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Dr Javaid Sheikh is New Dean of WCMC-Q

Dr Javaid I Sheikh, Interim Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), has been appointed the Dean of WCMC-Q.

Announcing the decision, Dr Fathy Saoud, President of Qatar Foundation, said: “Weill Cornell was the first to join Qatar Foundation offering a home based degree programme, so we have had a very special relationship from the beginning. On this occasion I would like to commend the work of the Founding Dean, Dr Daniel Alonso for his excellent leadership of the school during the startup phase and the following several years until the first class of students graduated in 2008. I am confident that his successor Dr Sheikh, given his impressive academic and professional experience, will raise WCMC-Q to new horizons by integrating education with research and clinical excellence.”

On his appointment Dr Sheikh said: “I am honoured to accept the appointment. It is an exciting challenge to lead the pioneering efforts of WCMC-Q, and one that I welcome. We are participating in a renaissance of science and education in the Middle East that will make a great contribution to the health and well being of the people of Qatar, the Gulf region and the World.”

Dr Sheikh joined WCMC-Q as Vice Dean for research in April 2007 and took on the additional responsibilities of Deputy Dean in May the following year. He has served as Interim Dean since the retirement of Daniel R Alonso, MD, who was Founding Dean of the Medical College from its inception in 2001.

Dr Sheikh is a graduate of King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan and started his psychiatry residency training at University of Connecticut and completed it at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also completed two research fellowships at Stanford after finishing his residency.

He is an internationally renowned researcher in the area of anxiety disorders. During the 1990s, he conducted first studies to delineate impact of aging on anxiety disorders, particularly a detailed characterisation of Panic disorder in aging patients. His most recent investigations funded by the National Institutes of Health have focused on the interface of central fear circuits and sleep architecture in patients with chronic anxiety disorders. Dr Javaid I Sheikh has published more than 125 scientific articles, in addition to numerous abstracts documenting his research findings.

Under Dr Sheikh’s leadership as Vice Dean for Research, WCMC-Q has established a translational and clinical research infrastructure, including core laboratories and research administration structure. He has begun to implement a five year strategic plan for the next phase of WCMC-Q’s development and continuing implementation of its tripartite mission of education, research, and .

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