About Dean Sheikh

Javaid I. Sheikh, M.D., M.B.A.

Dean, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar


Dr. Javaid I. Sheikh is an internationally renowned medical executive and creative thought leader in global academic medicine. Since beginning his tenure as

dean of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) in 2010, Dr. Sheikh has pioneered and implemented innovative biomedical educational and research programs enabling WCM-Q to become widely acknowledged as a leading institution preparing “global physician-scientists” for the 21st century, equipped with the skills, knowledge and outlook to provide exceptional standards of healthcare while also driving advances in scientific discovery. 

In addition, Dr. Sheikh led the establishment of a comprehensive research infrastructure at WCM-Q equipped with core laboratories with advanced capabilities in genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics, making the college a valuable national resource and turning Doha into a regional and global hub for cutting-edge scientific enquiry and international collaboration.

To support the ongoing professional development of healthcare practitioners, Dr. Sheikh established a Division of Continuing Professional Development at WCM-Q that was the first such program in the region to be accredited by the US Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), a very important step in maintaining world-class physician performance and delivery of high quality medical care.

Further, Dr. Sheikh has also 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.

Most recently, Dr. Sheikh has launched a digital health program at WCM-Q, with a curricular component based on data science/machine learning, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar and Qatar Computing Research Institute.

Dr. Sheikh also co-founded Innovations in Global Health Professions Education (https://www.innohealthed.com/), a globally interconnected forum providing an international platform for profiling conceptual and technological innovations in health professions education. He also serves on the Artificial Intelligence in Health Professions Education forum of the National Academy of Medicine in the US.

Prior to joining WCM-Q, Dr. Sheikh built a distinguished career as a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, associate dean, and chairman of the board at the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals in California.