Ammar is a Canadian trained Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Head of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital in Dubai. He is the founder and president of the Emirates Society for Child Mental Health, the national representative society for child mental health in the UAE.He completed his psychiatry residency and child psychiatry training at McGill University, Canada. He then joined the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children as a fellow in Paediatric Neuropsychiatry. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and an international fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Ammar has peer reviewed research publications and received Research Grant Awards as the Principal Investigator, including the Harvard Dubai Research Award. His current research focus is on neuropsychiatric disorders in the UAE, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.He has received awards for recognition of his clinical, research and educational work. He is on the Advisory Board for the Rosalynn Carter Journalism Programme for Mental Health Journalism in Dubai and Jury committee of Princess Haya Award for Special Education in Dubai. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Child Psychiatry at UAE University.
Dr. Hanan Derby is Consultant – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Al Jalila Children’s. She is also the clinical lead for the Eating Disorder Service. Prior to joining Al Jalila Children’s, Dr. Derby was a Senior Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). She was also Assistant professor in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha. She is still involved in a research project titled ‘Adapted Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Addressing Overweight and Obesity among Qatari Youth’.Dr. Derby started her medical career as a Paediatrician in the UK attaining MRCP in Paediatrics. She then trained in Psychiatry accomplishing MRCPsych and subsequently attaining her Higher Specialist Training degree (the CCT) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has special interests in neurodevelopmental disorders, family based therapy, eating disorders and medical education. In the UK, She established and led the CAMH subspecialty service for Learning Disability in Derbyshire. In addition to her clinical role. Dr Derby has always been active in medical training and teaching.She is experienced in medical management, has led several psychiatrist services and sat on numerous departmental committees including Psychiatry Education, Clinical Competency, and Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committees. She has also served on Children’s Work Stream Governance Committee at Hamad Medical Corporation and on the Qatar Strategic Health Committee of the Supreme Council of Health.Dr. Derby is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK and has been a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK, the Royal College of Physicians of London, UK, and the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, UK.
Dr. Meshal Sultan is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Al Jalila Children’s and an Assistant Professor at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), Dubai, UAE. He is an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.Dr. Sultan obtained his medical degree from UAE University in 2007. He completed his psychiatry residency training as well as child and adolescent psychiatry subspecialty fellowship at the University of Ottawa. He has obtained certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Psychiatry as well as in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has extensive expertise in outpatient, inpatient, consultation-liaison, emergency, school mental health, and tele-psychiatry.Dr. Sultan has published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented in international conferences on several topics including attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), collaborative care, and mindfulness.Dr. Sultan is very interested in teaching. He has given seminars and provided clinical supervision to medical students at University of Ottawa. He currently teaches at the Introduction of the Practice of Medicine Course as well as the Mind and Behaviour Module at MBRU. He has given lectures to parents on various topics including anxiety disorders as well as autism spectrum disorder. He has also co-authored information sheets, available at eMentalHealth.ca.Dr. Sultan has been actively involved in leadership roles. He is currently the Clinical Lead of the Mental Health Intake Program and the Deputy Director of Academic Affairs at Al Jalila Children’s. He also serves as the General Secretary of the Emirates Society for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, since being elected in 2018. He has actively participated in establishing the first Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program in the UAE, which started in 2019. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Fellowship Programme.
Dr. Bougary comes to Al Jalila Children’s Hospital with a good deal of experience in caring and advocating for children, adolescents and their families. She started her professional journey in King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as a nursing student. She then transitioned to medical school after some deliberation and consideration. After completing her medical education and internship, she went on to a surgical residency. Dr. Bougary completed 15 months in her residency rotating through general, orthopedic, plastic and neurosurgery before traveling to the United States. Starting her adventure in the US, she studied for and passed the US boards in order to get into a residency. Having the opportunity to choose her new career, she went into psychiatry then subspecialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During her training Dr. Bougary was very active in local and regional chapters of the American Psychiatric Association.After successfully completing her fellowship, Dr. Bougary went on to explore opportunities for change in the mental health community. She worked in Saudi Arabia in the private and public sector in addition to volunteer work. Dr. Bougary revamped the Child and Adolescent Clinic in King Abdulaziz Medical City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She was part of the child protection committee there and took on challenging cases. Dr. Bougary worked in Saudi Arabia for some time before transitioning to Al Jalila Children’s Hospital here in Dubai, UAE. Finding her stride at al Jalila Dr. Bougary has made significant contributions to the advancement of the MHCE and the Hospital as a whole.Dr. Bougary has a long history of mentoring and teaching trainees starting in her residency and following through with her fellowships and post graduate positions. Dr. Bougary has worked with and continues to work with medical students, residents and fellow.Dr. Bougary is an active member of several clinical peer review groups online. Dr. Bougary has presented and continues to present lectures, grand rounds, symposiums and workshops nationally and internationally.Dr. Bougary continues her advocacy work here in Dubai as the hub for international change. She is a firm believer in the patient centered evidence based multidisciplinary model of care.
Dr. Tarig is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Al Jalila Children’s. He completed his core training in Psychiatry in different Teaching hospitals across England, United Kingdom, where he gained membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He completed his higher Specialist Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Sheffield Children’s Hospital, following which he gained his CCT in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He started as a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in England, UK, in 2009 where he worked until joining Al Jalila Children’s in 2016. Whilst in the UK, Dr. Tarig managed both Community and Outreach/Home Treatment Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams.He has a special interest in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and has gained an FdA in this area during his higher Specialist Training at Sheffield. Dr. Tarig has also gained further qualification in Psycho-Social Interventions from Plymouth University, UK,in 2012.He brings a wealth of experience from the UK to help set up a world class mental health service for children and adolescents in Dubai.