Dr. Iftikhar Suleman

Consultant, Pediatric Surgery
Chair, Pediatric Surgery
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Dr. Iftikhar Suleman, F.R.C.S, F.E.B.P.S., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.Ed., F.C.P.S., is a pediatric surgery consultant at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) in Abu Dhabi. He is also the chair of the pediatric surgery division.

With more than 33 years of pediatric surgery experience at the most prestigious institutions in the UK, Pakistan, Japan & UAE, Dr. Suleman has earned fellowships in several esteemed societies and institutions. He is a member of several pediatric surgical societies. A fellow of esteemed societies, including the Royal College of Surgeons (F.R.C.S.), UK, and the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), USA, Dr. Suleman is a respected authority in his field. His extensive contributions to over 77 research publications, encompassing book chapters in pediatric surgery textbooks, showcase his commitment to advancing medical knowledge. Dr. Suleman’s proficiency spans a wide array of pediatric surgical procedures, including general pediatric surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, pancreatic surgery, and thoracic surgery. As an active member of international pediatric surgical societies, he continues to impact the field. Dr. Suleman’s professional journey includes roles as a clinical professor of surgery at Khalifa University, UAE. He is actively involved as a trainer, assessor, and examiner for prestigious institutions. Recognized for his outstanding contributions, he has received awards such as the UAE Distinguished Surgeon Award and the SEHA Best Employee Award. Dr. Suleman is dedicated to shaping the future of pediatric surgery through education, research, and clinical excellence.

Doctor can help with

  • General pediatric surgery
  • Hepatobiliary pediatric surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery, including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
  • Neonatal surgery for intestinal atresia, bowel obstruction, necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Pediatric urology
  • Endourology and management of disorders of sex development
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopies
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopies (inspection of the lungs and air passages)
  • Pediatric long-term vascular access
  • Laparoscopic procedures like appendectomy, fundoplication, gastrostomy, surgery for biliary atresia, choledochal cyst, cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic ureteric reimplantation
  • Laparoscopic pyeloplasty
  • Lap nephrectomy
  • Fulguration of posterior urethral valves
  • Thoracoscopic esophageal atresia repair
  • Thoracoscopic diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Thoracoscopic resection of cysts & lung masses
  • Other major neonatal & pediatric surgical procedures


  • Fellow - Royal College of Surgeons (F.R.C.S.), UK
  • Fellow - European Board in Pediatric Surgery (F.E.B.P.S.)
  • Fellow - American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), Pediatric Surgery, USA
  • Fellow - Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (F.R.C.S.Ed.), UK
  • Fellow - Pediatric Surgery at Kyushu and Keio Universities, Japan
  • Fellow - Pediatric Surgery Fellow College of Physicians & Surgeons (F.C.P.S.), UK

Licences and certifications

  • Licensed, Pediatric Surgeon, General Medical Council (GMC), UK

Training and work experience

  • Consultant, Pediatric Surgery

    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), UAE

  • Reviewer and on the editorial board of several prestigious International Journals

  • Trainer, assessor & examiner for CPSP & The Royal College of Surgeons of England

  • Examiner for HAAD

  • Program Director

    Arab Board in Pediatric Surgery

  • Clinical Professor of Surgery

    Khalifa University, UAE


  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)

    The Peshawar University, Pakistan

Awards and recognitions

  • National Award for Most Swift Response in 2005 Earthquake

  • UAE Distinguished Surgeon Award

  • SEHA Best Employee Award

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