Professor and Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar
In addition to the new and innovative model of undergraduate medical education at WCM-Q, Dean Sheikh has also built the first Academic Center for Translational and Clinical Research, where the collaborative work of clinicians and scientists is focused on the unique populations of the MENA region. These programs are transforming healthcare and the biomedical sciences in Qatar and the region. Under his leadership, WCM-Q has attracted a critical mass of world-class educators, biomedical scientists, medical and public health specialists who are actively fulfilling Qatar's national vision of transforming itself from a petrochemical to a knowledge-based economy with the impact of improving the lives of its citizens.
To support the ongoing professional development of healthcare practitioners Dean Sheikh established a Division of Continuing Professional Development at WCM-Q that is currently recognized by Qatar's Supreme Council of Health as a major provider of continuing education for all practicing physicians, nurses and allied healthcare providers. Additionally, he founded and co-edits a new academic journal, Innovations in Global Medical and Health Education, dedicated to providing an accessible international platform for profiling, discussing and debating innovations in the rapidly growing field of global medical and health education.
During his tenure at WCM-Q, Dean Sheikh has led the conceptualization and implementation of comprehensive programs to advance health promotion and disease prevention for the general population of Qatar by cultivating healthy behaviors in school age children, and by designing and conducting population-based, longitudinal studies to assess the efficacy of these interventions.
In recognition of his leadership role in education and public health policy making, Dean Sheikh has been asked to serve on a number of national health policy committees including his role as Co-Chair of the Joint Steering Committee of Qatar's Academic Health System and as a member of the Qatar Council on Health Practitioners Board of the Supreme Council of Health as well as the Executive Committee of the Sidra Medical and Research Center.
Prior to joining WCM-Q in 2007, Dean Sheikh built a distinguished career as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean and Chief of the Medical Staff and Chairman of the Board of the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education at the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System in California. At Stanford, Dr. Sheikh published the first studies exploring the impact of aging and sleep patterns on anxiety disorders. His work was funded both by the NIH and private sources and resulted in more than 140 publications and 100 abstracts in peer reviewed scientific journals.