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Speaker Profile


Dr. Ebtihal Ahmad Darwish

Consultant Family Physician Associate professor DMC General Manager, Ethraa for Consultation and Training

Summary of Qualifications:

1. MSc in Health Care Management from RCSI, May 2009.

2. MRCGP (Int.). June 2007.

3. DOHMS Leadership Development Program 2007, by Harvard School of Public Health.

4. Excellence in Family Practice Teaching, Dubai 2004 – 2005, RCGP.

5. Arab Board Family Medicine, 2001

6. MD, 1995, Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Bahrain.

7. Bachelor of Basic Medical Science, 1994, AGU, Bahrain

Summary of Experience:

1- General Manager – Ethraa for Consultation and Training

2- Certified Project Manager – ACPM 2016

3- Accredited auditor AUOL 2015

4- Consultant Family Physician, April 2012 to June 2014

5- Primary Health Care Services Sector Advisor, May 2010 – April 2012

6- Director Professional Development Department, PHC - Sept 2009 till May 2010

7- Director Medical Affairs PHC Mar 2006 till Sept. 2009

8- In-charge of Al - Mamzar HC, 2002 – 2006, DOHMS – Dubai

Achievements in DHA:

1- Introduction of first PHC strategic plan and first business plan in PHC

3- Announcement of Bronchial Asthma Quality Improvement Project 2006

4- Announcement of Premarital Counseling Project 2007 and Wellness Promotion Project 2008

5- Announcement of Osteoporosis Clinical Project 2008

6- Introduction of regular Clinical Audit in PHC 2007

7- Introduction of Clinical Guidelines to the practice (DM, Asthma, Abdominal pain, Depression, etc)

8- Established Diabetes Mini Clinics and Diabetes Club in Al Mamzar HC 2004.

9- Chairing many investigation Teams and SEA as part of Quality Improvement

10- Introduction of Individual Performance Plan and objectives in PHC

11- Introduction of motivation system in PHC

Academic and Educational Activities:

  • Deputy Chairman of the MRCGP (INT) Exam Board in Dubai. (2006 till 2012)

  • Certified trainer by the Royal Collage of GPs (2005)

  • Associate Professor & Assistant Academic Head for Dubai Medical College's (Jan. 2007 to date)

  • Lecturer at Sharjah University (2009 up to date)

  • Examiner in MRCGP Int. examination (2005 to 2012)

  • Faculty member of Family medicine residency program SKMC (2009 up to date)

  • Internal examiner, Arab Board candidates, Family Medicine (2003 to date).

  • Main coordinator of third year scientific day. PHC, DHA (2006 – 2012).

  • Course manager and speaker in MRCG Int. and Board FM preparatory courses (2011 - 2012)

  • Head of Organizer of / participant of many Conferences, Workshops and Symposia.

Professional membership in DHA:

Outside DHA:

  • Member in National Osteoporosis Foundation


  • Chairperson of Ethical and Research committee, PHCSS, (2010 till 2012)

  • Chairman of the Interviewing Panel for recruiting GPs (2006 to 2009)

  • Member of New Hatta Hospital project Committee. (2006 till 2008)

  • Chairman of Geriatric scientific group. (2004 till now)

  • Founder and Chairman of Evidence Base Medicine group. (2006 till 2012)

  • Member of Central Quality Committee in DOHMS. (2006 till 2008)

  • Member of Central Promotion Committee (2006 till 2008)

  • Chairman of Quality Improvement & patient safety Committee in PHC. (2006 till 2009)

  • Member of the first Strategic Planning Working Group in PHC (2002)

  • Chairman of Breast Cancer screening project (2007 till 2008)

  • Member of Research committee (2003-2005)

  • Member of outreach committee (2004-2006)

  • Member of lipid management scientific group. (2004-2006)

  • Coordinator Of Region 1 CME activities (2003-2006)

  • Member of Patient & Family Education Team of PHC (2002 – 2003)

Research Experiences and Publications:

  • Chairperson of Ethical and Research committee, PHCSS, (2010 till 2012)

  • Founder and Chairman of Evidence Base Medicine group. (2006 till 2012)

  • Supervising all researches in all residencies programs in SKMC

  • Supervising all researches in Family medicine residencies programs in Shaikh Zayed military PHC

  • Supervising all researches in Dubai Medical Colleagues

  • Several research workshops for different medical departments in DHA, MOH and Dubai Police

  • Several public research workshops trained more than 1000 physicians in the Arabian Gulf area

  • Several Publications including

  1. Prevalence of a Healthy Lifestyle Among Individuals With Cardiovascular Disease in High-, Middleand Low-Income Countries The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) Study. JAMA, April 2013.

  2. The Epidemiology of Chronic Venous Disease in the United Arab Emirates: results of the VEIN CONSULT program, Lancet 2011

  3. CVD risk factors in pre-hypertension. Population study in Dubai, UAE. (Poster in the first emirate cardiology congress, 2010).

  4. Quality Model of Diabetic Program in Family Practice Settings in Dubai UAE. Eastern Meditation Health Journal, 2005.

  5. Prevalence of Ischemic Heart Disease, Diabetes Mellitus and Their Risk Factors in an Urban Part Of Dubai (AL Mamzar HC) (on-going)

  6. Prevalence of Obesity among primary school age children in Qatar, April 2003

  7. Community study on elderly in Dubai/UAE to plan for future geriatric services

  8. Smoking prevalence, attitudes, and behaviors of Primary Healthcare Providers and Its Impact on their Smoking Cessation Counseling practices 2015

  9. KAP of breast cancer screening among women visiting PHC clinics in Dubai

  10. Vitamin D Deficiency Among Adults Attending Primary Health Care Centers in Abu Dhabi, UAE

  11. Assessing global risk factors for non-fatal injuries from road traffic accidents and falls in adults aged 35–70 years in 17 countries: a cross-sectional analysis of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study. BMJ October 28, 2015

  12. The Prevalence and the Determinants of Musculoskeletal Diseases in Emiratis Attending Primary Health Care Clinics in Dubai.. Oman medical Journal, March 31, 2016

Training programs and courses:

  1. Building capacity for PHC physician in UAE MOH

  2. Effective communication skills for clinical staff at MOH

  3. Effective communication skills for Non-clinical staff at MOH

  4. Think out of Box

  5. How to conduct clinical research

  6. EBM made easy

  7. Critical appraisal

  8. TOT

  9. Body language and different personalities

  10. Family Medicine Update

  11. Effective leadership

  12. Effective management in the PHC setting

  13. Training the trainers

  14. How to develop curriculum

  15. Effective presentation skills

  16. Quality improvement projects from theory to practice

  17. Clinical audit

  18. Time and stress management

Personal Achievements:

  1. First Batch held Arab Board in DHA (2001).

  2. First batch held MRCGP Int. in Dubai (2007)

  3. First Local Consultant in PHC-DHA, 2008.

  4. Established Ethraa for Consultation and Training ( A specialized private center has been established to help develop the health care system in the region. It also focuses on health care professionals to update their knowledge and skills in many areas: research, evidence based medicine, leadership, management, clinical governance, training, and many other skills. Proud of winning Mohammad Bin Rashed Award for Young Business Leaders (2013)

  5. Books Publication:

  • How to conduct clinical Research: Research Made Easy Book, 2012

  • Ebtihal’s Note: Essential Topics in Family Practice, 2012

   6. Expert Trainer in all governmental PHC clinics:

  • Invited as speakers/examiners/expert in Abu Dhabi, MOH Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Khour Fakkan, Kalba, Dibba, Dubai Police and Army clinics

  • Expert trainer and speaker in workshops in Kuwait, Qatar and KSA

Appreciation and Recognition:

  • Distinguish trainer in the health sector, 2017

  • Shaikh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leader 2013

  • Distinguish female staff award in DHA, 2008

  • Sheikh Rashid Award for Distinguish Academic achievement / Arab board Family Medicine (2001)

  • Sheikh Rashid award for Distinguish Academic achievement / the secondary school (1990)

  • Fourth Future Day appreciation letter (1990)

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