Vice Chancellor


Dr Alawi

Dean - College of Medicine

Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali is a Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologist, an accomplished clinician and researcher, and a recognized leader in the field of arrhythmia management and cardiovascular research in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf.  

Professional Distinction

Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali is a member of the Governing Board of the Emirates Cardiac Society (2010-present) and served as the President of the Society (2013-2016). He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Gulf Heart Association, and is a founding board member of the Gulf Heart Rhythm Society, which represents electrophysiologists in the Gulf. From 2010-2014, he was a member of the Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) licensing Board and also serves on the DHCA Appeals Board.

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Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali




Academic Distinction

Professor Alsheikh-Ali completed his high school education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he was the national valedictorian achieving the highest ranking in the country. He then pursued his college education and medical training in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to become the first Emirati to graduate from this prestigious University. Professor Alsheikh-Ali further received two Master of Science degrees, the first in Applied Physiology from Boston University (USA) and the second in Clinical Research from Tufts University (USA). Professor Alsheikh-Ali was also the first Emirati to graduate from Tufts University School of Medicine (Doctor of Medicine), where he was awarded the Martin J. Loeb Memorial Prize in Medicine, in recognition of a graduating student with "academic achievement and evidence of basic human qualities".

Clinical Distinction

Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali completed his internship, residency and fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center, a leading academic institution in Boston (USA). He's one out of a handful of physicians in the Gulf region to become triple-boarded by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Upon completing his postgraduate medical studies, Professor Alsheikh-Ali returned to UAE to develop the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). Under his leadership, SKMC became a leading referral center for arrhythmias and electrophysiology across the UAE. Prior to joining MBRU, Professor Alsheikh-Ali was the Chair of the Institute of Cardiac Sciences at SKMC, the most comprehensive cardiac care department in the United Arab Emirates.

Research Distinction

Professor Alsheikh-Ali’s research interests span a broad range in cardiology including clinical electrophysiology and device therapies, preventive cardiology, and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in the developing world. An avid researcher and collaborator, Professor Alsheikh-Ali is a key investigator and is on the steering committees of several large prospective disease-based registries in the Gulf. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on record, including widely cited publications in leading international journals. He is the recipient of the Louis Lasagna Graduate Student Award in Translational Research (Boston, USA), and was the inaugural recipient of the Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award in Clinical Research (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

Professor Alsheikh-Ali is also a leading educator, dedicated to mentoring students, residents and colleagues, with numerous national, regional and international invited lectureships.


Professor Alawi AlSheikh-Ali has an extensive list of medical research publications.

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