in the Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2008, she joined the Mafraq Hospital dialysis team known today as Mafraq SEHA Dialysis Services managed by Fresenius Medical Care Management. Recently, she completed her Master of Science in Renal Nursing degree from Fatima Colleges of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi in collaboration with De Montfort University, UK and SEHA Dialysis Services, Abu Dhabi.
Faduma Sharif
Unit Manager
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Dialysis Center
Faduma is a registered Nurse for 15 years, licensed by the Council of Ontario Nurses, Massachusetts Board of Nursing and Health authority of Abu Dhabi registration. Currently, she is working as a Unit Manager for SEHA Dialysis Services at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Dialysis Center where he is responsible for overseeing over 300 patients and managing 65 staff members in acute and chronic units. She is expert as renal/dialysis nurse who believes and makes use of the holistic approach to customer care, very well experienced with dialysis processes. She is dedicated to excellent, high standard care for all customers.

He obtained his Masters in Renal Nursing MSN, BSN and BSc in Biochemistry from De Montfort University & Fatima College of Health Sciences and University of Ottawa, respectively.

Fatima Al Rifai
Advisor to H.E. the Minister of Health on Nursing Affairs, Ministry of Health
Secretary of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council (UAE NMC) and Board Member

Fatima has been successful to her academic and professional career. She is currently the Secretary of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council (UAE NMC) and Board Member and at the same time, she serves as the Advisor to H.E. the Minister of Health on Nursing Affairs, Ministry of Health.  She finished her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Texas Women’s University, Houston, Texas and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. On June 2008, she attains her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

She spent her 16 years in leadership role as the Director – Federal Department of Nursing (FDON), Ministry of Health from 1992 to 2014 in upgrading and promoting nursing services through establishing the Federal Department of Nursing. The scope of this role included providing strategic direction and support for nursing services in UAE, developing nursing services through setting up and implementing nursing registration and regulation, developing nursing workforce including encouraging, attracting and retaining Emiratis into the profession, spearheading the drafting of UAE Nursing Regulatory Practice Act, UAE nursing and midwifery scope of practice and other nursing and midwifery national practice guidelines and policies.

Her areas of interest include; leading and participating in strategic planning for healthcare services including nursing and midwifery to provide a framework for action addressing current and future patients and community needs; development of health policies in general and nursing and midwifery policies in specific to achieve patient safety goals; participating in and initiating nursing and midwifery regulatory   and credentialing processes and programs for public protection and safety; enhancement of Emirati nurses’ capacity through the development and implementation of career ladder development programs, coaching and mentoring; initiating and participating in the development of research center/program/initiatives for patient safety, nursing workforce and healthcare work settings; providing consultation and policy development for nursing education nationally and regionally and delivering lectures and conducting workshops on nursing professional development and leadership to nursing students and practicing nurses. 

Frances Beadle
Nurse Manager, Nursing Informatics
Tawam Hospital
Fran graduated from Cardiff University and became a registered nurse in 2000 and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Informatics from the University of Sheffield.

Since 2007, she has been employed in the field of nursing informatics as adviser at corporate level on all elements of nursing documentation in addition of being a member of the Elsevier Middle East Advisory Board. Fran is passionate about ensuring new technology and documentation is fit for nursing staff to utilize. In addition to consulting on nursing documentation, she also acts as a consultant across the health care spectrum in relation to HIS.

Some of her key achievements include the development, design and implementation an electronic documentation system for up to 1500 nurses, jointly receiving four (4) Cerner Middle East Awards for nursing achievement and innovation, and presenting at multiple national and international conferences.

Gulnaz. M. Tariq
Unit Manager, VIP and Royal Unit
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Gulnaz Tariq is a Unit Manager for Wound Care, Surgical, VIP and Royal Unit in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.  She is a Registered Nurse with a Post Graduate Diploma and BSc. She has completed her MSc in Skin Integrity from University of Hertfordshire, UK in 2014.

She has pursued further international wound care training by joining the International Inter-professional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) from University of Toronto, Canada under auspice of Prof. Gary Sibbald in 2007.

She has been invited to present posters and conference presentations in Toronto (World Union for Wound Healing Societies meeting) 2008, Arizona (WCET and WOCN joint conference) 2010, South Africa (Wounds International Conference) 2011 and presented many other topics related to wound care both internationally and locally.

Gulnaz introduced a diabetic foot prevention program and pressure ulcer prevention program in SKMC. She has organized the Abu Dhabi Wound Care Conference for the past 8 years and was appointed as the current course coordinator for the IIWCC for UAE and Asia from University of Toronto.

She is a founder of an International Inter-professional Wound Care Group in UAE and elected to be the President for IIWCG and chapter co- author of the Chronic Wound Care textbook with the 5th edition and wrote around 8 publications so far.

Gwen Rice
Senior Dietitian
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Gwen Rice has been working as a dietitian for the past 13 years. She has worked in a variety of different settings including acute care and community dietetics. She comes from Ireland and joined Cleveland clinic in April 2016. In this role she works with neurology inpatients and has a keen interest in the care of stroke patients. 

Hani Mohammed Zeidan
Assistant Director of Nursing
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

Hani is the Assistant Director of Nursing of the Telemetry Units  -Medical / Surgical- Homecare – Rehabilitation  Department in  Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. He is a Bachelor of Nursing degree holder and completed his Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Atlanta University, USA in 2013 and Master Business Administration from Swiss University, Switzerland in 2016.

Hania Ehsan Saleh Abu Saffaqa
Patient Safety Officer
Al Rahba Hospital
Hania Ehsan Saleh, QM, RN, EFQM, Patient Safety Officer / Quality Department,  Al Rahba Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE Mrs. Hania obtained her bachelor of Nursing Science degree  from Jordanian University of Science & Technology 1994 practiced nursing in Jordan, Dubai UAE  and joined Al Rahba Hospital , in August 2004 as a Pediatric Charge Nurse

She attend Wollongong University Dubai Campus, UAE where she earned her Maters degree in Quality Management 2009, joined the patient safety in 2013, special interest in change management among healthcare practitioners and risk management , team development & supply chain

Certified Dubai Quality Award Assessor 2015-2016 cycle, Certified Professional Diploma in Patient Safety and Prevention of Medical Errors- American University of Ras Al-Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2015.

Jacob Philip
Chief Nursing Officer
Al Gharbia Hospitals

Jacob is a Senior Respiratory Therapist in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. Before he joined SKMC, he’s an US-based Respiratory Therapist in Cooper University Hospital for Neonatal, Pediatric, Adult, Trauma, Medical & Surgical and Coronary Intensive Care Units. He also served as Physician Assistant in Cardio-vascular and Thoracic surgery and Clinical Perfusionist in India. He has been a part-time ELSO Certified ECMO Specialist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, USA where he performed ECMO for neonatal and pediatric patients and for both critical care and post-surgical patients. As a Senior Respiratory Therapist, he is responsible in restoring patient's pulmonary function; supports life by planning and administering medically prescribed respiratory therapy. He actively participates in educational and clinical activities. He also support in the administrative tasks for the department.
Jeff Dionne
President of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
Manager, Corporate Learning and Organizational Development

Jeff Dionne is currently the President of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists.  He has been a leader in the field of Respiratory Therapy for 15 years serving as both an educator and an administrator.  Jeff’s passion has always surrounded adult education and the mechanisms by which to achieve a culture of learning in a variety healthcare organizations. He has been recognized by many institutions for his ability in leading change and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals.  Most recently he was awarded the President’s award from the Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network for his tireless efforts with their clinical and continuing education programs.  Jeff currently works as the Manager of Corporate Learning and Organizational Development where he is the leading change consultant at his organization and responsible for building capacity and capabilities of its people leaders.  Jeff presently holds a Clinical Adjunct Professor position at The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network and he is currently pursuing his Masters in Health Studies from Athabasca University as he continues along his journey of lifelong learning. 

Jennifer Jean Williams
Clinical Resource Nurse
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

As a Clinical Resource Nurse in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, JENNIFER WILLIAMS coordinates the nursing department’s mental health and research programs. She is currently an International Master in Mental Health Policies and Services candidate at Nova Medical School in Portugal, in a World Health Organization program to develop global mental health leadership capacity.   

She completed her psychosocial rehabilitation practitioner training through the SOGG in the Netherlands, holds a MSc. In Health Administration and is a registered general and community health nurse and a midwife. Jennifer is an experienced hospital nurse manager with more than 25 years clinical experience as a psychiatric clinical nurse. 

Jent F. Lee
Charge Nurse
SEHA Dialysis Services - Mafraq Dialysis Center
Jent earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing at West Visayas State University, Philippines in 2002. She started working as a registered nurse in Medical ICU and hemodialysis unit in same year. She joined Mafraq Hospital in 2008 as a staff nurse in dialysis catering for adult hemodialysis patients. She was promoted as a charge nurse in Mafraq dialysis center in 2012. Recently, she completed her Master of Science in Renal Nursing degree from Fatima Colleges of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi in collaboration with De Montfort University, UK and SEHA Dialysis Services, Abu Dhabi and graduated with distinction last July 2016.
Jermain Poncardas
Emergency Room Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital

Jermain is an ER Nurse for 8 years who believes that nursing has a very pivotal role in delivering innovation and quality health care in this fast changing world. He is Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) Instructor and Evidenced Based Practice Hospital Committee Member with Johns Hopkins Nursing - Evidenced Based Practice. Currently, he is writing his thesis and preparing for his final exam for his Master of Arts in Nursing- Major in Medical Surgical Nursing degree from St. Paul University Iloilo, Philippines.

As a home-grown entrepreneur and now engaging with sharing advocacy among Filipino Expats in the UAE to educate, empower and encourage people to create something new for a better community. He believes that time management and productivity should be mastered early on in life to create more time for family and to contribute something useful to the society.

Jo Hubbard
Education Manager
Corniche Hospital
Jo is currently working as the Education Manager at the Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which is a tertiary baby friendly maternity hospital. Corniche prides itself on the multi-professional approach to family centered care, research and education, whereby PROMPT has been welcomed and imbedded within our practice since October 2011. Jo began her career firstly as a registered general nurse in Aylesbury and later qualifying as a midwife in 1987 in Swindon UK. She recognized her passion for travel and multicultural midwifery by joining the Sultanate of Oman’s Army in Oman, working throughout the continuum of midwifery clinical care, then moving to the Emirates to Abu Dhabi in 1998.

Her interest in education, lactation and breastfeeding became apparent when she qualified and took on the role as a lactation Consultant at Corniche, developing the lactation services and achieving Baby Friendly Accreditation. Jo also has an interest in bereavement holistic care and is currently the chair of the Mowasa project at Corniche Hospital including the development of the Al Amal services.

Jo has completed her Masters in Health Service Management in Australia, after leaving the Emirates in 2004 and worked as a Midwife Clinical Consultant in Queensland, developing the baby friendly concept on the Sunshine Coast and reviewing extended midwifery community services for women and families.

Jo is passionate midwife and has a strong interest in multi-professional education. She has presented and facilitated workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally. Jo is an active instructor in Neonatal Resuscitation, Basic Life Support and PROMPT.

Since returning to the Corniche Jo has developed a motivated team, qualified as a EUSIM Instructor and was instrumental in the design and project management of the new purpose built Corniche Simulation Center. Her main focus now is transferring simulation into the clinical setting and improving clinical outcomes with a focus on obstetric emergencies.

Kristina Mae Cabato
ER Staff Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital
Kristina is an emergency room staff nurse with over 6 years of experience in the clinical field. She graduated in the Philippines with Bachelor of Science in Nursing and started working in ER right after graduation. She is a as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) given by the Board of Certification of Emergency Nurses (BCEN).  She actively participates in the education of colleagues and dissemination of latest evidences available in our field.

She believes that research and evidenced-based practice is the key to improved patient management and higher rates of patient satisfaction. 

Larizza A. Limjuco Woodruff
Assistant to the Dean for Clinical Teaching Excellence
University of Portland

Larizza Limjuco Woodruff, M.S.N., R.N., is the Assistant to the Dean for Clinical Teaching Excellence at the University of Portland School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon. Grounded in her strong clinical practice and leadership in acute care across three states, Mrs. Limjuco Woodruff has extensive experience in clinical education both as a clinical educator and as faculty. She holds a deep understanding of the challenges of providing high-quality, patient-centered, safe nursing care in the increasingly complex healthcare system of today. An expert in ensuring that members of the healthcare team work collaboratively to improve performance, decrease costs, and increase patient safety, Larizza’s role in Clinical Excellence focuses on clinical education models, particularly Dedicated Education Units (DEUs). Knowing the significance of this method of clinical education both as a student in the early years of the DEU and now as the lead for implementation and ongoing support of DEUs, her unique expertise brings great value to the University of Portland School of Nursing and the clinical partners housing the DEU model. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Portland and obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University. Her role is to elevate the quality of clinical teaching and learning, while providing support to the existing and cultivating relationships for establishing future DEUs. To date, she maintains the partnerships with 16 current DEUs and is expanding the model into settings across the continuum of care, including Post-Acute Care and Ambulatory Care Settings.

Lea R. Mayer
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City: Cleveland Clinic

Lea is the clinical nursing expert for the pediatric program at SKMC; covering pediatric ED, PICU, cardiac PICU, pediatric high-dependency unit, inpatient pediatric medical unit, inpatient pediatric surgical unit, inpatient pediatric hematology-oncology unit, and outpatient pediatric day-clinic/infusion center. She began her nursing career in USA as an RN at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; attained her Master’s Degree and became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist while at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; and came to the UAE after working for the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a certified PEARS Instructor, PALS Instructor, APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nurses) Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurse (CPHON), and Pediatric ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) Instructor. With her passion and exceptional skills in her field, she joined SKMC in September 2014 as the first Advanced Practice Nurse in the UAE, to improve and optimize care to pediatric patients and their caregivers, and to lead the standardization of nursing clinical competency and of care processes across SEHA facilities caring for pediatric patients.
Linda Haskins
Assistant Director of Nursing for ED/ UCC/OR/ CSSD/ Bed Management,
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Linda is currently the Assistant Director of Nursing for ED/ UCC/OR/ CSSD/ Bed Management at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. She has been in this role since 2013 and was the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer prior to this since 2004.She has worked in the Middle East for 17years, commencing as a Nurse Manager in a Pediatric Immunization Clinic, becoming Assistant Director of Nursing in Central and Al Jaziera Hospital, and when those hospitals were merged with Sheikh Khalifa Hospital, took on her current role.Her background in South Africa included Emergency Medicine, Surgical Units and Operating Room Nursing, Community Health and Intensive Care nursing.

Litty Varghese
Head Nursing Education

Litty Varghese; RN RM, MSN is working as Senior Charge Nurse, Nursing Education, AHS/SEHA, UAE. She has 34 years of experience in the field of PHC&AHS, UAE and has expertise as JCIA chapter lead and tracer team member, quality improvement coordinator, diabetic clinic project coordinator, nurse educator, newsletter editor and researcher. She holds Master’s Degree in Community Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma in   Nursing Administration and obtained certification in Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from CDC, Atlanta.

Awards and Recognitions:

With her continuance in excellent professionalism, she won

  • The First SEHA BEST EMPLOYEE Award 2012(one among top 12)
  • The 3rd Best Abstract Award at The Pan Arab Hypertension Conference in Abu Dhabi Feb. 5-9, 2000, for the research paper presented on “Effective Patient Education the key to reduction in CHD risk factors in Diabetic clients”

Actively participated in winning the following Awards:

  • ARAB HEALTH AWARD FOR PHC Chronic Disease program; 2009
  • ARAB HEALTH AWARD FOR Nursing HR development; 2010

She also received recognition for her achievements in implementing the First Nurse Led clinic in Zayed University 2009, First RN Competency framework and assessment program, First Leadership Competency framework and assessment program in AHS, and for her participation in teaching in the Residency program in Faculty of Medicine Al Ain.

Her Philosophy is

“Passionately leading and caring, the best teacher should be the best lifelong student, and to generate value for ourselves we need to add value to others”

She demonstrated a desire to lead passionately, promote positive culture among colleagues and consistently motivate and empower others. She is a gifted teacher at heart and always strives to cultivate her capacity to impart knowledge and skills and connected to her students wholeheartedly.

Loralee Rotering
Clinical Resource Nurse
Tawam Hospital
Loralee Rotering received her degree in nursing from The University of the State of New York and is the current Chairperson for the SEHA Critical Care Nursing Advisory Group in Abu Dhabi. She is the Clinical Resource Nurse for Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, UAE, Critical Care and High Dependency Units. She is a member of the steering committee of the Emirates Nursing Association, Critical Care Nursing Section.

She has successfully completed the American certification exams in Critical Care, Emergency and Nephrology Nursing and most recently the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support Course and Ventilator Management: Beyond Basic. She served as the past president of the Twin-Cities Chapter of the American Nephrology Nurses Association, in the United States, and is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Her nursing experience includes bedside nursing, unit management, clinical educator and education director in the specialties of nephrology, emergency and critical care nursing.
Manal Jamil Mahmoud Hamoudeh
Senior Charge Nurse - Pediatric and Adult Hemodialysis
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City - Nursing - Dialysis Units
Manal is a pediatric renal nurse for 10 and find her profession as diverse, challenging and very worthwhile. Renal nursing is a very specialized area of nursing which requires highly developed knowledge, skills and experience. Her role as the Senior Charge Nurse is to ensure that all of the children get the best possible clinical and psychological care which means collaborating and coordinating with my nursing staff and the multidisciplinary team on effective and safe management for our patients, including working with other departments such as the pediatric intensive care units (PICU) for children needing dialysis when they are critically ill.

She finished her Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 1999 from Jordan University of Science and Technology and obtained her diploma in Master of Science Renal Nursing, from De Montfort (DMU) in March 2016. 

Maria Reina Palermo Balmes
Infection Prevention Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital
Maria Reina Palermo Balmes is a registered nurse and a board certified in infection prevention and control (CBIC) with four (4) years of experience in Infection Control. Since 2014, she is in position as an Infection Prevention Nurse at Al Rahba Hospital, working collaboratively with the clinical staff, departments and administration with aim of reducing the risk of healthcare associated infection among patients, staff and visitors.  She contributed to the development of continuous education and implementation of efficient infection prevention and control protocols for the hospital. She is known for being self-directed with astute judgment skill and responsible for planning and implementing the Plan of Correction for the HAAD/JCIA Survey for the entire facility which includes conducting of audits to ensure compliance. She has clinical background as a staff nurse in maternity, Operating Theater, Emergency and critical care setting. She believes in the importance of persistence in learning and education to be effective and productive in any industry especially in line with healthcare. She keeps herself actively participating in various committees such as SEHA IPC committee, Al Rahba Hospital IPC Committee, Al Rahba Hospital Quality Improvement and patient safety committee and Emergency Preparedness Committee. She’s also an active member of Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) in all Al Rahba Hospital’s department and a proud member of Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC).
Martha Jacoba Weideman
Clinical Resource Nurse
Mafraq Hospital

Martha Weideman trained in Pretoria, South Africa as Registered Nurse.Other post graduate training involved Midwifery and Operating Theater Nursing Science. Worked as an Operating theatre scrub nurse in private practice for many years and assisted with most specialties. She was responsible for In Service Training and organizing Workshops.

Martha joined Mafraq Hospital in September 2009 and has been working as Clinical Resource Nurse for Surgical Service, training Gastroenterology, Operating room, Anesthesia, CSSD and Recovery room staff. Martha is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.

Marwa Emad Zidan
Staff Midwife, Main Delivery Unit
Corniche Hospital

Marwa finished her Nursing degree from Al Mansoura University in 2005 and Applied Science in Midwifery with excellent degree in 2014. She has more than 10 years of experience in nursing care and currently working as Staff Midwife of Main Delivery Unit for Corniche Hospital. She has been attending training courses and conferences for her career development where she uses her experience to contribute in her organization’s growth.

Maysoon Abdel Latif E'nouz
Emergency Department/ Unit Manager
Al Rahba Hospital

Maysoon is the Manager of Emergency department at Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi. She has taken the role emergency Nursing Advisory group chair at SEHA. She completed her BSN from Jordan University of since and technology. Currently she is doing her master in health care management form Swiss business school abudhbai, instructor in s life support courses and TNCC instructor as well. Recently Completed nursing leadership and observer ship course in johns Hopkins Baltimore USA.

15 years of extensive experience in emergency department, hold different nursing position at Rahba hospital, working as Rahba representative with other SEHA hospitals in standardizing the emergency patient care and the emergency nurse job description. Received different certificate of recognition for her contribution in providing excellence emergency service .she lead the project of direct bedding and door to doctor service at Rahba ED.

Have an interest in human interactions/responses and anger management.  

Meritta Xavier Raj
Registered Staff Nurse
Tawam Hospital /Al Wagan Hospital

Meritta Xavier Raj graduated in 2002 from St.Ann’s School of Nursing, Tamil Nadu, India.  She joined Tawam Hospital in 2005 as registered nurse in General Medical Unit, Alwagan. She had completed her post-graduate degree in Fatima College, UAE in 2010. Currently, she is taking her MBA in Heath Administration. She is fascinated in updating evidenced based studies and actively participating in writing articles in Tawam News Letter.

Michelle Kashani
Clinical Director / Occupational Therapist

Michelle is a well experienced Occupational Therapist who has first – hand knowledge and understanding of how the use of techniques and multisensory kinaesthetic learning environments can have a profound effect overall in paediatrics, adults & geriatrics rehabilitation. Michelle is a national golden key Honor society member receiving her Master’s at Chicago in 1996. Michelle has worked extensively in paediatric and adult neurological rehabilitation for almost 15 years in Chicago in many different areas including hospitals, schools and private clinic based practices. As an occupational Therapist, Michelle’s area of interest include children with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fine/Gross motor Delays as well as visual motor and perceptual delays, developmental delays, Adult brain injury, Post-Stroke Rehabilitation, Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic hand injuries, CVA, and Motor Vehicle Accidents. She has done her continuing professional development in the areas of Sensory Processing, Retained Primitive Reflex Integration, Eye sight to insight, Beyond Eye sight to insight, Visual / Vestibular Rehabilitation and Handwriting Without Tears. Michelle is certified in administration of clinical observations of motor performance skills and has trained extensively on sensory processing disorders. She has extensive experience in Auditory Integration Training, Therapeutic Listening and SAMONAS program. Michelle is a candidate in the DIR certificate Program and has extensive knowledge in using DIR/Floor time as a treatment model. She whole heartedly support neurodiversity for the paediatric and adult population and is an advocate for independence for adults with disabilities and inclusion for children with LD in the mainstream school environment.
Mohammad Hamoudeh
Registered Respiratory Therapist
Acting Manager, Tawam Hospital
Mohammad is a Registered Respiratory Therapist working as acting manager at Tawam Hospital, Al Ain. He obtained an Associate Degree of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida in 1994. He has over 21 years of experience in Respiratory Care from numerous hospitals in Florida and Ohio that provides Respiratory Therapy Services in all critical care areas.

He joined Tawam Hospital in 2003, and has been involved in the tracheostomy change multidisciplinary team, providing education and training to nursing and respiratory care staff. He is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care and the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Mohammad Mahmoud Al Ghariybah
Staff nurse
Mafraq dialysis center /Seha Dialysis Services

Mohammad Alghraiybah is a Registered Nurse and highly skilled renal specialist nurse with +9 years of experience in the field of Hemodialysis and one year in Emergency room, starting 2007 till now. What distinguishes him from others in his field of expertise is that he treats communication as crucial in understanding others and sharing the ideas. Mohammad has a special interest in patient’s education and he believes the road to success is trying and hard work. Right now Mohammad work as team leader and staff nurse in Seha dialysis services in Abu Dhabi. He holds a Master degree in Renal nursing which consider one of first course in Middle East that awarded from both De Montfort University and Fatima College in summer 2016. Contact him at

Molamma Mathew
Acting Charge Nurse
Tawam Hospital, Al Ain
Molamma is a dedicated and focused professional nurse, possessing over 15 years of experience. After finishing her Nursing Degree at Rufaida College Of Nursing, Jamia Hamdard, India, she became Staff Nurse cum Clinical Instructor for Ved Nursing Training Institute, Panipat, India before she joined Maternity & Children Hospital, Buraydah, ALGassim, KSA from December 2001 to October 2005.

She works effectively as part of the multidisciplinary team in different systems and administrations. She is resourceful and committed to promote customer satisfaction and safeguarding patient safety. She is always enthusiastic in education and staff development and now working as an Acting Charge Nurse at Surgical unit of Tawam Hospital.

Muna Mohammed
Clinical Research Nurse
New York University Abu Dhabi
Muna Haji graduated from University of Wollongong – Dubai campus with a Master of quality management (MQM) in May 2014.  She is working as Registered Nurse for the last 10 years in a hospital and two different clinics.  She has been assigned to be the Acting Charge Nurse in the absence of the In Charge.  Since 2015, she serves as the Clinical Research Nurse at New York University Abu Dhabi .

She is highly-accomplished, achievement-driven healthcare expert in the field of nursing. She has a great knowledge in management and quality issues including JCIA accreditation and nursing audits. She demonstrates ability to immediately identify medical and surgical complications by conducting ongoing assessment. She is a conscientious and resolute individual determined to accomplish quality performance that meets expectations of the company and Committed to enhance the quality of patient care through competent, skilled nursing with updated evidence practices.

With an open mind, excellent communication skills with the patients, she is fully committed to perform nursing to the highest quality in all aspects. In her spare time, she enjoys socializing with friends, volunteering, travelling and learning about new cultures and languages.

Musaddaq Inayat
Consultant - Neonatology,
Universal Hospital, Abu Dhabi

MBBS, Diplomate American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate American Board of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine MBBS, King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan, Pediatric Residency Training, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Bronx, NY, USA; Neonatology Fellowship, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program, University of California Irvine, CA, USA; Consultant Neonatologist, International Modern Hospital, Dubai, UAE; Specialist Senior Registrar Neonatologist, Latifa (Al-Wasl) Hospital, Dubai, UAE; Associate Consultant Neonatologists, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad; Premature Infants ; Non Invasive Ventilation, Nasal CPAP
Myrna Tanedo Tuya
Manager of CSSD
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Myrna is a Bachelor of Science in Medical (Laboratory Science) Technology graduate and was a Registered Medical Technologist with 15 years of experience in medical laboratory science mainly in field of Microbiology and Histopathology and almost 20 years in Sterile Processing Practice.

She worked as a Manager of CSSD at Hutt Valley District Health Board, Lower Hutt, New Zealand for 10 years prior to moving to the Middle East in 2007.

Myrna has received numerous awards and distinctions for her contribution in CS Profession. While working at Hutt Valley District Health Board, NZ, she received the CEO Excellence Award in 2003; the recipient of the Chairman’s Spirit Quality Award in 2006 recognizing her leadership, dedication and achievements as leader in Service Excellence and received many other awards; While working at SKMC: SKMC CSSD received a Highly Commended Award (as finalist) under the Infection Control Initiative Award Category at the 2009 Arab Health Innovations Award ; in 2010, awarded the Bertha Yanis Litsky, Ph.D., Educator of the Year Award by IAHCSMM, USA and so far, the only recipient of the award practicing outside of the United States; in 2012, Myrna was awarded the “International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program” (from IAHCSMM, USA) as Sterile Processing Ambassador for the Middle East and Africa Region.

She is an active participant of various world forums for sterile processing and had presented topics in numerous National & International Conferences. She is also a Subject Matter Expert and Sterile Processing Consultant. Myrna holds an international practicing license for Sterile Processing from USA and NZ and a HAAD license. Currently, she is the Manager of CSSD at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

Nawal Ahmed Awad
Assistant Director of Nursing
Mafraq Hospital

Nawal has over 20 years broad healthcare experience in the clinical, educational and managerial field of Nursing. Nawal has professional qualifications in General Nursing, Midwifery, Management and Leadership and has key interests in staff education, training, staff empowerment, coaching, quality and risk management, and regulatory compliance. Nawal has held various clinical positions in Critical care areas, education department and hospital management.  Nawal has 8 year experience at Senior Management level. Qualifications include BSc Nursing Management (1st Class Hons), Executive MSc in Healthcare Administration (1st Class Hons); Nawal was awarded the prestigious award of the Minister of Health Award for clinical excellence in 1990 and the best 100 employees for the managerial field in 2013.

Nawal is goal focused and has key competencies in Leadership/Management, Multidisciplinary Team Working, Clinical Governance/Risk Management/Quality Systems/ Audit and Regulatory compliance. Nawal has strong communication and presentation skills, and a never ending supply of enthusiasm. 

Nelson Bautista
Staff Nurse, Surgical 2
Tawam Hospital
Nelson completed his BS Nursing degree as Cum Laude, from Dr. Yanga’s Colleges in the Philippines. He worked as a Staff Nurse in Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center in Manila before moving to Saudi Arabia where he worked for 7 years. He was a Charge Nurse for a Neurosurgical Unit for 5 years before deciding to move back to the Philippines to work as a Clinical Instructor and nursing local board exam review lecturer. In 2008, he started working as a Staff Nurse in Surgical 2 Tawam Hospital UAE, where he heads the Shared Governance Project of his unit as the Chairman. On top of his clinical responsibilities, he also takes the role of Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Matters, the official monthly nursing newsletter of Tawam Hospital.
Ng Wai Khuan
Prevention & Control of Infection Manager
Mafraq Hospital
Ms. Ng Wai Khuan has more than 18 years of excellent healthcare experience and currently working as Prevention & Control of Infection Manager at Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi. She started the practice of infection prevention and control in 2005 as soon as she got certified in Infection Control (CIC) by American Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology and become a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) from National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

She graduated with a Master of Health Practice (MHP) in Infection Prevention and Control, from Griffith University, Australia in 2010 and she is currently enrolled in PhD from Griffith University, Australia. Ms. Ng Wai Khuan has published 3 peer-reviewed articles 'Leading Hand Hygiene from the Circle of Concern to the Circle of Influence', ' Shaping the Future for Quality: Initiating Active Surveillance as Foundation to Drive Improvement for Healthcare-associated Infections' in International Journal of Infection Control, and How clean is clean: a new approach to assess and enhance environmental cleaning and disinfection in an acute tertiary care facility in British Medical Journal of Quality. She has also published article on 'Isolation Controls' and 'Hand Hygiene Myths'. A report on ˈPerformance Improvement Initiative: Prevention of Surgical Site Infection.

Ola Darwish
Charge Nurse, Deputy OT Nurse Manager
Al Ain Hospital
Ola currently assumes the role of Primary member representing AAH O.R. in the SEHA Peri-operative Nursing Council. This includes developing policies and guidelines, checking and monitoring O.R. productivity and utilization.

She started her career when she was employed in AAH – O.R. as a Charge Nurse on September 2009. She was appointed as the Team Leader of Neuro Specialty where she is responsible for monitoring specialty supplies and liaising with Neuro Surgeons in connection with the logistics needed for Neuro Specialty.

On 2011 she was given a new role to manage the O.R. workflows of cases which includes assigning skill mix staff in scheduled elective cases. She is expert in Staff monthly allocations, surgical safety checklist implementation compliance, audits and action planned implementation to increase the level of staff compliance.

Padma Kumary Gopinatha Kurup
Lactation consultant
Al Rahba Hospital

I am Padmakumary, RN, IBCLC- working as a lactation consultant in Al Rahba hospital since 2011.I have been given independent charge of the lactation clinic from March 2011. I am involved with the Inpatient and do ward rounds on all postnatal mothers in OB ward. I am also consulted on problematic cases from NICU, Paediatric and OBG ward since March 2011.

I also provide education during orientation for new employees on BFHI, I am fully involved in the mandatory 20 hour breast feeding course for doctors & nurses and I am active in ongoing the breastfeeding week celebration in November. I am also fully involved in implementing 10steps for successful breastfeeding which will eventually lead to Baby friendly Hospital certification for Al Rahba.
Prof Robyn A. Clark
Professor of Nursing Acute Care & Cardiovascular Research
Adjunct Prof School of Nursing and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) QUT |Adjunct Sansom Institute, UniSA.

Prof Robyn Clark is a senior clinician and mid-career researcher; she holds qualifications as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and Critical Care Nurse, a Master’s degree in Education and a PhD.

Prof Clark is currently a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Fellow of the American Heart Association and Life Member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

Prof Clark was the inaugural recipient of a National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS-NHMRC) PhD scholarship supported by the National Heart Foundation for researching telemonitored heart failure management in rural and remote Australia She completed a NHMRC Australian Training Fellowship at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013 after which she commenced her appointment at Flinders University in as Prof of Acute Care and Cardiovascular Research.

Prof Clark currently holds adjunct appointments at the University of South Australia, Queensland University of Technology and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Prof Robyn Clark is internationally-recognized for her research into the most effective management of patients with heart failure and cardiovascular disease.

Prof Clark’s research program can be summarized under the overall theme of increasing ACCESS to evidence-based care for underserviced and disadvantaged populations. Prof Clark’s program of research has three streams:  Stream one focuses upon improving access the heart failure and cardiovascular disease services for patients and communities especially in rural and remote Australia. This suite of research is recognized for its innovative methods, particularly its emphasis on geographical epidemiological analysis using GIS.

The second stream involves the use of information technology to bridge the gap between cardiac specialist centers and populations with limited access to cardiology services or to patients with low health literacy. This suite of research includes the evaluation of telehealth, apps and avatars as tools to deliver education and secondary interventions for heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation.

The third theme is centred on improving access for patients with cardiotoxicity after cancer treatment to appropriate cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention. Prof Clark has a strong background in epidemiology and linked data analysis and in the last 4 years has been working with cancer researchers in investigate the epidemiology and patient outcome of heart failure after cancer treatment. All of these streams underpin a cohesive research strategy that aims to build capacity in cardiovascular care supported by technology outside of metropolitan hospitals. 

Professor Ged Williams
Clinical Professor of Nursing
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Ged is the Nursing and Allied Health Consultant for SEAH, the public health service for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE serving over 2 million people with around 7000 nurses and 3000 allied health practitioners and technicians.

From 2007-2013 he was Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Australia where he was responsible for transforming the nursing workforce to align with the building and expansion of two contemporary hospitals (combined building cost over $2 Billion). He is also a Professor of Nursing with Griffith University, Queensland.

Previously Ged has been the Executive Director of Nursing Services at Maroondah hospital, Melbourne from 2004-2007 and at the Alice Springs Hospital, in Central Australia from 1996 - 2003 and concurrently held the position of Principal Nurse Consultant for the Northern Territory jurisdiction from 2000 - 2003.

Ged is a registered nurse with qualifications in midwifery, critical care nursing, Public Sector Management, Company Directorship, a Masters in Health Administration and a Masters in Law. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, Australian College of Health Service Managers and the American Academy of Nursing; a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian & New Zealand School of Government, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an Honorary Life member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses in 2001 as its founding president. He spent four years on the Nurses Board of the Northern Territory and has been an International Advisor to the American Nursing Credentialing Centre (Magnet Hospital program). Ged’s research and publication interests are broad including clinical practice and safety, workforce planning, education and training program development and other management and leadership issues in nursing and health. He has over 70 peer-reviewed journal and book chapter publications and is regularly involved in strategic nursing and health activities at the state, national and international level. From 1997 - 99 he led the Australian critical care nursing profession on a journey to establish the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses as a single national college and company. In 2001, he led the formation of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and was elected the first Chair/President of WFCCN. From 2001-9 Ged was also a Director of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive Care and Critical Care Medicine. Ged’s passion for community development and social empowerment has expressed itself practically through his work with nurses, other health professionals and communities both in Australia and abroad which has led to numerous official acknowledgements.

Professor Marie Richards
Director of Nursing Education
SEHA Dialysis Services and Fresenius Medical Care, Abu Dhabi

Marie Richards is currently working as Director of Nursing Education, Training  and Development at SEHA Dialysis Services (SDS) in Abu Dhabi. Marie has over 30 years’ experience in the UK, Australia and the UAE working in nursing roles such as Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Lecturer Practitioner and Chief Nursing Officer.  From an academic perspective she has led clinical programs in faculties of Nursing, Nephrology Nursing, Public Health and Clinical Genetics. She has been in the UAE Since 2012 and in 2014 launched the Masters in Renal Nursing Program at SDS in collaboration with De Montfort University (UK) and Fatima College, Abu Dhabi. The program is the first and only if its kind in the region and is highly sought after with applicants from across the entire Middle East. 

Clinically, Marie has also led the development of a nurse led community based CKD early detection program (the thesis for her PhD) and a vascular access clinical pathway, both of which have won awards. Marie was also selected as the UAE ambassador for the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association ( EDTNA), the largest multidisciplinary nephrology association in the world with over 3,000 members from 70 countries.   

Her areas of expertise are Nephrology Nursing, Education, Clinical Genetics and Leadership Development.She has had numerous publications and is a regular speaker at international meetings. 

Rachael Joan Crookes
Unit Manager
Mafraq Hospital

Rachael Crookes is currently working as a Unit Manager at Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and she has worked as a nurse for more than 15 years.

Rachael Crookes began her career in the UK working as a staff nurse and charge nurse in general medicine and acute medical admissions in a large teaching hospital in London. She moved to the UAE in 2008 and began working as a unit manager in the general medical units of the hospital. Rachael Crookes graduated with Masters in Nursing, from University of Nottingham UK and completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Surrey in 2007.

Rehab Yahya
Acting Manager, Pediatric Unit
Al Rahba Hospital
Rehab is the Acting Manager of Pediatric Unit at Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi and currently the chair of Pediatric Nursing Advisory Committee at SEHA. She worked as a staff nurse and team leader for Adult Medical and Oncology Unit for two years at Jordan University Hospital before she was promoted as Clinical Nurse in NICU unit where she manages all aspects of clinical oversight including nursing care for newborn, assist in directing personnel to meet goals and objectives of the unit and institutes, maintain staff scheduling and shift assignment.

She joins Al Rahba Hospital in 2003 where she mostly do administrative tasks such as accountable for all patient care practices by CN, RNs and AN for 25 bed inpatient, medical and surgical, ensure quality standards were maintained, performed annual and as-needed performance reviews. She maintained budget, interview potential employees, staff mentoring and participating in the preparation for JCIA Accreditation.

Rizalina David Prudencio
Charge Nurse Educator
Tawam Hospital, Al Ain
Rizalina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992 in the University of the Assumption in the Philippines. She completed her Master of Arts in Nursing major in Administration in 2007 in Manila Central University. She has 24 years extensive clinical experience- began her career in health care in emergency and trauma medicine, 10 years as a clinical instructor and now a charge nurse educator in medical services.

She joined Tawam Hospital in June 2010 and is currently fulfilling the role of Charge Nurse Educator for Medical Services. She is an active member of the Multidisciplinary Tracheostomy Team. She drives numerous educational activities to contribute to staff professional development and to promote quality patient care.

Ruby Philip
Surgical Clinical Reviewer
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Ruby Philip is a Surgical Clinical Reviewer in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) managed by Cleveland Clinic, has over 20 years of successful nursing career in working with major Hospitals in India & U.A.E. Currently working with ACS NSQIP team in SKMC surgery department. Being an integral part of Cardiac O.R Nursing team in SKMC since 2007, received numerous accolades and recognitions from the management such as; Care Giver Award, Best Clinical Nurse Award, Ashant Award and 6 times SKMC Professional Nurse Clinical Ladder Awards

For the past 9 years, Ruby had successfully handled various important roles in SKMC such as; Surgical Clinical Reviewer (SCR) ACS NSQIP, Cardiac OR Nurse, O.R – CRN Reliever and sharing duties, Infection Control Link Nurse & Infection control committee Member, O.R Booking Office Scheduler, Committee member of O.R Shared Governance, Journal club and Safe surgery workshop, SKMC SSI and CAUTI taskforce member.

Ruqaya Al-Qatawneh
ICU Staff Nurse
Al Gharbia hospital

Ruqaya Alqatawneh is ICU staff Nurse in Algharbia Hospital in the western region of Abu Dhabi, started working there one year ago. Previously, worked in Jordan University Hospital for Five years as ICU/CCU/PACU Nurse, three years as Charge Nurse and one year as an Acting Clinical Instructor for Intensive Care Units.

Have finished bachelor degree from Hashemite University in 2010,and master degree in Oncology Nursing in 2013. Ruqaya is enthusiastic, hardworking nurse, having a real passion for nursing and for best achievements.

Sarah Ball
Certified Clinical Teacher
New Medical Center

Sarah is a British trained nurse educator who has been based in the UAE since 2007. Sarah has specializations in both neonatal and pediatric intensive care and has been a Certified Clinical Teacher with the NMC since 2005. Sarah is employed within the Education Department of Corniche Hospital, the largest tertiary maternity hospital within the UAE, offering both low and high risk care to the community, with some 8,000 deliveries per year.

Sarah has been a pioneer in developing key educational programs within the UAE to include the first nursing post-graduate university based programme in both neonatal and pediatric intensive care, programs that are both recognized by HAAD and by the wider international community. As an ECMO Specialist, during her time at SKMC, Sarah pioneered the first neonatal and pediatric ECMO programs, which to date remains the largest in the region. As an NRP Regional Instructor Sarah leads the neonatal resuscitation training programme within Corniche Hospital and as a Certified Simulation Educator (recognized by the SSIH) Sarah has a lead role in the development of neonatal simulation training within Corniche Hospital.

In 2014 Sarah obtained her MSc in Education from King’s College London (a university ranked in the top 20 Qs World University Rankings) and in 2015 Sarah competed in The London Marathon raising funds for The Lullaby Trust, a UK based charitable trust providing specialist support for bereaved families following Sudden Infant Death.

As a motivated and dedicated individual, Sarah is focusing on her future and is planning to commence her PhD in 2017.

Seddiqa AbdulRahim AlMansoori
Respiratory Therapist
Sheik Khalifa Medical Centre

Seddiqa is a graduate student of respiratory therapy through Fanshawe College. She has trained within a large teaching hospital with experience in providing cardio-respiratory care in variety setting, including the intensive care unit, operating suites, wards and emergency departments. Currently, she is working at Sheik Khalifa Medical Center (SKMC and joins respiratory therapy department in March 2015. 

Shanthi Freeda Balraj
Periop Liaison Nurse
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Shanthi is a skilled nurse with a total of more than 23 years of experience where she serves as Charge Nurse for more than 14 years in 3 different hospitals. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and midwifery from Christian Medical College and Hospital in 1991. After serving different hospitals, she joined SKMC in 2007 as a staff nurse and became a Periop Liaison Nurse in 2009 for operation room. With her exemplary performance, she has been an awardee of numerous recognitions by her organization such as Best Clinical Nurse Award in 2013, Professional Clinical Nurse Award in 2011 and 2013 Level III and Level IV, Ahsant Award and Safety Award in Jan 2015.
Shanthi Ramasubramaniam
Clinical Instructor
University of Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman

Shanthi worked as professor and head of Maternity Nursing Department at Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences Coimbatore South India, from 2003 -2009. She has a broad background in teaching midwifery and guiding Nursing students from post basic/bridging up to research projects. She worked as lecturer at College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman from Jan 2009 - May 2013. She continues her career development on October 2014 as clinical instructor at College of Health Sciences, University of Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman. Currently, she is pursuing PhD and recently completed viva voce.

Her philosophy of teaching goes with developing four elements in student such as knowledge, critical thinking, curiosity and evidence based clinical practice. All these elements occur in a cyclic fashion. This philosophy will also be blended into the vision, mission and objectives of the institution.

Souher El Amouri
Clinical Resource Nurse/ Nurse Educator
Al Rahba Hospital

Souher El Amouri is a Nurse Educator and currently is the Acting Head of Nursing Education Department at Al Rahba Hospital. During her nursing career she performed many roles such as Staff Nurse, Unit Manager, College Nurse Instructor and Unit Leader. She is an intuitive and results oriented leader, she is the Chair of Evidence Based Practice at Al Rahba Hospital that aims to improve patient care and ensure safe practice. She has received many Awards for Excellent Performance as a Clinical Resource Nurse for 2011, 2013 and 2015; she is an active member of many Committees inside and outside Al Rahba Hospital for patient safety, education and research; and acts when needed as a Nursing Professional Consultant with Nursing Examiner Officer at Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD). She has presented in as a Speaker in many conferences, locally and internationally, as well as participated and conducted many research studies in health care delivery. She is holder of Master Degree in Nursing and Doctor of Education from the University of Southern Queensland.

Suheila Ali Hassan
Tawam Hospital

Souheila Ali Hassan is the Senior Health Officer of the Health Education Department at Tawam Hospital and the chairperson of the SEHA Patient Education Resources committee. She is a certified health education specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, USA, completed her Bachelor of Sciences at the American University of Beirut, then pursued in her education in health care management at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dubai and received her MSc with honours.

Souheila has been working in the health education field for over 18 years. She started working in 1997 at the Ministry of Health Abu Dhabi where she was exposed and contributed to the community public health role. She facilitated and coordinated the initiation of 7 smoking cessation clinics in the UAE and took an active strategic role in planning focused national health events and intervention programs. When joining Tawam Hospital, Souheila has initiated and is currently managing the Health Education Section. She leads the Patient and Family Education accreditation multidisciplinary team and she has been active in placing a systematic process to developing patient education programs, activities and tools. Last, Souheila has a great passion for training and teaching in the field of health education and patient education fields. She is speaker at UAE University, conferences and meetings.

Susan Plakottu Jacob
Charge Nurse
Tawam Hospital, Al Ain
Susan holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from SNDT University; India, in addition and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  She joined Tawam hospital in 2009 as an ICU nurse where she was identified to develop electronic documentation to support critical care patients.

Though accidentally, it was Nursing Informatics that choose her and there has been no turning back. In her current as position of charge nurse/clinical application specialist at Tawam Hospital she advises nursing leadership on all aspects of nursing documentation and the impact on patient safety and care in addition to advising at corporate level on all clinical applications develop and planning to support SEHA strategies.

She is currently pursuing ‘Master of Science in Psychology’ & ‘Diploma in Public Relations’ from University of Madras India where her motto is “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will add meaning all your life”.

Tisha Anna Simon
Registered Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital
Tisha Anna Simon is an enthusiastic and resourceful Registered Nurse working in NICU, Al Rahba Hospital since 2011. She pursued her Bachelors of Nursing from Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India and has 8 years of experience in her profession. She was awarded Patient Safety Nurse of the unit in 2014 and lead and mentor new nurses in developing and achieving professional expertise, assess competencies of fellow team members and is a member of EBP committee and Journal club in the unit and updates knowledge based on evidence.
Tracy Roake
Clinical Resource Midwife
Corniche Hospital
Tracy has been a registered nurse and midwife since 1989. She gained a distinction in Advanced Midwifery & Neonatal Nursing Science in 2000 and received a merit award from the University Kwa Zulu Natal (S.A.). Tracy pioneered water births in the hospital setting in Durban, South Africa.

She achieved a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Applied Business Research (MRes). Currently, she is taking her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) with her main focus being: “implications of ethnic diversity on obstetric emergency training”.

Tracy is presently working as a Clinical Resource Midwife at Corniche Hospital and is the lead educational officer for the Emirate Nursing Association. She is a Basic Life Support instructor, a Neonatal Resuscitation Programme (NRP) instructor as well as a PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) RCOG train the trainer instructor. She is also a qualified Hypnobirthing teacher.

Usha Lakshmi
NICU Staff Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital
Usha Lakshmi is a registered nurse with 17 years of experience in the critical care setting with current title as an NICU Staff Nurse at Al Rahba Hospital. Her previous experience was with NICU, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Sultanate of Oman. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from Unit Manager, NICU, Al Rahba Hospital for Outstanding Performance in Patient Safety.  She worked as Team Leader of PDOC Task Force in NICU. She was awarded as the Best Staff of the Year 2000 from Suwaiq Polyclinic, MOH, Sultanate of Oman. She is the Top Scorer Awardee from Government School of Nursing, Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
Vincent Madaray
Unit Manager
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Vincent Madaray is a Unit Manager at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in charge of a 36 bed Medical unit, 27 beds Oncology unit and 30 beds Long term non-ventilated area.  Vincent Madaray trained in South Africa at the RK Khan Campus in Chatsworth. He completed his Diploma in Nursing (General, Community, Psychiatry) and Midwifery in 2002. He worked at the RK Khan Hospital in Medical, Surgical and Casualty until 2006.  During this period Vincent lectured at the Protea Nursing College in Durban, South Africa.  In 2007 Vincent relocated to Abu Dhabi where working as a Charge Nurse in a Medical Unit. In 2008 Vincent was promoted to Clinical Nurse Coordinator.  The following year he was then promoted to Unit Manager.  Vincent has since completed a Diploma in Health Care Management and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Chifley Business School.  Vincent is currently the chair of the SEHA Oncology Advisory Group, Chair of the Clinical Ladder Committee at SKMC and also Co-chair of the Patient and Family Rights chapter of JCIA at SKMC.

Vinu Varghese
Nurse Quality Coordinator
Al Rahba Hospital
Vinu Varghese is a registered nurse from India has an experience of 20 yrs in Medical unit and outpatient units which include 16 yrs Middle East experience. She currently works as a nurse quality coordinator in AL RAHBA hospital. Worked in many task forces in the hospital for JCIA accreditation and PI projects. She was graduated from Bangalore university in the year of 1995.
Yousef Hasan Jasem Al Hammadi
Instrument Control Engineer
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations

Yousef finished his Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering in 2012 and obtained his Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from University of Modern Science in 2014. He is currently taking his post-graduate degree as Doctoral Researcher in Faculty of Business Management & Professional Studies in Management and Science University, Malaysia.

As the present Instrument Control Engineer of ADCO, he works as the facilitating consultants, contractors and/or other concerned in-house personnel in scoping, defining, and planning cost estimates for small studies. He participates in technical evaluation for assigned plant areas or equipment and identification, definition, evaluation and validation of plant modification. Yousef manages day to day maintenance activities and spare parts flow for the division. He initiates and implements studies for specific cost allocations estimates and actively participates in reviewing of drawings and documents.

Zaheed Rhemtulla
Respiratory Therapist
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

My name is Zaheed Rhemtulla, from Calgary, Alberta (Canada).  I have been a Respiratory Therapist since 2001 (15 years) and was working in Calgary for ten years prior to moving to Abu Dhabi to SKMC.  I currently hold a BSc in Health Sciences and Respiratory Therapy, and presently working on my MSc in Public Health.

As an RRT I have worked in ALL critical care areas, neonatal, paediatric and adult, including adult and neonatal cardiac units.  I have also worked as a Resus RT in a labour and delivery unit, and also as an Anaesthesia Tech in the operating suites. 

Zaytoen Allie
Clinical Resource Nurse – Acute Medical and Rehabilitation
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Zaytoen is a Clinical Resource Nurse for Acute Medical and Rehabilitation in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. Her passion for nursing has always driven her to find solutions to improve patient outcomes and found her journey to actively pursue evidence based practice that leads her to research. Although she still consider herself as a novice with regards to the field of research, her desire to excel prompted her to gain more knowledge in this field; to the extent that she have reached the level where she felt confident to submit  proposals.
Zeinab Dahir Awad Alishaq
Diabetes Educator
MedCare Hospital Women and Children
Zeinab  serves different hospitals since 2003 such as Mafraq Hospital Pediatric RN (2003- 2009, Charge Nurse in Samsung Medical Center (2010 – 2011), MediClinic City Hospital Team Leader in Pediatrics (2011-2013) and Al Noor Hospital as Diabetes Educator (2013 – 2015) before she joined MedCare Hospital Women and Children as Diabetes Educator.

She has an Advanced Level Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Education and Clinical Care from Malmo University 2015 and finished various Bachelor Degree Courses in Nursing Science from  Fatima College of Health Sciences in 2013, Griffith University in 2010 and High Diploma in Nursing Science from Institute of Nursing in 2002.

Zohra Dawoodani
Associate Director Middle East and North Africa, Syndicated Healthcare
Ipsos Research Private Limited

Zohra has 10 years of experience in the Healthcare industry majorly in Syndicated Healthcare Market Research in Indian, Middle Eastern and North African markets. She has worked across multiple disease areas and holds core expertise in Oncology, Diabetes, and Rheumatology. Her career has spanned across major healthcare research companies IMS and currently at Ipsos building sustainable research models that provide evidence based informative solutions to pharma companies. She is an expert in synthesizing multi data points to respond to business objectives like performance gap identification, market estimation and evaluation.