Stella C. Major, MBBS

Stella C. Major
Associate Professor of Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine 
Consultant Family Medicine, PHCC

 +974 4492 8342 


Charing Cross and Westminster Hospital Medical School, London, England, 1990

Northwick Park Hospital, 1991-1994


Dr. Stella C. Major joined Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar in September 2013. She received her MBBS in 1990 from Charing Cross and Westminster Hospital Medicine School, currently Imperial College London. She specialized in general practice at the Northwick Park Hospital and in 1995 obtained her membership of the Royal College of General Practice (MRCGP), London. Between 1995-2006, she served as a faculty member in the ranks of instructor to associate professor, at the department of family medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in Lebanon. From 2006-2008, she served as a senior teaching fellow in the department of primary care and social medicine, at Imperial College (IC) and from 2009-2013, was associate professor in the department of family medicine and the clinical skills center at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in the UAE. Past administrative roles include clerkship coordinator, deputy director of primary care education and director of the clinical skills course and center.

Since 2008, she remains an honorary senior lecturer at the department of primary care and social medicine, at Imperial College London and is an external examiner for the MRCGP International CSA (clinical skills assessment) licensing examination in various GCC countries. Since 2003, she is a fellow of the higher education academy, UK and in 2011, was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners-UK (FRCGP) for her commitment to clinical practice, education, research, and academic leadership and has also received numerous institutional teaching excellence and distinguished educator awards in the Clinical Sciences. Since joining WCM-Q, she has served as the course director for the Medicine Patient and Society II, and is director of the clinical skills center, promoting the use of simulation based education in the undergraduate curriculum and is overseeing the expansion of the clinical skills center and the standardized patient program. She is a member of the Qatar Simulation Consortium, the society of simulation in health care and engages and promotes inter-professional education as an active member of the advisory committee for inter-professional education in Qatar. She is licensed as a consultant family physician and practices at the Qatar Foundation health center, in education city and remains licensed-to-practice as a general practitioner in London.

Her research interests are varied and feature on the theme of prescription errors, patient safety, chronic disease management, women’s health, international medical education and teaching communication skills in a second language.

Selected Publications

  • McLean M, McKimm J, Major S. Medical Educators working abroad: A pilot study of educators’ experiences in the Middle East. Med Teach. 2014 Sep;36(9):757-64

  • Hashim MJ, Major S, Mirza DM, Prinsloo EA, Osman O, Amiri L, McLean M. Medical students learning communication skills in a second language: empathy and expectations. Sultan Qaboos University medical journal. 2013 Feb;13(1):100-6.

  • Saab BR, Usta J, Major S, Antoun J. Impact of a communication skills audiovisual package on medical students' knowledge. Le Journal medical libanais. 2009 Oct-Dec;57(4):226-30.

  • Saab BR, Major S, Musharrafieh UM, Antoun J. Focus groups findings reveal barriers to teaching communication skills to medical students. Le Journal medical libanais. 2009 Oct-Dec;57(4):248-52.

  • Major SC, Booton P. Involvement of general practice (family medicine) in undergraduate medical education in the United Kingdom. The Journal of ambulatory care management. 2008 Jul-Sep;31(3):269-75.

  • Akl EA, Maroun N, Major S, Afif C, Abdo A, Choucair J, Sakr M, Li CK, Grant BJ, Schunemann HJ. Post-graduation migration intentions of students of Lebanese medical schools: a survey study. BMC public health [Internet]. 2008 Jun 2 [cited 2012 Dec 3]; 8:191 [8 p.]. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/8/191.

  • Akl EA, Maroun N, Major S, Chahoud B, Schunemann HJ. Graduates of Lebanese medical schools in the United States: an observational study of international migration of physicians. BMC health services research [Internet]. 2007 Apr 5 [cited 2012 Dec 3]; 7:49 [7 p.]. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/7/49.

  • Akl EA, Maroun N, Major S, Afif C, Chahoud B, Choucair J, Sakr M, Schunemann HJ. Why are you draining your brain? Factors underlying decisions of graduating Lebanese medical students to migrate. Social science & medicine (1982). 2007 Mar;64(6):1278-84.

  • Major S, Pashayan N, Atweh S, Chidiac-Tannoury R, Shaar S, Uthman I, Fatah Masri A, Arayssi T. Practice patterns of antiphospholipid syndrome at a tertiary teaching hospital in Lebanon. Lupus. 2002;11(11):759-64.

  • Pashayan N, Khogali M, Major SC. Routine urinalysis of patients in hospital in Lebanon: how worthwhile is it? Journal of medical screening. 2002;9(4):181-6.

  • Heath RL, Saliba M, Mahmassani O, Major SC, Khoury BA. Locus of control moderates the relationship between headache pain and depression. The journal of headache and pain. 2008 Oct;9(5):301-8.

  • Major S, Badr S, Bahlawan L, Hassan G, Khogaoghlanian T, Khalil R, Melhem A, Richani R, Younes F, Yeretzian J, Khogali M, Sabra R. Drug-related hospitalization at a tertiary teaching center in Lebanon: incidence, associations, and relation to self-medicating behavior. Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. 1998 Oct;64(4):450-61.