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Partnership between Abu Dhabi and Children’s National Medical Center Takes Innovative Approach to Improving Surgery for Children
01 August 2010

ABU DHABI, 20th July 2010:  A meeting was held this month in Abu Dhabi between the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body for the health care sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, to discuss progress towards their shared goal to improve surgical outcomes and eliminate pain for children around the world through the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center, located in Washington, D.C., was made possible by a generous gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi in September 2009.

The Institute aims to develop knowledge, tools, and procedures that will make surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain-free. It will offer opportunities for information transfer and innovation discoveries that will benefit children in both the Emirate and around the globe.

From July 18-22, 2010 a delegation of doctors and executives from Children’s National Medical Center conducted the inaugural meeting of the Sheikh Zayed Institute Executive Oversight Committee, whose members include Dr. Ali Obaid Al Ali, Director of Health Regulation at HAAD, and Dr. Hatem Al Ameri, Head of Post-Graduate Education at HAAD.

Progress to date includes:

  • Hired leading surgeons and researchers to expand research in the areas of pain medicine, bioengineering, immunology, and systems biology.
  • Completed a facilities plan for 20,000 square feet of innovative research space in Washington, D.C., with an expected completion date of spring 2011. 
  • Launched an international search for a vice president to oversee the Institute.

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi said; “We remain grateful to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi as it is through their generosity and visionary leadership that such progress has been made possible. Over the past year, it’s been exciting to see the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation go from a concept to reality.’

Dr. Kurt Newman, the surgeon-in-chief at Children’s National Medical Center and senior vice president of the Institute said, “We are hiring some of the world’s best surgeons and researchers and are creating innovative facilities designed to support collaboration.  We are on our way to making discoveries that will directly improve surgery for children.”

James Lintott, chairman of the board at Children’s National Medical Center, added, “The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation reflects the shared values of our hospital and the leadership of the Government of Abu Dhabi.  We are grateful for the opportunity to build this partnership to benefit children in the United States, in the United Arab Emirates, and around the world.”


About Children’s National Medical Center

Children’s National Medical Center, located in Washington, D.C., has been serving children for 140 years and is consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has awarded Children’s National Magnet® status, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve.

For more information:
• – Children’s National website
• -- Sheikh Zayed Institute website
• -- Sheikh Zayed Institute blog
• Twitter: @childrenshealth

About Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD):

The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulatory body of the Healthcare Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ensures excellence in Healthcare for the community by monitoring the health status of the population. 

HAAD defines the strategy for the health system, monitors and analyses the health status of the population and performance of the system.

In addition HAAD shapes the regulatory framework for the health system, inspects against regulations, enforce standards, and encourages adoption of world – class best practices and performance targets by all healthcare service providers in the Emirate.

HAAD also drives programs to increase awareness and adoption of healthy living standards among the residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in addition to regulating scope of services, premiums and reimbursement rates of the health system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

For more information:

Gretchen Watson
PR Specialist
Health Authority – Abu Dhabi
Ph: 02 419 3367

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