Monthly Archives: March 2017

His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Inaugurates Innovation and Research Center at Gulf Medical University

His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Inaugurates Innovation and Research Center at Gulf Medical University

Gulf Medical University invests Dhs 20 million in innovation and research projects

Gulf Medical University, a leading private medical university established in 1998, has embarked on a major transformation of all its sectors with an emphasis on research and innovation.


His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman inaugurated the new Innovation and Research Centre and the Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research (TIPM&TR). He was accompanied by the Founder and President Board of Governors of Gulf Medical University Mr. Thumbay Moideen, the Chancellor of the university Prof. Hossam Hamdy, and other ruling family members, ministry officials, representatives from foreign missions, academic leaders and doctors from all over UAE.

The new research center will lead a new dimension in medical research by introducing precision medicine. Two other institutes are in advancing phase of development – The Thumbay Institute of Population Health and The Thumbay Institute of Healthcare Workforce Development and Leadership.

Gulf Medical University has invested more than 20 million dirhams in the innovation centre. The Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research will focus on two main research domains – Diabetics and Cancer. The researchers at the Institute seek to address the importance of tailoring the treatment protocol for each patient to what is unique about them genetically, lifestyle and environmental wise. The researchers are investigating on new diagnostic investigations for the early detection of cancer and response to different modalities of treatment.

Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research (TIPM&TR) will serve as a hub for researchers, faculty, clinicians and students interested in medical research and become incubators for innovation startup companies, and launch innovative products and services. The institute also aims to spur medical innovation and offer a platform for healthcare researchers, biomedical innovators and medical scientists in the region and foster collaborations and partnerships with international institutions like Wisconsin Medical University USA, Gustave Roussy from Paris, leading universities from Bahrain, Switzerland and Italy, research labs, pharma companies and the healthcare industry.

We would like to initiate international collaboration by bringing together leaders in science and the entire scientific community including the academia and industry to foster creativity and enhance innovation in a rapidly changing world says Prof. Hossam Hamdy. Centers of Excellence will form an important part of the university’s strategic and thematic planning, to significantly raise its profile and reflect it’s considered long-term priorities added Prof. Hamdy.

Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research (TIPM&TR) will have state-of-the-art research laboratories with new technology in Genetics, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), 3D Tissue Printing, Bio Innovation Incubator, Health Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation, Stem Cell Research and Bioavailability & Bioequivalence Studies.

The Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research (TIPM&TR) will realize its mission through a wide range of activities such as convening workshops, symposia, and conferences to showcase cutting-edge research and explore collaborative solutions to impending health problems. We wish to create opportunities for graduate students and other young researchers to connect with other international institutions and support them in their careers. We welcome collaboration, input, participation and engagement. We seek partnerships locally, across the region and the world to collaborate on research, knowledge-sharing, and education and training programs, concluded Prof. Hamdy.  

170kg man goes under the knife to lose 50kg in 1 month

170kg man goes under the knife to lose 50kg in 1 month

A typical work day required Idrees to spend 14-16 hours at the desk

Some may blame genes for their obesity, while some others may point fingers at the easy availability of junk food, but 45-year-old Ajman resident Duraid Idrees names his promotion at work as the real culprit that led him to pack on 170 kgs of weight.

“I already weighed 115 kg at that point, but after starting this new job 4-5 years ago, I started gaining weight drastically. I used to be a site engineer, and would move around a lot for work. But after becoming the operations manager, I was tied to my desk most of the time. I hardly left my desk even for food, and whenever I felt hungry, I would order delivery over the phone and eat it at my desk. I’ve gained a whopping 55 kgs,” Idrees said.

A typical work day required Idrees to spend 14-16 hours at the desk. “I could never eat on time, and once at work, there were no fixed mealtimes. One day I would eat at 8am, the next day at 10 am, and on the third, at 2pm!”

Once, after a severe stomach ache, Idrees was taken to the emergency ward of the Thumbay Hospital in Ajman. He weighed 170kgs by then and stones were found in his gall bladder.

Dr. Tamer Saafan, bariatric and laparoscopic surgeon at Thumbay Hospital, who was handling Idrees’ case, said that he found Idrees very dejected and without hope of ever getting back into shape.

“The patient has been obese for the last 15 years and although he tried hard to reduce weight by following various diets, he failed. He was also on the verge of developing diabetes and was hypertensive, due to his obesity. He just could not move around much. That’s when we decided to go in for a weight-loss procedure called Sleeve Gastrectomy (involving reducing the size of the stomach only, without any intestinal bypass or artificial device),” Dr Saafan told Khaleej Times.

“Since his bladder was also full of stones, we decided to do two procedures simultaneously – Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) and Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (a procedure in which the gall bladder is removed by laparoscopic techniques) in the same session.”

Although it was a complex case, they had to do both the procedures from the same openings on the patient’s body, and were able to complete both surgeries successfully in 2.5 hours, the doctor added.

What added to the complexity was the patient’s size. “Since he was extremely obese, the instrument was not reaching his abdomen, but we managed it.” The patient lost 14kgs in just a week after the surgery and aims to lose around 50kgs in a month.

Talking about the new diet that Dr Saafan set for the patient, he said: “He has to follow a week by week diet with fluids in the first week; mashed or grated food in the second week; the third week can include a soft diet (not hard to digest) and in the last week he can resume a normal diet.”

The patient was asked to follow a few other instructions. “He must drink lot of water during the day, cannot eat and drink at the same time, has to avoid sweets and high calorie food, and has to increase his intake of proteins now that his stomach is small; we don’t want him to lose muscle but lose fat,” the doctor pointed out.

The next important tip from Dr Saafan is not just for his patient, but for all of us: stop eating just before you feel completely full. “Do not eat a full stomach, was my advice to Idrees. You must never overeat, as it burdens your stomach beyond its capacity.”

Idrees’ sons – aged 20 and 15 – said their father’s surgery was a big lesson for them. “We definitely don’t ever want to go through what our father did. We will ensure to keep fit and active,” they said.

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Thumbay Hospital Day Care Conducts Health Awareness Event at Sharjah Indian Association

Thumbay Hospital Day Care Conducts Health Awareness Event at Sharjah Indian Association

Thumbay Hospital Day Care, Rolla, Sharjah conducted a health awareness event at Sharjah Indian Association, for the Sharjah Malayalee Kootayma, on 18th March 2017. Dr. Ashish Sam Enos, Specialist Surgeon of Thumbay Hospital Day Care delivered a demonstrative lecture on emergency care, as part of the event. The hospital also conducted a free medical checkup camp at the venue, where more than 100 attendees got their blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI checkups done. The organizers thanked Thumbay Hospital Day Care for organizing the event.

Experts Stress Importance of Pre-marital Screening to Prevent Medical, Psychological Marital Problems at ‘Conference on Recent Trends in Women’s Health’

Recent Trends in Women's Health

Pre-marital screening of couples is crucial to prevent genetic disorders, congenital anomalies & several medical, psychological marital problems, according to H.E. Dr. Maryam Matar, Founder and Chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association. Speaking at the ‘Conference on Recent Trends in Women’s Health’ at the Millennium Airport Hotel, Dubai on Friday, 17th March 2017, she stressed that pre-marital screening was imperative to examine the detection and  prevention of at risk  marriages, minimizing the prevalence and impact of common genetic disorders.

Leading doctors of the country shared their experience and delivered talks during the conference. Speakers at the conference touched upon the importance of implementing the appropriate guidelines for screening diseases affecting women’s health, and employing evidence-based approaches for diagnosis. Developing evidence-based management and treatment strategies to address diseases affecting women was also stressed. They also spoke about the importance of counseling and educating female patients to promote health management and disease prevention.

Speaking on the topic Gestational Diabetes, Dr. Kishore Kumar Katam, Specialist Endocrinologist Thumbay Hospital – Ajman suggested preconception counseling, lifestyle modification, adequate antenatal care, choosing the right agent for glycemic control, preferring insulin over other medications and postpartum evaluation as some sure shot ways to keep diabetes at bay, during pregnancy.

Discussing Pre-Eclampsia in Parturient – Evidence Based Approach, Dr. Prashanth Hegde, Medical Director and Specialist Gynaecologist Thumbay Hospital – Ajman outlined evidence-based approach in the management of preeclampsia and discussed ways to optimize care for such patients. “Use of Evidence based guidelines coupled with preeclampsia-specific checklists, team training and communication strategies, and continuous process improvement strategies are likely to reduce hypertensive related morbidity and mortality among pregnant and parturient women,” he concluded.

H.E. Dr. Maryam Matar, Founder and Chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association (GDA) spoke on the topic Importance of Premarital Screening (PS) and Improving the Quality of Genes. “The Premarital Screening Program in the UAE is mandatory & influences marriage decisions. It plays a crucial role in that it allows informed reproductive decisions. The GDA strives to reduce the prevalence and impact of common genetic disorders in the UAE through preventative awareness programs, screening based on research studies and knowledge sharing, conducted by experts in the field using the most innovative technology at the lowest costs,” she explained.

Speaking on the topic Genetic Engineering – The Next Designer Baby is on the Way, Dr. P. K. Menon, Director of Thumbay Labs discussed in detail the strategies, technologies and implications of genetic engineering with regard to designer babies. Dr. Pankaj Srivastav, Consultant Gynecologist Conceive Fertility Hospital – Sharjah outlined the aim, strategies and complications of ovulation induction, discussing the topic Evolving Trends in Ovulation Induction. Dr. Osama Mahmoud Rizk Mohamed, Consultant Gynecologist and Medical Director of Thumbay Hospital Fujairah explained Ovarian Malignancy.

Elaborating on his topic Rehabilitation in Breast Cancer, Dr. Praveen Kumar, Dean– College of Allied Health Sciences, GMU said that maintaining a healthy body-weight, abstaining from smoking and alcohol and engaging in regular physical activities were some ways to lower the risk of breast cancer. “Exercise is increasingly being implemented as a therapeutic tool in patients with breast cancer. Physical exercise has shown to be a suitable adjunct therapy to battle long term chronic conditions and has been successful in reducing mortality and improving overall quality of life,” he added.

The ‘Conference on Recent Trends in Women’s Health’ was organized by Gulf Medical University – Ajman, in association with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Thumbay Hospitals. Accredited by the Ministry of Health for 5.5 CME hours, the conference was attended by healthcare professionals across broad disciplines including doctors, nurses, researchers and policy makers.

The conference speakers were honored with mementos. Certificates were distributed to the seminar attendees.

Thumbay Hospital Day Care Conducts Health Awareness Event at St. Mary’s Church Sharjah

Thumbay Hospital Day Care Conducts Health Awareness Event at St. Mary’s Church Sharjah

Thumbay Hospital Day Care, Rolla, Sharjah conducted a free medical camp at St. Mary’s Church Sharjah on 17th March 2017. Dr.Mohit Garg, Specialist Pulmonologist of Thumbay Hospital Day Care delivered lecture on Chronic Asthma and Allergies, as part of the event. The attendees were also administered with free blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI check ups. Around 150 people benefitted from the camp. The organizers thanked Thumbay Hospital Day Care for organizing the event with a certificate of appreciation.


Thumbay Group Opens New Clinics, Pharmacies in Fujairah and Dubai

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Thumbay Group’s Healthcare and Retail divisions have expanded their networks of state-of-the-art family clinics and pharmacies respectively, by opening new Thumbay Clinics & Thumbay Pharmacies in Fujairah & Dubai. The new clinics and pharmacies were opened in Fujairah on Sunday, 12th March and in Ras Al Khor – Dubai on Monday, 13th March 2017.

Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group was the chief guest of the opening functions. Also present were Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group, Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, and other members of Thumbay Group Board.

The newly opened clinics, complete with laboratory services, are the latest addition to Thumbay Group’s growing number of healthcare services focusing primarily on personalized services, convenience and affordability. The Thumbay clinic Fujairah has General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Orthopedics departments, led by highly qualified specialists. The new Thumbay Clinic Ras Al Khor Dubai has the following specialties: General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Laboratory Services, Ultrasound and X-Ray. To celebrate the opening, the new clinics conducted ‘Free Maga Health Camp’ on their respective opening days, from 9am to 9pm.

Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay said that Thumbay Group has plans to open more clinics in the near future, as part of its continued endeavors to deliver high-quality healthcare at affordable costs. “As per our strategic plans, we hope to open more clinics and pharmacies at various locations in the UAE. Thumbay academic hospitals and clinics are committed to delivering high-quality, patient-focused, cost-effective healthcare at people’s doorsteps.”

Presently located at Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, Thumbay Clinics offer services ranging from outpatient services to the latest medical procedures and diagnostics. Thumbay Clinics offer premium facilities that make them one of the finest community healthcare providers. All major insurance companies are honored at all Thumbay Clinics. The entire network of Thumbay academic hospitals and clinics provide teaching and training facilities to the students of Gulf Medical University – Ajman, one of the leading private medical universities in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group.

The newly opened clinic in Fujairah is located opposite Fatima Shopping Centre and the one in Dubai is located next to Marhaba Mall, Ras Al Khor. Clinic timings: 9am to 10pm (Saturday to Thursday) and 2pm to 10pm on Fridays. The new Thumbay Pharmacies offering the complete range of medical equipment and rehabilitation care products are located next to these clinics.

Thumbay Group’s healthcare division will be opening Thumbay Hospital Day Care at University Road, Sharjah shortly, in addition to the existing Day Care center at Rolla, Sharjah. Thumbay Hospital Day Care is a multispecialty healthcare facility offering treatments and procedures as day-cases, meaning no overnight stay in the hospital is required, and patients can rest and recuperate in their own homes.

High Profile Healthcare-Research Delegation from Australia Visits Gulf Medical University Seeking Opportunities for Collaboration and Cooperation


A high-profile delegation of Australian Trade Commission, Australian Government, led the Deputy Consul General & Trade Commissioner for UAE, Ms. Anna Fedeles visited Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman on Monday, 13th March 2017, seeking opportunities to collaborate with the University in the fields of medical education, healthcare and research.


The healthcare research delegation included a host of esteemed dignitaries from the medical education, healthcare and business sectors, including representatives from renowned institutions like Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Monash University, Murdoch University, University of Wollongong, etc.

The delegation was received at the University by Prof. Hossam Hamdy – Chancellor of GMU, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj – GMU Provost and the Deans of various colleges of GMU. They were then presented with a video outlining Thumbay Group’s activities in medical education, healthcare, research and other sectors, as well as an overview of the ongoing and upcoming expansion projects. The delegates also toured the University’s educational and research facilities, including the different ongoing projects of the hospitals and medical centers in the campus.

The delegates held detailed discussions with the academic leadership led by Prof. Hossam Hamdy, exploring potential avenues for cooperation and collaboration. Thanking the University’s leadership for the reception, Ms. Anna Fedeles said that the delegation was very impressed with the facilities of GMU, the quality of the academic curriculum imparted and the emphasis on innovation. “What we saw when we walked around the University; the vision of the University, the direction that the University aspires to take is really impressive. We can see that GMU has a very clear strategy of how to move ahead. It has the right funding, and is looking for international collaborations. This is one area where Australia can partner,” she said. The delegates also appreciated GMU’s efforts to establish a full-fledged Academic Health System; a first in the private sector in the region.

Thanking the delegates for their visit, Prof. Hossam Hamdy said that Gulf Medical University hoped to establish a strong relationship with healthcare institutions in Australia, to benefit from the country’s accomplishments in the field. Elaborating on the ongoing projects and possible areas of collaboration, he said, “GMU is building its state-of-the-art teaching hospital of 350 beds, raising the bed capacity of its teaching hospitals to 700 beds and 7 clinics and around 40 pharmacies. The new project includes the new dental hospital and the largest rehabilitation center in the UAE. We hope to be able to collaborate with leading Australian healthcare establishments, to utilize their expertise in establishing partnerships for GMU’s journey ahead.”

Thumbay Clinic Conducts Monthly Pediatric Health Checkup Camp at Chubby Cheeks Nursery RAK

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Thumbay Clinic – Ras Al Khaimah, part of the network of family clinics operated by the healthcare division of Thumbay Group, conducted the monthly pediatric health checkup camp for the children of Chubby Cheeks nursery on Sunday 12th March, 2017.

The camp, conducted in the nursery premises, was led by Dr. Sandeep Surendra Kanchan, Specialist Pediatrician of the clinic. Dr. Sandeep also interacted with the parents of the children, who used the opportunity to clear their doubts about child health and nutrition.

Gulf Medical University’s ‘Global Day 2017’ Celebrates Cultural Diversity

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More than 3000 people attended the event, which celebrated the cultural diversity of the University’s 75+ student nationalities

Gulf Medical University (GMU), the leading medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group celebrated its annual ‘Global Day 2017’ on Friday, 10th March 2017. The event, held at the university grounds in Ajman had around 3000 visitors including the university students and staff as well as their friends and relatives. Every year, GMU celebrates the Global Day, which provides the students a platform to display the essence of their ethnicities and cultures.

The Global Day celebrations were inaugurated by Prof. Gita Ashok Raj – Provost of GMU, in the presence of the Deans of GMU’s colleges. Accompanied by the Deans, she toured the country pavilions where students had exhibited the food and costumes, as well as other exhibits relevant to their culture and history. Appreciating the students for their efforts, she said that the annual Global Day was GMU’s way of bringing together students, faculty, staff and their families to celebrate the University’s ‘Unity in Diversity’. The venue was also visited by Mr. Thumbay Moideen – Founder, President of the Board of Governors of GMU.


The GMU campus was gleaming with a variety of hues as the students, who hail from as many as 75 nationalities, were dressed in their respective traditional attires. Students also performed on stage, entertaining the audience with some great displays of talent.  Individual country pavilions set-up at the venue presented the national heritage of the respective country and treated visitors to some delicious ethnic food.  Various competitions were held, such as selection of the best pavilion, food, hospitality, teamwork, country performances, as well as talent and fashion shows.

Prof. Gita Ashok Raj awarded the prizes to the competition winners. Iraq and UAE students won the Overall Champions prize.

Prizes in various categories:

Pavilion Prizes:  1st Prize: UAE, 2nd Prize: Palestine, 3rd Prize: Iraq

Honorary Pavilion Prizes: Best Entrance Gate: Pakistan, Best Cultural Food: Egypt, Best Hospitality: India and Best Teamwork: Syria

Fashion Show: 1st Prize: Palestine, 2nd Prize: Eqypt, 3rd Prize: Iraq

Country Performances: 1st Prize: India, 2nd Prize: Nigeria and 3rd Prize: UAE

Talent Show Winners (Individual Performances): 1st Prize: Mr. Khalid, 2nd Prize: Ms. Aiswarya, 3rd Prize: Ms. Yasmin; Participation prizes: Khalid Muhammad Rasha, Latif & Abdul Salam

Overall Champions: Iraq & UAE