2nd Annual Sports Medicine Conference


Dr. Fadwa M.B. Al-Mughairbi
Assistant Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, UAEU

Dr. Fadwa had B.S in Psychology from UAEU, Faculty of Education 1986. She has MA (1997), and Ph.D (1999) in Biological Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), State University of N.Y at Binghamton, USA. She is a member of  the “International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) and Society for Neuroscience (SFN)

Dr. Fadwa had worked as a psychiatric social worker in Tawam Hospital, Al-Ain (1986-1990), and as a Research Assistant, in the Psychology Research Center, UAEU (1990-1991).  Besides being  an assistant professor  in the department of psychology, UAEU since 1999, she held the position of the department’s chair (2008 – 2012) and currently is the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  She is also a licensed psychologist (HAAD).

Her Research interest include animal modeling for neurodegenerative diseases, effect of herbal extracts on memory and tumors, and PTSD.

Dr. Carine Platat
Associate Professor
University, College of Food and Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Department - Al Ain, UAE

Dr Carine Platat has been working at the United Arab Emirates University, College of Food and Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Department since 2008. She has already conducted several research projects related to physical activity and exercise, health benefits of physical activity and the underlying mechanisms, design of physical activity assessment tools, lipid metabolism, interaction of physical activity with diet, metabolic syndrome and inflammatory state. She is now particularly working on oxidative stress and functional ingredients. She serves as member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Exercise Physiology. Her work was awarded by famous organizations and was published in international journals with good impact factor.

Dr. Jawad Hashim
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University

Dr. Jawad Hashim, an associate professor at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UAE University, obtained his medical degree from The Aga Khan University, Pakistan and completed residency training in family medicine at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, New York. As an American Board certified physician, he practiced pediatric and adult ambulatory as well as inpatient/intensive care at the Bremerton Memorial Hospital, near Seattle for several years. Winning several competitive grants, he leads research in health systems improvement and is invited to speak on emerging trends. With over 50 published articles, abstracts and textbook chapters, Dr. Hashim is well cited. Apart from being a Fellow at a regional Center for Excellence, he has been recognized for his dedication with several distinguished awards. Having an active interest in amateur sports and an outdoor lifestyle, he encourages student health at the University. In his clinical practice at Seha AHS clinics, he treats musculoskeletal conditions, and was previously a member for the American College of Sport Medicine.

Dr. Yaaqoub Al Hammadi
Chief of Orthopedics Department
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Dr. Yaaqoub is an Orthopedic Surgeon who joined SKMC in April 2010 to work as a Knee Surgeon. Prior to joining SKMC, he worked at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London, primarily doing Orthopedic Knee Surgery. He also worked in many Hospitals in London and around UK since 1997.

Over the 14 years in UK, Dr. Yaaqoub moved up the ladder, from Pre-registration year, to Senior House Officer in General Surgery and Orthopedics, and then being Specialist Registrar in Orthopedic Surgery in London; and finally to being a Knee Surgeon in one of the most prestigious hospital in the region - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital where he was exposed in managing some famous sports men and women with sports knee Injury.

Dr. Shibu Varghese
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Lifeline Hospital Abu Dhabi

Dr. Shibu is a dynamic and dedicated Surgeon who has more than seven years of extensive international experience in the field of Orthopedics surgery. Also, he has balanced with teaching and surgical experience, in addition to more than five successful years of practice with main focus on Sports Medicine. He possesses diverse international working experience both as full time and volunteer in various capacities over the last decade. He Dr. Shibu is a team player who is looking for challenges in the field of Sports and Regenerative Medicine.

Dirk Laubscher
Head of Physiotherapy - Harley Street Medical Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Managing Director & Owner - Rejuv & The Back Clinic, Harley Street, London, UK

I am a highly motivated and well respected Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist and have been treating patients for the past 17years. I arrived in the UK in 2001, from  South Africa and specialised in the treatment of back, neck and sport injuries. I am passionate about seeing people healed and set free from the vicious cycle of pain and injury.

I have been the owner of The Back Clinic on Harley Street for over 10 years which has now been re-branded to Rejuv Physio and Nutrition. I have treated various A-Class celebrities actors and singers, West End musical actors, professional ballet dancers and and elite athletes.

I have a very practical and functional approach to pain and injury and focus on treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms, bringing about permanent results. I also write articles for Men’s Health and other top London magazines.

Being a past elite athlete myself, I understand the function of the body, supported by my manual therapy ‘Laubscher Technique’ and rehabilitation skills thus achieving  reproducible, reliable results for all musculoskeletal disorders.

Azzam Kamal
Head of Physiotherapy Department
Healthpoint Hospital, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

My professional career has influenced my drive to becoming a highly skilled and motivated physiotherapist. I have an abundance of experience in orthopedics and treating sports injuries, with a speciality in knee rehabilitation. My sports injury experience has been strengthened through working for the First team for Al Ain Football Club. Effective team work and excellent communication skills allow me to excel in managing the physiotherapy team.

I strive to work with evidence based practice and continually maintain up to date through current courses, seminars and conferences.

Amani Kamal Saqallah
Medical & Community Nutrition Expert
Mediclinic Middle East

Amani enjoys a challenge and quickly adapt to new environments. She is proud of her interpersonal communication skills and ability to get things done and well known to be dedicated, service focused and self-motivated professional. Having experience in nutrition therapy, education, counseling tips and participatory needs assessments related to nutrition, health education and public health. Has experience in programs planning, including monitoring and evaluation, research methodology and teach public health & nutrition courses. Currently, she is working as Medical & Community Nutrition Expert for Mediclinic Middle East Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where she counsel individuals and groups on Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle habits, Behavior change and Monitoring skills to improve their quality of life. Extensive experience with the metabolic disease, CVD, Obesity, Bariatric & LSGs. Provide Public Health & Nutrition Education and Health Awareness Campaigns.

Dr. Mohnish Singh Basur
Orthopedic Surgeon
Abeer Medical Group

Dr. Mohnish is an orthopaedic surgeon from India, having 6 years of experience in Trauma, Sports Injuries, Arthoscopy and Arthoplasty. His special fields of interest have been complex periarticular fractures, arthroscopies and joint reconstructions. He is determined to carry forward my work and hone my skills that will kindle and nurture my passion for work in the field of sports injuries and complex trauma.

He had served as a senior resident in the premier sports injury hospital in India after which he had completed his fellowship in joint reconstruction and sports injuries under Prof.TK. Kim in Seoul National University. Dr. Mohnishe has been selected as an international fellow at Espregueria Medez Sports Clinic, Porto Portugal which is the official Sports Injury Clinic for the players of FC Porto and FIFA centre of excellence.

Rania Elias
Senior Physiotherapist in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center

Rania Elias holds a Masters in Osteopathy and Manual therapy from Saint Joseph University (2008) and a bachelor of physiotherapy from Lebanese University (2006). Rania then pursued many academic and non-academic postgraduate courses to enrich her career to finally earn a Diploma in Physical Education from Cote d’Opale University, France – 2012. She’s also a member of the Order of Physiotherapists in Lebanon (OPL), The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), “Federation Internationle des Organisations de Physiotherapeutes Francophones” (FIOPF), and the Arab Confederation for Physical Therapy (ACPT) since 2006

She has over 10 years of clinical experience in treating patients with a multitude of various conditions.  She primarily worked in clinical type settings but have extensive experience with long-term rehabilitation cases. She moved to Dubai with her family in 2013 where she got her DHA License and joined Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center “DPRC” as a senior physiotherapist using her strong emphasis based on manual therapy and exercise prescription along with individualized treatment programs. Rania has since pursued and acquired new techniques such as Kinesio Taping through the Kinesio Taping Association International.

Rania is a strong believer in Hands-on therapeutic approach associated with intense patient motivation to achieve optimal healing.

Dr. Manoj Kumar
Specialist Senior Registrar (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Dubai Health Authority

Dr. Manooj is a Physiatrist working in UAE for the last 10 years had his qualifications from India. Author of book “Diabetes: Alternative Thoughts” and proponent of wellness and lifestyle approaches for preventing and managing diseases. His main areas of interest are in musculoskeletal pain management using latest interventions like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Ultrasound Guided injection techniques including sports injuries, stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He is having dual qualification in Modern Medicine as well as Alternative Medicine and believes in integrative approaches for disease management. Currently he is working as Senior Specialist in Dubai Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre, Dubai Health Authority. He is passionate in healthy eating habits and a runner, but yet to participate in his first full marathon!

Dr Reema Mohammed Qassim Alhosani
Specialist sports physician
GHQ of Abu-Dhabi Police

Dr Reema Alhosani, Specialist sports physician, MBBS (Faculty of medicine & health science in UAE), MSc (sports medicine, Nottingham University), PhD (sports medicine, Nottingham University), Head of medical Section in GHQ of Abu-Dhabi police, Deputy Chairperson medical committee in UAEFA.  Head of Medical Executive Committee (GHQ Abu-Dhabi police). Member of medical committee NOC. AFC medical and doping Officer.  Head of research committee (Abu-Dhabi medical service department). 

Interested in epidemiology studies and injury prevention.  Started sports medicine clinic in Abu-Dhabi police and starting now a project on medical fitness for recruits and pre-training evaluation.  Thesis was first in Middle East and gulf which covered training injuries in police academies and prevention intervention study implemented which is under publication now.   Additionally under publication: muscular injuries in professional league and two case studies.  Working with many parties and volunteer to improve sports medicine in UAE. 

Dr. Khaled Khalifa K. Dougman
Sport Science Specialist
Abu Dhabi Sport Council

Educated at The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom where he acquired a further MSc by Research in Science, researching "physiological responses during exercise in hot environments, for normal and overweight adults" .This was shortly followed by the achievement of a PhD in Sport Science from University Putra Malaysia.  He intensely investigated the relationship of physical activity, coronary heart disease risk factors, and fitness level & body composition between adolescent students of different ethnicity.

He is also greatly interested in the area of physiological measurements and the health benefits of physical activity in schools and community settings. Dr Dougman worked as a Sport Science University Lecturer for more than 10 years, prior to moving to the UAE.  He provides education and evidence based practice, aiming to increase the awareness of sport & exercise as well as promote a healthy lifestyle to the community, in his current role at Abu Dhabi Sport Council. Dr Dougman is an external advisor for the Senior Design Project at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi and also an external consultant for the Challenge 22 Project at Khalifa University, which has been funded by Supreme Committee for FIFA 2022. 

Julie Rammal
Trainer and Consultant
Founder of JSport and International Holistic

Julie Rammal is an International Celebrity trainer, writer, speaker, educator and the creator of the holistic fitness movement.

She has trained Celebrities, Royal family, VIP’s worldwide and is known for her Holistic approach & latest hit DVD: In Light Of Change, which was sold out in the first few months of its release. The DVD was also highly reviewed in the Midwest Book Review- USA until 2021. Julie has won numerous awards and titles such as: Miss Virginia swimsuit 1997, and April 2016 honoree. She travels the world focusing on inspiring the world to connect to themselves in a time where we are entering an era of becoming trans-human. She teaches the power of holistic fitness and how movement can change our lives by making us happier, heal, energetic and younger.

She graduated from George Washington University, San Diego State University, and from Natural Healing University in USA.  She has studied with some of the most successful healers such as: Dr. Jeffrey Thompson from the Center of Neuro acoustic research in California and Joseph Pilates direct students.

Julie has lived in over 40 countries worldwide, and believes our body is an empire, and when we are connected to ourselves we can achieve miracles. Her holistic training practices focuses on bringing the body back to its natural alignment and in harmony with nature. She believes our technological mobility is restricting our bodies’ physical mobility, and our bodies are not ready for this. She focuses on educating school, public, high end clients the secrets to staying connected, healthy and feeling younger through holistic fitness.

She has assisted in the healing of cancer patients, and has helped clients who suffered from stress, migraines, allergies,  hearing loss, muscle pains, sinus problems, digestive She follows the philosophy, “Live the way we are to live, do not doubt, trust, and all will come into your favor.”

Her last major projects were in San Francisco, Dubai, Beirut, and next will be in Canada in August 2017. She holds clinical office hours twice a month in Dubai and offers holistic health consultations and services for people in the GCC. She is also available online www.jsport.co and private retreats for VIP clients.