Posted on November 29, 2016

More than 50 research proposals were showcased at the Fourth Surgical Research and Innovation Ideas Al Zahrawi Symposium recently hosted by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Surgical Services and Medical Research Center.

Over 400 HMC staff, along with staff from the private healthcare sector, attended the three-day symposium which showcased research creativity, innovation and the enthusiasm of clinicians and researchers from across surgical and perioperative sections at Hamad General, The Cuban, Rumailah, Al Wakra and Al Khor Hospitals.

“The Fourth Surgical Research and Innovation Ideas Al Zahrawi Symposium builds on the success of our previous surgical symposia. The event has become an excellent venue for sharing knowledge and fostering scientifically and ethically strong research initiatives that will benefit patients in Qatar and all over the world. The research ideas are evidence based and compassionate and have the potential to contribute to the health and well-being of Qatar’s population,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, HMC’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services and Chairman of the event’s Organizing Committee.

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This fourth symposium was dedicated to the achievements of the renowned Arab physician and surgeon Abū Al-Qāsim Khalaf ibn Al-‘Abbās Az-Zahrāwī (936 –1013). Known as Al-Zahrawi, he is considered the greatest medieval surgeon from the Islamic world and is frequently described as the father of surgery. His greatest contribution is the Kitab Al-Tasrif, a thirty-volume encyclopedia of medical practices. His pioneering contributions to surgical procedures and instruments had an enormous impact in the East and West; some of his discoveries are still applied in medicine today.

Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Medicine at Qatar University, was impressed with the initiative taken by HMC’s Department of Surgery. “The key value of these surgical research symposia is that they have created a research culture within the clinical practice. The new clinician or surgeon is also a researcher, innovator and educator,” Prof. Hamdy said. Symposium participants presented their research proposals and debated their ideas with an invited panel of international and local research and innovation experts from HMC, Qatar University’s College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Sidra Medical and Research Center, McMaster University (Canada), and Mansoura University (Egypt).

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Dr. Jason Howard, Division Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Sidra Medical and Research Center said: “This symposium is really one of a kind, mixing hard research proposals with pitches for innovative ideas for medical devices and other inventions. Having the expert panel to advise the presenters is a fantastic opportunity to impart guidance to these budding researchers and innovators. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next symposium in 2017.” Lectures covered a wide range of topics, including research ethics and processes, essential elements of a successful research proposal, getting research published, maximizing the impact of medical research, and preventing pitfalls in research.

Dr. Mohit Bhandari, Professor and Canada Research Chair, McMaster University, congratulated HMC on an excellent initiative. “The quality and quantity of proposals at the symposium signified an impressive shift towards evidence-based surgery. The ability to engage faculty, researchers and trainees in an inter-disciplinary symposium is both unique and innovative,” he highlighted.