Senior Pharmacist, Al Rahba Hospital
Bio: Tamer Samy, is Senior inpatient pharmacist in Al Rahba Hospital, and Hospital information system application specialist, and member of SEHA Pharmnet team, Tamer is responsible for the pharmacy informational system, He maintains and troubleshoots pharmacy automation formularies and systems, as well as performs analysis of systems and data to support pharmacy services.
Tamer is interested in education and training to Pharmacy staff and other healthcare providers on how to use Health information system, he completed his Bachelor degree of pharmaceutical science on 2001 from Helwan University, Egypt.
Pharmacy Manager, Tawam Hospital
Bio: Director of Pharmacy Department and Co-Chairman of Pharmacy and therapeutics committee at Tawam Hospital, in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a premier 455-bed tertiary care facility located in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi; one of the largest hospitals in the United Arab Emirates belonging to the health system of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company SEHA. Accredited and recognized by the Joint Commission international (JCI). Dr. Abumandil is also a member of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development Committee, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UAE University. Former Director of Pharmacy Department at Al Ain Hospital since 2009- August 2016.
Graduate from KS University, College of Pharmacy 1992 with Bachelor Degree of Pharmaceutical Sciences; completed the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada, Toronto, May 2003;Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, University of Atlanta ,USA. Successfully completed the 2012 Pharmacy Leadership Academy Program from The Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership at USA.
Dr Abumandil worked at various supervisory and managerial positions at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre-Riyadh & Jeddah, K.S.A, for more than 17 years. During his tenure in King Faisal Specialist Hospital network, he has managed all specialized pharmacy practice areas that include In Patient Pharmacy Services (Intravenous Admixture areas and Central unit dose); Drug Information Center and Medication Safety section; Oncology and narcotic pharmacy services, He also has vast experience in training and education of junior staff and Pharm D students as Academic and Training Coordinator. Mahmoud has served as consultant pharmacist for the training program in private health
education, training institutes & centers, Consultant Pharmacist; Health Services Council, Central Board of
Accreditation for Healthcare Institutions at Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Member in Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP), Canadian Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Ahmad Al Jedai
Director of Pharmaceutical Care Division, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
Bio: Prof. Aljedai is a graduate of King Saud University-College of Pharmacy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He received his Doctorate Degree (Pharm. D.) from the Saint Louis college of Pharmacy, MO, USA and completed a general pharmacy practice residency and a specialty residency in immunology and solid organ transplant pharmacotherapy at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, USA. During this time he obtainedhis Masterof Business Administration (MBA) as well. He isboard certified as Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) from the board of pharmaceutical specialties (BPS) in the USand a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP)and a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation (FAST). He works currently as the Director of Pharmaceutical Care DivisionatKing Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center(KFSH&RC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabiaand as a Professor at Al-Faisal University, School of Medicineand the Chairman of the scientific board of pharmacyin Saudi Arabia.He also works as a consultantclinical pharmacist with differentsolid organ transplant teams at KFSH&RC.He teaches advanced therapeutics and clinical immunology to the master of clinical pharmacy and Pharm.D. students at the college of pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, and Alqassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia in which he holds an adjunct faculty position. He is a member of the advisory board of 4 different schools of pharmacy in Saudi Arabia and many peer reviewed journals. Healso holds several consultancy positions at the world Health Organization (WHO), Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH), and the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
He has presented hundreds of presentations over the years locally and internationally and published more than 30 original peer-reviewed research papersin the medical and pharmaceutical journalsin addition to 2 textbooks chaptersrelated to transplant pharmacotherapy, pharmacy practice, and clinical pharmacy.
Faris Al Masri
Corporate Clinical Integration Administrative Partner, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company
Bio: Dr. Faris Al-Masri is Professor in clinical pharmacy & Therapeutics. He is also Director of pharmacy services at Ambulatory Health Care Services (AHS) from 2009 to 2016. He gained his doctorate in 1982 in Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics from Hallamshire Hospital, UK. Dr. Al Masri was Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, Philadelphia University, Jordan from 1993 to 1995. He became certified by the Canadian Board of Pharmacy in 2000. From 2007 until 2009 he was Director of Pharmacy Services, American Hospital in Dubai. In 1995 he established pharmaceutical care module in Jordan University Hospital. During his time in Canada, he was a Pharmaceutical Practitioner and Consultant in Canada and was preceptor for pharmacy students in University of Toronto, Canada and other regional universities.
Dr. Al Masri was the chair of many pharmacy conferences and member of many pharmacy organizing committees. He has more than 2000 pharmacists has been graduated as BSc, MSc and PhD under his supervision with more than 250 publications in the field of pharmacy practice.
Dr. Al Masri is an expert in Pharmaceutical Care and clinical pharmacy, new opportunity for clinical pharmacy in improving quality of patient centered care and optimization of medication management and use, chair of AHS P&T committee.
In August 2016, Dr. Al Masri joined SEHA Corporate as pharmacy advisor in clinical affairs medical division as pharmacy residency Director to establish pharmacy residency program in SEHA which will be accredited by ASHP. He is also co-chair of SEHA PTC, chair of medication class review committee and is also currently the chair of SEHA off label committee.
Waeil Al Naeem
Clinical Pharmacist, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Bio: Waiel Al Naeem is a Clinical Pharmacist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), a 570-bed tertiary care hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He completed his MSc, Clinical Pharmacy from college of medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman 2004. Thereafter he started his clinical pharmacy practice and worked as a Clinical pharmacist in Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman 2004-2008. In 2008, he Joined SKMC as a clinical pharmacist, where he provides clinical pharmacy services to patients in critical care unit and for renal transplant patients.
Waiel has a great passion for formulary management and the optimizations of hospital formulary; he is the formulary management in-charge in SKMC. He led many projects for Drug Use Evaluations and Drug-class reviews on SKMC and SEHA levels.
Waiel is also a member in a number of committees such as the SKMC Research and Ethics Committee, SKMC pharmacy and therapeutics committee (PTC), SEHA PTC, SEHA off-label medications committee.
Waiel is an active participant in the continuous pharmacy education program on SKMC and HAAD levels. He is also a preceptor for pharmacy students graduating from UAE pharmacy colleges during their pharmacy training in SKMC. Waiel was recently selected to be one of the coordinators for the SEHA-ASHP Pharmacy Residency Program starting in the near future.
Throughout his career, Waiel received many awards in recognition of his efforts in the clinical pharmacy practice.
Layth Al Sayegh
Pharmacist I, Certified Epic Willow SuperUser, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Layth S. Al Sayegh, is an Ambulatory care pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi since 2014, where he helped in establishing the ambulatory care pharmacy services, and the Bedside Discharge Services. He graduated from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2010, with Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D). After graduation he worked for four years in Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization in Saudi Arabia, in affiliation with John’s Hopkins Healthcare. He granted his board certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2014 and in Ambulatory Care in 2015, and is also certified in EPIC WILLOW Ambulatory 2016. His main areas of interest are antimicrobial stewardship in ambulatory care settings, diabetes, and respiratory diseases therapy.
Professor of Pharmacy Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University
Bio: Dr. Alsharif received his Ph.D. from Creighton University (CU) in Toxicology/Pharmacology, 1992; M.S. degree in pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), 1988 and Pharm.D. from UNMC, 1987. He joined CU in 1994, obtained Tenure with promotion to associate professor in 1999 and to Professor in 2010. He served as the Associate Director of the Distance-Based Pharmacy Pathway (2001-2006). He is currently serving as coordinator for international programs in Middle East and India. Dr. Alsharif is the recipient of Scholarly and Teaching Awards at the Department, School and University level. He is a winner of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Innovation
in Teaching Award Competition, 2000, 2006 and received an honorable mention for the same Award in 2002 and 2004. He also received the inaugural Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award from AACP in 2016. Dr. Alsharif has more than 50 publications and 100 abstracts in the areas of toxicology, scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and social administrative research. Since 1995, Dr. Alsharif has served as a visiting professor, curriculum consultant, coordinator for strategic planning and external assessor at several universities in the Middle East. Dr. Alsharif has also a diverse and extensive experience for the last 22 years at five hospitals as an inpatient pharmacist.
Tarek El Ansari
Chair, Anaesthesiology Department, Corniche Hospital
Bio: Graduated from Alexandria faculty of medicine, Egypt in 1981; had his anaesthetic training in Egypt, Kuwait and Edinburgh. A fellow of the faculty of Anaesthetists at the Royal College of surgeons in Ireland since 1993. He Joined Corniche hospital in Abu Dhabi as a consultant in 1996. He was appointed as chair of anaesthesia department in 2004. Under his leadership the Obstetric anesthesia department developed into one of the leading obstetric anaesthesia units, not only in Abu Dhabi but in the whole region.
He introduced many innovative and evidence base practices that are now standard practice at Corniche.
Ultrasound guided neuraxial block, the use of cell saver and point of care hemostatic monitoring for massive hemorrhage and the use of Quadratus lumborum block for postoperative analgesia, are examples of such practices.
He has several publications in obstetric anaesthesia in peer reviewed journals, and is a regular guest speaker at national and international meetings.
Corniche Hospital is a tertiary obstetrics and gynaecology facility with more than 9,000 deliveries per year. It is recognized for postgraduate training by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and for the Arab Board. It is managed by SEHA and is accredited by Joint Commission International.
System Director of Pharmacy, Lee Health Pharmacy Service
Bio: John A. Armitstead is System Director of Pharmacy Services, Lee Health, Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida. John obtained an MS Degree in Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy from Ohio State University and completed a Pharmacy Residency at Riverside Methodist Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio.
Currently as System Director of Pharmacy Services at Lee Health, John is responsible for strategic planning, financial management, direction and coordination of pharmacy care provision in a five hospital and ambulatory health system consisting of over 270 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
He is a Past President and Board member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and
Past President of the Central Ohio, Ohio and the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Dr Atallah is the Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) pharmacotherapy specialist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic he was on faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Atallah received his PharmD from Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in Virginia and completed an ASHP accredited post graduate residency at Valley Health-Winchester Medical Center in Virginia.
Dr. Atallah is board certified in pharmacotherapy. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and serves on the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Cardiology Practice and Network (PRN) Research and Scholarship Committee. He is also an active member of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). His research interests are in the area of heart failure, anticoagulation and hyperlipidemia.
Consultant Cardiologist, Section Head, Noninvasive Lab, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Bio: Sherif Bakir, MBBCh, MSc, MD, FACC is Consultant Cardiology and Section Head of the Noninvasive Lab at
Shaik Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining SKMC in 2005, Dr. Sherif was the Head of Medical & Cardiac department, at Al Qassimi hospital in Sharjah, UAE. He was the deputy chief of the cardiac transplant project at the King Fahad Hear Center in Saudi Arabia in 1989. He completed his MBBCh in Cairo Egypt in 1980 and has his MSc and MD (PhD) degree in Cardiology at Ain Shams University 1983 and 1992 respectively.
Dr. Bakir is a Fellow of the American Collage of Cardiology (FACC) and member of a numerous Societies
Dr. Bakir has authored or co-authored numerous publications which have appeared in peer-reviewed
journals. He has received widespread recognition for his achievements especially in the field of continuous medical education (CME), and he was named in the Who’s Who in America, Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in America, Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America, The Barons 500 Leaders for the New Century, Barons Who’s Who (USA), and Outstanding People of the 20th Century, Incorporating the Outstanding Achievement Awards, International Biographical Center Cambridge, England.
Dr. Bakir was nominated as the best speaker of the year for HAAD CME Program, Health Authority-Abu Dhabi, CME/CPD Annual Award Ceremony 2010.
Dr. Bakir has served as an investigator on clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine.
Corporate Senior Clinical Application Analyst, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company
Bio: Dr.Ahmed is SEHA Corporate Senior Clinical Application Analyst – Leading Pharmacy informatics, Medication Management Clinical Applications and Pharmacy Robotics integration at SEHA Abu Dhabi Health Services Co., he joined SEHA Headquarters in 2010.
Ahmed has more than 8 years’ experience in Health Informatics, Clinical Applications and Pharmacy Automation fields.
Prior to SEHA Head Quarters, Ahmed worked as a Pharmacy Application specialist (Registered Pharmacist) at Corniche Hospital (one of SEHA hospitals) from 2004 to 2010.
Ahmed is holding a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Chifley Business School – Torrens University– Australia, BSc. Pharm and diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from Helwan University’s faculty of Pharmacy – Cairo, Egypt.
Clinical Pharmacist, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Bio: Dr. Banke is a UK certified Clinical Pharmacist currently in charge of the pediatrics and pediatric intensive care units (PICU) at the Sheikh Khalifa medical City in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Banke graduated with a Master of Pharmacy from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom in 2004. She completed her clinical residency at Basildon & Thurrock NHS hospital in Greater London.
She went on to have an extensive experience in her clinical career both in the acute and ambulatory care
settings in the UK.
She subsequently attained her Master in Public Health, adding much valuable strategic and management expertise to her already impressive clinical achievements.
Dr. Banke has special interests in pharmacy education and the involvement of clinical pharmacists in
management of innovative therapies such as Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and novel pharmacotherapies in the PICU.
Khuloud Bin Rafeea
Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Tawam Hospital
Bio: Dr. Khuloud Bin Rafeea is the Acting Deputy Manager of Pharmacy at Tawam Hospital, and is Senior Clinical Pharmacist as well. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2006 from University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. She then completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) in 2011 from Purdue University, Indiana, USA. Currently, Dr. Khuloud is the Supervisor of the Clinical Section in Tawam Hospital and serving as the infectious diseases clinical pharmacist.
In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Khuloud is greatly involved in education. In her current role, she oversees
education and training, as she is chairing SEHA Pharmacy Education and Clinical research Subcommittee. She is the clinical coordinator of the PharmD program in UAE University and is an adjunct lecturer as well. Dr. Bin Rafeea has spoken in number of national and regional conferences in the area of infectious diseases. Her areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship and management of HIV. Dr. Khuloud is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).
Clinical Pharmacist, corniche hospital
Bio: Khlood Mustafa Catroon is a neonatal clinical pharmacist at Corniche Hospital, the premier maternity hospital in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Khlood obtained both her B.Sc. and M.Sc in pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy, Baghdad University in 1990 and 1997 respectively.
Khlood then proceeded to work as an assistant teacher in the College of Pharmacy, Baghdad University for 12 years. In 2008 Khlood joined Corniche hospital in Abu Dhabi to work as an in-patient pharmacist.
Khlood have researches conducted at Baghdad University. While assuming her roles as a neonatal clinical pharmacist, Khlood participated in many projects and audits related to quality improvement and medication safety initiatives. She holds a great interest towards the long term care of the hospital’s tiny patients, represented by her participation in projects related to the follow up of the immunization schedules for infants and cycling of sedation in long term ventilated neonatal patients. In addition to that, she participated in a number of SEHA wide projects.
Antoine Cherfan, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, CACP
Pharmacotherapy Services, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Dr. Antoine Cherfan is currently the Manager of Pharmacotherapy Services at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and the Formulary Manager.
He holds a Pharm. D. degree from the Lebanese American University (2001) after which he completed an ACPE accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Huntsville Hospital, Alabama, USA (2001-2002). He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) since 2005, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), and recently received the national board certification in anticoagulation (CACP). He has been involved in many national and international research projects and has several publications. Antoine served as the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at King Abdulaziz Medical City (NGHA) in Riyadh (2003-2013) with service to various critical areas (Medical/Surgical/ Transplant ICU/ Trauma ICU/Burn Unit), in addition to an active role in the anticoagulation clinic. He also served as an assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS).
Wasim El Nekidy
Senior Pharmacotherapy Specialist - Nephrology, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Dr. El Nekidy had a bachelor degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt followed by Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He also
pursued a post doctorate ASHP accredited residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, MI.
Dr. El Nekidy is a board certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Ambulatory Care pharmacy. Prior to joining CCAD, Dr. El Nekidy was the nephrology clinical pharmacy specialist at Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor, ON. Also he is a teaching associate at Leslie Dan faculty of pharmacy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON and Adjunct Faculty at Eugene Applebaum College of pharmacy, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Dr. El Nekidy’s research interest is in drug dosing in patients with kidney diseases and has several publications in that field. Also he is a peer reviewer for the American college of clinical pharmacy, Amb Care board preparatory course -Nephrology Chapter. In addition he is a peer reviewer in several prestigious journals like the journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC), the annals of pharmacotherapy, hemodialysis international, the Canadian Journal of Hospital pharmacist, and others.
Rania El Lababidi
Manager, Pharmacy Education and Training, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Dr. El-Lababidi is the Pharmacy Education and Training Manager at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Dr. El-Lababidi received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon. Dr. El-Lababidi then completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ, followed by an Infectious Diseases pharmacy residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT.
Following residency training, Dr. El-Lababidi served as the Infectious Diseases clinical specialist at Florida Hospital Orlando. She then assumed the role of Assistant Director for Clinical Services, during which she established the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program. Dr. El-Lababidi since relocated to Abu Dhabi to join Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi as the Pharmacy Education and Training Manager for the Department of Pharmacy Services. In her current role she overseas education and training and established the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program and serves as the Co-Chair of the ASP at CCAD.
Dr. El-Lababidi is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases and is credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Her areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials, and MRSA infections. Dr. El-Lababidi is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. Articles by Dr. El-Lababidi been published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and the American Journal of Health-
System Pharmacists. Dr. El-Lababidi has spoken at both National and International conferences in the area of Infectious Diseases and Pharmacy Practice.
Senior Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Dr Zeyad Elgamal has more than 15 years of experience in pharmacy, healthcare and education. He graduated from the school of pharmacy Alexandria University Year 2002. He worked for Johnson and Johnson Saudi Arabia for 5 years before immigrating to Canada in 2009. Dr Zeyad acquired his Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada certification and became a registered pharmacist in Alberta by July 2009. He also became a franchisee for Shoppers Drug Mart retail pharmacy for 7 years in Canada from 2011 to 2016. During his stay in Canada; he acquired his Certified Diabetes Educator certification (CDE), Additional Prescribing Authority (APA), Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist certification (BCPS) and lastly his PharmD from University of Colorado Denver. Dr Zeyad worked as an instructor for international pharmacy graduates at Bredin Institute and ClinMedex Canada for a combined total of 7 years. Dr Zeyad is currently a senior pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi since October 2016.
Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Tawam Hospital
Bio: Dr. Nicole Gebran is Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Tawam Hospital, affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the UAE University, College of Medicine and Heath Sciences. Her areas of expertise are drug information and medication use policy, formulary management, Nephrology and Ambulatory Care. Within her role she has assumed clinical pharmacy management and academic responsibilities including coordinating the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the UAE University. Formerly served as Drug Information Clinical Specialist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Gebran chairs the Health Information System
Pharmacy Clinical Council at SEHA, and has Co-Chaired Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Education Committees. She is recipient of the SEHA Medal Champion Award for Best Employee in the Allied Health Category (2013).
Dr. Gebran holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the American University of Beirut, and a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Lebanese American University. Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy by the American Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, she is member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Ontario College
of Pharmacists and American Society of Nephrology; author and co-author of several publications and referee for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
Associate Professor, Gulf Medical University
Bio: Dr Goonetileke obtained his medical degree from St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in London. During the course of his formal neurological training and research years he has worked in a number of Neurosciences Centres in the United Kingdom, including those at Charing Cross and Westminster Hospitals, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Newcastle General Hospital, and the Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. He was a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Neurology in Newcastle for 11 years, before moving to the United Arab Emirates in 2009. He is the Chief of Neurology and the Chair of Medicine at Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi. He is an Associate Professor for
the College of Medicine at the Gulf Medical University. He was selected as the first Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for the government health sector for the emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2013, and continues in this role.
Dr Goonetileke has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, contributed chapters to books in motor neuron disease, neurotoxins and clinical trial methodology, and presented in numerous national and international conferences. He has an interest in physician leadership, and is currently studying for a MSc in Medical Leadership, jointly approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Birkbeck College (University of London). As one of the physician leaders in Abu Dhabi he is currently actively involved in preparation for the opening of Sheikh Shakhbut Medical City in 2017.
Clinical Pharmacist, Al Ain Hospital
Bio: Dr Hammad is a Clinical Pharmacist in Al Ain Hospital (SEHA) and coordinator Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Subcommittee. He is B. Pharm and Masters in Pharmacology from Pakistan. He received his post graduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PG-Dip) from UK. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist from 2013 with Added Qualification in Infectious Diseases from Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) USA. He has certification in Antimicrobial Stewardship from Stanford University and Anticoagulation Therapy Management from University of Southern Indiana. He has served in Global Medical Solutions / Zayed Military Hospital (Clinical Pharmacist), Al Noor Hospital Abu Dhabi (Clinical Pharmacist) and Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi ( as Coordinator Pharmacy Training, Research and Development, In-charge Drug and Poison Information Center and Clinical Pharmacy).
Dr Hammad was award a scholarship in 2009 for Research Ethics Certification Course from Aga Khan
University Hospital Karachi, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also won the travel scholarship from International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in 2010. He was the corresponding author of a W.H.O funded research project.
He has published a number of papers and abstracts in reputed journals and forums. He was a speaker in numerous national and international conferences. He is a mentor of students for clinical pharmacy rotations at Al Ain Hospital. Contributions in several quality improvement and patient safety projects are under his credit and he has been involved in the internal and external auditing, surveying and accreditation activities of various bodies.
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Dr Kablaoui is one of the critical care pharmacotherapy specialists at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi working specifically in the NeuroICU. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic she worked as a clinical pharmacist in the critical care and cardiology floors at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Kablaoui received her PharmD from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP accredited post graduate residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Kablaoui is board certified in pharmacotherapy and in critical care. Her research interests are in the area of neurology, infectious diseases and critical care.
Clinical pharmacist, Sheikh khalifa medical city managed by Cleveland clinic
Bio: Dr. Maqsood Khan, clinical pharmacist infectious diseases and internal medicine at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City has graduated Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) from University of the Punjab Pakistan in 2008. After graduation Dr. Khan completed his training in clinical pharmacy at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Lahore Pakistan, one of the best hospitals in the country.
In 2011 Dr. Khan got his board certification as Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist from Board of Pharmacy Specialty Washington U.S.A andiIn 2013 Dr. Khan achieved additional board certification added
qualification In infectious diseases from Board of pharmacy Specialty U.S.A.
Dr. Khan worked as Clinical pharmacist internal medicine & infectious diseases at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Pakistan from February 2009 - September 2012.
During his work in Pakistan Dr. Khan was the champion and pioneer of introducing the idea of an antibiotic stewardship program and he successfully established a highly robust and comprehensive antibiotic stewardship program in that hospital.
After joining Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in October 2012, Dr. Khan contributed with his expertise and rejuvenated, introduced and established an antibiotic stewardship program in collaboration with Infectious diseases physicians, internists, intensivists and microbiologists.
Chief Pharmacy Officer, Cleveland Clinic
Bio: Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic where he leads the pharmacy enterprise which includes an $850 million dollar drug budget and 1,100 FTEs in 13 hospitals with clinics and research facilities in Ohio, Florida, Las Vegas; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; London, England; and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Dr. Knoer received his BA in psychology from Creighton University and his PharmD from the University of Nebraska. He completed a two year administrative residency and received an MS degree in hospital
pharmacy from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Knoer currently serves as Contributing Editor for Pharmacy Practice Management for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists (AJHP) where he coordinates the CPO Perspectives column. He is also a Past Chair of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers. Dr. Knoer is currently Vice-Chair of the Vizient Pharmacy Council.
Dr. Knoer has published numerous articles and chapters on a variety of topics. He is a frequent invited lecturer to local, state, national and international audiences.
Dr. Knoer has been featured and quoted broadly related to drug price increases and other topics in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine, Reuters, the Boston Globe, the Advisory Board, Modern Healthcare, Health.com and other publications. Television and radio interviews include CNBC, NPR, NBC and Al Jazeera USA among others.
Director of Consulting Services, ISMP
Bio: Michelle Mandrack is the Director of Consulting Services at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Prior to joining ISMP in 2001, Michelle spent over 20 years as a nurse in acute care settings in a variety of clinical and managerial roles. She was the Director of Maternal Child Health and subsequently, the Director of Nursing at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, PA.
In her present position, Michelle manages ISMP’s consulting services as well as performs onsite medication risk-assessments and root-cause analyses for hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the US. She has frequently participated in the analysis of medication safety issues specific to the pediatric and neonatal populations. Michelle has participated in several state-wide medication safety collaboratives and also performs medication-related technology assessments including smart pump technology and computerized prescriber order entry and barcode medication administration systems.
Michelle leads ISMP’s Practitioner in Residence and International Mentorship programs and regularly provides educational offerings to healthcare professionals related to medication safety risk assessment and development of error reduction strategies. Michelle serves as part-time faculty at Temple University School of Pharmacy. She received her BSN from Thomas Jefferson University and her MSN from Drexel University and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Creighton University School of Pharmacy & Health Professions
Bio: Michael S. Monaghan, Pharm.D., BCPS is Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine,
Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Monaghan graduated from Creighton University in 1989 with a Pharm.D. degree, followed by a clinical pharmacy residency completed at the University of
Cincinnati Medical Center. His research interests include the pharmacists’ role in primary care, medication therapy management, diabetes care, curricular assessment, and measuring professional competence.
Dr. Monaghan is well published in the areas of student assessment, measuring pedagogical effectiveness, student attitudes toward change in the learning environment, distance education, technology in education and approaches to clinical education and measurement of clinical education. He currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board, Panel for Medication Therapy Management, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
Consultant and Head of Section, Adult Infectious Diseases, Deputy Chairman, Department of Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
Bio: Dr Omrani is Head of Adult Infectious Diseases Physician and Deputy Chairman of the Department of Medicine at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, an internationally renowned center of excellence for hemato-oncology and solid organ transplantation. He completed his specialist training in Adult Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. His clinical and research interests focus on the management of infections caused by extensively resistant pathogens, infections in immune compromised hosts and infections in critically care patients. Dr Omrani is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Pathologists. He is an editorial board member of the Saudi Medical Journal and Annals of Saudi Medicine, a frequent speaker at national and international medical events and is lead author on numerous of original research articles, reviews and editorials.
System Director, Acute Care Pharmacy Services, Fairview Health Services
Bio: John Pastor III, PharmD, FASHP is the system director of acute care pharmacy services for Fairview Health Services, an eight hospital integrated delivery network located in Minnesota, USA. In this role, John also serves as the director of pharmacy services for the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pastor received his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed an ASHP-accredited residency in Pharmacy Practice. John enjoys teaching and is the Residency Program Director for a combined Master of Science degree and PGY1/2 residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and on the faculty as a clinical associate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and Graduate School. Dr. Pastor is very active with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and has been recognized as a Fellow of ASHP for his sustained contributions to pharmacy practice. John is also a past-president of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists and currently co-leads public policy
and advocacy efforts for the organization.
Janise Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Pharmacotherapy Clinical Specialist, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Bio: Dr. Janise Phillips is a Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010 from Florida A&M University in the United States. She subsequently completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. Janise is also Board Certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Critical Care. Her goal is to improve outcomes in critically ill patients by optimizing medication regimens, preventing medication errors, and conducting research. She has published research related to the use of hemostatic agents and anticoagulation in
trauma patients. Her interests include infectious diseases, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and trauma.