3rd Abu Dhabi Geriatric and Senior Citizen Conference


Dr. Abdulla Saeed Esmaeel S. J. AAl Ali
Consultant Geriatrician
Zayed Military Hospital

Dr. Abdulla is a UAE national who works as a Consultant Geriatrician in Zayed Military Hospital. He is also the Co-Director of the Arab Board Internal Medicine Residency Program of the facility. His goal is to introduce the correct concept of Geriatric Medicine specialty to the different health care workers and stakeholders. He wants to improve the care of elderly population in UAE in order to keep them functioning in their community. He is also aiming to establish different services in the hospitals and community aiming to provide comprehensive care for UAE elderly.  He was member in the committee responsible for putting national guidelines for the home care in July 2014.

Dr. Hanan Sheikh Ibrahim 
Consultant Geriatrician 
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Dr Ibrahim is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. She is the Academic lead for the Department of Medicine and a Consultant Physician at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Dr. Hanan serves as Quality Officer for the medical Subspecialty institute.Dr. Ibrahim is American Board Certified Geriatrician and Internist; she is also Board Certified Pulmonologist. She was trained at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in the US under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Palmer, concept originator of the Acute Care of Elderly (ACE) unit, which is now an internationally recognized model of hospital care for geriatric patients. She is a pioneer in the field of geriatric care in the UAE, having implemented the first Mobile Acute Care of Elderly (MACE) program of its kind in the region. 

Dr. Ibrahim completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. She completed her Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio She received her MD from Damascus University, Syria

Dr. Salwa Abdulla Alsuwaidi
Consultant Geriatrics - Director Family Gathering
Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

Dr. Salwa Alsuwaidi, a graduate of UAEUniversity in 1997. Started her career in Dubai Health Authority (DHA) since 1999 to specialize in Internal Medicine. Currently holds MRCP (UK) and PhD Arab Board of Internal Medicine as well as a Post Graduate Diploma of Gerontology & Geriatrics from the University of Malta. She was the first Emirati Geriatrician in DHA and had a great role in establishing the first geriatric unit in Rashid Hospital in Dubai in 2007. In addition, she was a pioneer in establishing the firstDubairehabilitation centre for the elderly, taking care of all the responsibilities related to it as a Project Manager. Currently she is the Director of the Family Gathering center; that is a nursing home for the inpatients, and a day care centre for the out patients. Dr. Salwa was a member of many committees at DHA and had chaired some of them. Has excellent experience caring for elderly both at the acute hospital settings as well as at long stay facilities. An active member; attended many courses and conferences, and was a speaker in many of them, and represented DHA in many international conferences. 

She had joined the Middle East Academy for the Medicine of Ageing (MEAMA) as a board member after completing 4 sessions in 2012. Dr. Salwa was a winner of the Emirates Women Award in 2012 for the category of Financial & Strategic Planning. She was a winner of Shamsa Bint Suhail Award for creative women in 2013. She was shortlisted for the final stage of Dubai Government Excellency Program in 2014 for the category of Distinguished Female Employee. Moreover, she received Medal Pride of UAE in 2014 as part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Excellence in Government Performance.


Khalid Alnaqbi, MD, MSc, CCD, FRCPC, FACP, FACR
Consultant & Head of Rheumatology
Al Ain Hospital, UAE                                                                                                                        Vice President of Emirates Society for Rheumatology

Dr. Khalid Alnaqbi is a Consultant and Head of Rheumatology and Immunology, at Al Ain hospital, UAE. He graduated from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University. He completed his post-graduate residency training at the University of Toronto in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and then undertook a fellowship at the Spondyloarthritis Program. He holds multiple board certifications in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology (American Board of Internal Medicine, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, RCPSC).

Dr. Alnaqbi pursued his academic interests by completing the Clinician Investigator Program with a thesis-based Master of Science (MSc). The thesis was on development of a new instrument to detect spondyloarthritis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He has published in peer-reviewed journals. He is a journal reviewer in prestigious journals. He wrote a book chapter on (Diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis) in a book (Advances in the Management of Ankylosing Spondylitis).
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR), and a Fellow of the RCPSC (FRCPC). He is a member in the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis international Society (ASAS), and the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA). He has been a speaker in numerous national and international meetings.
Dr. Alnaqbi established 4 specialized clinics in Al Ain hospital: Early Arthritis Clinic, Connective Tissue Disease Clinic, Spondyloarthritis Clinic (the first in the Gulf), and Rheumatology Nurse Clinic in addition to the General Rheumatology Clinics.
He currently also acts as the Vice President of Emirates Society for Rheumatology, Rheumatology Program Leader in Al Ain hospital for Clinical Care Programs (CCPC) which received the first accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI) outside the USA, examiner for the Arab Board of Internal Medicine, and faculty of the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residency programs in Al Ain. 


Shikha Khammas
Registered Nurse
Ministry of Interior

Sheikha Ahmed, born in Ras Alkhaima, UAE, in 1984. Received the Bachelor degree in Health science Nursing from the University of Sharjah, had many training and specialized courses in Quality &safety, currently registered for Master in Hospital Management in Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.

In 2006, joined Ibrahim bin Hamad Obaid Allah hospital, worked in many different department major years of experience was in CCU, as critical care nurse skills and knowledge expanded to be the Head of department on 2012 after that was holding the roles and responsibilities of outpatient unite manager.
Was trained well in MOHAP Quality department to gain the JCIA for the hospital on 2015. Worked in two years from Nursing Quality to Quality manager till med of 2017 then resigned, at that time presented the hospital in the patient safety conference for fall management project. On 2017 joined the Medical services for RAK police, holding the task and responsibilities for nursing and quality. Currently formulating and updating the needed policies and procedure to improve the outcome and increase the job productivity.