United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba signed an agreement with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The agreement signifies that children in the UAE will receive expert-quality care from CHOP. Ties between the hospital and UAE go back to 2010, when the UAE was the first client of CHOP’s global medicine department.
Ambassador Al Otaiba expressed his gratitude for this agreement: “CHOP offers an outstanding commitment to pediatric healthcare and provides high-quality services to patient families throughout the UAE. Today, we recognize CHOP as a pediatric health partner within our embassy and are thrilled to announce that the hospital will welcome the first UAE National Emirati into its residency program in July 2018.”
CHOP’s long-standing relationship with the UAE was furthered by the memorandum of understanding (MOU) the hospital signed with the Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates (MOHAP) in October 2017. This MOU outlined how a pediatric specialty consultation program will begin to offer educational and clinical services in MOHAP hospitals. Agreements like the most recent MOU are beneficial for the UAE in terms of medical services.
In addition to the agreement signed by Mr. Al Otaiba, both the Ambassador and CHOP have a commitment bringing one UAE citizen in residency to the United States each year. This way, the resident can obtain their fellowship while in the United States and bring their skills and experience back to the UAE to benefit patients.
So far, nine residents in the northern UAE are licensed through CHOP. Not only are they putting their skills to use, but they are also working closely with other Emirati medical professionals who aren’t licensed through CHOP. This means more UAE physicians will obtain exposure to US-taught medical specialists.
The agreement will open new doors for both UAE and US patients, physicians and citizens in terms of care and research. Mr. Al Otaiba will continue to welcome new opportunities for strengthening the UAE-US relationship through collaborations such as this.
Peter Dicce, an American-born lawyer and soccer coach, decided to turn his life around in 2009. In the midst of his life and following a cancer diagnosis, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) asked for his recommendation for a candidate to fill a vacancy in its athletics program. As it turned out, Mr. Dicce ended up in the position himself. This type of transnational involvement with NYUAD reflects UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s vision of strengthening the United States and United Arab Emirates’ relationship.
This isn’t the first time the US and NYUAD have combined their efforts to welcome new opportunities for their citizens. In January 2018, NYUAD introduced an immersive three-week program for its students called J-Term. Through this program, students had the chance to travel the world and take classes in different countries. Mr. Al Otaiba is supportive of programs such as these, as they enrich the lives of students in both the UAE and the US.
Since joining NYUAD’s athletics program, Mr. Dicce has worked tirelessly to make sure the program has all the resources it needs for its students. Since his first day in 2010, he has taken tremendous strides to see that the athletic program reaches its greatest potential. This includes allowing women to join soccer teams at NYUAD and other universities, eliminating toxic masculinity in locker rooms, establishing a university league, switching from club-based to university-based sports, and coaching various NYUAD squads.
Mr. Dicce represents a diverse soccer team, with 30 players from 25 different countries. Because of this, Mr. Dicce claims that the team doesn’t have one unique style when it comes to playing soccer, since almost everyone is accustomed to playing in a different way. However, he hasn’t let this hinder his team. Instead, Mr. Dicce has used this as an opportunity to preach inclusivity.
From a cancer diagnosis to being the assistant dean of students and director of athletics, Mr. Dicce’s perseverance goes beyond just a soccer field. Leaders like him make Yousef Al Otaiba extremely proud of NYU’s strong partnership with NYUAD. The Ambassador will continue to collaborate with individuals, like Mr. Dicce, that go above and beyond for NYUAD.
The very first robotic surgery in the United Arab Emirates occurred in March 2018 at Abu Dhabi’s Cleveland Clinic. The patient was an Emirati woman that had severe fibroids and endometriosis, conditions that are common in the UAE. However, despite the fact that these illnesses affect up to 10% of women, treatment is relatively expensive and recovery time can take up to eight weeks.
Luckily, robotic surgery is minimally invasive and can cut recovery time in half. This breakthrough in science and technology is the result of the efforts put forth by Abu Dhabi’s Cleveland Clinic, a hospital that is part of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the United States of America. Partnerships like this are exactly what UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba strives to invest in, as they enrich the relationship between these two nations.
What makes robotic surgery so unique is how minimally invasive this procedure is, which benefits patients. Robotic surgery allows the surgeon to make more precise movements, so the incisions they make are much smaller than they would be when made by hand. Since this procedure allows for reduced incision size, recovery time is much shorter for patients. For example, the Emirati woman who underwent the first robotic surgery in the UAE was discharged 12 hours later and returned to normal activities following her procedure.
Although this breakthrough is relatively new, it has a high approval rating amongst UAE citizens. For instance, in a survey conducted amongst 11,000 people across 12 countries, half of Emirati respondents stated that they would allow a robot to preform minor surgery on them as opposed to a doctor. This finding is monumental as the science and technology sectors in the UAE continue to grow and present ways to treats patients.
Ambassador Al Otaiba will continue to support medical breakthroughs that are beneficial for both countries. Mr. Al Otaiba is eager to see what future implications robotic surgery will have for those who require this procedure.