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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


The vision of the department is to be a leading academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the region. Towards this end it promotes core values including

  • Professionalism and Integrity in all of our endeavours
  • Commitment to innovation and excellence
  • Diversity, gender sensitivity and social justice
  • Partnership with our academic health science centres
  • Multi-professional, interdisciplinary and community collaboration
  • Responsiveness to the needs of our local, national and international communities

The mission of the department is to advance and promote the discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in order to enhance the health and safety of women and their families, by:

  • Training future health researchers, and conducting research that advances the understanding of significant women’s health problems, and optimizes practice and policy in Canada and internationally.
  • Providing learners at all levels with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for lifelong learning and leadership in obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Providing leadership and advocacy in obstetric and gynecologic care that is sensitive and responsive to the present and future needs of women and their families.


Placenta Laboratory

A placenta laboratory was developed to study placenta morphology, pathophysiology in different pregnancy conditions and the transmission of drugs to the fetus in utero. The establishment of the placenta was in collaboration with Dr. Antoine Malek from the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland.


The Department engages the clerkship program for medical students for a duration of eight weeks.

At the end of the clerkship, students will have acquired the:

  • Knowledge to understand women’s health, puberty, child-bearing period, menopause, normal and abnormal processes concerning the female reproductive system e.g. pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, discharge, infections, infertility, pregnancy, labour, delivery and the puerperium.
  • Clinical skills to:
    • Assess the normality of the reproductive health, pregnancy labour and puerperium of a female patient.
    • Initiate and participate in appropriate evidence-based and cost-effective clinical management of common conditions.
    • Communicate effectively with other health care providers through consultations, referrals and presentations.
  • Attitude that will enable him/her to:
    • Practice medicine humanely and ethically
    • Treat patients with respect
    • Relate with colleagues respectfully
    • Seek to continually improve clinical knowledge and skills
    • Respect prevailing rules and regulations
    • Engage in a successful self-directed learning.

The department offers Professsional Clinical Diploma in Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The programme is run by the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University in collaboration with Women’s Health Institute, Al Ain Hospital, Al Baraha Hospital (Dubai), and Umm Al Quwain Hospital (Umm AL Quwain). This course is aimed at medical practitioners, obstetricians and radiologists, who wish to receive accredited training in obstetric ultrasound. The aim of this course is to allow trainees to develop advance obstetrical scanning skills (abdominal and vaginal) and to gain experience and knowledge in all aspects of obstetric ultrasound in the management of normal and abnormal pregnancy. This will include sufficient breadth and depth of understanding of pregnancy problems.


Clinical & Community Services

At both Tawam and Al Ain Hospitals (teaching hospitals), the Department is involved in the provision of general Obstetric and Gynecological Services which includes regular on-call duties. Faculty contributes specialized services in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Minimal Access Surgery, Gyn-Oncology and Women Health.

The Department had a major input in introducing and developing new services to the affiliated hospitals. This includes fetal medicine, urogynecology, and coploscpy services.

The Department led the first intrauterine fetal transfusion in the UAE.


  1. Bekdache GN1, Begam MA, Chedid F, Al-Gazali L, Mirghani H. (2013). Fibrochondrogenesis: Prenatal diagnosis and outcome. J Obstet Gynaecol, 33(7):663-8.
  2. Elbiss HM, Raheel H, George S, et al. (2013). Clinical effects of gynecologic laparoscopy courses in the United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 124:1:42-44.
  3. Elbiss HM, Osman N, Hammad FT. (2013). Social impact and healthcare-seeking behavior among women with urinary incontinence in the United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics,122:2:136-139.
  4. Elbiss HM, George S, Sidky I, et al. (2013). Gynaecological laparoscopy courses in the United Arab Emirates. African Health Sciences, 13 :2: 393-401.
  5. Ghazal-Aswad S1, Badrinath P, Sidky I, Safi TH, Gargash H, Abdul-Razak Y, Mirghani H.  (2013). Severe acute maternal morbidity in a high-income developing multiethnic country. Matern Child Health J, 17(3):399-404.
  6. Ortashi O, Raheel H, Shalal M, Osman N. (2013). Awareness and knowledge about human papillomavirus infection and vaccination among women in UAE. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev, 14(10):6077-80.
  7. Ortashi O, Virdee J, Hassan R, Mutrynowski T, Abu-Zidan F. (2013). The practice of defensive medicine among hospital doctors in the United Kingdom. BMC Med Ethics, 29;14:42.
  8. Ortashi O, Raheel H, Khamis J. (2013). Acceptability of human papillomavirus vaccination among male university students in the United Arab Emirates. Vaccine, 31(44):5141-4.
  9. Ortashi O. (2013). Gynecological cancer services in Arab countries: present scenario, problems and suggested solutions. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev,14(3):2147-50.


Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Extension
Dr. Shamsa A. Al Awar Associate Professor and Chair 7568
Dr. Hassan M. Elbiss Associate Professor 7564
Dr. Moamar Al Jefout Associate Professor 7559
Dr. Kornelia Zareba Assistant Professor 7562
Dr. Howaida Khair Assistant Professor 7567


Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Extension
Ms. Gehan Sayed Sallam Medical Research Specialist I 7565
Ms. Sara Maki Medical Research Assistant 7420
Ms. Shaikha K. Al Yahyaee Administrator I 7566

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

United Arab Emirates University,
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
P.O.Box: 17666, Al Ain, UAE

Phone: +971 3 7137 566 
Fax: +971 3 7672 067


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Sep 13, 2023