ArLAR Faculty

 ArLAR Members Guest Speakers


Walaa Abdelrahman, MD


Consultant of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology

Lecturer of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, Kasralainy

Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

Organizer at Egyptian Society Of Rheumatic diseases


Nizar Abdulateef, MD, PhD


‎Professor and Consultant in Internal Medicine & Rheumatology. He works in Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Baghdad College of Medicine; & in Rheumatology Clinic, Baghdad Teaching Hospital, Medical City, in Baghdad, Iraq.

Mohammad Abu Jbarah, MD, PhD


Consultant Rheumatologist & Internist, Head of Rheumatology division MOH Al Bashir Hospital


Fatemah Abutiban, MD


Consultant of medicine and rheumatology at Jaber Alahmed hospital, Shiekhan Alfaresi rheumatology centre, and Kuwait oil company, state of Kuwait.

President of Kuwait Association of Rheumatology and the treasurer of Kuwait Osteoporosis Society


Mahdi Abu Salameh, MD, FRCP 

United Kingdom

Consultant rheumatologist and physician at Royal Devon and Exeter University hospital, UK. He is experienced in musculoskeletal and large vessel vasculitis ultrasound, and has tutored at several meetings and workshops. He is principle investigator of several studies on large vessel vasculitis.


Nasra Al-Adhoubi, MD, OMSB, FRCP


Dr Nasra Al Adhoubi is working as a consultant rheumatologist at Royal Hospital since 2012.

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Nezam Altorok, MD


Associate Professor in Division of Rheumatology at the University of Toledo. He carries important academic rules at the University of Toledo. He is the Program Director of Rheumatology fellowship, Director of Faculty Development and he is an Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine training of program. 


Suzan Attar, MD, FRCPS, ABIM

Saudi Arabia

Professor& Consultant Rheumatologist in the Department of Internal Medicine at the King Abdulaziz University & King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Saudi Arabia. Board Certified at the Royal college of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) and Fellow of The American College of Rheumatology.

Elyes Bouajina, MD


Head of Rheumatology Department at the Farhat Hached Hospital of Sousse since February 2005. Responsible for the teaching of Rheumatology at the Faculty of Medicine of Sousse since 2006.

Ausaylah Burqan, MD


Sr. Consultant Rheumatologist, Rheumatology division of Internal Medicine King Hussein Medical Center, Royal Medical Services

Samar Al Emadi, MD


Senior Consultant in Rheumatology, Division Chief of Rheumatology Division and Program Director of Rheumatology Fellowship Program in Hamad Medical Corporation, President of Qatar Rheumatology Association and Qatar Osteoporosis Society, and an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.


Randa Farah, MD


Assistant professor of Medicine and Nephrology, University of Jordan, School of Medicine. Consultant Nephrology, University of Jordan Hospital. Graduated from University of Jordan- School of Medicine , completed her adult Nephrology training  from University of Toronto - and she has specialized Fellowship training in Pregnancy and kidney disease, University of Toronto,  Sunnybrook hospital.

Ayman El Garf, MD, PhD


Professor of Rheumatology, Cairo University. President of the Egyptian Society for Joint Diseases and Arthritis. Founding member of Pan-Arab Society of Rheumatology (ArLAR). Ex-editor of the Egyptian Rheumatologist Journal (Elsevier)

Khaled El Hadidi, MD


Professor Khaled Elhadidi is a professor of Rheumatology, Cairo university and Vice-President of the Egyptian society of Rheumatology.

The main interest is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Rheumatoid Arthritis and Progressive Systemic Sclerosis and has published several papers in these diseases.

Musa Hadidi, MD, PhD


Sr. Consultant Rheumatologist, PhD

Hussein Halabi, MD, PhD

Saudi Arabia

American and Canadian board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology since 2003. Currently he is a Consultant Rheumatologist in the Department of Internal Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (Gen. Org.)-Jeddah and is also the Director of Academic and Training Affairs. President elect of the Saudi Society for Rheumatology – April 2013-2016. President, Pan Arab Association for Rheumatic Diseases (ArLAR) 2010-2012. Founder of Arab Adult Arthritis Awareness Committee (AAAA). Founder of Rheumatology Academy for Continuous Education training initiative (RACE)

Wafa Hamdi, MD


Professor of rheumatology. Head of the department of rheumatology Kassab Institute Ksar Said Tunis Tunisia. Head of the research unit « UR17SP04 »  «Spondylarthritis : immunogenetics and early diagnosis»

Associates Secretary of LITAR “Tunisian League against Rheumatism” Member of the AAAA group "Arab Adult Arthritis Awareness group" of ARLAR. Member of PAFLAR " Pediatric society of Africain League against Rheumatism" task force

Mohammed Hammoudeh, MD


Consultant, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, Member of the editorial Board of Egyptian Rheumatology Journal, Member of the editorial Board of World Journal of Rheumatology.

Soad Salem Hashad, MD


Consultant pediatric rheumatologist and one of the founders of pediatric rheumatology O.P.D in Tripoli Children Hospital since 2008.

Suad Hennawi, MD, PhD


Suad Hannawi, BhSc, MD, MRCP (UK), FRCP (UK), MIPH (AUS), PHD (AUS), a consultant of Rheumatology at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) of UAE. Chairman of Rheumatology at MOHAP, Deputy Chairman of the Central Research Ethic Committee (REC),  and the Chairman of Dubai Health District REC.


After receiving her Bachelor of Science (BhSc), and the Medical Diploma (MD), Dr. Hannawi obtained the fellowship of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and completed her clinical training in Rheumatology in Australia. Dr. Hannawi proceeded with her academic attainment by obtaining a PhD in Rheumatology.

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Adeeba Al Herz, MD, FRCPC, FACP


Consultant in internal medicine and rheumatology, Al-Amiri Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait. Consultant rheumatologist, Medical One Polyclinic, Kuwait city, Kuwait.

Ala Alheresh, MD


Senior consultant rheumatologist, founder and head of the rheumatology unit since 1996, King Hussein Medical centre, Jordan. He is a clinical associate professor at Jordan university medical college.

Ola Hijawi, MD


‎Consultant Rheumatologist & Internal medicine
University of Jordan -School of Medicine-Lecturer


Ihsane Hmamouchi, MD, PhD


Rheumatologist, Temara Hospital.  Associate professor at Laboratory of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Clinical Research (LERC), Mohammed V University Rabat. Coordinator of the national educational program for Spondyloarthrtis patients (ETPSpa). Coordinator of Biotherapy Registry of the Moroccan Society of Rheumatology (RBSMR).  Member of the Arab Group for Awareness of Adult Arthritis (AAAAgroup)


Mustafa Al Izzi, MD


Senior Consultant Rheumatologist at Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, Mediclinic City Hospital and Mediclinic Dubai Mall. Current Vice President of the Emirates Osteoporosis Society (EOS)

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Amjad Al Kadi, MD


MD. Consultant Rheumatology, SLE Sub-Specialty at Alsabah Hospital/ Ministry of Health Kuwait, member in ARLAR 2020 Scientific committee. Kuwait

Layla Kazkaz, MD, PhD


Rheumatology Specialist. Current President of the Syrian Association for Rheumatology and co-founder. Congress chair and organizer of the 15th APLAR congress

Rima Khasawneh, MD


Aicha Lajouze Reziig, MD


CV Pr Aïcha Ladjouze Rezig. Professeur à l'Université d'Alger 1 Faculté de médecine. Présidente de la LAAR et Past President of AFLAR. Membre du comité éditorial de la Revue du rhumatisme de la SFR  .Membre du comité de lecture de plusieurs revues médicales. Auteur de plusieurs publications sur revues indexées.

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Wafa Madanat, MD, PhD, FRCP


Consultant Rheumatologist
Council member of the International Society for Behcet's disease
Member of the editorial board- Journal of the Royal medical services
Reviewer- local and International journals

Abdellah El Maghraoui, MD, PhD


Former Head of the Rheumatology Dept., Military Hospital Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco. Past President of the Moroccan Society of Rheumatology. Editor in chief « Revue Marocaine de Rhumatologie »

Chafia Dahou-Makhloufi, MD 


Professor  of rheumatology, Algiers university Head of rheumatology department  Vice- President of the Algerian League Against Rheumatism-LAAR. Algiers, Algeria

Adel Mahmoud, MD


Professor of Internal Medicine & rheumatology, Head of Rheumatology Division, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Assistant and Principal Investigator of national and multinational studies.

Member of the American college of rheumatology (ACR), Member of other Scientific Societies including Egyptian Society of Rheumatology & Joint Diseases (ESRD).


Avin Maroof, MD


Senior specialist in Rheumatology and Medical Rehabilitation, works in the Department of Rheumatology and medical rehabilitation at Rizgary teaching hospital in Arbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, she is also Academic Lecturer of Rheumatology at School of Medicine / Kurdistan University Hawler KUH, and College of Health Sciences / Hawler Medical University HMU.

Manal Mashaleh, MD


Consultant Rheumatologist, JBM, JBR
Head of Rheumatology division of Internal Medicine. King Hussein Medical Center, Royal Medical Services

Basel Masri, MD, PhD


Dr. Basel Senior Consultant Rheumatologist at Jordan Hospital and Medical Center. Director of Jordan Osteoporosis Center at Jordan Hospital. Founding-president of the Jordanian Osteoporosis Society (JOPS) in 1997. Co-founder of the Pan-Arab Osteoporosis Society 1998. Current President of the Jordanian Society of Rheumatology (JSR). Current President of the Arab League of Associations for Rheumatology (ArLAR). Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

Georges Merheb, MD


  • MD in 1989, Saint Joseph University (USJ) Beirut Lebanon

  • Diploma in Rheumatology, University Claude Bernard (UCB) Lyon France

  • Head of Rheumatology Department at CHU Notre Dame de secours (CHU-NDS) Jbeil Lebanon.

  • Associate Professor of Rheumatology at Saint Esprit Kaslik University, Lebanon.

  • Head of Department of Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK).

  • Former President of the Lebanese Rheumatology Society.

  • Member of the French Society of Rheumatology.

  • Member of the EULAR standing committee on education and training.

  • Several publications with participation in many national and international congress.

Kamel Mroue, MD, PhD


ArLAR Treasurer

Sr. Consultant Rheumatologist, Beirut, Lebanon
President of Lebanese Society of Rheumatology 

Anas Muhanna, MD


Sr. Consultant Rheumatologist, Jerusalem, Palestine. Assistant professor, Faculty of Medicine/ Al Quds University. East Jerusalem/ Palestine. President of the Palestinian Rheumatology Society-PSR

Khalid Alnaqbi, MD


Consultant of Rheumatology, Allergy, Immunology Physician Lead, SEHA Medical Council
Vice President of Emirates Society for Rheumatology, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Medicine & Health Sciences

Hassan Al Naddaf, MD


Sr. Consultant Rheumatologist, JSR co-founder

Fatima Alnaimat, MD


Mohammed Omair, MBBS 

Saudi Arabia

Consultant rheumatologist and associate professor at King Saud University. He is a graduate of the Saudi Board of Rheumatology and holds a subspecialty in both Rheumatoid arthritis and Systemic Sclerosis from the University of Toronto, Canada. He led the task force to establish the Specialized Rheumatology Clinics at King Saud University Medical City where he is running an RA and SSc clinics He is the Founding President of the Charitable Association for Rheumatic Diseases. Dr. Omair has published 48 peer reviewed articles.

Ali Qandil, MD, PhD


‎Sr. Consultant Rheumatologist, Hamza Hospital, JSR co-founder


Suhad Al Qurashi, MD


Senior Consultant Rheumatologist
Islamic Hospital 

Ziad Al Rawi, MD


Professor of Rheumatology, University of Baghdad, Medical College. He was founder & head of Iraqi society of Rheumatic Diseases. founder & head of Iraqi society of Osteoporosis, member of Board of Pan Arab Association of Rheumatic Diseases, member of Board of Pan Arab Osteoporosis society, member of Asian Pacific League Against Rheumatism, member of Board of Arab Society of Backache, founder & head of Al Razi Medical Society, member of British Society of Rheumatology & member and founder of international society of Behcet’s disease. (for moderator)

Hanan Al Rayes, MD

Saudi Arabia

Senior Consultant Rheumatology and Lupus

Rheumatology and lupus fellowship from University of Toronto  and Saudi Rheumatology  fellowship. President  Saudi Society for Rheumatology 2018-2021. Deputy Director of Medicine department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City. Board Member in Saudi Osteoporosis Society 2010-present.

Suzanne Alsayed, MD


Suzanne Alsayed is a rheumatologist at Abdali Medical Hospital, Amman, Jordan. Dr. Alsayed received her medical doctorate degree from Aleppo University, Syria. She completed internal medicine residency program at Long Island college Hospital in New York and rheumatology fellowship training at State University of NY- downstate. 

Sami Salman, MD, PhD


Consultant Rheumatologist

APLAR Master Awardee 2018

Member of the International Liaison Committee of the APLAR (Asia-Pacific League of Associations of Rheumatology). Ex-Chairman of Education Committee of the APLAR. Associate Editor of the International Journal of Rheumatology

Hani Shatnawi, MD


A consultant of rheumatology and internal diseases at Qurayyat General Hospital in Saudi Arabia.

-Jordanian Board in Internal Medicine.

-Arab Board in Internal Medicine.

-Jordanian Board in Rheumatology.

-Jordan University Hospital.

-King Abdullah University Hospital.

-Hospitals of the Ministry of Health.

Ali Al Shirawi, MD


‎Senior Consultant rheumatologist . Head of Rheumatology at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital. Clinical and Research Ethicist at the college of medicine and health sciences and sultan qaboos university hospital.  President of Oman Society for Rheumatology.

Waleed AlShehhi, MD


Secretary General

Head of Rheumatology department HMC-DHCC

Jamal Steitieh, MD


Consultant Rheumatologist

Imad Uthman, MD, MPH, FRCP


Professor of Clinical Medicine and Head of the division of Rheumatology, at the Faculty of Medicine and Medical Centre of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Ex-President of the Lebanese Society of Rheumatology, and the international advisor in Lebanon for the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Major research interests include the study of antiphospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), biologic therapies in rheumatic diseases, and the clinical characteristics of rheumatic diseases in Lebanon. He is the author of more than 170 publications on various aspects of SLE, APS, and rheumatic diseases in leading international rheumatology journals.


Dina Yasiri, MD


MD, Board Certified Rheumatologist 

currently working as a specialist in Baghdad Teaching Hospital at the Medical City Complex, Baghdad 

also working in the Behcet`s Disease tertiary Clinic in Baghdad Teaching Hospital 


Nelly Ziadé Zoghbi, MD


Consultant rheumatologist at Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital and Assistant Professor (Maître de Conference) of Rheumatology, Public Health, and Epidemiology at Saint-Joseph University, Beirut.

Bassel Elzorkany, MD, PhD


Professor and Head of rheumatology at Cairo University, ASAS Member. Head of Supreme Committee to assign Rheumatology professors at the Egypt University.

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