Service Awards Recipients

During the AACE Gulf Chapter Annual Meeting, the AACE Gulf Chapter presents an award of excellence to endocrinologists/dialectologists selected by the active AACE Gulf members and fellows as a recognition for their outstanding contribution in the field of diabetes and endocrinology.


Dr Ali Bakir

Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist

Imperial College London Diabetes Centre

United Arab Emirates


Notably, US trained endocrinologist Dr Ali Bakir is the main researcher of the study that first called attention to the nation’s high prevalence to diabetes. He spent seven years in America as the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Department of Endocrinology at Texas Tech University. Extensively experienced in thyroid disease, he previously led the Endocrinology Department at Mafraq Hospital. Many of our patients have been under the care of Dr Bakir since the Abu Dhabi centre opened in 2006. He was elected to ICLDC’s Medical Board in 2013.


Dr. Yousef Saleh

Division Head and Consultant Endocrinologist, Associate Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology

King Abdulaziz Medical City, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Saudi Arabia


Yousef Saleh graduated in 1991 from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He completed 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) in Riyadh. He completed the membership of The Royal College of Physicians (London), MRCP (U.K.) in 1994 and the Arab Board of Medicine in 1996. Subsequently he did his fellowship training in Endocrinology and Diabetes at The University of California, San Diego in 1997-1998. He rejoined KAMC as Consultant of Medicine and Endocrinology since then.


He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, King Saud University for Health Sciences in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016.


Dr. Saleh is currently the Head Division of Adult Endocrinology at the Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


He chaired the Saudi Board of Medicine and Medical Subspecialties at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties between 2011 and early 2017.


Dr. Saleh is currently the Vice President of the Saudi Osteoporosis Society and Board Member of the Gulf Chapter of American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is the co-establisher of the Saudi Fellowship Training Program of Diabetes in Saudi Arabia launched in March 2016.


He has more than 37 publications in peer reviewed journals in the field of diabetes and endocrinology particularly on aspects of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis and Vitamin D in Saudi Arabia. He published the first ever Saudi National Guidelines for Osteoporosis and is the 2nd author of the Saudi Guidelines for Vitamin D.


Dr. Nicholas Woodhouse

Professor, Department of Medicine

Sultan Qaboos University



Professor Woodhouse is an Endocrinologist and has been actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and clinical research for 45 years. His earlier studies included the extraction of human calcintonin from patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma and the use of synthetic human calcitonin in a variety of clinical disease situations. His group was the first to show that calcitonin could reduce the abnormally elevated turnover of bone in Pagets disease which resulted in radiological and histological improvement and in severely affected patients a marked reduction in cardiac output. During the same period studies in patients with primary hyper-parathyroidism led to the hypothesis that parathyroid hormone excess might cause vitamin D deficiency an idea subsequently confirmed by others. After leaving the UK for Saudi Arabia his interests broadened: widespread vitamin D deficiency was documented for the first time in Saudi Arabians and these led to fortification of milk products by government agencies, the effects of dopamine agonists in patients with pituitary tumours and somatostatin analogues in other endocrine tumours was also extensively studied together with the development of techniques to treat hypothalamic hypogonadism. A new endocrine syndrome was also identified during this period. After treating more than 2000 patients with thyroid cancer in Saudi Arabia and Oman he carried out an extensive review of 1-131 ablation therapy in this disorder. Lately preliminary studies have revealed a previously unrecognized high prevalence of mineralocorticoid induced hypertension and occult coeliac disease in Oman and have documented sub-clinical pulmonary haemorrhage as a caused of impaired lung function in patients with a leukocytoclastic vasculitis.


Professor Woodhouse has 125 publications: 80 in indexed and 45 in local journals, 22 published abstracts presented at International Conferences and 10 book chapters. He has selected 16 papers which he considers to be the most important of his career, for their originality or influence on clinical practice.


Dr. Abdulaziz Altwaim

Consultant and Section Head of Pediatric Endocrinology

King Abdulaziz Medical City

Saudi Arabia


Dr. Abdulaziz Altwaim is working at King Khalid National Guard Hospital, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, WR. Presently, he is the Section Head of Pediatric Endocrinology in the Department of Pediatrics and concurrently holding the Associate Professor of Pediatrics at King Saud Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Jeddah. He is also an Examiner in Royal College for MRCPCH (Jeddah & UK) and Vice President of Saudi Pediatric Association.


Dr. Abdulaziz Altwaim is a member of Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, Canadian Pediatric Society, The Endocrine Society (USA), International Diabetes Federation (Belgium) and Chairman of many Committee in King Khalid National Guard Hospital and other private Companies.


Dr. Abdulaziz Altwaim had many presentations in national and international conferences.


Dr. Hussein Saadi

Chief of the Medical Subspecialties Institute

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates


Hussein Saadi earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in 1985. He subsequently trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Saadi is a former member of the Cleveland Clinic staff in the Departments of General Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.


Dr. Saadi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. His specialty interests include thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, vitamin D deficiency, diabetes mellitus and general endocrinology. Dr. Saadi has over 100 publications including peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, letters, and book chapters and has presented his work at several international meetings. He is a recipient of several awards for his distinguished performance in Research, Education and Clinical service.


After serving as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Dr. Saadi rejoined Cleveland Clinic in 2011 as Chair of the Medical Subspecialties Institute of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The medical specialties include Allergy and Immunology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Hematology and Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine/Family Medicine, Nephrology, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology.


Dr. Saadi was appointed as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in 2012 and was elected to membership of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) at American University of Beirut School of Medicine in 2015. He was most recently selected as the recipient of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist Gulf Chapter Ibn Sina Distinguished Service Award in recognition for outstanding contribution to the field of diabetes and endocrinology.


Dr. Omayma Elshafie

Senior Consultant Endocrinologist

Sultan Qaboos University



Dr. Bashir Taha Salih

Chair, Obstetric Medicine Department

Corniche Hospital

United Arab Emirates


Dr. Bashir Taha Salih was born in Omdurman, Sudan, qualified with a medical degree in Internal Medicine from Germany. After working as a Consultant Physician in Sudan, Dr. Salih joined Al Jazeera and Central Hospital as a General Physician.

In March 1994, he was appointed Consultant and Chair of Obstetric Medicine in Corniche Hospital, where he established the first unit of Obstetric Medicine in the Middle East. He looks after patients with medical problems pre-dating, during or after pregnancy, holds several combined clinics with obstetricians and specialized physicians. He gained large experience in the management of medical complications in pregnancy in particular diabetes in pregnancy.


Dr. Salih is the Middle East Representative of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM) since November 2003 and member of other national and international societies. In March 2010, RCOG, UK recognized Obstetric Medicine Unit in Corniche Hospital as the first and only unit outside UK to train obstetricians (ATSM) in maternal and obstetric medicine.


In April 2012, Dr. Bashir was awarded the fellowship of the RCOG, UK for the high level of dedication and achievement in clinical care and his support to develop women’s healthcare services. Dr. Salih is currently the Chair of SUDA (Sudan Diabetes Association) UAE Executive Committee.


Dr. Mohamad Alhadraamy

Consultant Endocrinologist

Taibah University

Saudi Arabia


Dr. Aly B. Khalil

Consultant Diabetologist and Endocrinologist

Imperial College London Diabetes Center

United Arab Emirates


Aly B. Khalil is currently a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Imperial London Diabetes Centre – Abu Dhabi (ICLDC) and adjunct Associate Professor at the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE. He graduated from the University of Marseille in France then emigrated to Canada where he received his training in Internal Medicine at Queen’s University and Endocrinology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.


With a special interest in the management of thyroid disorders, Dr. Khalil has chalked up wide ranging clinical experience, while authoring multiple publications in both areas and presenting at different regional and international meetings.


With a background firmly rooted in North America, he has held different administrative and clinical positions. He is a former President of the Ontario Diabetes Association of Canada, Founding Member of the Lebanese American University and Past President of the American Association for Clinical Endocrinologists-Gulf Chapter.


Dr. Wiam Hussein

Consultant Endocrinology and Diabetes

Gulf Diabetes Specialist Center



Wiam Hussein has done all his training in the United States of America. After completing Internal Medicine residency program and receiving the annual Best Resident Award, he continued his training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in The Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he got two fellowships in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.


While in the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, he received multiple awards including a national award of the year in USA for his research and publications in his field from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists / American college of Endocrinology.


He returned to the Gulf in 1998 and established a world class center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Osteoporosis in Saudi Arabia. He later became the Director for the first Joslin Center affiliate in GCC and made it a successful Diabetes and Endocrine center in Bahrain.


He has several publications in various areas of Endocrinology and Diabetes in some of the best journals while maintaining a very busy private practice.


He is the founder of the Gulf Chapter for The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (The largest organization established for the GCC countries) and received national and international recognition for his work in Bahrain and the Gulf Area. Dr. Hussein was selected as the recipient of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Gulf Chapter Ibn Sina Distinguished Service Award 2018 in recognition for the outstanding contribution to the field of diabetes and Endocrinology.


Dr. Sohail Inam

Consultant Endocrinologist

Prince Sultan Military Medical City

Saudi Arabia


Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Abdullah

Professor and Head, Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology

University of Khartoum



Mohamed Ahmed Abdullah is Chairman Council of Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program Sudan Medical Specialization Board. President Sudan Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, President Sudanese Childhood Diabetes Association, and director Sudan Childhood Diabetes Center.Previously head of pediatric endocrinology King Saud University and security Forces Hospital Riyadh Saudi Arabia.


Prof. Abdullah is a member of many regional and International endocrine and diabetes societies and holds the ISPAD (International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes) Lestradet Award for Education and Advocacy and in 2017 honored by giving the opening ceremony plenary lecture in the pediatric endocrine Societies meeting in Washington


Prof. Abdullah has many publications in this field, reviewer to many journals, supervised many postgraduate thesis including PhDs and MDs.Main area of research interest diabetes, adrenal disorders and DSD.Has great interest in establishing pediatric endocrinology and diabetes services in limited resource settings


Dr. Ahmed Hassoun

Professor, Consultant Endocrinologist

Dubai Medical University, Dubai Diabetes Center

First President, AACE Gulf Chapter

United Arab Emirates


Ahmed A.K. Hassoun completed his fellowship in Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic, and then joined the Endocrinology staff at Mayo Clinic.


Dr. Hassoun is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. In addition, he is also an active member of: American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Endocrine Society (ES), and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). His previous appointments included: Chief of Endocrinology, Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Michigan and the faculty of Medicine, UAE University.


He has been actively participating in developing and updating the UAE Diabetes guidelines, educating & training doctors & other healthcare providers, as well as conducting research in the field of diabetes & endocrinology. He also published more than 40 papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.


Dr. Hassoun is a co-founder of the monthly UAE Endocrinology meetings (Endocrine club), and since 2006 he has been the active organizer/moderator of these meetings encouraging up-to-date dialogue amongst endocrinologists in UAE.


In addition, he was the founding and 1st President of the AACE GC, which was established in 2012. His idea of establishing endocrine review course by AACE GC was welcomed and accepted by the board. He co-directed and chaired the 1st, in 2015, AACE Gulf Endocrine Review Course and co-directed the course in 2016. This course are being done yearly since and been rated highly by the junior and senior endocrinologists in our Gulf and MENA region.


Dr. Ali Alzahrani

Consultant Endocrinologist, Professor of Medicine

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Alfaisal University

Saudi Arabia


Ali S. Alzahrani is a Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at Al Faisal University in Riyadh. He obtained his Medical Degree from King Saud University in 1990. This was followed by Residency in Internal Medicine at KFSH and RC (1991-1995) and Clinical and Research Fellowship at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA during the years 1995-1998.


He has been a Consultant Endocrinologist at KFSH and RC since 1998. During the period 2010 to 2011, Dr. Alzahrani was a faculty member and visiting Scientist at the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in John Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, United States of America.


Since his return late in 2011, he has become a Scientist and Head of the Molecular Endocrinology Division in the Department of Molecular Oncology, Research Center in addition to his Consultant Endocrinology position. Most recently, he has been appointed as a Deputy Executive Director, Research Center at KFSH & RC, Jeddah.


Dr. Alzahrani is also proactive in several editorial boards of famously known medical publications. He was the Editor-in Chief of the Annals of Saudi Medicine and an Editorial Board Member of the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Medicine. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Diabetes & Endocrine Practice, the official publication of the AACE Gulf Chapter. Additionally, he is also an Editorial Board member of the prestigious official journal of the American Thyroid Association, THYROID. He has more than 120 peer reviewed articles, more than ninety regional and international presentations and has conducted more than ninety lectures nationally and internationally as an invited speaker.


Dr. Al Zahrani’s academic interests are clinical and molecular research in the areas of thyroid cancer and endocrine genetics.


Dr. Mohamed Lamki

Consultant Endocrinologist

Royal Hospital



Mohamed Lamki graduated in Egypt in 1981 and received his post-graduate training in Glasgow in 1995. He thereby returned to Oman where he headed the Department of Endocrinology.


He was a Project Director in Conceptual Designed of The National Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Centre (2006-2012). At present, he is a Clinical Director in Medicine. Additional posts, Committee Member for the National Diabetes Program in Oman, founding member of the Gulf Group for The Study of Diabetes, and current Vice-President of Diabetes Asia Study Group (DASG), and Ex –President of Oman Diabetes Association (ADA). Member of Diabetes MENA Region, Section of IDF (International Diabetes Federation). Recently he was appointed as Board Member of AACE-Gulf Chapter (American Association Clinical Endocrinologist).


His professional experience were Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, both covering Diabetes and General Endocrinology-Utilization of Pattern Management in Diabetes, and using Glp-1 very early, prior to its release in the MENA region. (Incretin based therapy for diabetes – a new class of therapy).


His professional achievement was to introduce clinical modules-electronic. The use Glp-1 and initiation of education for nurses, integrated care system using software and pattern management for diabetes care. National diabetes Guidelines for Oman, Qatar Diabetes Briefing Guidelines (QDA).