Speakers & Faculty

Prof. Alberto Papi

Alberto Papi is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and Director of the Respiratory Unit of the Department of Emergency Medicine, S. Anna University Hospital, Ferrara, Italy.

He trained in Respiratory Medicine at the University of Parma, before spending 4 years in the UK as a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, where he is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer.

He has coordinated several pivotal studies in asthma and COPD, and has authored more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Atul Mehta - M.B., B.S., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.

Professor of Medicine, Lerner College of Medicine
Buoncore Endowed Chair in Lung Transplantation

Staff Physician, Respiratory Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Dr. Mehta received his medical degree from Municipal Medical College, Gujarat University in India. Following his internship training in India, he underwent general practice residency at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, PA, and Internal Medicine residency at Hahnemann Medical College Affiliate Hospitals in Trenton, N.J., and Easton, PA. USA. He received his fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Mehta's research interests are diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy and lung transplantation.

Prof. Jose Jardim

Respiratory Medical Expert, Emerging Markets West Brazil.

Professor Jardim graduated in medicine in 1970 at the Escola Paulista de Medicina, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he was later awarded his PhD in medical sciences. He has also completed a 2-year fellowship in respiratory pathophysiology from the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

He is a past-President of the Latin American Thoracic Society (ALAT) and of the Brazilian Association for Asthmatic Patients. He is currently on the Editorial Boards for several Brazilian and International Journals and has published a book on rehabilitation. His main interests are asthma, COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation

He is the Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre at Escola Paulista de Medicina of Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, Professor Jardim has been the Chairman of the Education Department twice and served as Chairman of the COPD Committee three times of the Brazilian Thoracic Society (SBPT).

He has been a member of the Planning Committee of the Rehabilitation Assembly of American Thoracic Society (ATS), and has served at the Nominating Committee of the same Assembly, besides he has served on the Board of Directors of ATS representing the international community.

Prof. Nicola Hanania

Prof. Qutayba Hamid - MD, PhD, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Canada), FRC Path. FRS

Qutayba hamid, M.D., Ph.D, FRCP, FRCPath, James McGill Professor, MUHC Strauss Chair in Respiratory Medicine, McGill University.

Dr. Qutayba Hamid is a Professor of Medicine at McGill University. He is the Director of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories and the Associate Director of McGill University Health Centre Research Institute.

He received his MD from Mosul University, Iraq, his PhD from the University of London, UK, and trained at the University of London in the U.K. He has been a professor at McGill University and the Meakins-Christie Laboratories since 1993.

Dr. Hamid is recognized internationally for his work in research on asthma, COPD, and inflammation.

Dr. Hamid has published over 450 scientific articles in prestigious international journals and has contributed more than 100 chapters and review articles. He is the editor of 2 textbooks for Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and Respiratory Physiology. He has been a visiting professor worldwide at Universities in Japan, USA, Europe, and Saudi Arabia.

He is currently the Co-Editor of the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Allergy and he is the Section Editor for the Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology.

He is a member of many scientific and professional organizations including Royal College of Physicians, London, UK, Royal College of Physicians, Canada, American Thoracic Society, Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the Royal College of Pathologists.

The main area of research interest of Dr. Hamid includes pathogenesis of asthma and COPD, role of cytokines and chemokines in airway inflammation, new therapy in asthma, allergic rhinitis and COPD

Prof. Russel Richard

  1. Consultant Chest Physician 2014, Lymington New Forest Hospital
  2. Senior Clinical Researcher, Nuffield Dept of Medicine, University of Oxford 2015
  3. Clinical Director, West Hampshire Integrated Respiratory Service 2015
  4. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London 2004
  5. Associate Professor of Medicine, American University of the Caribbean 2008
PhD University of London, Imperial College Sept 2003
FRCP(UK) Royal College of Physicians (London) July 2007
MBBS Guys' Hospital Medical School University of London July 1992
BSc(Honours) University of London
Second Class Upper Division in Medical Sociology and Health Politics

Currently I am a researcher based at the Nuffield Department of Medicine in Oxford. I am investigating the role that blood eosinophils play in acute exacerbations of COPD, taking a bench to bedside approach.

Previously, I have managed a portfolio of academic and pharmaceutically driven research in the chest clinic at Windsor. I was the site PI and managed studies in both asthma and COPD. I trained research nurses who have gone on to successful research careers.

Dr. Subha Ghosh

Subha Ghosh is a cardiothoracic radiologist with dual board certifications in Internal Medicine and Radiology. He has over 10 years of experience as an academic radiologist, first as faculty at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH from 2008- 2015 and then as Staff at the Cleveland Clinic from 2015 till date. His medical and subspecialty training were in India and New York. He enjoys the challenge of working with complex imaging cases, teaching radiology residents and fellows, and building collaborations with interdisciplinary colleagues. Dr. Ghosh is a member of educational committees of the Radiological Society of North America and the American Board of Radiology, has published in peer-reviewed acclaimed journals and presented his work nationally and internationally. He was voted the best teacher in Thoracic Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic in 2018 and has just finished coauthoring a textbook on Radiology-Pathology correlation of lung diseases. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management at the Case-Western Reserve University. Outside of work, his passion includes reading, travelling to new places, and spending time at home with his wife and two children.
Prof. Adnan Abul
Dr. Ahmad Al Khabaz

Prof. Ashraf Al Zaabi

Dr. Ashraf Alzaabi is the Head of Respiratory Division at Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 1997 and did his training in Internal medicine and Respirology for six years at the University of Toronto, Canada 2000-2006 where he was board certified in both specialties in Canada and USA.

Since his arrival to UAE he managed to develop a state of the art patient services in the Respiratory Medicine Division at Zayed Hospital and this included establishing the first sleep laboratory in Abu Dhabi and the first endoscopy center performing Endobronchial ultrasound guided biopsy procedures in UAE.

In 2007, he was appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at UAE University.

Ashraf Alzaabi won many distinction awards such as the prestigious Murray Muirhead Award (2001) from the University of Toronto during his residency program. In 2013, He won the Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award in Clinical Performance launched by the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

He was appointed as the Director of Medical Education 2007-2010 at Zayed Military Hospital. During this period, He succeeded to get the recognition of the Arab Board to start the first residency training program at Zayed Hospital in Internal Medicine. He engineered a memorandum agreement between the faculty of Medicine at UAE University and Zayed Hospital. The signing of this agreement recognized Zayed Hospital as a training hospital for the medical students and residents during their undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

In 2010, He finished a two year program at Zayed University doing an Executive Master in Health Care Administration. This helped during his posts at many important administrative positions both at Zayed Military Hospital and at other national organizations. He is a member of the Medical Executive Council (MEC) at Zayed Military Hospital which responsibilities include setting short and long term strategic goals for the institution. He served as the Chair of the Internal Medicine Examination Committee at the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi for the term 2010-2014.

Medical research and academic work has always been of great interest to him. He is an editor at the "CHEST" journal, Middle East edition. He published the first UAE prevalence study on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Respiratory Medicine Journal in 2011. His main interest in research includes Asthma, COPD and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Bassam Mahboub

Program Director for Care Model Innovation, DHA

Consultant Pulmonologist & Head of Pulmonary Medicine, Dubai
Health Authority, UAE
Assistant Dean at the College of Medicine, Sharjah University, UAE
Associate Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Sharjah University
Associate Reserach Fellow At Meakins Respiratory Centre, McGill University, Canada
Head of Emirates Allergy & Respiratory Society
Head of Gulf Thoracic

Dr. Bassam Mahboub is consultant pulmonologist and the head of pulmonary medicine unit and the program director for care model innovation in DHA. He is American Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, and Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from Wolverhampton University.

Dr. Bassam's career goal is health innovation and respiratory care, leadership in academic and clinical sciences. His areas of interest are patient care, clinical teaching, translation research in airway diseases, and health innovation. He is coeditor for Annals of Thoracic Medicine. His publications include TB Current Issues Diagnosis and Management (Editor 2013), Respiratory Disease and Infection: New Insight (Editor 2013), Chapters: "Steroids in Asthma:Friend or Foe" in book "Corticosteroids – New Recognition of our familiar friend" from INTEC PUBLISHER.

Dr. Bassam has received various recognitions for his role as physician, innovation leader, and researcher from Dubai Health Authority.

Dr. Feras Hawari - MD

Feras Hawari, MD is the Chief Cancer Control Officer at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), and the director of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training program (TTS). Dr. Hawari plays a key role in advancing tobacco control as a national priority in Jordan. He received the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids'. 2016 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence. He is active in research on a variety of topics related to tobacco control.

Dr. Hawari established and leads the inpatient and outpatient tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) programs at KHCC and is a lead trainer on TDT in the EMR which received full accreditation from the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP).

Dr. Hawari, is the chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section and director of the Respiratory Unit at KHCC. Dr. Hawari is board certified in internal medicine, clinical pharmacology, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Prior to joining KHCC, Dr. Hawari worked with the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Branch at the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Hisham Abdul Aleem Abdul Sattar Ahmed - MD, ABIM, FCCP

Personal Professional Information

Current Post (s):

  • Senior Consultant Pulmonary/Allergy
  • Managerial:-
    - Chief of pulmonary/ Allergy/and sleep medicine division, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
    -Clinical lead for hamad general hospital outpatient department
  • Academic:-
    - A. professor of medicine Cornell medical college Qatar
    - Senior faculty for chest fellow ship program
    - Regent Officer for the American college of chest physicians
Post-Doctoral Training:
  • Internship, Ain-shams university hospitals, Cairo, Egypt, march 1978-feb.1978
  • Rotating resident, Egypt armed forces, November 1979- march 1982
  • Resident in general medicine, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar, April 1982-1988
  • Resident in neurology, HMC, Doha, Qatar, 1989-1991
  • Registrar medicine clinical attachment, charring cross hospital London, UK July 1991-June 1992
  • Specialist general medicine, HMC 1993-1995
  • Senior specialist pulmonary medicine, HMC medicine department 1995-1998
  • Consultant Pulmonary/allergy, medicine department HMC, 1998
  • Senior consultant pulmonary allergy, HMC, medicine department, 2000 and still

Prof. Mohamed Al Moamary MB BS, ABIM, FRCP(Edin), MBA-LS, FCCP

Prof. Mohamed S. Al-Moamary is the Executive Director, Medical Services, King Abdulaziz Medical City-Central Region, Ministry of National Guard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since October 2015. He is also the Vice President, Development and Quality Management at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences since July 2013. He is practicing as a consultant in Pulmonary Medicine since 1997. He is the founder of the first national pulmonary rehabilitation program on 2000. His areas of interest are airway diseases; namely Asthma and COPD. He has Published more than 60 papers in the areas of airway diseases, education and leadership in respectable peer reviewed journals. Prof. Al-Moamary is a member of the Administrative Board of the Saudi Thoracic Society where he has various contributions in the field of Pulmonary Medicine. He also the founding Chairman and primary author of the Saudi Initiative for Asthma (SINA), the national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. He is also a founding Editor-in Chief of the Annals of Thoracic Medicine from 2006 till date.

Prof. Al-Moamary is a graduate from College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh on 1989. On 1994, he was awarded Arab Board in Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK (MRCP-UK). On 1996, he completed a Fellowship in Respiratory Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The American College of Chest Physician elected him as a Fellow (FCCP) on 1999. The Royal Colleges of Physician of Edinburgh has also elected him as a fellow (FRCP-Edin) on 2007. He awarded a Master of Business Administration in Leadership and sustainability (MBA-LS) from the University of Cumbria, UK on 2014 where his thesis was about authentic leadership in academia.

Dr. Mohamed Al Shamari

Prof. Mohamed S. Al-Hajjaj MD, FRCP (C)

Vice-President, Saudi Thoracic Society
Clinical Sciences Department
College of Medicine,
University of Sharjah,
Professor and Senior Consultant Pulmonary Medicine

Prof. Al-Hajjaj graduated from King Saud University Medical College in 1981 and obtained The American board of Internal Medicine in 1986, Certificate of “Fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada” (FRCP (C) in 1987 and the “American Board of Respiratory Diseases” in 1988. He has been a Professor of Medicine and Pulmonology since 2002. His research interest is in the field of bronchial asthma and COPD. Professor Al-Hajjaj has published more than 80 research papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. Currently he is the chair of the clinical sciences Department at the College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE, and the was president of the Saudi Thoracic Society (2003-2018)

Prof. Mohammed Al Ghobain

Dr. Mohammed Al Ghobain is currently a Professor at the College of Medicine, KSAU-HS and a Consultant Pulmonologist at King Abdulaziz Medical City, MNGHA. He is also an Associate Editor at Annals of Thoracic Medicine and he is the Vice President of the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee (SAADC). His field of interest includes Asthma, COPD and Epidemiology of Respiratory diseases. He has also taken part in over 50 research publications in the field and has given more than 80 presentations and lectures at different scientific meetings and medical conferences locally and globally. Dr. Al Ghobain received his MD degree from King Saud University, Faculty of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and where he received his internship from the same university. He later pursued his Respiratory Clinical Fellowship from the Department of Medicine of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Moreover, he has European Diploma in Adult Respiratory Medicine (HERMES), Master degree in epidemiology and medical statistics and Diploma degree in epidemiology and medical statistics, Liverpool University, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the former ACCP international regent for Saudi Arabia. Editorial Board member and reviewer for many scientific medical journals, member of Saudi Thoracic Society and founder member of Saudi initiative for asthma (SINA) group.

Dr. Mona Al Ahmad

Prof. Mousa Khadadah

  • B.M., B.Ch. (with distinction)
    Faculty of medicine, Kuwait University. June 1983.
  • MRCP (UK)Glasgow, February 1990.
  • FRCP (Glasgow) 2002
  • FRCP (London) 2005
  • FRCP (Ireland) 2006
  • Postgraduate certificate in medical education. Dundee (UK) 2005
  • Board Of Medicine (KIMS)
    KIMS (Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization) - April 1992.
  • Fellowship in Respiratory Medicine - McGill University, Montreal - Canada, 1994

Professor Mousa Khadadah studied and graduated from the Medical School in Kuwait University in 1983. Did my MRCP in Glasgow (UK). Then did a 2 years fellowship of Respiratory Medicine in McGill University in Montreal. Since 1996 I joined the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine and was very much interested in research and Medical education for both undergraduates and postgraduates. I have served as a member of the Faculty of Medicine in KIMS and as a member of the accreditation committee in KIMS as well. Also I was the program director of the KIMS board of medicine from 1999 to 2004. My main clinical interest is COPD and Interstitial Lung diseases, especially IPF. We Have established the first IPF Registry in Kuwait and the first MDT clinic for IPF. I have published more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Shadha Al Raisi MBBS, Bch, BaO, Bch Bi Med Sci (UCC-Ireland)

Dr. Shadha S. Al-Raisi, MBBS, Bch, BaO, Bch Bi Med Sci (UCC-Ireland)
MSc PH (Management of Health Services- LSHTM)
Director of Non Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health

Educational and Professional Experience

I am the Director of Non Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of Health, Oman. I am responsible for overseeing services related to the prevention, control and surveillance of Non Communicable diseases (NCD).

The department has four sections which include sections for NCD Control, Mental Health, Disability and NCD surveillance.

My previous work include being responsible of the Chronic Respiratory Disease Program in the Department of NCD. I was directly involved in assisting the governorates in establishing asthma clinics in Primary Health Care and equipping these clinics with all essential medications and equipment. During my work as the National Coordinator of the Chronic Respiratory Disease Program, I had developed the asthma clinic policies and procedures and worked alongside the Oman Respiratory Society and Royal Hospital in training primary health care workers on the management of asthma and COPD in PHC as well as the use of spirometry. I continue to oversee the work of this program as the director of the department.

I am also the rapporteur of the National Committees to improve Renal and Respiratory Services and the rapporteur representing MOH in the Joint Committee between MOH, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital and Oman Medical specialty Board.

I graduated from the Republic of Ireland, having received my degrees in Medicine and Bio Medical Sciences from University College of Cork. I have also spent time working as an Intern in Tralee General Hospital and Bon Secours Private Hospital in Ireland. I obtained my Master’s degree in Public Health from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with a focus on Non communicable diseases and Management of Health Services.

Dr. Alia Ibrahim
Dr. Amaal Al Yahia

Head of Healthy Cities Office
Rapporteur of the National Program To Combat Smoking

Dr. Dherar Shehab
Dr. Nasser Al Busaidi
Prof. Omar Al Rawas
Dr. Reem Al Saif

Head of Diagnostic Imaging Department, Chest Disease Hospital

Dr. Reyadh Al Helailah

Dr. Reyadh Salman MD, FCCP

  • Consultant Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Ibn Nafees Hospital (Bahrain)
  • Chairman Internal Medicine Department at Ibn Nafees Hospital (Bahrain)
  • Chairman of Intensive Care Unit at Ibn Nafees Hospital (Bahrain)
  • Director of Sleep Laboratory at Ibn Nafees Hospital (Bahrain)
  • Senior Lecturer at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Bahrain)
  • Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) Program (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Member of American College of Chest Physician
  • Member of American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Member of American Association of Bronchology
  • Fellowship Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Miami, Florida, USA
  • Interventional Pulmonology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Arab Board Internal Medicine
Dr. Saleh Al Mutairi