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Cedars-Sinai Extends Presence in the Middle East at Arab Health 2022 and Through Various Collaborations

Cedars-Sinai International (CSI) recently participated in Arab Health 2022.
Heitham T. Hassoun, MD, vice president and medical director of International at Cedars-Sinai

Heitham T. Hassoun, MD

In another sign of its growing presence in the Middle East, Cedars-Sinai International (CSI) recently participated in Arab Health 2022, the second largest healthcare tradeshow in the world. The exhibition—in Dubai, United Arab Emirates—represented an opportunity for the CSI team to explore and nurture collaborative relationships with leading healthcare providers throughout the region and beyond.

"Our trip was part of a sustained effort to engage with like-minded strategic partners," explained Cedar-Sinai International Vice President and Medical Director, Heitham Hassoun, MD. "Our goal is to foster collaborative relationships that are focused on building local capacity and capability designed to provide care to patients where they live."


“Our trip was part of a sustained effort to engage with like-minded strategic partners. Our goal is to foster collaborative relationships that are focused on building local capacity and capability designed to provide care to patients where they live.”


Ali Azizzadeh, MD, director of the Division of Vascular Surgery

Ali Azizzadeh, MD

Established in 1975 in Dubai, Arab Health draws clinical and management industry leaders from more than 184 countries, with more than 80,000 visitors and 2,800 exhibitors. The 2022 edition of Arab Health ran from January 24th-27th.

Two of Cedars-Sinai’s leading surgeons conducted virtual presentations for an audience of general surgeons from the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and East Asia. Ali Azizzadeh, MD, director of the Division of Vascular Surgery, presented “New Frontiers in Vascular Surgery”. Miguel Burch, MD, chief of Minimally Invasive and GI Surgery, shared next-generation approaches to upper GI surgery using near infrared spectroscopy to view lymph nodes and increase lymph node harvest in gastric cancer.

During their visit, the Cedars-Sinai International team engaged in roundtable discussions with key members from the Abu Dhabi Department of Health and with The Health Bank, a home health care agency with clients in UAE, Pakistan and North Africa.

Cedars-Siani Minimally Invasive and GI Surgery Chief, Miguel A. Burch, MD.

Miguel A. Burch, MD

Within the region, Cedars-Sinai International recently established a long-term collaboration with Elegancia Healthcare to provide consulting services on hospital design and clinical programming for a new hospital slated to open in Qatar in August 2022. With 244 inpatient beds, including 12 ICU beds and 10 surgical suites, the View Hospital will be Qatar’s first private healthcare facility. Plans include knowledge transfer programs for physicians and nurses.



In the coming months, Cedars-Sinai International will continue to pursue its strategic efforts in four key arenas: hospital and health system collaborations; physician relationships; new payer and purchaser channels; and marketing and communications initiatives.

"We are excited by the energy and enthusiasm we are seeing with our growing collaborations in the region," Hassoun said. "We are working hard to bring leading-edge healthcare to new patients and communities."

Cedars-Sinai International team at the Cedars-Sinai booth at Arab Health 2022.

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