Organizing and Scientific Committees

DR. SAMIA ALKHOORI

Consultant Psychiatrist,
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Dr. Samia is a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Head of Psychiatry Department, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health – Dubai Academic Health Corporation (DAHC). Dr. Samia is the President of Emirates Society of Mental Health (ESMH), also the President of Arab Federation of Psychiatrists (AFP), and the Secretary of Education and Training in Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA). Dr. Samia is the Chair of Wellbeing Committee; in Post Graduate Medical Education, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai Health, and the Head of Scientific Program in the Psychiatry Department – Rashid Hospital in Dubai Health. She plays a great important role on the awareness of mental health in United Arab Emirates, and she is the Head of Mental Health Awareness Campaign – Dubai Health. She also the core organizing of many Regional and International conferences/congress. Dr. Samia has Several Publications in peer reviewed International Journals. She is an author of two Books on Self Harm in Substance Abuse Population and Professionals' Perceptions of Sexual Abuse. Dr. Samia has a special interest in Forensic Psychiatry; the interaction of mental health with the law and the complexity of pathways to offending

DR. MOHAMMED HASSAN

Senior Specialist Psychiatrist,
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Dr. Mohamed Hassan Abdelrahman Khairi is a Senior Specialist in Psychiatry, he practices at Rashid Hospital, bringing a wealth of expertise and experience to the field of mental health care. Dr. Hassan's dedication to patient well-being and his proficiency in multiple languages make him a valuable asset in providing comprehensive psychiatric care.

DR. ALYA AL MIDFA

Resident Psychiatrist,
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Biography

I'm Dr. Alya AlMidfa, a Psychiatry Trainee at Rashid Hospital, MBRU. As a representative of the youth of UAE, I am deeply invested in advocating mental health, striving to empower my peers and community with knowledge and support. Through my dedication to this cause, I aim to foster a more compassionate and understanding society, where mental health is prioritized and embraced.

DR FATIMA YOUSSEF

Specialist Psychiatrist,
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Dr Fatima Youssef is the vice president of the Emirates Society of Mental Health. She has been working as a psychiatrist from June 2018 to date. On completion of the Arab Board Psychiatry Residency Programme at Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dr Fatima worked as a Psychiatrist in the Rashid Hospital’s Psychiatry Department until January 2023 when she started working in Al Jalila Children’s Hospital’s Mental Health Centre of Excellence. She was the clinical director for special Olympic – strong minds in UAE from 2019 till 2021. Her passion is to help others overcome their struggles and to remove the stigma of mental illness.

DR OMAR ALKHATIB

Resident Psychiatrist,
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Dr. Omar Alkhatib is a dedicated medical professional currently pursuing a 4-year Psychiatry residency program at Rashid Hospital. He served as the Chief Resident during the 2022-2023 training year, showcasing leadership and clinical skills. Dr. Alkhatib's medical journey began with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sharjah, where he actively engaged in patient care and clinical rotations across various specialties under the Ministry of Health. With a strong foundation in medicine, Dr. Alkhatib completed internship training at Dubai Health Authority hospitals, gaining hands-on experience in surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and more. His commitment to continuous learning is evident through elective training in general surgery and internal medicine, further enhancing his clinical expertise. Dr. Alkhatib's skills extend beyond clinical practice, including excellent communication in Arabic and English, proficiency in Microsoft applications, and basic life support certification from the American Heart Association. He has actively participated in extracurricular activities, such as serving on the Peer Advisor Committee and Medical Student Association at the University of Sharjah, demonstrating his dedication to both professional and community engagement. Moreover, Dr. Alkhatib has contributed to research on "Adult Awareness about the physical impact of computer use," showcasing his interest in public health and community-based initiatives. His attendance at conferences and workshops reflects his commitment to staying updated with the latest medical advancements and best practices. Overall, Dr. Omar Alkhatib is a compassionate healthcare professional with a diverse skill set, a passion for learning, and a strong commitment to delivering high-quality patient care.

MS. MAITHA ALBUFALASA

Psychologist,
Rashid Hospital. Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Maitha Al Kendi is a Clinical Psychologist at Rashid Hospital. She has earned her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). During her practice, she has worked with a wide range of mental health issues gaining the experience in providing psychological support, conducting psychometric assessment, and implementing evidence-based interventions. She is also involved providing mental health and wellbeing lectures and workshops for medical staff, training psychologist interns and clinical attachments and an active member in committees dedicated to enhancing residents’ wellbeing.

Scientific Committees

DR. SAMIA ALKHOORI

Consultant Psychiatrist
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Dr. Samia is a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Head of Psychiatry Department, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health – Dubai Academic Health Corporation (DAHC). Dr. Samia is the President of Emirates Society of Mental Health (ESMH), also the President of Arab Federation of Psychiatrists (AFP), and the Secretary of Education and Training in Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA). Dr. Samia is the Chair of Wellbeing Committee; in Post Graduate Medical Education, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai Health, and the Head of Scientific Program in the Psychiatry Department – Rashid Hospital in Dubai Health. She plays a great important role on the awareness of mental health in United Arab Emirates, and she is the Head of Mental Health Awareness Campaign – Dubai Health. She also the core organizing of many Regional and International conferences/congress. Dr. Samia has Several Publications in peer reviewed International Journals. She is an author of two Books on Self Harm in Substance Abuse Population and Professionals' Perceptions of Sexual Abuse. Dr. Samia has a special interest in Forensic Psychiatry; the interaction of mental health with the law and the complexity of pathways to offending

DR. MOHSEN ALSHAMY

Senior Specialist Psychiatrist
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Dr. Mohsen Al Shamy is a distinguished physician specializing in psychiatry, with extensive experience as a Senior Specialist Psychiatrist. Throughout his career, Dr. Al Shamy has been dedicated to providing exemplary care to his patients. He has served in various esteemed healthcare institutions, including Sharjah Taawen from 2003 to 2013, where he held the position of Specialist Senior Registrar. Dr. Al Shamy continued his contributions to the field of psychiatry at Sharjah's Eltaawen Area and Etihad Street, serving as a Specialist Senior Registrar from 2003 to 2016. His commitment to excellence is evident in his tenure at Etihad Plaza 1002 from 2003 to 2018, where he continued to provide specialized care. Currently holding an active license at Rashid Hospital, Dubai, UAE, Dr. Al Shamy remains at the forefront of psychiatric care, dedicated to improving the mental well-being of his patients. With his wealth of experience and expertise, Dr. Al Shamy is a trusted resource in the field of psychiatry, ensuring the highest standard of care for those he serves.

MS. MAITHA ALKENDI

Psychologist
Rashid Hospital
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

DR. HAWRAH SAJWANI

Consultant Psychiatrist
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Biography

• Dr. Hawraa Sajwani is a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. She has 13 years of experience in Psychiatry including four years of fellowship training in Canada and the United States from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Toronto. • She also holds an MSc in Addiction Studies, the ISAM certification, a diploma in psychotherapy, CMQ in medical quality, MRCPsych and the Arab Board in Psychiatry. • Dr. Sajwani is currently in-charge of the Chemical Dependency Unit (Addiction Services) at the Behavioural Sciences Pavilion of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, and a faculty member of several residency and clerkship training programs.

DR AHMAD AlDashti

Specialist Psychiatrist
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Ahmad Aldashti is a senior psychiatric resident in Rashid hospital. He Joined the Residency program in 2017, Ahmad has a special interest in consultation-liaison psychiatry. He is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

DR. IMAN HASSAN

Specialist Psychiatrist
Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Biography

Dr. Iman Hassan Saeed Ali is a highly accomplished psychiatrist with extensive experience and a strong commitment to mental health care. Currently serving as a Specialist Psychiatrist at Dubai Academic Health Corporation's Psychiatry Department and holding the position of Deputy Program Director in the Psychiatry Residency Program at Rashid Hospital, DHA, Dr. Iman has established herself as a leader in the field. Her academic journey includes earning an Arab Board Certification in Psychiatry following her completion of the MBBCh degree from Dubai Medical University. Dr. Iman's career highlights encompass various roles such as Co-Chief Resident at Rashid Hospital, General Practitioner at Dubai Academic Health Corporation's Psychiatry Department, and a frontline physician at a Covid-19 isolation facility. Her dedication to patient well-being, professional development, and leadership in mental health care make her a valuable asset to the healthcare community in Dubai.

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