Dr. Eva Simkova is Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist at Al Jalila Children’s. Dr. Simkova graduated from Charles University in Prague, and prior post-graduation, obtained a Diploma in Paediatrics, and then specialized in Nephrology and Paediatric Nephrology. Post training, she worked for more than 10 years at the University Hospital Motol in Prague as Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and latterly as the Head of Paediatric Dialysis Unit.
In 2006 she joined the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast as a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and in 2011 she accepted a position as Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist at Dubai Hospital and as Senior Lecturer at the Dubai Medical College where she worked until joining Al Jalila Children’s.
During her career, Dr. Simkova has taken part in many multi-centre studies on renal transplant and chronic renal failure in children, and is currently involved in PodoNet, IPPDN and aHUS registry. Dr. Simkova has many manuscripts in peer reviewed medical journals. Her major interest is the treatment of chronic renal failure in children, especially peritoneal dialysis.
Dr. Martin Bitzan is Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and the Director of the Kidney Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s.
He graduated from the University of Bonn with a doctorate in medicine. He then trained in Medical Microbiology at the University of Cologne and completed his Pediatric Residency training at the Hamburg Eppendorf University Medical Center in Germany.
He continued his training and professional career with Research and Clinical fellowships in Pediatric Nephrology and Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto in Canada and subsequently worked at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina (USA) as Paediatric Nephrologist and clinician scientist.
Before joining Al Jalila Children’s, he was the Director of the Division of Nephrology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor at the Department of Pediatrics of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Among other tasks, he headed the Pediatric Nephrology Residency (fellowship) training program at McGill University, served as the president of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Nephrologists (CAPN) and as vice-chair of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists.
His clinical and research interests focus on post-infectious and atypical forms of hemolytic uremic syndrome and on nephrotic syndrome with emphasis on novel treatment strategies, and on kidney transplantation. He authored or coauthored numerous scientific publications book chapters and is one of the editors of the “Manual of Pediatric Nephrology” and sat on the editorial boards of several international journals in his field.
Dr. Martin has an longstanding interest in Global Health with emphasis on developing pediatric nephrology and the advancement of pediatric nephrology training in resource-poor and emerging countries. He believes that all children have a right to obtain best medical care, including kidney health, wherever they live. With the support of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) “Sister Renal Center” programme and the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) he participated in teaching courses for pediatricians and young nephrologists in the Caribbean, North Africa and China and continues to collaborate with the Department of Pediatric Nephrology at the St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bangalore and other centres in India and Ethiopia.
He tries to foster team work which includes nurses, other health professionals and – most and foremost – our young patients and their families.
Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon
Dr. Roberto is Consultant Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon at Al Jalila Children’s and an established paediatric cardiac surgeon from Italy. He started his medical career by training in some of the top hospitals in the world – Mayo Clinic and Boston Children’s Hospital. His medical career in nothing less than remarkable as he spent 24 years working and researching Paediatric Cardiology, and held a director position in three different world class medical centers in the USA (Newark, New Jersey), Italy (Rome) and Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), respectively.
He dedicated most of his career to offer a chance to unfortunate children born with a congenital cardiac anomaly. His professional expertise ranges across the entire spectrum of cardiac repairs, including heart and/or lung transplantations. In particular, over the years he has focused mostly in the management of complex cardiac anomalies in the neonatal age, including transposition of the great arteries, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, truncus arteriosus, etc.
Dr. Roberto is also very much involved in research activities with over 130 indexed publications and several book chapters. A member of the most relevant international cardiac surgical societies, he also contributes to the Editorial Boards of three scientific journals and, recently, has been appointed Associate Editor of a major European cardiovascular surgery journal (Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Journal). He is a strong believer in team work and in sharing knowledge, constantly aiming at excellent treatment and loving care to children with congenital heart anomalies.
Dr. Shameer earned his medical degree from the University of Kerala, Trivandrum Medical College and completed his post-graduation in paediatrics from the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi. He has over 10 years of experience in paediatrics. He completed his training with fellowship in paediatric nephrology at Christian Medical College, Vellore. He has special interest in teaching undergraduates, postgraduate residents, and nursing staffs. He is involved in PODONET and PH (Primary Hyperoxaluria) registry.
Dr. Waldo Concepcion is Transplantation Surgery Consultant at Al Jalila Children's and was previously Chief of Clinical Transplantation and Chief of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, USA. He specialises in kidney and liver transplantation, liver tumors, dialysis access, and surgical treatment of liver, pancreas, and bile ducts.
Dr. Waldo completed his medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, developed a passion for transplantation and spent two years working in a research lab with his mentor Dr. Leonard Bailey, training in heart transplantation. After his Residency, he went to the University of Pittsburgh under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Starzl, the father of modern organ transplantation. Dr. Waldo's passion and focus has been the treatment of children with kidney and liver disease. He has developed innovative surgical techniques to treat children with complex vascular problems and is able to provide kidney transplantation. Dr. Waldo continues to research on kidney regeneration by mesenchymal stem cell and immunomodulation of the immune response by the use of apoptotic DNA technology.