Posted on March 22, 2016

Around 600 healthcare professionals attended the First Qatar International Endocrinology Conference held recently by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

The conference, an important forum for sharing the latest knowledge on diverse aspects of endocrinology, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes is described by Dr. Mahmoud Ali Zirie, Chief of HMC’s Endocrinology Section and Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee as one of the year’s most significant gatherings of healthcare professionals with an interest in endocrinology practice and research. He said: “We were delighted to welcome delegates from all over the world, including specialist physicians, primary healthcare generalists and trainees.”

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Endocrinology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones, such as diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, thyroid disorders, hypertension and osteoporosis. With a high incidence of obesity, diabetes and related disorders in Qatar, HMC has led the way in developing and improving access to high-quality specialized care for patients with these conditions, particularly through its National Diabetes Centers at Hamad General Hospital and Al Wakra Hospital, part of HMC’s network of hospitals recently accredited by the Joint Commission International under the Academic Medical Center program.

HMC’s National Diabetes Centers offer a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, and are an integral part of the Supreme Council of Health’s National Diabetes Strategy which aims to connect all healthcare providers in Qatar as part of efforts to further develop health services for diabetes patients,” said Dr. Ibrahim Treki, Senior Consultant, Adult Endocrinology and Internal Medicine at HMC and Lead Clinician at the National Diabetes Center at HMC’s Al Wakra Hospital, which has significantly increased HMC’s capacity to provide specialized diabetes care to the population.

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Dr. Ibrahim Al-Janahi, Senior Consultant at HMC’s Endocrinology Section said: “The conference is designed to encourage discourse, learning, research and quality improvement. We hope it will have helped participants to acquire new skills and information that will benefit their daily practice, and to develop valuable relationships and collaborations.” Prominent local and international speakers were invited to share their extensive knowledge and experience with attendees through conference sessions dedicated to insulin therapy, thyroid cases, dyslipidemia and a variety of other topical issues.