Dr. Aji Mathew is Paediatric Pulmonology Specialist at Al Jalila Children’s and has nine years of post residency experience in paediatrics including critical care and emergency in different countries including Kuwait, India and Singapore. After completing his Diploma in Child Health from the Institute of Child Health, Chennai, and MD Paediatrics from Kasturba medical college Mangalore in 2008, Dr. Aji worked at Al Jahra hospital, Kuwait, in 2009, for four years in General Paediatrics and Critical Care. During the period, he completed his membership of Royal College, London (MRCPCH). In 2013, he joined KK Children’s Hospital, Singapore, in Paediatric Emergency for two and a half years. He has undergone training in critical care procedures, emergency airway management, emergency ultrasound, ATLS, PALS etc.
Dr. Christos Tzivinikos is a Consultant Paediatric Gastoenterologist. He completed his entire general and subspeciality paediatric training in the UK in renowned tertiary hospitals in London (King’s College, St. Georges’, Royal London). He completed a MSc with merit in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Queen Mary University London and Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK. Prior to joining Al Jalila Children’s, Dr. Christos was the Chief of Paediatric Gastroenterology Division at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, one of the largest paediatric hospitals in Europe.
He cares for paediatric and adolescent patients for all aspects of paediatric gastroenterology diseases and has a special interest in Inflammatory Bowel (IBD) and eosinophilic GI diseases (EGID) and also performs a wide range of endoscopic procedures including placement endoscopic percutaneous gastrostomies from infants to adolescents. Dr. Christos has vast experience in running comprehensive multi-disciplinary feeding clinics for children with neurodisability and congenital heart disease and other chronic diseases. He is an elected member of the ESPGHAN Gastroenterology Committee 2018-2024 as well as an active member of the ESPGHAN IBD, Eosinophilic GI diseases and Endoscopy Working Groups participating in the development of new and up-to-date guidance for the management of GI disease in children.
Paediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine
Dr. Hamdan is a Consultant in Paediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at Al Jalila Children’s. He began his medical education at the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. He completed his paediatrics residency at The State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center – New York, USA. Following that, he worked for several years as a consultant paediatrician in Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia before returning to the United States to pursue paediatric subspecialty training. Dr. Hamdan did both his paediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine fellowships at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA. Dr. Hamdan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in the fields of general pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology and in sleep medicine.
After completing fellowship training, Dr. Hamdan worked at Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, as an attending physician in paediatric sleep medicine and also at the University of Illinois College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Hamdan aims to provide child friendly, gold-standard and up to date care for his patients with respiratory and/or sleep conditions including sleep apnea. Dr. Hamdan is fluent in Arabic and English.
Paediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon
Dr. Mohamad Bitar is a Consultant in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Al Jalila Children’s. He is fellowship trained in Paediatric Otolaryngology at the Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.
Dr. Bitar is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of several international specialty societies, including the American Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Paediatrics.
Dr. Bitar established the Paediatric Otolaryngology discipline at the American University of Beirut – Medical Center, which he led from 2002 to 2013. He then joined the staff of the Department of ENT Surgery at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia form 2013 to 2014.
He was a member of several university/medical board committees for improvement of teaching and medical services at AUB. As an Assistant and then Associate Professor, Dr. Bitar was involved in teaching and research in the field of Paediatric Otolaryngology and has published more than 40 articles pertinent to his field. He has also participated in many national, regional and international meetings and workshops. He is an active reviewer of several prestigious medical journals and a member of the editorial board of specialty journals.
Dr. Bitar is currently an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the American University of Beirut. His expertise and interest include medical and surgical management of: hearing loss (including cochlear implantation), chronic ear diseases, paediatric airway surgery (endoscopic & open), benign neck masses, sinus disorders, microtia and prominent ears; in addition to general Paediatric Otolaryngology disorders.
Paediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon
Dr. Safeena Kherani is a Consultant in Paediatric Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital. She has over 15 years of professional experience, including pediatric otolaryngology work with SEHA in Abu Dhabi, Children’s Hospital of Philadephia (CHOP) in the USA, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Canada, and the Carleton Place District and Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) in Canada.
She received a Top 40 under 40 awards in Ottawa, Canada for her work building a multi-disciplinary clinic using progressive technology (ENT MDs) which resulted in her being ranked as the top ENT surgeon in Canada on RateMDs.com. Over the past two years, she led the development of pediatric ENT services for SEHA in Abu Dhabi and initiated an American Accredited Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency programme.
Dr. Kherani has strong knowledge and experience in medical and surgical management of: snoring, noisy breathing and stridor, paediatric nasal, sinus and airway surgery, hearing loss and middle ear disease, benign neck masses as well as other general paediatric otolaryngology disorders.
Paediatric Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon
Dr. Tanvir Nazir is Specialist – Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Al Jalila Children’s. He specializes in general paediatric otolaryngology, with specific clinical interest in paediatric throat and airway diseases, hyper nasality, and paediatric sinonasal diseases. Dr. Tanvir Nazir received his medical degree from the University of Kashmir, India. He completed his Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency training at government medical college Srinagar and The SKIMS Srinagar, India. Dr. Tanvir is a member of the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and the Association of Otolaryngologists of India. He has many scientific presentations and published articles in international journals.
He is dedicated to treating the full range of childhood ear, nose, and throat disorders including congenital head and neck masses, airway disorders, hearing loss, sleep apnea, and chronic infections of the ears, nose, and throat. Trained in the latest techniques and practices, he is committed to staying on the leading edge of medicine through ongoing research in paediatric sleep apnea. Dr. Tanvir aims to tailor his practice and treatment recommendations to the individual patient and family.
Speech and Language Pathologist
Karen graduated in 1985 with a diploma in Nursing from the Royal Alexandra Hospitals School of Nursing and worked during her nursing career first in Canada in NICU, paediatrics, and emergency, and then in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the post-operative recovery room and pre-operative holding areas. Karen returned to Canada and completed a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 1999 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Over the next 20 years, she worked in Canada and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with both adults and paediatrics for swallowing disorders in the outpatient services and acute care areas. She was also a clinical instructor for speech pathology students in Saudi Arabia and Canada.
Speech and Language Pathologist
Miss Mpho V. Monese is a Speech- Language Pathologist originally from The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, but is now a South African Citizen. Her clinical work experience involves working in Mafikeng Provincial Hospital, a public hospital, as well as in private practice in the North West Province, South Africa. Thereafter, Mpho worked in a Multidisciplinary Private Therapy Center in the Free State Province, South Africa, which was a service provider for Acute and critical Care Hospitals, Rehabilitation centres as well as Schools. In both public and private settings, Mpho’s scope of practice included assessment and management of Paediatrics and adults in the Motor speech, language, learning, cognitive, sensory skills, neurodevelopmental skills, as well as feeding and swallowing. She Joined AJCH in March 2018. Mpho's special interest is evidence –based and best practice in the field of paediatric dysphagia as well as child language disorders and delays. She also enjoys travelling (locally and abroad), music and social affairs such as farmer’s markets.