Promotions Academic Year 2019-2020

WCM-Q faculty



Ali A. Sultan, MD, PhD, joined WCM-Q in 2004. He was promoted to Professor of Teaching in Microbiology and Immunology in February 2020 in recognition of his sustained contributions to medical education. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, has contributed extensively to developing and improving our basic science curriculum, and has played an important role, as a faculty and a leader, in the implementation of the new medical education curriculum. In addition to his remarkable record of service to the educational mission, Dr. Sultan has maintained an active research program, focused primarily on malaria, antibiotic resistance and human microbiome. His work has been published in major journals such as Cell and Nature. Dr. Sultan holds an MD from the University of Khartoum, Sudan and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK.



Alice Abdel AleemMBBCh, MD,  joined WCM-Q in 2010. She was promoted to Associate Professor of Research in Neurology and to Associate Professor of Research in Neuroscience in June 2020 in recognition of her strong regional reputation as an expert who is highly regarded in the field of human genetics and neurogenetics. Her research has contributed to new knowledge that has advanced the primary prevention, diagnostics, and management of several types of neurogenetic disease. She has published in renowned journals in the fields of clinical and molecular genetics, such as Human GeneticsNeurologyNature GeneticsAnnals of Neurology, and Clinical Genetics. Dr. Abdel Aleem holds an MBBCh from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, an MSc in Human Genetics from the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Human Genetics from a joint program between Ain Shams University and the Human Genetics Institute, Medical School Hannover, Germany.



Joel A. Malek, PhD, joined WCM-Q in 2008. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine (Investigation) in April 2020 in recognition of his regional and international reputation as a researcher and his substantial contributions to genetic medicine. He has published his work in highly regarded journals in genetic medicine and plant genomics, including Nature Communications, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Translational Medicine, PLoS Genetics, BMC Genomics, and BMC Cancer. His most significant scholarly accomplishment is his innovative genomic research on date palm sex chromosomes. He is, without doubt, the world leader in date palm molecular genetics, a field of research that is culturally relevant to the State of Qatar and the Middle East. Dr. Malek holds an MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, USA and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology - Oncology from the University of Paris XI, France.



Affiliated Faculty 



Abdullatif Mohamed AlkhalMBBChreceived his WCMC faculty appointment in 2007 and was promoted to Adjunct Professor of Clinical Medicine in February 2020 in recognition of his strong national and international reputation as a clinician as well as his important contributions to WCM-Q. He has been the Head of Infectious Diseases Division at HMC since 1998 and the Lead of the Communicable Disease Center. He is the National TB Program Manager and the Director of the Clinical AIDS Program. As Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Medical Education/DIO, he notably led HMC’s achievement of ACGME-I accreditation, and in 2018, received ACGME’s Physician International Award in recognition to his outstanding contributions to improving the quality of graduate medical education in Qatar. Dr. Al Khal also serves as WCM-Q Associate Dean for Health Professions Education at HMC and has an advisory role to several public health programs under the umbrella of Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health. Dr. Al Khal holds an MBBCh from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, USA, followed by completion of a two-year fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut.



Noora Mohammed A. A. Al-Hammadi, MD, received her WCMC faculty appointment in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology in November 2019 in recognition of her regional reputation in her field and of the critical role she plays in advancing cancer care in the region. She is the Chairperson of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Deputy Medical Director for Administrative Support Services at the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research, HMC. She has a subspecialty interest in breast radiation oncology with a secondary interest in palliative radiotherapy. She has led multiple major initiatives to advance the treatment of cancer in Qatar and has taken increased institutional leadership roles involving the strategic development, planning, and roll-out of programs designed to improve cancer services at HMC. She holds an MD from the Arabian Gulf University College of Medicine and Medical Sciences in Bahrain and trained in Radiation Oncology at the University Clinics of Heidelberg in Germany.



Nidal Ahmed AsaadMBBS, received his WCMC faculty appointment in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in February 2020 in recognition of his scholarship and his contributions to improving clinical care in Qatar and the region. He was the Chairman of the Cardiology Department at Qatar Heart Hospital, HMC until April 2020 and is currently the Medical Director and Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology Section. His research interests include clinical electrophysiology, heart failure, preventive cardiology, and epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases in the Gulf region. He is on the steering Committee of the Gulf Survey of Atrial Fibrillation Events (Gulf SAFE), is currently the Secretary General of the Gulf Heart Rhythm Society, a member of the Scientific Committee of the Arab Board of Examiners in Cardiology, and a member of many other key regional committees. He has published in leading journals and chaired and lectured at several regional and international conferences. He received his MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, India and trained in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Toronto General Hospital and at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in Canada.



Ibrahim Mohamed Fawzy Hassan, MD, received his WCMC faculty appointment in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Genetic Medicine in March 2020. He has received international recognition for establishing a severe respiratory failure Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program in Qatar, which has contributed to improving clinical care in Qatar and the region.He is the Director of the Corporate Critical Care Center, the Deputy Medical Director of the Ambulance Service, and the Program Director of the Severe Respiratory Failure Service – ECMO at HMC. He has been invited to speak at international conferences and is actively involved in multiple professional organizations, including the American College of Chest Physicians, the European Resuscitation Council, the Pan Arab Society for Emergency Medicine, and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, an organization that provides health care solutions to the poor population across the world through research, training, and technical assistance. Dr. Hassan received his MD from Bogomolets National Medical University, Kiev, Ukraine and trained in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where he also completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.



Aisha Larem, MD, received her WCMC faculty appointment in 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology in June 2020 in recognition of her achievements as a clinician-educator with an excellent regional reputation. She contributed to transforming the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryDepartment (ORL-HNS) at HMC to meet international standards, including initiating the Tracheostomy Clinic. She is an expert Otologist who performs complex surgeries and has a regional referral practice for patients with complicated hearing loss. She is the Associate Director of the residency program and the Director of the Fellowship program. She played a key role in the Department in achieving the ACGME-I accreditation for its residency program and is the organizer, leader, and driving force behind the annual regional review course in Otolaryngology, which is attended by many physicians and residents from different countries in the Gulf region.        Dr. Larem holds an MD from the Arabian Gulf University and completed her residency and fellowship training at  HMC.  She also obtained an MSc in Health Care Management and Leadership from the  Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 



Kulsoom JunejoMBBSreceived her WCMC faculty appointment in 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery in October 2019. She is a Consultant Breast Surgeon, a core member of Breast Multidisciplinary team, and Associate Director Breast Fellowship Program at HMC. She was the first female Consultant Breast Surgeon to join HMC. She is very enthusiastic in promoting breast cancer awareness locally and regionally and has delivered lectures to general practitioners as well as to the community. She is also very active in teaching and supervising our medical students, who frequently commended her teaching abilities and her dedication. She earned her MBBS from the Sind Medical College of Karachi University, Pakistan, trained in general surgery and specialized in breast surgery in the UK. 



Suruchi MohanMBBSreceived her WCMC faculty appointment in 2018 and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology in January 2020. An experienced Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Sidra Medicine, she takes a keen interest in the care of women in pregnancy and delivery. Working in collaboration with nursing and midwifery education, she supports the delivery of education to the clinical teams to maintain a high quality of clinical care for women. She also actively contributes to the teaching of our medical students. She received her MBBS and Master of Surgery in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, India and earned a Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.



Nagham Dhiaa SadikMBChBreceived her WCMC faculty appointment in 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in December 2019. She is a Senior Consultant in Internal Medicine at HMC, managing patients in its Acute Medical Assessment Unit. In addition to her contributions to daily admissions, inpatients’ management, and outpatient clinics, she has taken active role in various aspects of service delivery, organizational committees, and development over the years. She is passionate about teaching, and for more than 10 years, she has contributed to teaching of WCM-Q medical students, providing bedside teaching and serving as a preceptor for several medical education courses. She has been recognized for her contributions to WCM-Q Medical Education program as well as to HMC’s internal medicine residency program.      Dr. Sadik received her MBChB from the University of Baghdad, Iraq and trained in Internal Medicine also in Iraq.  



Khaleel Mohammad Khaleel SalamehMBChB, received his WCMC faculty appointment in 2012 and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in February 2020. He is a Senior Consultant in NICU and the Chairman of Pediatrics at Al Wakra Hospital, HMC. Under his leadership, the Department has advanced the health of infants and children through innovative medical care, research, training, advocacy, and education. He is also leading the Department to deliver safe, patient and family centered care. Dr. Salameh is as a neonatologist, who displays a unique passion in his teaching and has been instrumental in having medical WCM-Q students rotating at four clinical sites in Al Wakra Hospital (inpatient, nursery, clinics, and ER). He received an MBChB from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and trained in Pediatrics in Jordan and Qatar.