Dean's Message

A message from Dean Javaid I. Sheikh


Never before in the history of medicine have such a multitude of scientific, technological, and demographic factors converged to revolutionize the whole approach to human health. Big data, combined with stem cell-based discoveries and the “omics” revolution, are spawning the era of “precision medicine”. Meanwhile population health-based approaches and programs designed to empower patients in their own healthcare, are finally delivering on the promise of preventive medicine. In essence, this is a truly exceptional time for the study of medicine.

These advancements also bring challenging new demands for today’s physicians. Not only must they be skilled in the art of healing, now they must also be impassioned pioneers in translational research as well as inspired innovators in the advancement of patient-centered healthcare systems.

Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar’s (WCM-Q) mission is to prepare its students to excel in each of these arenas. All our efforts are focused on delivering a world-class education, strongly enhanced by hands on research experience in our own laboratories and clinical training within prestigious institutions in Qatar and the US.

Our exceptional and diverse faculty are united in their commitment to the dissemination of knowledge. Their delivery of a challenging and exciting US curriculum is supported by technology that enables our students in Qatar to interact with their peers and other world-class faculty at Weill Cornell New York.

Our internationally renowned researchers are driven to discover. Embracing a comprehensive ‘bench to bedside to community’ philosophy, our biomedical research program spans basic, translational, clinical and public health arenas. Groundbreaking discoveries made in WCM-Q’s state-of-the-art research laboratories are advancing the understanding and treatment of devastating diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, cancer and diabetes. Collaborative links with research centers of excellence across the globe provide our students with the opportunity to shape the progress of biomedical science well beyond Qatar’s borders.

Our affiliation with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Qatar affords our students a unique clinical learning experience. HMC is the nation’s foremost healthcare provider, treating Qatari citizens and expatriates from all around the world. With this unique exposure to an incredible diversity of patients, our graduates emerge fully prepared to practice medicine in this increasingly global society.

With the impending opening of inpatient programs at Sidra Medicine, our students will have the additional opportunity to learn from the best at a Center of Excellence for women and children’s health.

WCM-Q is blazing the trail in global medical and health education. We are preparing the healthcare leaders of tomorrow - excellent clinicians and outstanding physician-scientists who will undoubtedly contribute to the advancement of science and medicine across the globe.