Intersection of Law and Medicine Series

The Intersection of Islam & Biomedical Ethics: A Guide for Healthcare Practitioners


This program was developed as a collaboration between Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q)  the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). 

The two-day course on ‘The Intersection of Islam and Biomedical Ethics: A Guide for Healthcare Practitioners’ will first examine the theoretical aspects of secular modern bioethics alongside of Islamic ethics to examine the key concepts and approaches in the context of biomedical research and clinical practice in Qatar. The course will consider the practical and applied aspects of these topics in health practitioners' day to day work. Besides the various presentations on Islamic Bioethics, other presentations will be provided by healthcare practitioners, ethicists, lawyers, and policy makers in areas of milk banks, assisted reproductive technologies, genetics and genomics, amongst other issues that are pertinent to Qatar.

Course Directors

Dr. Mohammed Ghaly
Professor of Islam & Biomedical Ethics
Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE)
College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar 

Dr. Sunanda Holmes
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer & Associate University Counsel
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Scientific Planning Committee

Dr. Thurayya Arayssi
Associate Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Dr. Robert Crone
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Vice Dean for Clinical & Faculty Affairs
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Mr. Ahmed Salah Elmasoudi

Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist
Hamad Medical Corporation

Mr. Clinton Hermes

General Counsel
Sidra Medicine

Dr. Kieran O Sullivan
Lead Physiotherapist at the Sports Spine Centre

Ms. Daniela Radu
Regulatory Affairs and Research Integrity Officer 
Qatar Foundation

Dr. Rabindranath Sivam 
Clinical Director & Senior Consultant Orthodontist
Future Dental Centre

Ms. Ai Tanimizu
Clinical Nurse Coordinator- Breast Surgery
Princess Margaret Hospital
Ontario, Canada


Ms. Muneera AlNaimi
Legal Researcher 
Hamad Medical Corporation 

Identified Practice Gaps/Needs

Healthcare professionals in Qatar are frequently treating patients with Islamic background.  Therefore, they need the first-hand knowledge of how to assess their religious beliefs and convictions impacting their clinical & research decisions making and how the HCP should address those.

This problem exists because in the traditional medical education there is hardly any attention given to relevant Islamic Bioethical perspectives

Target Audience

This course is designed for Physicians, Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals & Lawyers

Overall Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of bioethical positions within the Islamic tradition
  • Demonstrate an understanding of secular bioethical perspectives
  • Discuss how Islamic and bioethical perspectives may be applied in the context of clinical practice



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