For all COVID-19 related updates, click here.

Dr. Uli Terheggen

Paediatric Intensivist

Dr. Uli Terheggen

Paediatric Intensivist


Dr. Uli Terheggen is Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Al Jalila Children's and previously worked as a paediatric and neonatal intensive care consultant in two of the largest Swiss Level III units. He was also a flight physician for two private companies conducting world wide critical care retrievals for adults and children. He is very enthusiastic about medical education and simulation training, and is a Harvard-trained Simulation Instructor.  

Dr. Uli is a paediatrician with training in paediatric and neonatal intensive care medicine. He studied Medicine in one of the oldest German medical faculties - the University of Freiburg, where he graduated and also completed his first Doctoral research dissertation in the field of neurosciences at the age of 27. He then moved on to complete a Master's in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University in Australia. After his return to Europe, he had medical speciality training in paediatrics and intensive care in Switzerland at the Children's University Hospital, Zürich. 

Consecutively he acquired a two-year research scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, which brought him to live five years in Australia where he performed more research work at the Burnet Institute for Biomedical Research and completed a higher research degree from the University of Melbourne. He then joined the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and worked two years in PICU and a year for PIPER, a dedicated professional paediatric and neonatal transport service which operates metropolitan and state wide and performs over 1200 neonatal and over 400 paeditric retrieval missions per year with ambulance, helicopter, and fixed wing. After returning to Switzerland he worked in the above mentioned Level III units and also completed his board specialization as a Neonatologist. In 2018, he was appointed Deputy Chair of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive care for the section transport, for which he co-leads ambitions in research and collaboration for internationals standards in paediatric and neonatal critical care transports. 

Professional Background

Languages Spoken

German (native), Swiss German, English, Spanish, basic Italian

Achievements Career Highlights

Board certification in Paediatrics (FMH), Intensive Care (FMH) , Neonatology (FMH) –Switzerland

Deputy Chair of The European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care – Section Transport

Adult and Paediatric Critical Care flight physician for Aeromedical retrievals

Doctor in Medicine with Dissertation in Neurosciences University Freiburg, Germany

Doctor in Medical Sciences with Dissertation in Immunobiology University Melbourne, Australia

Master in Pucblic Health and Tropical Medicine, Townsville, Australia

Simulation Instructor, Harvard University, Boston, USA

Instructor in Advanced Neonatal Resuscitation, PIPER, Australia

Scholarships from the Swiss National Science Foundation, University Melbourne, ASISST 

Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates

800 AJCH (8002524)