Sidra Medicine appoints Dr. Abdulla Mohd Essa Al Kaabi as Executive Vice Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Abdulla Mohd Essa Al Kaabi, FAAP, FRCPC has been appointed as Executive Vice Chief Medical Officer at Sidra Medicine, an all-digital medical and academic research center focusing on women’s and children’s health. Dr. Al Kaabi will report to Sidra Medicine’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edward Ogata, MD, MBA. Dr. Al Kaabi is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornel Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and will retain this role alongside his position at Sidra Medicine. In his new role at Sidra Medicine, Dr. Al Kaabi will assist Dr. Ogata and other Sidra Medicine leaders to build the medical staff and develop all aspects of Sidra Medicine’s programs.

“It is an honor and a privilege to join Sidra Medicine’s clinical team and work with renowned experts in the field like Dr. Ogata. Sidra Medicine will be an elite academic medical center that serves as a model for the region. I am proud to be part of that,” said Dr. Al Kaabi.

Prior to joining Sidra Medicine, Dr. Al Kaabi was a senior consultant and the chief of Pediatric Nephrology in Hamad General Hospital. He was also the Deputy Chairman of Pediatrics in Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and a member of HMC’s Pediatric Executive Committee. Dr. Al Kaabi has a long-term record in inter-organizational communications and cooperation, having worked with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, WCMC-Q and HMC. He led the alliance between SickKids and HMC and is a member of the steering committee for the Sidra Medicine-HMC Affiliation Committee. Dr. Al Kaabi has also helped bring international standards and new treatments in pediatric care to Qatar. He established Qatar’s pediatric renal transplant program and set up the first pediatric hemodialysis unit, as well as founding the Spina Bifida Multidisciplinary Clinic in HMC.

Alongside a Bachelor’s degree in Basic Medical Sciences and a medical degree, Dr. Al Kaabi also holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his post-doctoral training, including residency and fellowship at HMC, Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Commenting on Dr. Al Kaabi’s appointment, Sidra Medicine’s CMO Dr. Edward Ogata said, “Dr. Al Kaabi’s knowledge and experience in key medical centers in Doha and internationally will provide invaluable expertise as he helps to build and develop Sidra Medicine.”

Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation, Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari said, “I welcome Dr. Al Kaabi’s appointment to Sidra Medicine as testament to the symbiotic relationship between HMC and Sidra Medicine and among all healthcare institutions in Qatar as we work to address the ever-growing patient needs in our community. This appointment is part of a long-lasting collaboration between our two institutions and I look forward to growing this relationship further.”

Sidra Medicine is currently recruiting staff for a range of positions and is seeking passionate and talented physicians, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, researchers and information management professionals, as well as administrators, managers and support staff. Career information, including details of opportunities at Sidra Medicine and how to apply, is available on the Sidra Medicine website: