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Al Zahra Cancer and Oncology Center
Dr.Moujahed (Ed) Ashtar

Consultant – Medical Oncology

Language Spoke:

English and Arabic

Dr. Ashtar has recently joined the Oncology team at Al Zahra Hospital in Dubai.
Dr. Ashtar received his Diploma of Human Medicine with Honors from Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine in August 1987.
Dr. Ashtar completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky Medical  Center (UKMC) in 1998, and he was awarded the "Outstanding Resident Performance" of the year 1997.
Dr. Ashtar practiced Internal Medicine for four years, during that time he was awarded as the "Best Physician of the Year 1999 - 2000" at Whitesburg Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC).
Dr. Ashtar eventually moved to NIH (The National Institutes of Health /National Cancer Center - NCI) in Bethesda, MD in 2002 and he was involved in Fellowship and Clinical Research in Hematology/Oncology.
Dr. Ashtar became the Chief of the Fellows and he was also awarded several honors during his fellowship including
“The ASCO foundation Merit Award” in 2007 & and the award of “America's top Oncologist” in 2008.
Dr. Ashtar became a Research Investigator at NCI/Bethesda Naval Medical Center and a Co-investigator in several cancer vaccine protocols.
Dr. Ashtar has published twelve different publications until June 2008 and he was a key author and co - author on several ASCO presentations and publications at NIH/NCI.
Dr. Ashtar eventually went to private practice in Pennsylvania in November 2008.
He was the Head of “Dr. Ashtar Hematology & Oncology Professional Association, LLC” in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ashtar later on opened another practice in Northern Virgina/Maryland in July 2013   “ Cancer Professionals of Greater Washington, PLLC ” .

Dr.Maher A. Abbas

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon


Bachelor’s Degree of Science, Emory University, Georgia, USA

Doctor of Medicine, Stanford University Medical School, California, USA

Surgery Residency, Mayo Clinic, Arizona, USA

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Florida, USA

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Fellow, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery

Diplomate, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Dr Maher A. Abbas is an internationally known colorectal and gastrointestinal surgeon with 22 years of experience in medicine and surgery. To date he has conducted more than 12,000 operations and procedures. He is the recipient of 29 honor awards including America’s Top Surgeons, America’s most compassionate Doctors, Super Doctors of Southern California, and Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors.  He is professor of surgery and he is senior examiner of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.  

Dr.  Abbas is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and is associate editor of the Diseases of Colon and Rectum, the official journal of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He has authored over 150 scientific publications and has delivered over 300 presentations in the USA and the world.

Dr. Abbas was formerly the regional chief of colorectal surgery in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, the founding chair of the center for minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and director of the National Center for Excellence in Colorectal Surgery.   Dr. Abbas was one of the founders of the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi and he held the first chairmanship of the Digestive Disease Institute.

Dr Abbas is an American doctor from Lebanese origin. He competed as a runner in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.  He is married and has 3 children.

Specialty interests

• Interventional endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, proctoscopy, anoscopy

Colon cancer screening, polyp removal, tumor resection, stricture management, minor treatment of hemorrhoids, management of radiation inflammation

• Open and minimally invasive camera surgery [laparoscopic, robotic]

Colon and rectal cancer, recurrent colon and rectal cancer, polyps, rare pelvic tumors, desmoid tumors, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, pelvic pouch surgery, reoperative pelvic surgery, diverticulitis, bowel obstruction, ileostomy and colostomy management, wound management, scar revision

• Pelvic floor conditions treatment

Incontinence, complex anal and rectal fistula [vagina, bladder, rectum], anal or rectal prolapse, rectocele, childbirth trauma, constipation, difficulty with defecation, pilonidal hair cyst, hidradenitis suppurativa infection of skin, anal and rectal ultrasound, anorectal manometry pressure studies


Hemorrhoids, anal fistula, fissure, warts, anal dysplasia and cancer, transmitted infectious diseases, skin tags, anal and buttocks wound scar management, cosmetic rejuvenation

Dr.Mohan Rangaswamy

Consultant - Plastic Surgery

Reconstruction Surgical and Plastic Oncology


MD,FAAP,FACCMBBS, MS, Diplomate of National Board of Medical Specialties, FRCS, MCh (Plastic Surgery)


Dr. Mohan Rangaswamy is a highly experienced plastic surgeon with 28 years in plastic surgery. He holds a Consultant license in Dubai Health Authority and is also licensed in Dubai Healthcare City. He practices the art and science of plastic surgery in its comprehensive form, which means that he does both the Reconstructive and Cosmetic aspects as well as Hand Surgery. He is often called upon to solve difficult reconstructive problems in other specialties due to this wide repertoire of knowledge and experience; he a respected speaker and teacher.

He topped the national selections in India at all levels of entry into basic medical graduation, postgraduate training and super-specialization in plastic surgery. He got trained at the most prestigious medical institutes in India and later obtained the fellowship of the Royal College in Glasgow, UK. He has also worked in kidney transplant and general surgery during this period. He received training in microvascular surgery as far back as 1987 and has maintained competence in this.


He was on the team of Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital’s reconstructive surgeons between 1987-1990. He participated extensively in Head & Neck cancer reconstruction, breast reconstructions and limb sarcomas. Microvascular reconstructions were used successfully.


He was a teacher and surgeon at the SQ University hospital in Oman and former chief of plastic surgery at Mediclinic Welcare hospital in Dubai. He is an innovator of lipoabdominoplasty and minimal scar solutions for gynecomastia in men. His other areas of special interest in cosmetic surgery deal with rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast surgery, body contouring, fat grafting and body lifts after massive weight loss. He offers the full spectrum of procedures for female genital rejuvenation both aesthetic and reconstructive [after bad damage in deliveries]. In the field of reconstructive surgery, he offers solutions for post burn deformities, correction of birth defects, correction of defects due to cancer treatment [breast, head& neck, limbs, skin cancer etc], coverage of exposed bone in orthopedic cases, difficult hernias and nerve problems. He offers specialized solutions for management of difficult wounds. In hand surgery, he may be consulted for Dupuytrens contractures, nerve & tendon problems, deformities, carpal tunnel syndrome and finger-tip problems among others.

Dr. Mohan believes that anything worth doing is worth doing well and thus strives for excellence and safety in all his surgeries. He is known to have one of the lowest complication rates in the area, which is born out of anticipating and preventing trouble before it occurs.

Dr. Mohan Rangaswamy is a member of several professional bodies: ISAPS, ASPS (USA), APSI (India), AO-SMF (Swiss), ISSH (hand) & EPSS (UAE). He has published in several international journals and has presented in over 70 professional meetings. He is a trainer/speaker at the international tutorials in aesthetic surgery and ICAAM.

Dr.Paul Sayad

Consultant - Surgical Oncology


Upper GI task force Surgeon

Breast Surgical Oncology

Minimal Invasive Oncology

Upper GI task force Surgeon

Language spoken: Arabic, English
Dr. Paul Sayad is certified (2000) and recertified (2010) by the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Sayad received his medical degrees from St. Joseph University, Beirut (1994).
He completed his General Surgery residency training at Staten Island University Hospital in New York, USA. (1994-1999).
Subsequently, he completed a subspecialty fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at the same institution under the tutelage of Dr. George Ferzli, a pioneers in this field.
Dr. Sayad authored multiple medical publications in peer reviewed journals and he was a speaker in many international surgical meetings.
Dr. Sayad moved to Dubai in 2006 and has worked at the American Hospital as a consultant General Surgeon until October 2014.
Dr. Sayad has a special training in advanced laparoscopic surgery including operations for: Inguinal and ventral hernias

  • Gallbladder and biliary surgery
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia
  • Morbid obesity
  • Malignant and benign disease of the colon,Adrenal disease
  • Hematologic disease requiring splenectomy

He is also specialized in all aspect of general surgery including:

  • Breast disorders, breast lumps, breast cancer treatment including sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus (colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, fissures, fistula)
  • Malignant melanoma treatment including sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery)
Dr.Medhat Shalabi

Consultant - Anaesthesiology

Pain Management Oncology

Academic qualifications: MB BCH Alexandria University, Egypt. Master Degree (MSc.) Anesthesiology. Alexandria University, Egypt.

Diploma of Anesthesia DA (UK) the Royal College Of Anesthetists, London, UK. Doctor degree (MD) Anesthesiology. Alexandria University, Egypt.

Thesis of the Doctor degree was done under dual supervision between the University of Manchester UK and Alexandria University, Egypt.

Thesis was about Acute Pain Management. Fellow of the Royal College of Anesthetists. London UK. (FRCA) Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) UK.

Current Post: Consultant Anesthesiologist. Head of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Department. Alzahra Hospital, Dubai. Founder and President of the Pan Arab Middle East Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society, a formal chapter of the ERAS Society.

Additional Information:

Dr. Medhat Shalabi has the highest qualifications obtainable in Egypt and in the UK. He also has his training to the highest standards in Egypt as a university staff member in Alexandria University, and in the UK as a Specialist Registrar in the Merseyside (Liverpool) Deanery.

He presented many papers to the Anesthetic Research Society (UK) and the British Nutrition Society.

Dr. Shalabi went through the entire training scheme in the UK. He worked as a Senior House Officer and specialist Registrar in Anesthesia, till he obtained his CCST & Specialist Registration with the General Medical Council, then worked as a Consultant Anesthetist in the UK over ten years.

He is a regular guest speaker in many International Anesthesia Conferences e.g., The Egyptian Anesthesiology Society, Alexandria Anesthesia & Intensive Care Society, Pan Arab Anesthesia Society, All Africa Anesthesia Society, Emirates Critical Care Society, Asia Africa Critical Care Society, International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society, and the World Congress of Anesthesiology (WCA).

Dr Shalaby is a member of the editorial board of the Egyptian Journal of Anesthesia (EgJA).

He is a European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and UK Resuscitation Council International Instructor and Course Medical Director for Advanced Life Support (ALS) Courses, and also a Generic Instructor Course Instructor (Instructing the instructors)

He used to be an Expert member on the UK Research Ethics Committee.

He attended many courses in Medical Law and Ethics in King’s College London and the Imperial College London.

Special interest:

Acute pain management.

Obstetric anesthesia & analgesia. Anesthesia for orthopedic surgery & trauma.

Anesthesia for day case surgery.

Safety and clinical risk management in anesthetic practice.

Clinical ethics.

The last UK post held was a consultant anesthetist in Cambridge University Hospital (Addenbrooke’s Hospital).

He relocated to the UAE about three years ago.

Dr. Shalabi is the Founder and President of the Pan Arab & Middle East Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society, a formal chapter of the ERAS Society.

Dr. Shalabi had excellent training for both Acute & Chronic Pain Managements. This training was done first in Egypt, in Alexandria University, and then in the United Kingdom, in Walton Centre, this is one of the centers of excellence in the UK for Chronic Pain Management.

Then Dr. Shalabi practiced as a consultant in Pain Management in the NHS for many years. .

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