Dean's Message

A message from Dean Javaid I. Sheikh

Dean Javaid I. Sheikh

Never before in the history of medicine have such a multitude of scientific, technological, and demographic factors converged to revolutionize the whole approach to human health. Whether it is deep phenotyping and the “omics” revolution spawning the era of “precision medicine”, or the various gene therapies and stem cell-based life-saving interventions, or wellness-oriented personalized data being collected by digital wearables, remarkable innovations are transforming healthcare in ways unimaginable only a few years ago. Meanwhile, population health-based approaches and programs designed to empower patients in their own healthcare are finally delivering on the promise of preventive medicine. This is a truly exceptional time for the study of medicine.

Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar’s (WCM-Q) mission is to prepare its students to excel in each of these arenas. All our efforts are focused on delivering a world-class education, strongly enhanced by hands-on research experience in our own laboratories and clinical training within prestigious institutions in Qatar and the US. Our graduates are not only skilled in the art of healing, they are also impassioned pioneers in translational research as well as inspired innovators in the advancement of patient-centered healthcare systems.

Our exceptional and diverse faculty are united in their commitment to mentoring our students, creating and disseminating new knowledge, and taking pride in being the intellectual leaders in the healthcare arena of the entire MENA region. Their delivery of a challenging and exciting US curriculum is supported by technology that enables our students in Qatar to interact with their peers and other world-class faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

Our internationally renowned researchers are driven to discover. Embracing a comprehensive ‘bench to bedside to community’ philosophy, our biomedical research program spans basic, translational, clinical and public health arenas. Groundbreaking discoveries made in WCM-Q’s state-of-the-art research laboratories are advancing the understanding and treatment of devastating diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, cancer and diabetes. Collaborative links with research centers of excellence across the globe provide our students with the opportunity to shape the progress of biomedical science in Qatar and beyond. 

Our affiliations with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Sidra Medicine in Qatar afford our students unique clinical learning experiences. HMC is the nation’s foremost healthcare provider, treating Qatari citizens and expatriates from all around the world. Sidra Medicine, provides world-class healthcare for women and children in its state-of-the-art facility. With this exposure to an incredible diversity of patients, our graduates emerge fully prepared to practice medicine in this increasingly global society.

WCM-Q is blazing the trail in global medical and health education. We are preparing the healthcare leaders of tomorrow - excellent clinicians and outstanding physician-scientists who will undoubtedly contribute to the advancement of medicine and science across the globe.