Organizing Committee
OCM Member
University of Toronto , Canada
Biography :

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH, is a Palestinian medical doctor who was born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. He is a passionate and eloquent proponent of peace between Palestinians and Israelis and has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace. He has succeeded despite all odds through a great determination of spirit, a strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family. He received his elementary, preparatory and secondary education in the refugee camp schools, followed by a scholarship to study medicine in Cairo, Egypt and a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of London, UK. From 1997-2002, Dr. Abuelaish completed his residency in at the Soroka University hospital in Beer Sheva, Israel followed by a subspecialty in Fetal medicine in Italy and Belgium, and a Master’s in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) from Harvard University. He is the first Palestinian doctor to receive an appointment in Medicine at an Israeli hospital. He has received a number of awards and nominations in recognition of his promotion of peace through health, and has been given seven honorary degrees from the University of Manitoba, Victoria University, Sault College, McMaster University, University of Saskatchewan, Queen’s University, and The University of Western Ontario. In addition to sharing the stage with several Nobel Peace Laureates such as Senator Romeo Dallaire, Dr. James Orbinski, Shirin Ebadi (Iran), and Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), he has been nominated three years consecutively for the Nobel Peace Prize, and support for his candidacy keeps growing exponentially every year. He is the recipient of the Stavros Niarchos Prize for Survivorship, and was also nominated for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Since 2010 Dr. Abuelaish has also been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan for three consecutive years, and was the first ever recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize.

Research Interest :

Global Public Health, Women’s Health, Health, Conflict and Peace

OCM Member
Indiana University School of Medicine , USA
Biography :

Dr. Ahdy W Helmy, MD, PhD, is a developed a passion for education at an early age. But he also felt drawn to medicine, driven by a desire to heal and to serve the suffering. He soon figured out a way to combine the two fields—and since that time, he has devoted his life to practicing and teaching the profession of medicine. Helmy's students and colleagues say that the privilege is theirs. Over and over again, students and faculty alike emphasize how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to work with the man described by former student Patrick S. Hayden, now attending nephrologist with Nephrology Associates of Kentuckiana, as "the consummate clinician, a superior educator, and a true friend." As an associate professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine, Helmy, whose specialty is internal medicine, serves as teacher, advisor, mentor, and role model to learners at all levels of medical education, including medical students, residents, and fellows. Whether working one-on-one with endocrinology fellows or delivering lectures to medical students, he seizes every opportunity to increase his students' active learning. He believes in teaching by example, and he tries to model respectful interaction with patients. "Dr. Helmy has an exceedingly strong personal respect and love for the art and science of teaching," says Richard M. Dexter, professor emeritus of medicine. "He is renowned for his mastery of the art of physical examination, and for his role-modeling as a compassionate physician." Helmy's contributions to medical education go beyond his teaching. In 2001, he co-founded the Primary-care Interdisciplinary Medical Education (PRIME) Clinic at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis. The monthly clinic, which sees patients with complex medical, social, and pharmacy needs, provides a cooperative interdisciplinary clinical environment for internal medicine residents, social work students, and pharmacy students. Helmy has organized the clinic and supervised internal medicine residents there since its inception.

OCM Member
Seha Ambulatory Healthcare Services , United Arab Emirates
Biography :

Litty Varghese (RN; MSN) is working as A/Head of Nursing Education, AHS/SEHA, UAE. She has 34 years of experience in the field of PHC, UAE and has expertise as JCIA chapter lead and tracer team member, quality improvement coordinator, diabetic clinic project coordinator, community program organizer, nurse educator, newsletter editor and researcher. She holds Master’s Degree in Community Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Administration and obtained certification in Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from CDC, Atlanta. With her continuance in excellent professionalism, she won the First Seha Best Employee Award 2012, the 3rd Best Abstract Award at The Pan Arab Hypertension Conference in Abu Dhabi Feb. 5-9, 2000 and actively participated in winning the following Awards: 2009 Arab Health Award for PHC Chronic Disease program; 2010 Arab Health Award for Nursing HR development.

OCM Member
Preventive services centre/ Dubai health Authority , United Arab Emirates
Biography :

Dr Hamid yahya Husain is a Senior specialist community and family physician Director of school health and educational institutions program in Dubai / Government of Dubai / Dubai / UAE .Enrolled with different international organization, UNICEIF, WHO, ICRC, IOM and others as programs manager and expert. Worked as environmental expert ant ministry of environment, Iraq, Worked as training consultant, researcher, and programs manager at ministries of health and higher education and scientific research in different Middle East and North Africa region. Member of editorial Board of Middle east journal of internal medicine, Middle east journal of age and aging, middle east journal of Alzheimer and psychiatry Member of different international, regional and national associations e.g. APHA, IEA, MENAPF, EMAME, American college of occupational and environmental medicine, American college of Epidemiology, American academy of family medicine, Canadian College of family physician, Professor at Dubai residency training program/ Community and family medicine/ Arab Board for health specializations. Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health Medicine at Faculty of Medicine, University of Baghdad. Qualified with PhD family and community medicine, Higher diploma respiratory Diseases Edge hills University UK, fellowship of institute for international education/ New York, Master course of Epidemiogy and biostatistics / American University of Beirut, training certificates on Public Health ( north Carolina, Johan Hopkins and Harvard) and Canada college for family physicians Supervised more than (30) PhD thesis, 25 MSc thesis, achieved about 150 research work. And contribute to CDC textbook on Ethics in Public Health, cases spanning around the Globe. Editorial Board and Peer Reviewer at many international medical and health Journals.

OCM Member
Athabasca University , Canada
Research Interest :

Primary Care and Family Medicine

OCM Member
Tunceli University , Turkey
Biography :

Gulnaz Karatay is an Associate Professor in Public Health Nursing in the Tunceli University Health High School in Turkey. She completed her Master and Doctorate program from Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Science in Ankara, Turkey. Her academic background and work experience as a Nurse-Researcher has enabled her to develop a range of skills. Accordingly, she has been in Prato Hospital in Italy-Florence for 3 months and US-Wisconsin Madison University for 3 months.

Research Interest :

Her research focuses on motivational interviewing for smoking cessation, improving cognitive function of the elderly, prevention of substance use in adolescent period and women health.

OCM Member
Editor in Chief JFMPC
Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, President Academy of Family Physicians of India , India
Research Interest :

Primary Care and Family Medicine

OCM Member
Jazan University , Saudi Arabia
Biography :

Dr Neeraj Bedi is a highly experienced medical professional having 26 years of teaching, training, research and administrative experience in the field of Public Health/Community Medicine. He obtained his MD in 1986, MPH and MBA administrative qualifications. He is involved in Quality Assurance and Risk Management Activities related to the Hospital Management. He has been awarded WHO fellowships in “Hospital Administration” and “Management of Malaria Field Operations”. He has published 50 research publications and is a reviewer of many journals. Currently, he is working as full time Professor in Faculty of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia.

Research Interest :

Primary Care and Family Medicine

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