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. 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.
I have a passion for education which led me into doing a Diploma in Clinical Education with University College London. I take pride in my achievement as ‘Top teacher’ for medical undergraduates in UCL for two consecutive years while I was working in London. I obtained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in UK in 2012. I have been an examiner for the Royal College of Paediatrics for MRCPCH and DCH examinations since 2009 in UK, Singapore and in U.A.E. While working in KK Hospital Singapore, I was a core faculty member for their ACGME accredited Paediatric Residency Programme.
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. Abdalla is a Child Neurologist at Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital with over 17 years of child neurology experience under his cap. He is American Board-certified in Neurology with special competence in Child Neurology. He studied medicine at the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and did his general paediatric training in Ireland as well as at St. Louis Children's Hospital/Washington University at St. Louis. He completed his child neurology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Abdalla worked at Akron Children's Hospital as a child neurologist/associate clinical professor of paediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). His scope of practice covers all acute and chronic conditions that affect the brain and the nervous system.Research/Medical Education:1. Dr. Abdalla was the principal investigator representing Akron Children's Hospital at the International paediatric Stroke study group and participated as a principal investigator in several papers that came out of this group. He also has special interest in management of headaches in children.2. While at Akron Children's, Dr. Abdalla was the Neurology Coordinator for the Paediatric Residency Programme for 2 years.3. Dr. Abdalla also was the clinical coordinator for the medical students neurology rotation at NEOMED.4. He also served as the neurology rotation coordinator to the Akron Children's Psychiatry Fellowship Programme.5. At Letterkenny General Hospital, Ireland, He was the paediatric registrar in charge of the combined paediatric and medical education and monthly conference for 4 years.
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
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. 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.
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. 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.
Originally from Algeria, Dr. Abdelkader Harous completed his education right fromearly school to medical college in the UAE. He attained his Bachelor of Medicine andBachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Sharjah in 2018 where he wasranked among the top ten graduates of his class and obtained a BoehringerIngelheim undergraduate research grant. During his university, he was involved invarious volunteering and public health events. Upon graduation, he completed hisinternship and training at Al Ain hospital. Besides medicine, Dr. Abdelkader enjoysplaying football, drawing, and travelling. “I am grateful for the opportunity of beingpart of the programme and am looking forward to becoming a well-equippedpaediatrician with all the knowledge, skills and determination needed to be able tohelp our younger generations.”
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 theUniversity of Sharjah in 2018 as one of the top ten students. Following her graduation, Dr. Sajadid her internship at Dubai Health Authority. She says, “I have always been passionate of mywork and the field I am in, and I used that passion to take advantage of my free time where Ivolunteered and worked in rural areas. I spent most of my summer vacations volunteering inmy hometown in Darfur, Sudan, and did a short period of training in India as well. This made mebe more determined to try my best to get my education in Al Jalila Children’s to try and deliverthe 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 amvery grateful for this opportunity knowing that Al Jalila Children’s carries the same vision, andI’m excited to have my training in this programme that will help me become the paediatricianthat I’ve always dreamt of.”“Since I was a child, I had an interest in research and analysis and I managed to be involved infew researches during my university years. One such opportunity at the Sharjah ResearchCentre gave me months of hands-on experience. I also have an interest in hematology andoncology. Despite its challenges, I believe these can be one among the most life changing andrewarding specialties in paediatrics.”
Dr. Tala Tillawi is a Palestinian who was born and raised in the UAE and aspires to become a leadingevidence based pediatrician, health advocator, and a researcher who can leave an impact. She graduatedwith honors from the University of Sharjah, and was ranked third among the medical graduates. Dr. Talacompleted her internship in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu dhabi where she realized that paediatricclinical 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 takedifferent leadership positions in various associations. She has won debates held across national andinternational levels and was actively involved in multiple public health campaigns that addressedchildhood 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 distinguisheduniversity 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 ineducation, she won the title of the best facilitator in MedCamp - Khalifa University, and became a BLSinstructor.“Thirty years from now I want to look back and feel proud that I was one of those who changed a child’slife. Thus, it is a great honor to be accepted in the Al Jalila Children’s Pediatric Residency Programmethat lays emphasis on and provides good clinical training, research opportunities and education in order toshape paediatricians capable of impacting children’s lives.”
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