Emirates Congress on Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Dr Max Mazen Sawaf
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Dr Mazen Sawaf, better known as Dr Max, is the CEO and founder of the Novomed brand, which he brought to the UAE from Beverly Hills, USA. It is headquartered in Dubai, and there are Novomed centers across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, including Integrative Medicine, Aesthetica, Allergy & Asthma, BrainMax, Rehab Hospital, Surgical Hospital and Home Care.

Prior to founding Novomed, Dr Max was the original founder of Emirates Hospital and CosmeSurge, two well-known medical facilities in the UAE, which he later sold.

With his new venture Novomed, his mission is to offer the UAE the best technology and best service, but above all, doctors who give honest advice.
Dr. Hafeel Ambalath
Ayurvedic Physician, CEO
The Healers' Clinic Dubai

Dr Ambalath is a fourth generation Ayurvedic physician who, in addition to formal qualifications and extensive clinical experience, carries with him an extremely valuable family legacy – a unique experiential and accumulated knowledge on Ayurveda, passed down over generations. A visionary and researcher in the field of integrative care, has spent his last two decades of professional life in bridging sciences in health care.

Dr. Haiman Hammad El-Nahal
Complementary Medicine and Cupping Therapy Specialist
Sharjah International Holistic Health Centre, Sharjah

Dr. Haiman is the General Manager of the Sharjah International Holistic Health Centre where he is actively involved in all phases of setting up a private health facility and oversight for hiring, setting up inventory procedures and financial systems. He is an ambassador of World Organization of Natural Medicine (WONM) and International Social Action Foundation (FASI). He is a preparer and presenter on Medicine and Life Programme-aired on Quran Kareem Radio Station, Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Heather Eade
Naturopathic Physician

Dr Heather Eade is a Canadian board-certified Naturopathic Physician and Integrative Medicine Specialist. She graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC, Canada, which is one of only nine CNME-approved medical schools in North America. An active member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, the British Columbia Naturopathic Association, and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, Dr Heather has additional certifications in acupuncture and IV/chelation therapy. She was a regular guest on Eye on Health on Dubai Eye 103.8 and a regular speaker at international medical conferences focusing on wellness-based healthcare and Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Kamal Saad
Certified Yoga Instructor
Dr. Mark Janowski
Internal Medicine Specialist
Novomed Integrative Medicine

Dr Mark Janowski (MD, USA) is specialist Internal Medicine Doctor in Dubai. He completed his medical training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC in 2001. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he focuses on the diagnosis and management of hypertension, weight and diabetes, hormone disorders, gastrointestinal issues, cardiac issues, depression and anxiety.

He is also experienced in bio-identical hormone replacementfor men and women, and in conducting comprehensive medical check-ups to detect and reverse early heart disease and diabetes, as well as to reduce stroke risk.
Dr. Nabeel Zane
Consultant in Internal Medicine
Emirates Hospital Clinics

Dr. Nabeel Zane is an American Board Certified in Internal medicine and a consultant in Internal Medicine with a vast clinical experience in all fields of Internal Medicine. He has full Internal Medicine Residency Training at Hahnemann University Hospitals in Pennsylvania and postgraduate Training (2 years) in Chronic Diseases, Rehabilitation, neurologic disease and Geriatrics at Boston and Harvard Universities Hospitals in Boston. His vast clinical experience, mostly in the USA (office, hospital, rehab hospital and nursing home based)

Dr. Zane was elected as Vice Chairman then Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Florida. Consultant in Internal Medicine and Head of Dept of Medicine at AL-Iman General Hospital in Riyadh, KSA and an active member of numerous committees in USA, Saudi Arabia and at Emirates Hospital. he joined Emirates Hospital and Clinics last August 2014 and manages patients who manifest medical symptoms, such as fatigue, weakness, weight loss, nutrition problems (vit D & B12 deficiency), high or low blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest whistling (wheezing), allergies, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, urine problem, kidney stones, fevers, rashes, itching, different infections, headache or other pains (throat, chest, abdomen, neck, back, arm/leg, joints, muscles), diabetes, thyroid disease, anemias and other blood diseases, numbness, dizziness, fainting, seizures (fits), sleep problem, memory problem, depression, anxiety, life events.

Dr. Zane special expertise are handling complex, intricate and confusing medical problems, holistic medical care, in coordination with subspecialists in Internal Medicine and Surgery, peri-operative (pre- and post-) medical care, patients on multiple medications and those with side effects, infectious and travel related diseases, neurologic, Psychologic and Psychiatric problems, teen age problems and diseases of the old (Geriatrics)

Dr. Nigel Umar Beejay
Consultant Physician Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist
Kings College Clinics Abu Dhabi

Dr. Nigel Beejay is a Consultant Physician in General Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy with over 15 years experience in healthcare in the UK and USA and over 9 yrs in the UAE.

Dr. Beejay is a world expert in video capsule endoscopy and has written articles and books in this subject. Dr. Beejay also has considerable expertise Upper and Lower endoscopy, Heartburn and acid related diseases, Obesity management with intragastric balloons and medications, Functional bowel diseases (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating, food intolerances, constipation), Fatty Liver Disease, Celiac and Food sensitivities, Cancer screening, and Barrett’s esophagus.

Dr. Beejay is a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology (CAG), and British Medical Association
Dr. Riaz Akseer
Division Chair/ Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Division
Higher Colleges of Technology

Dr. Riaz Akseer is an MD-PhD, he is currently working as a Division Chair and Professor of Health Science in Abu Dhabi Women’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology. He is also an adjunct Professor at Health Sciences Department, Brock University St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Akseer’s research is focused on patient centeredness and evidence based medicine. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Akseer also has several years of clinical and healthcare management experiences in national and international levels.

Dr. Sarang Bani
Senior Advisor, Biological R&D
Sami Labs Limited, Banglore

Dr. Sarang Bani has 36 years of research experience in the field of Experimental Pharmacology, Inflammation and allied disorders, metabolic disorders, cosmeceuticals and toxicology. He has spent a huge part of his career in establishing approaches to preclinical evaluation of botanicals at Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu ( CSIR, Government of India ). His core work area is applied immune-modulatory studies in connection with various metabolic & life-style disorders, by immunophenotyping and modulation of cytokine balance as a therapeutic strategy.

He has authored 150 peer -reviewed National and International publications on plant products/molecules in various areas of molecular pharmacology especially anti–inflammatory, anti- arthritic, neurodegenerative and immune-modulatory activity evaluation. He has been a part of 80+ patents and has co-authored books, monographs and reviews. He has given 60 presentations in National and International Symposiums and Conferences. He has been invited by University of Mississippi , Columbia University New York and Colgate Palmolive New Jersey ( United States) to share an insight on “Alternative Medicines ”. He has been a Guide to 5 students for pursuing their PhD, 2 for MD and more than 35 students for their dissertation thesis in biotechnology, pharmacology, medicine, microbiology etc. He is also a visiting Professor for the Department of Pharmacology, Sri Acharya & BM Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bangalore. . He is also an Editorial Board Member of many reputed international journals, is a person who ardently gets absorbed in Science and his scientific credentials can be accessed online on ” www.researchgate.net”.
Dr. Steven R Josephs
Acupuncture & traditional chinese medicine
Zia Medical Center

Dr. Steven graduated from the Michener Institute of Health Sciences in Toronto, Canada, after completing an intensive four-year Honours Degree in Acupuncture. With this education, he not only received training in therapeutic acupuncture, but also received training in Chinese herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostics, while also learning the foundations of Western pharmacology and pathophysiology.

Dr. Steven’s ability to unveil the perceived mystique that often shrouds this ancient system of medicine makes it more accessible and understandable to Western patients. He has worked alongside a wide range of medical practitioners, and often takes on the role of patient advocate in order to assist his patients navigate the medical system on their journey to wellness.

He has extensive experience in providing complementary treatment to women undergoing IVF therapy as well as treating various digestive disorders (including irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and chronic constipation). The range of his practice also extends to the treatment of sports injuries, and the treatment of anxiety, stress and depression. Steven respects the inextricable link between the mind, body and spirit.

Dr. V.K. Seethalakshmi
Homoeopathic Practitioner
UniCare Medical Centre, Dubai

Dr.seethalakshmi, homeopathic practitioner in uniCare medical centre , Dubai comes from a family of homeopaths and brings with her over 19 years of clinical experience after completing her graduation from Father Muller’s Homoeopathic College and Hospital in Mangalore, India. She had a successful practice in Bangalore, India, before she moved to Dubai in 2005 and has been practicing here since.

She specializes in pediatric ailments, respiratory and skin disorders, chronic illnesses, stress related problems and behavioral & habit forming disorders. She is a member of Indian homeopathic medical association and actively participates in activities related to public awareness of homeopathy. She has presented papers in international conferences.

Dr.Anjali Pandey
Senior Scientist and Project Head, Biological R&D
Sami Labs Limited, Banglore

12 years of research experience in the field of Molecular pharmacology to evaluate immune mediated mechanism of action of lead molecules in arthritis, stress (adaptogen), hepatoprotection, neurodegenerative disorders, obesity and other metabolic disorders. Worked on Immunophenotyping of T and B cell surface markers, co-stimulatory markers and T cells mediated cytokine ( Th1 and Th2 ) generation. Carried out research work on evaluation of natural products for skin care and hair care focusing mainly on anti-ageing, UV protection, hair fall control etc. Worked on limited Clinical trials for pulmonary tuberculosis by augmenting disease induced depleted Th1 immunity causing increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines. Published 26 International publications on plant products/ molecules in various areas of molecular pharmacology especially anti–inflammatory, anti- arthritic, neurodegenerative and immune-modulatory activity and has been a part of 40+ patents. Presented 20 + papers at national and international scientific meetings and conferences.