Dr. Ruba Rizk is a Consultant in Adolescent Medicine and Paediatrics at Al Jalila Children's. She is American Board Certified in both General Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. As the only adolescent medicine trained healthcare provider in the UAE she has been an avid participant in resident education. At Al Jalila Children's, Dr. Ruba has been responsible for establishing the hospital's educational activities. She has also pioneered the inauguration of the Al Jalila Children's Paediatric Residency Programme, working closely with Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU). Dr. Ruba has presented at numerous international and national conferences as an expert in her field.
Dr. Deena is a General Paediatrician at Al Jalila Children's. She is board-certified by the American Board of Paediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP). She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, and completed her paediatrics residency at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women's Hospital. Following residency training in U.S.A., Dr. Deena returned home to Dubai and is committed to providing the highest quality of healthcare to the children of the United Arab Emirates. Her professional interests include medical education and research. Prior to joining Al Jalila Children's, she was a member of the paediatric residency selection committee at the University of South Alabama. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at multiple conferences.
Dr. Zeinab Alloub is a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician at Al Jalila Children's. Dr. Alloub has been involved in resident educationas core faculty in an ACGCME-I accredited medical training programme as the only neurodevelopment paediatrician within the government sector. She strives to ensure that residents and fellows train in educational environments that support patient safety, resident and fellow education, and physician well-being. Dr. Alloub completed Qualified Educational Supervisor Programme (QESP) under Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery in the UK.
Dr. Tina is a Paediatric Hospitalist at Al Jalila Children's. She is board-certified by the American Board of Paediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP). She has been practising paediatric hospital medicine for 5 years. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her paediatrics residency at the University of Oklahoma. During her residency training, Dr. Tina discovered her passion for medical education and curriculum development. She received the annual Resident Teaching Award all 3 years of her residency and was ultimately awarded the Harris D. Riley, Junior Paediatric Society Award for outstanding contributions to the teaching and nurturing of fellow residents.Dr. Tina went on to serve as the Chief Resident in Paediatrics, devoting her time to student and resident education and further strengthening the program’s curriculum structure. She remained on faculty at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital for 2 additional years as an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics. During this time, she served on the Paediatric Residency Clinical Competency Committee and assisted in the development of a global health curriculum pathway for residents.Dr. Tina then moved to Duke University Hospital where she continued as an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics while practising Paediatric Hospital Medicine and also obtained a Certificate in Inter-professional Education. She has mentored numerous students and residents along the way and given countless presentations, including co-leading a 4-day general paediatrics CME conference in Kazakhstan. She joined Al Jalila Children’s with the goal of providing excellent medical care to the Children of the U.A.E. and surrounding area while training students and residents with integrity and diligence. She is committed to training all levels of learners in the practice of excellent, evidence-based medicine while ensuring a healthy, supportive and safe learning environment.
Dr. Mohamed is Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Al Jalila Children’s. He graduated from Gezira University in Sudan in 1998. He completed a clinical MD in Paediatrics and Child Health from Khartoum University in 2005 after which he moved to the United Kingdom where he further augmented his paediatric training experience and chose paediatric neurology as a subspecialty. He completed his higher paediatric neurology training in Scotland and England and then worked as a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children from 2015.Dr. Mohamed is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK. He has real passion for teaching and medical education and was an honorary senior lecturer at Sheffield and Bristol Universities in addition to being an educational supervisor and an academic mentor for junior doctors and medical students. He has also regularly taught in high-calibre courses such as the International Paediatric Epilepsy Training (PET) course. Dr. Mohamed has widely published in medical journals and has written numerous editorials and reviews in addition to his contribution to many international conferences. He is also the associate editor of the European Journal of Medical Case Reports. He is a member of the British Paediatric Neurology Association, International Child Neurology Association, and the Movement Disorders Society (USA).
Dr. Shiva Shankar is a Consultant Neonatologist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of neonatology. After graduating from India, he completed training in paediatrics and subspeciality training in Neonatology in the United Kingdom. He has experience in the treatment of sick newborn babies of all gestational age. He is an examiner for MRCPCH examination and has held many leadership positions including Clinical Director for neonatal governance while working in the United Kingdom. He has participated in many multi-centre research trials and has many publications in peer reviewed journals.
Originally from Ethiopia, Dr. Elham Beshir was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and completed her medical schooling at Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, in 2017. She says her passion for paediatrics comes from her volunteering experience in Ethiopia where she saw, first-hand, the poor quality of healthcare given to children in third world countries. “I was inspired to make a positive contribution to health equity for children everywhere. The vision of Al Jalila Children’s of not leaving healthcare to geographical chance is thoroughly consistent with my personal values and it is my goal to make a difference in this aspect.” says Dr. Elham. Granted an Al-Fursan Scholarship for Medicine at Batterjee Medical College, she participated in various paediatric health awareness campaigns and delved into leadership roles such as organising conferences. She says she fell in love with paediatrics during her internship at the Ministry of Health Hospitals in Jeddah. She graduated with a second honours degree and also received a “Best Intern Award” in 2017. Dr. Elham says she is excited to learn and work at Al Jalila Children’s and contribute to the rich and vibrant healthcare community here. “I take great pride and responsibility in being selected as one within the first batch of Residents at Al Jalila Children’s. I hope to begin my career serving the community and to eventually grow into an accomplished & well-rounded paediatrician on a path to participate in the fields of public health and global health policy.
Dr. Ali Alsarhan was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Jordan at a young age for his schooling. He moved back to Iraq in 2010 to finish high school and subsequently completed his graduation in Medicine from the University of Duhok. He was ranked second in his class of 49 graduates. During his time in Duhok University, Dr. Ali was active in promoting public health and healthcare in children and worked for a year with Première Urgence Internationale, an international NGO that helps civilians who are marginalized or excluded as a result of natural disasters, war, and economic collapse. Dr. Ali strongly believes in the thought of being positive and as a Resident at Al Jalila Children’s, is excited at the learning journey ahead.
Dr. Yousra Ghoweba is from Egypt but grew up in Abu Dhabi. She graduated from the University of Sharjah in June 2015 with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery, and upon graduation, did her internship and training in Egypt. “I am really excited that I have been chosen to be part of the first batch of Residents at of Al Jalila Children's. I'm eagerly looking forward to see how my career will progress and my journey unfold here at Al Jalila Children's- my new home.” says Dr. Yousra. More importantly though, she stresses that there is nothing more rewarding to her than being able to make children happy and healthy. “My dream is to become a paediatric cardiologist in the future, as cardiology always peaked my interest throughout my university and training years.” she says. Dr. Yousra is an avid artist and loves oil painting. She also does her bit of experimenting in the kitchen with healthy recipes, besides hitting the gym.
Dr. Anju Jacob was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She developed a passion for working with children at a young age as she would volunteer to work in Christian rural mission hospitals during her vacations. She attained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, India, and completed an internship in Christian Medical College, Vellore, India following which she worked as an Emergency Physician at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai. Dr. Anju was also involved with NGOs for conducting free medical camps in rural areas across India. “I am drawn to paediatrics because it is the only medical field that incorporates all of my interests as I would be an advocate for children, work toward health policy reform and encourage and support the need of my patients. Part of my vision is to make healthcare available to all strata of society” says Dr. Anju. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, cooking, and photography.
Dr. Ahmed Nugud graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE, and did his internship at Dubai Health Authority. During his undergraduate studies, Dr. Ahmed developed an avid interest in research and worked for almost 5 years as a research fellow at the Sharjah Institute for Medical Research. To date, he has published 10 articles, including one review and a book chapter. Dr. Ahmed has obtained several undergraduate and faculty research grants from the University of Sharjah and Boehringer Ingelheim. He won the prestigious His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Award for Academic Excellence in 2015 besides multiple best poster and oral presentations at national and international meetings, and public speaking awards across the MENA region. In his senior year, he was elected as the vice president of external affairs at the medical student society branch of IFMSA. Besides medicine, Dr. Ahmed enjoys reading books, meditation, and soccer. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ahmed_Nugud
Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in USA, Dr. Ali continued to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to obtain his medical degree and graduated with Honours. He completed his internship at Dubai Health Authority and is no stranger to different environments through his diverse experiences. Dr. Ali says he understands the feeling of fear and being lost which is why he believes AlJalila Children’s is the optimum place to help patients transition into their new home with the finest doctors by their side. “The limit does not exist. Whether it’s geographical, educational or simply the ease of transition of the child next door, there is no limitation to what we are capable of.” He emphasizes the need for equality and fairness, as each child deserves a chance. Dr. Ali was also involved in teaching, he is a certified tutor and helped in giving sessions for 3rd and 4th year medical students during his medical training. During his spare time, Dr. Ali enjoys a friendly competition of basketball and table tennis, travel when given the opportunity, and still attempting to be the next Buzz Lightyear- to infinity and beyond.
Priyanka Lalwani was born and brought up in Dubai. She graduated and did her internship in Ras Al Khaimah. During her internship, she says she was “astonished to see the remarkable resilience of the paediatric population which made me pursue paediatrics. During my spare time, I lent emotional support and organized fund raisers at a training centre for children of determination.” Dr. Priyanka says she is excited to be part of a dedicated children's hospital where the finest healthcare providers come together to provide the best healthcare to children. She adds that she is certain that the Residency Programme will fulfil her goal of attaining a high standard of academic and clinical experience. Dr. Priyanka’s hobbies include swimming, upcycling, and travelling.
Dr. Saja Tahir, from Sudan, was born and raised in Dubai, UAE. She graduated from the University of Sharjah in 2018 as one of the top ten students. Following her graduation, Dr. Saja did her internship at Dubai Health Authority. She says, “I have always been passionate of my work and the field I am in, and I used that passion to take advantage of my free time where I volunteered and worked in rural areas. I spent most of my summer vacations volunteering in my hometown in Darfur, Sudan, and did a short period of training in India as well. This made me be more determined to try my best to get my education in Al Jalila Children’s to try and deliver the best possible healthcare to as many children as possible.” Dr. Saja says it is her viewpoint that good health services are a right and not a privilege. “I am very grateful for this opportunity knowing that Al Jalila Children’s carries the same vision, and I’m excited to have my training in this programme that will help me become the paediatrician that I’ve always dreamt of.” “Since I was a child, I had an interest in research and analysis and I managed to be involved in few researches during my university years. One such opportunity at the Sharjah Research Centre gave me months of hands-on experience. I also have an interest in hematology and oncology. Despite its challenges, I believe these can be one among the most life changing and rewarding specialties in paediatrics.”
Dr. Tala Tillawi is a Palestinian who was born and raised in the UAE and aspires to become a leading evidence based pediatrician, health advocator, and a researcher who can leave an impact. She graduated with honors from the University of Sharjah, and was ranked third among the medical graduates. Dr. Tala completed her internship in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu dhabi where she realized that paediatric clinical practice is what she would love to learn and master. During college, Dr. Tala not only excelled in her academic performance but was also elected to take different leadership positions in various associations. She has won debates held across national and international levels and was actively involved in multiple public health campaigns that addressed childhood illnesses through the Standing Committee of Public Health (IFMSA). During her senior year, she was awarded the prestigious Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum award for distinguished university students across the UAE. Dr. Tala also has an avid interest in research. She was trained in the Research Institute of Medical & Health Sciences (RIMHS UOS) and won 2 grants from the well-known pharmaceutical BoehringerIngelheim. She is also certified by Cochrane for conducting intervention reviews. Assisted by her talent in education, she won the title of the best facilitator in MedCamp - Khalifa University, and became a BLS instructor. “Thirty years from now I want to look back and feel proud that I was one of those who changed a child’s life. Thus, it is a great honor to be accepted in the Al Jalila Children’s Pediatric Residency Programme that lays emphasis on and provides good clinical training, research opportunities and education in order to shape paediatricians capable of impacting children’s lives.”
Mohamad did his MBBS in University of Sharjah. throughout his years he was active in extracurricular and research activities and organizations leading to multiple academic and research awards including distinguished university student at the level of UAE. Among the organizations Mohamad worked with was UNICEF where he volunteered as a peer health educator, research & development in UOS among others. He graduated in the top 10th percentile of his batch. Mohamad's believes in child healthcare advocacy including the right of every child for quality evidence based healthcare. In his free time Mohamad likes to play video games (big nintendo fan), listens to music and reads books.
Dr. Ali AlModaweb is a Bahraini doctor that graduated with honors from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Bahrain, and also completed his internship in Bahrain. He is aspiring for an influential career in pediatrics, and is actively involved in conferences, workshops, research, and voluntary activities. Dr. Ali believes that being able to help children is a blessing, and is glad to be doing that at Al Jalila Children's Hospital. He says that "Every smile tells a story, and a child's smile is worth a thousand words".When he is not doing on calls, Dr. Ali enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family, and also loves travelling, swimming, and playing football. He is a huge fan of Real Madrid!
Dr. Hadi Helali is from Aleppo, Syria but was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. He finished his undergraduate medical degree from Batterjee Medical College (BMC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2020 as the top of his class with an excellent first honor degree and as the top student on the dean's list. He is a recipient of the Al Fursan 100% Scholarship through his 7 years tenure at BMC. He did his internship in Jeddah's hospitals where his passion for pediatrics had been solidified. He has taken leadership roles during that time, being the chief intern for two rotations during his internship. His passion for pediatrics and children's health started from childhood, seeing his father's work with children - as he is a pediatric dentist - and how he deals with special needs children and alleviates their pain and is supportive to their families. Dr. Hadi's professional interest includes medical education, to which he received a postgraduate certificate in medical education from the University of Central Lancashire, UK with a distinction degree. Dr. Hadi has a particular interest in diabetes and endocrinology to which he wishes to become an endocrinologist in the future, and this has stemmed from seeing his mother's journey with diabetes which driven him to want to help diabetic patients of all ages. Dr. Hadi has also been involved in research, being a part of his college's research club, presenting at an international conference and publishing a paper in a renowned journal. He wishes to become a pediatrician who not only uses evidence-based practice in his profession but also contribute to it through research. Dr. Hadi's hobbies include math (reaching the 2nd phase of KFUPM math Olympics twice), swimming, travelling and learning new languages.
Dr. Aeman Muhammad Asif is a Pakistani national brought up in Dubai. She earned her MBBCh from the esteemed Dubai Medical College for Girls and subsequently completed her internship at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). During these training years, she participated in multiple medical debates, presented posters at local conferences, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals. As the eldest of 5 siblings, she always had a natural inclination towards these incredible young humans. "I'm always amazed by the wonderful imagination, innocence, and resilience of young children. I dream of providing hope, care, and cure to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible", she states. Dr. Aeman is a strong advocate for equity in child healthcare and believes that the health of children should know no borders or continental division. Our world faces serious challenges, and no one is more vulnerable to them than children. She aims to be the voice of these innocent beings who hold our future, so that they may grow up to their full potential and honor the world with their unique talents. Dr. Aeman feels honored to be able to train at the prestigious Al Jalila Children's Hospital, the country's first dedicated hospital for children, and is determined to come out as a well-trained, skilled & confident pediatrician.
Dr. Sarah Gharaibeh is originally from Jordan but was born and raised in Dubai. She graduated with honors from the University of Sharjah in 2020 ranking in the top 5 of her graduating class. During her university years, she did multiple electives in the UAE, Jordan, and Germany covering various specialties including pediatric neurology and pediatric emergency. From there, she did her internship in Dubai Health Authority.Dr. Sarah has always had the goal of becoming a great pediatrician and she is delighted to be given this opportunity to join the pediatrics residency program to achieve her goals. "I hope that my coming years at Al Jalila Children's Hospital help me grow into the physician and the person that I aspire to be. I look forward to this journey and hope to gain the most of it in terms of education, research, and integrity."
Dr Reem Nasser, from Syria, graduated with honors from University of Sharjah in 2020 and was ranked as third among medical graduates. Dr. Reem did her internship at Dubai Health Authority where she enjoyed every aspect of pediatrics, she was amazed how pediatrics gives her the opportunity to closely interact with children and their families to build long, trusting relationships with them not only to help them heal but also to educate them about their health. This has strengthened her resolve to pursue a residency in pediatrics. Dr. Reem was accepted as an elective student at Kings College London in the United Kingdom for hands on clinical training in Endocrinology and Diabetes. As a medical student, Dr. Reem was not only excellent in her academic performance but was also very active in teaching, volunteering and research. "I am certainly looking forward to be trained at Al-Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital as it will help me continue to grow as a physician, not only in my knowledge base, but also in my humanistic attributes: to demonstrate compassion, integrity, and respect to my patients" says Dr. Reem.
Dr Shaista Khadim is a graduate from RAK Medical
and Health Sciences University batch of 2019 who went on to pursue her
medical internship in DHA and holds teaching experience as a Clinical
Teaching Assistant with her university. She has also worked as a frontline
hero in DHA's Covid Vaccination campaign.
is passionate about medicine and specifically Paediatrics. She has dreamt of
being a paediatrician since the age of 12 where she dressed up as a doctor and
pretended to treat a child in her school fancy dress competition.
Her love for
children is what fuels her passion to work tirelessly to make sure her children
are healthy soon. She is delighted to be part of Jalila family and believes that
this environment is optimum for her training to be a great specialist in the
Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital
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