International Speakers
  • Dr. Alan Barkun
    MD,CM, FRCP(C), FACP, FACG, AGAF, MSc (Clinical Epidemiology)

    Dr. Alan Barkun

    Alan Barkun is Director of Digestive Endoscopy, and Chief Quality Officer of the Division of Gastroenterology at McGill University and McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, Canada. He is the first and current recipient of the DG Kinnear Chair in Gastroenterology at McGill University, holding a medical degree and an MSc in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University. Recipient of many national and international awards, Dr. Barkun has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and has given over 400 international presentations on emerging digestive endoscopic technologies, with an emphasis on methodological, clinical and cost-effectiveness trials of treatments for upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), bilio-pancreatic diseases and colorectal cancer screening.

    Dr. Felicita Andreotti

    Dr. Felicita Andreotti

    Department of Cardiovascular Science, Catholic University, Rome, Italy

    Felicita Andreotti is Professor of Cardiology at the Catholic University Hospital of Rome. She received her MD and a post-doctoral degree in Italy; then a PhD in the Netherlands, studying the mechanisms of coronary thrombosis and fibrinolysis. In 1990-93 she was Principal Investigator of a British Heart Foundation project and Lecturer at the University of London, where she directed a clinical research laboratory. In 2008 she coordinated an Italian Ministry of Research multicentre study on new treatment strategies for acute myocardial infarction.

    Dr Andreotti’s studies on atherothrombosis range from genetics and translational medicine to clinical investigations and meta-analyses. She is author of over 185 articles published in peer-reviewed international journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, and has contributed to several European Society of Cardiology (ESC) clinical practice guidelines.

    Dr Andreotti is a cofounder of the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis. She sits on international PhD committees, on Data safety monitoring boards of international trials and on the Editorial board of the European Heart Journal. In 2008–2010 she chaired the ESC Working Group on Thrombosis. In 2008–2012 she collaborated with projects run by the European Society of Atherosclerosis. She is a regular Reviewer for various health institutions and major medical journals, including Circulation and the Lancet. Her profession involves clinics, research, teaching and travel.

    Prof. M Khalilullah

    Prof. M Khalilullah

    Dr. M. Khalilullah in his 55 years of medical career has made immense contribution to the country. When he was still a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Cardiology in the AIIMS, he had developed India’s first indigenous cardiac pacemaker and equipment for cardiac monitoring; for which he received 2 National Awards from the Honorable President of India. He was Director-Professor & Head of Cardiology and Director of G.B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi which finally became one of the most advanced, accepted and acclaimed the world over center for patient care, teaching and research in the field of cardiology. His association with the G.B. Pant Hospital for a period of 25 years resulted in several break throughs. He initiated the practice of electrophysiology in March 1975. This along with catheter Ablation which was again established in June 1984 for first time in the country, became widely accepted and practiced as super speciality all over the country. Advanced teaching programs resulted in more than 150 DM’s and Non DM resident Cardiologists, who are leading several important institutions all over the country.

    In 1985, Dr. Khalilullah introduced new concept of Intervention Cardiology. This technique was based on balloon angioplasty, with use of laser probes, implantation of umbrella and devices; this resulted in non surgical closure of intracardiac and extra cardiac defects ushering in a new era in the field of cardiology. This reduced the hospital stay of the patients from more than 10 days to just the day care or the at most 2-3 days.

    He was Chairman of the Board of Research Studies in the faculty of medicine of Delhi University. He had been advisor to several States Governments of our country and has been a very popular examiner for post doctorate courses in cardiology all over the country and DNB Cardiology Examination.

    He received several awards throughout his career including the following;

    1. Padma Shri, 1984.
    2. Padma Bhushan, 1990.
    3. Dr. B.C. Roy National Award, 1984.
    4. Two National Awards from President of India for the development of first indigenous Cardiac Pacemaker and monitoring system.
    5. Doctor of Science (Medicine) Honoris Causa of Nagpur University Nagpur, 1988.
    6. Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, 1994.
    7. Justic Bashir Ahmed Trust National Award, 1995.
    8. Life Time Achievement Awards in Cardiology
    9. Visiting Professor to various universities in U.S.A.
    10. Out Standing Contribution Award from G.B. Pant Hospital on 30th April.2014
    11. DMA Life Time Ratan Award on 29th June 2014.

    He was appointed as a Honorary Professor at The Cromwell Hospital, London and has been the Visiting Professor to Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas; The Emory University Medical Centre, Atlanta, Georgia; University for Hospital of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; Duke University Medical Centre, North Carolina and Karnart Institute of Cardiology, Indianapolis. He has helped in establishing cardiology and cardiac surgery in many countries all over the world like South Yemen, Shilanka, Bangladesh. At the age of 79 years Dr. M. Khalilullah is still busy, rendering his services to all segment of society in his hospital, The Heart Centre, 2 Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi – 110024.

    Author of more than 400 research papers, he has edited the first ever Text Book of Cardiology in India by Indian authors. This Text book has been by widely acclaimed both in India and abroad.

  • Dr. Salim Baharoon
    Saudi Arabia

    Dr. Salim Baharoon


    Fellow of the American College of Physicians Philadelphia, USA

    Canadian Fellowship in Infectious Disease University of Alberta, Canada


    Residency Training Program in Infectious Diseases University of Alberta, Canada

    Joined University of Alberta Program in Critical Care (Internal Medicine)


    2011 – present
    Associate Professor , King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University Riyadh, KSA

    2005 – present
    Head of Intermediate Care Unit, King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) Riyadh, KSA

    2001 – present
    Consultant, Intensive Care Medicine, KAMC, Riyadh, KSA

    2001 – present
    Consultant, Infectious Diseases, KAMC, Riyadh, KSA

    Dr. Samar Al-Emadi
    Sr. Consultant Rheumatology Grade 116 MBBS, ABIM, FRCPC, ACR

    Dr. Samar Al-Emadi

    Sr.Consultant Rheumatology Grade 116 MBBS, ABIM, FRCPC, ACR

    Assistant Prof Clinical Medicine –WCMC-Q

    Member, Faculty for Clinical Teaching Program, HMC/WCMC-Q and Stanford Faculty Development Center for Clinical Teachers

    Running pregnancy and rheumatic disease clinic, one of a kind in the Middle East, running a campaign for establishing similar clinic in the area with Prof Monica Østensen ,an achievement of this (first similar clinic opened in Dubai Dec 2014)

    Member of AMOC ,JIRB at HMC.

    Member of different committee in the area

    1. PAOS Pan Arab Osteoporosis Qatar representative
    2. Chapter Lead Qatar for ESR (Emirate society of Rheumatology)
    3. Member of the scientific committee for Abu Dhabi review course
    4. Member of Saudi pulmonary hypertension society (rheumatology track)

    Research on going:

    1. Epidemiological cohorts study to monitor efficacy ,and long term safety of disease modifying drugs and biologics in patients with Rheumatic disease in Qatar –Registry ,research protocol 11098/11.Priciple investigator
    2. Genetic studies of RA in some Arab State, QNRF(NPRP ID 4-1391-3-344)
    3. Patient reported outcome survey of employment among patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Gulf-Levant (PROSE-RA Survey )protocol number IMM-11-0102- PI
    4. characteristics of scleroderma patients in Qatar Lead PI – STARTED
    5. Pregnancy outcome in patient with Rheumatoid arthritis in Qatar. submitted to Research Committee .Lead PI
    6. Characteristics of patients with Ankylosing spondylitis in Qatar Co-PI –13386/13 Ongoing
    7. Pulmonary hypertension in primary Sjogren’s syndrome .submitted
    Dr. Sayed Arshad Hussain
    United Kingdom

    Dr. Sayed Arshad Hussain

    Qualifications/CCST : Respiratory Medicine 2005. FRCP (Glas), FCCP (USA) 2008, MRCP (UK) 1996 MB.BS University of Karachi1988

    Work Commitments :

    I am a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Medicine Maidstone and Tunbridge wells NHS Trust, Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone, Kent, UK since 2006.

    Also Training Program Director in Respiratory Medicine for (HEKSS) Kent Sussex and Surrey Deanery UK

    Executive Board member European Association of Bronchology Interventional Pulmonology (EABIP)

    I have been organising the highly educational and very popular International Interventional Bronchoscopy & Thoracoscopy courses as well as Thoracic Ultrasound courses for Physicians in UK since 2008.

    Teacher for Hammersmith Hospital & Infomed Thoracic Ultrasound courses in London

    Specialist interest in Bronchial Asthma in Pregnancy also Principal Investigator for the SIROCCO study a multicentre study on Asthma treatment 2014-15

    British Thoracic Society (BTS) Consultant member for Specialist Advisory Group (SAG) with interventions in the Chest, also BTS Abstracts moderator in chest interventions for BTS Annual meetings

    BTS advisor for Interventional procedures for National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)

    Trust Lead for Innovations and EBUS services.

    Founder member & President British Bronchoscopy Group (BBG) Member International society of Cyotherapy, Member World Association of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP), European Respiratory Society (ERS), Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)

    Invited Guest speakers in ERS 2010 Barcelona for Pulmonary complications in solid organ Transplant patients.

    I also introduced Medical Thoracoscopy services in Teaching Hospitals in Karachi Pakistan including for a Charitable Hospital for the poor & underprivileged on a sabbatical in 2008-09

    I have specialist interests in Interventional Pumonology including EBUS-TBNA and the Conventional TBNAs with ROSE technique, Trans-Thoracic Ultrasound drainage, Medical Thoracoscopy, Endoluminal Cryotherapy

    Dr. Vinod Rustgi
    MD, MBA
    United States of America

    Dr. Vinod Rustgi

    - Medical Director of Liver Transplantation
    - Clinical Director of Hepatology

    Vinod K. Rustgi is a renowned hepatologist who serves as the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and the Clinical Director of Hepatology at UPMC.

    Dr. Rustgi has published key findings on liver diseases, specifically hepatitis A, B, and C. He has focused on the effects of liver complications during pregnancy. He conducted extensive research and clinical trials of potential treatments for patients with hepatitis sponsored by leading pharmaceutical companies and research centers.

    As the co-author of five books, 82 articles, and over 130 abstracts, Dr. Rustgi’s work has been published in several leading journals in his field, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Transplantation. He is a longstanding member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases where he also served on the Governing Board.

    Dr. Rustgi has been honored numerous times throughout his distinguished career. He was the recipient of the National Research Service Award in Gastroenterology and has served as a reviewer for the Medical Research Council of Canada. He is a Fellow of numerous professional societies including the Royal College of Physicians (London).

    Dr. Rustgi earned his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his medical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, his medical residency at Georgetown University Hospital, and gastroenterology fellowships at the Stanford University Medical Center and the Liver Diseases Section of the National Institute of Health. Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Rustgi served as a clinical professor of medicine and surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and a clinical professor of medicine at the Medical College of Virginia while practicing at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Local Speakers
  • Dr. Ali Al-Sahow

    Dr. Ali Al-Sahow

    • Graduated from the medical school of University College Cork in Ireland in 1994
    • Trained in Internal Medicine & Nephrology in the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    • Obtained the American Board Certificate & the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada Fellowship in Internal Medicine in 2000
    • Obtained the American Board Certificate & the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada Fellowship in Nephrology in 2002
    • Won the Prize for Best Fellow 8n Teaching from University of British Columbia in 2003
    • Past President of Kuwait Nephrology Association
    • Ministry of Health Nephrology Committee Secretary
    • Country Representative in the ISN Middle East Regional Board
    • Country Representative in DOPPS GCC Advisory Board
    • Country Representative in the GCC CKD-MBD Advisory Board
    • Currently the head of nephrology unit in Jahra hospital
    Dr. Enas Al-Yaseen
    MD, FRCPC, obstetric-Medicine Consultant

    Dr. Enas Al-Yaseen

    Dr. Enas Al-Yaseen , consultant internist & obstetric-medicine specialst. Also has interest in pre-operative medical evaluation. did internal medicine residency program in university of Western ontario, & fellowship in obstetric-medicine at university of Toronto, Canada.

    In 2012 was appointed as the program director of obstetric-medicine fellowship program in Kuwait , the first in its kind in the middle east.

    Dr. Faisal Saleh

    Dr. Faisal Saleh

    Dr Faisal Saleh a graduate of Royal college of surgeons - Ireland , came back to Kuwait and commenced his training in Cardiology iniialty,where he obtained the MRCP,Pursued his training in internal medicine in Canada , where he became certifies with American and Canadian board of internal medicine and subspecialty certification from the royal college of physicians - Canada with Geriatric medicine

    Dr. Jassem Al-Hashel
  • Dr. Khalid Al-Hassan
    Dr. Mohammmed Hussain

    Dr. Mohammmed Hussain

    • Graduated from Kuwait University 1991
    • Started work in 1992
    • Had Canadian board in internal medicine 1999
    • Finished 2 year training in Endocrinology and metabolism from University of London Ontario (Canada) 2000
    • Head of Endocrinology unit Farwaniah Hospital (Kuwait)
    • Head of medical department Farwaniah hospital (Kuwait)
    • Clinical tutor for undergraduates in Kuwait University
    • Trainer for postgraduate fellowship of endocrinology and diabetes in Kuwaiti board
    • Certified hospital Surveyor by ministry of health of Kuwait in collaborate with University of Oklahoma
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    Dr. Osman Mapkar
    Senior Specialist

    Dr. Osman Mapkar

    Academic Qualifications
    MRCP (UK), MD (Medicine), MBBS.

    Personal Summary
    A trusted, patient focused and experienced physician with a long history of serving patients by successfully diagnosing, treating and also managing their illnesses and diseases. Easy going by nature and able to get along with other healthcare professionals.

    Clinical Experience
    More than 13 years experience in Internal medicine, managing acute emergency cases, critical care patients in the ICU, outpatients and inpatients, teaching and organizing CME meetings such as journal clubs, radiology meetings and case presentations, and assisting in administration.

    Publications in Refereed Journals
    Many original articles published in the Kuwait Medical Journal, Bahrain Medical Bulletin, Journal of Indian Medical Association, Saudi Medical Journal, Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology and the Bombay Hospital Journal.

    Poster Presentation
    Presented posters at the Annual Kuwait Sciences Poster Conference.

    Dr. Salah Taqi

    Dr. Salah Taqi

    Consultant Anesthesia and ICU KOC Ahmadi hospital.

    • Chairman of Kuwait Council of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine for 2014 council.
    • Head of Al-Jahra Anesthesia and Critical care Medicine (2012-2014)
    • Anesthesia Residency (McMaster University)
    • Critical Care Medicine (McMaster University)
    • Regional anesthesia (Ottawa University).
    • Hisham zokhary award for best anesthesia resident of year 2007 McMaster University
    • ATLS, Active Instructor Since 2003
  • Dr. Shehab Ahmad

    Dr. Shehab Ahmad

    Consultant Dermatologist, Department of Dermatology, Al-Jahra Hospital.

    • MBBS, King Saud University 1993.
    • American Board & Canadian Board of Dermatology 2001.
    • Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
    • Fellow of the Royal college of Physicians of Canada.
    • Prevoius positions and responsibilities (Employment History)
    • Consultant & Head of Dermatology Unit at Saudi Aramco hospital.
    • Chairman of Laser Safety Committee at Saudi Aramco Hospital.
    • Consultant & Head of Dermatology Section at King Fahad Specialist Hospital- Dammam (KFSHD).
    • Director of Training and Scholarship Administration at KFSHD.
    Dr. Talal Al-Tawel

    Dr. Talal Al-Tawel

    • Graduated from Aberdeen University School of Medicine, Scotland in 2001.
    • Completed internal medicine residency in Kuwait obtaining KIMS board certification and MRCP(UK) in 2007.
    • Specialized in gastroenterology at McGill University, Canada and completed his training in 2012.
    • Pursued sub-speciality training in gastroenterology, and completed 2 advanced fellowships in inflammatory bowel disease and therapeutic endoscopy in 2014 at McGill University.
    • Currently practicing as a Senior Specialist in Gastroenterology at Haya Al-Habeeb Gastroenterology Center, Jabriya, Kuwait.