United Arab Emirates: The Annual Health Awards 2023 honoured 63 outstanding healthcare professionals in the United Arab Emirates in a historic ceremony, which saw the attendance of more than 800 healthcare leaders from the UAE’s public and private sectors. On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, the Baniyas Ballroom at Grand Hyatt hosted the fourth edition of this unique regional initiative that aims to promote recognition of comprehensive healthcare.
Held under the patronage of the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence and organized by Health Magazine, the Fourth Annual Health Awards 2023 aimed to advance comprehensive healthcare practices by highlighting and honouring individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to holistic well-being.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, graced the occasion as the chief guest, presenting the prestigious Annual Health Awards 2023 to 52 outstanding contributors from both public and private sectors, alongside honouring 11 special awardees for their pioneering roles in shaping the healthcare industry of the region.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, expressed his happiness to participate in the initiative that celebrates distinguished people in all fields because it motivates everyone to strive, persevere and be creative for the sake of a brilliant future for our beloved Emirates under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God bless him and grant him peace.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, stated, “I congratulate all individuals and institutions for their great contributions, whether through innovative technologies, insightful charitable work, or commitment to improving the health care sector in the region and the world as well, and I believe in the impact of these efforts in shaping the world in which we will live tomorrow.”
This came after the annual ceremony of the Annual Health Awards 2023, which was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, during which 63 distinguished healthcare professionals in the United Arab Emirates were honoured during, in the presence of more than 600 healthcare leaders from the public and private sectors in the UAE.
The Annual Health Awards 2023, hosted by the Baniyas Hall of the Grand Hyatt, is the fourth edition of this unique regional initiative that aims to enhance recognition of comprehensive health care, and is one of the vital initiatives to support excellence and creativity in the Emirates.
In attendance were healthcare leaders like H.E. Dr Abdelaziz Saeed Obaid Bin Butti Almheiri, Chairman, Sharjah Health Authority; Dr Haifa Mohammed Al Hannawi, Head of Dental Services, Emirates Health Services Establishment, H.E Mohammad Al Olama, Undersecretary, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dr Juma Bilal, Former Director- Curative Medicine Affairs, Ministry of Health, Dr Fatma Al Rifai, Former Director Dept. of Nursing, Ministry of Health & Prevention, Dr Amina AL Marzouqi, Vice Chancellor for Student & Branch Affairs, University of Sharjah, Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO, Latifa Hospital (DAHC), Dr Ahmed Muhammad Al-Emadi, Assistant Director for Medical Affairs, Al Kuwait Hospital and others.
The corporate award categories encompassed recognition for excellence in various sectors, including the Best Multi-Specialty Hospital, Hospital of the Year, Health Tech Start-up, Digital Healthcare Platform, Health & Wellness Start-up, Diagnostic Centre, Excellence in Dental Care, Excellence in Homeopathy, Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Healthcare Insurance TPA Company, Clinic & Medical Wellness Centres, and Medical Tourism Company.
Expressing his support for the excellence program, Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of the Thumbay Group, stated, “Our support for the Annual Health Awards is driven by the desire to foster positivity, inclusivity, and the boundless potential inherent in promoting the achievements of every healthcare professional and institution.
The UAE has a rich tradition of championing innovation, and we are actively working to uphold this legacy by recognizing the contributions of individuals and organizations. The 4th Annual Health Awards provided an ideal platform to showcase and applaud the commendable efforts taking place in the UAE, thereby inspiring future generations.”
Eleven distinguished healthcare trendsetters were honoured with special awards as part of the annual Health Awards 2023, in recognition of their invaluable contributions to the region’s healthcare industry. The awardees were: H. E. Dr Abdelaziz Saeed Obaid Bin Butti Almheiri, Chairman, Sharjah Health Authority, Dr Haifa Mohammed Al Hannawi, Head of Dental Services, Emirates Health Services Establishment, Dr Wadeia AbdulRahim, Director, Medical Education and Research Department, Dubai Health Authority; H.E Mohammad Al Olama, Undersecretary, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dr Juma Bilal, Former Director- Curative Medicine Affairs, Ministry of Health; Dr Younis Kazim, CEO, Dubai Healthcare Corporation – DHA, Dr Fatma Al Rifai, Former Director Dept. of Nursing, Ministry of Health & Prevention, Dr Amina AL Marzouqi, Vice Chancellor for Student & Branch Affairs, University of Sharjah, Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO, Latifa Hospital (DAHC); Dr Abdulghaffar Mohamed Alhawi, Head, Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare, Gulf Medical University; Dr Ahmed Muhammad Al-Emadi, Assistant Director for Medical Affairs, Al Kuwait Hospital.
Introduced in 2017, the Annual Health Awards was conceptualized to highlight and commend notable achievements within the region. Its primary goal is to inspire healthcare professionals and organizations to aim for ambitious goals and engage in meaningful initiatives. Led by Health Magazine, this initiative promises to consistently acknowledge numerous deserving achievers on a global scale in the coming years. Over time, it is poised to evolve into a recognized benchmark for professional excellence within the healthcare industry.
List of Winners
NMC Multi-Specialty Hospital, Dubai
NMC Multi-Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi
RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah
Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital, Abu Dhabi
Health Tech Categories:
Health Tech Start-up: Heaps Information Technology Network Services, Abu Dhabi
Digital Healthcare Platform: Emirates Health Services, Dubai
Health & Wellness Start-up: Soulhouette by healenna
Dubai Genetics Center (Dubai Academic Health Corporation), Dubai
Excellence in Dental Care:
Dr Krish Esthetik Studio Dental Clinic, Dubai
Excellence in Homeopathy:
Holistic Healing Medical Center, Dubai
Excellence in CSR:
Maharat Learning Center, Dubai
Healthcare Insurance TPA Company:
FMC Network UAE MC LLC
Clinic & Medical Wellness Centres:
The Valens Clinic, Dubai
Medical Tourism Company:
Almurshidi Medical Tourism LLC, Fujairah
Plastic Surgeon: Dr Mohan Rangaswamy, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, Dubai
Dermatologist: Dr Aman Jot, RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah
Cardiologist: Dr Brajesh Mittal, Medcare Hospital, Dubai
Obstetrics & Gynecology:
Dr Usha Kiran, Prime Hospital, Dubai
Dr Laila Yahya Alhubaishi, Dubai Academic Health Corporation, Dubai
Dr Amala Nazareth, Prime Healthcare Group
Dr Praveen Sreekanthalal, NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi
Dr Kalpana Sengupta, NMC Specialty Hospital, Al Nahda, Dubai
Dr Puneet Wadhwa, Prime Hospital
Nephrologist: Dr Siddiq Anwar, Sheikh Shakbout Medical City (Managed by Mayo Clinic)
Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist:
Dr Abdulqader Almessabi, Sheikh Shakbout Medical City (Managed by Mayo Clinic)
Dr Rami Khaled, Abou El Foul, Dubai Academy and Health Corporation- Hatta Hospital
Dr Marouane Bouloudhnine, Burjeel Dubai
Dr Manjunatha Ganiga Srinivasaiah, Dubai London Hospital, Dubai
Public Health Awareness:
Campaign for Knee Health – Dr Azam Badar Khan, Prime Hospital, Dubai
Ophthalmologist: Dr Amit Nagpal, NMC Specialty Hospital, Dubai
Diabetologist: Dr Asma Deeb, Sheikh Shakbout Medical City (SSMC)
Dr Saara Shaikh, Dr Safeenas Women Wellness Clinic
Dr Ajay Pala, Dr Joy Dental Clinic, Dubai
Dr Shosham John, Dubai Academic Health Corporation, Dubai
Dr Wafa Balooshi, Dubai Academic Health Corporation, Dubai
Dr Shallen Verma, Fakeeh University Hospital, Dubai
Dr Sana Nabeel, Elements Medical Center, Sharjah
Dr Simran Kaur, Prestige Dental Clinic
Pulmonologist: Prof. Dr Mayank Vats, Rashid Hospital (Dubai Academy and Health Corporation), Dubai
Dr Ajmal Sheriff, Emirates Health Services
Dr Rajbir Kaur, Fisio recovery and wellness
Dr Suhani Iqbal, Life Healthcare Group, Dubai
Dr Subhasis Karmakar, Dubai Police, Dubai
Dr Naheed Kapadia Tariq, Latifa Women & Children Hospital, Dubai
Internist: Dr Anil Grover, Prime Hospital, Dubai
Excellence in Healthcare Research:
Dr Prashant Nasa, Head of Department, Critical Care Medicine, NMC Specialty Hospital, Dubai
Dr Hamed Hussein, Consultant Physician-Dubai Academy and Health Corporation (DAHC), Dubai
Dr Raza Siddiqui, Group CEO, RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah
Dr Ahmed Sami, Head of Emergency Health Department, Fatima College of Health Sciences (FCHS) – Emergency Health Department
Medical Education Icon:
Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor, Gulf Medical University
Dr Mishal Al Qasimi, CEO, Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital, Abu Dhabi
Mr. Marwan Ibrahim Nasser, Chairman & CEO, Al Tadawi Healthcare, Dubai
Mr. Mark James, CEO, MPC
Dr Kirti Mohan Marya, Group Medical Director, Life Healthcare Group, Dubai
Dr Fozi Abozaid Dakilah, Medical Director, Thumbay University Hospital
Ms. Nancy Mendonca, Chief Nursing Officer, Thumbay University Hospital
Ms. Stefi Alfred, Director of Nursing, NMC Specialty Hospital, Dubai
Mr. Anantha Mallya, Deputy CFO, Thumbay Group
Mr. Vinay Lazarus, Senior General Manager, NMC Specialty-Abu Dhabi Cluster
Dr Humeira Badsha, Founder and Medical Director, HBG Medical Dentre, Dubai
Prof. Dr Mustafa Khalid, Consultant, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital – Dubai