Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali
The Dean of MBRU’s College of Medicine is Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, a Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologist, accomplished clinician and researcher. He is a recognized leader in the field of arrhythmia management and cardiovascular research, and has worked extensively in the UAE and the Gulf.
Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali is a member of the Emirates Scientists’ Council, the Governing Board of the Emirates Cardiac Society (2010-present) and served as the President of the Society (2013-2016). He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Gulf Heart Association, and is a founding board member of the Gulf Heart Rhythm Society, which represents electrophysiologists in the Gulf. From 2010-2014, he was a member of the Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) licensing Board and also serves on the DHCA Appeals Board.
Medicine is rapidly changing, and medical education has to keep pace. We aim to provide MBRU students with a transformative educational experience to prepare them for tomorrow’s healthcare.”
Professor Alsheikh-Ali completed his high school education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he was the national valedictorian achieving the highest ranking in the country. He then pursued his college education and medical training in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to become the first Emirati to graduate from this prestigious University.
Professor Alsheikh-Ali further received two Master of Science degrees, the first in Applied Physiology from Boston University (USA) and the second in Clinical Research from Tufts University (USA). Professor Alsheikh-Ali was also the first Emirati to graduate from Tufts University School of Medicine (Doctor of Medicine), where he was awarded the Martin J. Loeb Memorial Prize in Medicine.
Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali completed his internship, residency and fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center, a leading academic institution in Boston (USA). He’s just one out of a handful of physicians in the Gulf region to become triple-boarded by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.
After completing his postgraduate medical studies, Professor Alsheikh-Ali returned to UAE to develop the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). Under his leadership, SKMC became a leading referral center for arrhythmias and electrophysiology across the UAE. Prior to joining MBRU, Professor Alsheikh-Ali was the Chair of the Institute of Cardiac Sciences at SKMC, the most comprehensive cardiac care department in the United Arab Emirates.
Professor Alsheikh-Ali’s research interests span a broad range in cardiology, including clinical electrophysiology and device therapies, preventive cardiology, and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in the developing world.
An avid researcher and collaborator, Professor Alsheikh-Ali is a key investigator and is on the steering committees of several large prospective disease-based registries in the Gulf. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on record, spanning a wide range of topics and appearing in some of the world’s leading journals.
He is the recipient of the Louis Lasagna Graduate Student Award in Translational Research (Boston, USA), and was the inaugural recipient of the Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award in Clinical Research (Abu Dhabi, UAE).
Professor Alsheikh-Ali is passionate about helping the next generation of clinicians to become leaders in their fields, and is a leading educator. He is dedicated to mentoring students, residents and colleagues, and has guested at numerous national, regional and international invited lectureships.
A message to the students of the College of Medicine
Just like the city we are in, medicine is rapidly changing, and with change, comes new challenges and opportunities. MBRU’s College of Medicine is poised to address this changing landscape and to leverage the latest opportunities.
Our students are our most important asset, and we treat them accordingly. The College of Medicine has set competitive selection criteria to ensure students have the academic and personal attributes to make the most out of the opportunities at MBRU. We are committed to providing a student-centered learning experience as a pathway to a rewarding career in medicine.
Our faculty members are committed professionals who understand the local and regional needs but also come with a wealth of international experience, reflecting our aim to provide education and research that is nationally responsive and globally connected. The 6-year MBBS program will not only pave your way to become a safe and competent physician, but also take you on a journey of discovery through an innovative curriculum involving research, strong community engagement, and exposure to global health issues.
Learning resources ranging from online educational material to a state-of-the-art medical simulation facility will support the delivery of the program. Embedded in the MBRU educational experience and an integral part of our mission are the synthesis and generation of knowledge.
Our research strategy is guided by the I.C.A.R.E. principles:
We are eager to leverage partnerships and affiliations with organizations that share our passion for innovation and excellence in medical education and research. Being part of a larger local and global community, partnerships, engagement, and outreach is a basic pillar of our activities. We value our academic partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and our affiliations with leading public and private healthcare providers both within the UAE and globally.
I invite you to explore the opportunities in medical education, research and student life at MBRU. Come and meet us to find out more and to find out if MBRU is the right fit for you.