Abbas Abdulhassan
Senior Quality Officer
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)
Abbas is currently the Senior Quality Officer in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) since June 2011. He is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality CPHQ. He has a Diploma in Project Management, Diploma in Operations Management, OHSAS 18001 certification, Nursing Management Course, accredited by Harvard University and is Lean Methodology Certified. 

Abbas worked at SKMC since the first two months of Operation in 2000. He started working as a translator and moved to administration work as a Senior Unit coordinator on 2005.  Abbas always had a passion for performance improvement and continuous change for best practice. He believes that every day and everywhere there is a chance for improvement. World Class Healthcare is the standard that he wishes he can reach in SKMC one day. 

Abbas is the Data and IT person in Office of Nursing Staff Affairs. He developed the Nursing Monthly Report as a productivity and quality measurement tool for all nursing departments and clinics (54 departments). He developed Nursing Dashboard that populates data automatically from the Nursing Monthly Report. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the nursing site on the internal website of SKMC. He is part of SEHA’s NIHQM (National Inpatient Hospital Quality Measures) implementation and follow-up team as well.

He has done and participated in many research studies conducted in SKMC. He was part of Hourly Rounding study which set the ground to a new perception of patient care by putting patient at the center of all activities done by SKMC nurses. He is also conducting a Data Usage research currently which is designed to avoid a well-known shortfall that majority of organizations fall for; that is DRIP (Data Rich Information Poor). 

Abbas is a lead Auditor for EHSMS in SKMC. He conducted 11 internal EHS audits in SKMC for 2013 and 2014. He is also part of SKMC’s continuous survey readiness team which does periodic audits in the organization.  He is part of SKMC NDNQI (National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators) team that has established and maintained this initiative as the first hospital in the UAE.

Amal finished her diploma of nursing science in Institute of Nursing (Abu Dhabi) and recently had completed her post graduate degree in bachelor degree in nursing in Sharjah University 2016. She has 9 years’ experience in nursing position and currently working as staff nurse in Obstetrics /Gynecology ward in Al Rahba hospital. She have an active role in patient and family education mainly breastfeeding and newborn care. She is passionate to staff education and coaching had done three accredited nursing grand round till now. An active member in her portfolio task: Lactation task force and being a leader of Evidence based practice team in her department. Amal is an enthusiastic, hardworking nurse, having a real passion for nursing and for the best achievement in her career.
Amelandria Soterois a Registered Nurse, currently working in Baniyas Ambulatroy Health Care, where she engaged as the CDC Staff Nurse. After graduation she worked in a Specialized hospital called Lung Center of the Philippines for 16 years. At present she has been in United Arab Emirates for 13 years, started in Tawam hospital for 7 years and now in Ambulatory Health Care.
Anju Chittamadathil John
Registered Nurse in Family Medicine
Ambulatory Health services
Anju Chittamadathil is a staff nurse in Ambulatory Health services since 2013. She completed her graduation in BSc Nursing with honour from Rajiv Gandhi University, India in 2006. Post-Graduation (MBA) done in Total Quality Management from Manipal University in 2015. Passed CMQ from American Board of Medical Quality in the year 2015. Previously worked as a staff nurse and nurse educator in New Medical Centre Abu Dhabi. She is the nurse educator in Al Mushrif Clinic too. Currently a member of AHS Quality Department Sub-Committee as well. Anju has total of 11 years as a registered nurse which includes 1 year of Clinical instructor experience. Actively participating in the educational activities in AHS.
Charge Nurse, Stroke Care and Medical Unit
Al Ain Hospital
Ms. Jessymol Kuruvila is the Senior Charge Nurse, Stroke Care and Medical Unit at Al Ain Hospital. Jessy is a RN and holds MSHA in Health Administration. Jessy has more than25 years of nursing experience and has worked in a number of senior positions. Jessy iscurrently a member of SEHA Malaffi Nursing Advisory Council and PatientSafety Committee inAl Ain Hospital.Jessy is also involved in a number of quality projects within Al Ain Hospital.
Ayesha Salem Al Dhaheri
Associate Professor / Department Chairperson Department of Nutrition and Health,
United Arab Emirates University
Dr. Ayesha Al Dhaheri is currently the Chairperson of the Nutrition and Health Department at the United Arab Emirates University. Dr. Al Dhaheri is also the Coordinator for MEFOODS and GULFOODS for FAO-Rome. Dr. Al Dhaheri also served as the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Nutrition from 2012-2015, where she worked to promote greater awareness in the prevention and treatment of nutrition related diseases. Dr. Al Dhaheri has conducted significant research in nutrition and has experience as a consultant in major research/projects in her field with national and international agencies such as MOH, HAAD, WHO, FAO, ICCIDD. As well as, she has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a Regional Facilitator for the introduction and dissemination of the WHO growth curves since February 2007.Dr. Ayesha is currently involved in supervising PhD students in the Nutritional Sciences PhD Program and Master Degree students from UAE University and other international universities.
Christina Helena Nieuwoudt
Registered Dietitian
Life Groenkloof Hospital, Pretoria
Christina Nieuwoudt is a registered dietitian from South Africa with many years of experience in clinical nutrition. She qualified in Dietetics at the University of Stellenbosch and thereafter worked in the Public Health Sector in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa for 8 years. She then ventured to the Middle East and was the first South African dietitian to work in Saudi Arabia – first at the Al Hada Military Hospital at Taif and then at the King Khalid National Guard Hospital in Jeddah. In 2004 she moved to Abu Dhabi and took up the position as Head of Dietetics at Al Rahba Hospital, while also being responsible for critical care nutrition. During her time in the Middle East she had extensive experience in JCI accreditation and electronic health records. She moved back to South Africa in 2010 and was a part-time lecturer in clinical nutrition at the University of Pretoria while working part-time as a private practising dietitian in private hospitals. Since January 2016 she is in full time private practice at the Life Groenkloof Hospital in Pretoria, with an emphasis on adult critical care. She is the current President of the South Africa Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (SASPEN) and a Board member of the European Society for Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN).
Dr. Ameera Mohammed Aldossary
Director of Nursing Saudization, Practice, Education, & Research
King Fahad specialist hospital

Ameera Aldossary has completed her Ph.D. in Nursing Studies on January 2011 from King’s College London and her Master of Science in Health Services Management on November 2004 from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - UK. She is the Director of Nursing Saudisation, Practice, Education and Research in King Fahad Specialist Hsopital-Dammam (KFSH-D) and was an assistant professor of Nursing in Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences form 2005 to 2014 (Saudi Arabia). She has published three papers in reputed journals and has been participating in several workshops, symposiums and conferences nationally and internationally. She is a member in the IRB committee in KFSH-D and was a member in the Nursing Scientific Board in the Saudi Commission for Health Specialist. 

Dr. Muayyad Ahmad
Professor, Clinical Nursing Department
University of Jordan
Dr Ahmad, is a professor in the Clinical Nursing Department at the University of Jordan with research interest mainly in the quality of nursing care, psychosocial care for patients with cancer, care for caregivers, and psychometric properties of instruments, with 75 publications in International Journals. PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 2000, MSc and BSc from the University of Jordan, 1992 & 1986. Dr. Ahmad is a reviewer in many international and national journals. He is a very active researcher with more than 50 publications in International peer reviewed Journals. Dr. Ahmad research interest is focused mainly on cancer awareness, cancer prevention, and quality of care for cancer patients. In addition, he is interested in psychosocial care for adult patients as well as care for parents of children with autism. Nevertheless, the psychometric properties of health instruments and its development is another area of expertise of which he has devoted his efforts towards. Dr. Ahmad has excellent skills in research and statistics which have enabled him to publish in distinguished Health journals. His publications have definitely added to the fund of knowledge in medical health fields.
Dr. Nabeel Al Yateem
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
University of Sharjah
Dr. Nabeel Al Yateem is an academician and researcher in the field of children and adolescent health nursing. He completed his PhD in this specialization from the National University of Ireland-Galway in 2012. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, and has extensive experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a large educational pediatric hospital and research center in Dublin in Ireland. His research interests include continuity of care for children and adolescents across healthcare systems, the provision of developmentally appropriate care for children and adolescents, decreasing children stress and anxiety within different healthcare settings, family centered care, community care for children and families.
Ambulatory Health Care Service
Elizabeth Kuruvilla was graduated from T.D Medical College (Kerala) India and served for five years .She was a mentor and educator in the surgical ward and thereafter came to UAE where she severed both in Private and SEHA hospitals (Mafraq) as ward in charge and preceptor. She is a reliable, ethical healthcare provider, facilitate groups and educational seminars and collaborate on multidisciplinary teams. Joined at AHS (MadinatMohammedBinZayed Clinic) in 2012 as Acting In charge/Infection Control Link Nurse/Preceptor &Assessor and participated in CNE program approved by HAAD, supported JCIA as Chapter lead (IC) & steering committee member &tracer team member in the clinic. Due to her interest in women health she took an active role in improving cancer screening service in primary care practice which was presented by SEHA Quality and Patient Safety Conference 2015 and initiated Antenatal class in the clinic2016. Was a Speaker in different Nursing Conferences held in UAE since 2015 2016&recently 2017 at 3rd Nursing Expand your Horizons.
Julia Crilly
Professor of Emergency Care
Griffith University, Australia
Julia is in a joint appointment position between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health as Professor of Emergency Care. She has a strong clinical background, having worked as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department for nearly 10 years before completing her PhD and progressing into full time research in 2007. Her program of research is primarily focussed on evaluating innovative emergency department models of care that aim to improve care delivery and patient flow, particularly for vulnerable patient groups. Julia has led and been involved in multi-disciplinary and multi-site (local, state-wide and international) emergency care research that has attracted over $3.5 Million dollars and resulted in over 60 peer-review publications.
Litty Varghese
Head Nursing Education

Litty Varghese; RN RM, MSN is working as Senior Charge Nurse, Nursing Education, AHS/SEHA, UAE. She has 34 years of experience in the field of PHC&AHS, UAE and has expertise as JCIA chapter lead and tracer team member, quality improvement coordinator, diabetic clinic project coordinator, nurse educator, newsletter editor and researcher. She holds Master’s Degree in Community Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma in   Nursing Administration and obtained certification in Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from CDC, Atlanta.

Awards and Recognitions:

With her continuance in excellent professionalism, she won

  • The First SEHA BEST EMPLOYEE Award 2012(one among top 12)
  • The 3rd Best Abstract Award at The Pan Arab Hypertension Conference in Abu Dhabi Feb. 5-9, 2000, for the research paper presented on “Effective Patient Education the key to reduction in CHD risk factors in Diabetic clients”

Actively participated in winning the following Awards:

  • ARAB HEALTH AWARD FOR PHC Chronic Disease program; 2009
  • ARAB HEALTH AWARD FOR Nursing HR development; 2010

She also received recognition for her achievements in implementing the First Nurse Led clinic in Zayed University 2009, First RN Competency framework and assessment program, First Leadership Competency framework and assessment program in AHS, and for her participation in teaching in the Residency program in Faculty of Medicine Al Ain.

Her Philosophy is

“Passionately leading and caring, the best teacher should be the best lifelong student, and to generate value for ourselves we need to add value to others”

She demonstrated a desire to lead passionately, promote positive culture among colleagues and consistently motivate and empower others. She is a gifted teacher at heart and always strives to cultivate her capacity to impart knowledge and skills and connected to her students wholeheartedly.

Maria Reina Palermo Balmes
Infection Prevention Nurse
Al Rahba Hospital
Maria Reina Palermo Balmes is a registered nurse and a board certified in infection prevention and control (CBIC) with four (4) years of experience in Infection Control. Since 2014, she is in position as an Infection Prevention Nurse at Al Rahba Hospital, working collaboratively with the clinical staff, departments and administration with aim of reducing the risk of healthcare associated infection among patients, staff and visitors.  She contributed to the development of continuous education and implementation of efficient infection prevention and control protocols for the hospital. She is known for being self-directed with astute judgment skill and responsible for planning and implementing the Plan of Correction for the HAAD/JCIA Survey for the entire facility which includes conducting of audits to ensure compliance. She has clinical background as a staff nurse in maternity, Operating Theater, Emergency and critical care setting. She believes in the importance of persistence in learning and education to be effective and productive in any industry especially in line with healthcare. She keeps herself actively participating in various committees such as SEHA IPC committee, Al Rahba Hospital IPC Committee, Al Rahba Hospital Quality Improvement and patient safety committee and Emergency Preparedness Committee. She’s also an active member of Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) in all Al Rahba Hospital’s department and a proud member of Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC).
Michael Adam Friedman
Director Rehabilitation Therapy Services, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Ng Wai Khuan
Prevention & Control of Infection Manager
Mafraq Hospital
Ms. Ng Wai Khuan has more than 18 years of excellent healthcare experience and currently working as Prevention & Control of Infection Manager at Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi. She started the practice of infection prevention and control in 2005 as soon as she got certified in Infection Control (CIC) by American Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology and become a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) from National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

She graduated with a Master of Health Practice (MHP) in Infection Prevention and Control, from Griffith University, Australia in 2010 and she is currently enrolled in PhD from Griffith University, Australia. Ms. Ng Wai Khuan has published 3 peer-reviewed articles 'Leading Hand Hygiene from the Circle of Concern to the Circle of Influence', ' Shaping the Future for Quality: Initiating Active Surveillance as Foundation to Drive Improvement for Healthcare-associated Infections' in International Journal of Infection Control, and How clean is clean: a new approach to assess and enhance environmental cleaning and disinfection in an acute tertiary care facility in British Medical Journal of Quality. She has also published article on 'Isolation Controls' and 'Hand Hygiene Myths'. A report on ˈPerformance Improvement Initiative: Prevention of Surgical Site Infection.

Patricia Davidson
Dean of Nursing, School of Nursing
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Professor Marie Richards
Director of Education & Chief Nursing Officer
SEHA Dialysis Services

Marie Richards is currently working as Director of Nursing Education, Training and Development at SEHA Dialysis Services (SDS) in Abu Dhabi.

Marie has over 30 years’ experience in the UK, Australia and the UAE working in nursing roles such as Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Nurse Lecturer Practitioner and Chief Nursing Officer.

From an academic perspective she has led clinical programs in faculties of Nursing, Nephrology Nursing, Public Health and Clinical Genetics.

She has been in the UAE Since 2012 and in 2014 launched the Masters in Renal Nursing Program at SDS in collaboration with De Montfort University (UK) and Fatima College, Abu Dhabi. The program is the first and only if its kind in the region and is highly sought after with applicants from across the entire Middle East.

Clinically, Marie has also led the development of a nurse led community based CKD early detection program and a vascular access clinical pathway, both of which have won awards.

Marie is the Chair for Renal Education Abu Dhabi (READ) a national forum for renal nurses.

Internationally she leads a task force as part of the International Society of Nephrology to develop global education for nurses and allied health professionals. In addition, she is the UAE ambassador for the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association (EDTNA),

Her areas of expertise are Nephrology Nursing, Clinical Genetics, Public Health, Education, Leadership Education and development, healthcare capacity building and service development and Improvement.

She has had numerous publications and is a regular speaker at international meetings.