Ruba Benini

Ruba Benini
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Attending physician Years Of Experience: 7
  • About the Physician

    Dr. Ruba Benini is a Pediatric Neurologist/ Epileptologist. Dr. Benini is currently the Medical Director of the Neurodiagnostic Laboratory at Sidra Medicine. She is the Program Director of the Pediatric Neurology Fellowship Program at Sidra Medicine and serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill-Cornell Medicine, Qatar. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC). Dr. Benini did her PhD in Neuroscience in 2006 at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada. She obtained her medical degree in 2008 from McGill University, Montreal Canada and later completed her pediatric neurology residency training in 2014 at McGill University Health Center in Montreal and a fellowship in Pediatric Epilepsy at Ste. Justine Hospital, University of Montreal in 2016. Since then she has worked as a pediatric neurologist and epilepsy expert at the Montreal Children's Hospital in Montreal and later at King Fahad's Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh, KSA, prior to joining Sidra Medicine in 2017. Dr Benini has a strong interest in pediatric epilepsy research and continues to work on a number of research projects aimed at elucidating the genetics of pediatric epilepsy with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of children with epilepsy.

    Languages Spoken

    English, Arabic, French

    Years Of Experience
    • PhD in Neuroscience in 2006
    • Medical degree in 2008 from McGill University, Montreal Canada. Pediatric Neurology residency training in 2014 at McGill University Health Center in Montreal
    • Fellowship in Pediatric Epilepsy at Ste. Justine Hospital, University of Montreal in 2016.
    • Weill-Cornell Medicine, Qatar
    Areas of Interest
    • Complex epilepsy management
    • Epilepsy Surgery
    • Pediatric Epilepsy Research
    • Medical Teaching and education
    Educational Interests
    • Pediatric Neurology
    • Epilepsy
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders
    Medical Publications
    1. Almannai M, Wang J, Dai H, El-Hattab AW, Faqeih EA, Saleh MA, Al Asmari A, Alwadei AH, Aljadhai YI, AlHashem A, Tabarki B, Lines MA, Grange DK, Benini R, Alsaman AS, Mahmoud A, Katsonis P, Lichtarge O, Wong LC (2018) FARS2 deficiency; new cases, review of clinical, biochemical, and molecular spectra, and variants interpretation based on structural, functional, and evolutionary significance. Mol Genet Metab. 2018 Jul 29. pii: S1096-7192(18)30377-9.
    2. Alamri A, Aljadhai YI, Alrashed A, Alfheed B, Abdelmoaty R, Alenazi S, Alhashim A, Benini R* (2021) Identifying Clinical Clues in Children With Global Developmental Delay / Intellectual Disability With Abnormal Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). J Child Neurol. 2021 May;36(6):432-439. doi: 10.1177/0883073820977330. Epub 2020 Dec 9. PMID: 33295251. *senior author
    3. Mahmoud A, Tabassum S, Al Enazi S, Lubbad N, Al Wadei A, Al Otaibi A, Jad L, Benini R (2021) Amelioration of Levetiracetam-Induced Behavioral Side Effects by Pyridoxine. A Randomized Double Blind Controlled Study. Pediatr Neurol. 2021 Jun;119:15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2021.02.010. Epub 2021 Mar 8. PMID: 33823377. *senior author