Dr. Nahed Balalaa

Consultant - Breast Surgery
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Dr. Nahed Balalaa, MBBCh, MRCS, Arab board General Surgery specialization and European board of Breast Surgery, is a Consultant Breast Surgeon in the General Surgery Department at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) in Abu Dhabi.

With 18 years of experience, Dr. Balalaa has leadership experience in education and clinical practice and is actively involved in teaching, course designing and researching in her field with distinguished publications and a series of conference organizations. Her clinical practice primarily focuses on the comprehensive, compassionate care of women with breast disease, breast cancer and oncoplastic surgery. As an oncoplastic breast surgeon, she performs oncoplastic breast surgery, mastectomies and all types of breast preservation procedures. Dr. Balalaa is a Lead Physician for Breast Cancer campaigns and regularly participates in Breast Cancer Awareness Workshops and activities. As a member of several multidisciplinary hospital practice subcommittees, Dr. Balalaa holds an Executive Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration (EMHCA) from Zayed University in Partnership with the University of Houston, Clear Lake and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UAE. She is a core faculty member in the General Surgery Integrated Residency Program and an adjunct Clinical Assistant professor in the department of General Surgery, College of Medicine at Gulf Medical University in Ajman and Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi.

Doctor can help with

  • Breast surgery


  • Member - European Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Member - Arabic Breast Society
  • Chairman - Outpatient Practice at SSMC
  • Member - Medical Records Committee at SSMC
  • Member - COVID Task Force at SSMC
  • Member - Connected Care Committee at SSMC
  • Member - Clinical Practice Committee at SSMC
  • Member - SEHA Network Telemedicine Task Force
  • Breast Lead - SEHA Network Clinical Reference Guidelines
  • Core faculty - SSMC Teaching Faculty for students from Gulf Medical University
  • Core faculty - SSMC Teaching Faculty for students from Khalifa University
  • Core faculty- SSMC Teaching Faculty for UAE Integrated Surgical Residency Training Program

Licences and certifications

  • Basic Surgical Skills Course, Royal College of Edinburgh
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Basic and Advanced Laparoscopic Course
  • Percutaneous Tracheotomy
  • Focused Assessment Sonography for Trauma (FAST)
  • Breast Cancer Conference Screening Diagnosis and Management Course
  • Advanced Course on Breast Cancer Surgery, European Society Of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)
  • Licensed - The International Multidisciplinary Breast Conference and Oncoplastic Workshop
  • Oncoplastic Breast Meeting and Course

Training and work experience

  • Consultant General Surgery, Breast Surgeon

    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), Abu Dhabi

  • Consultant General Surgery, Breast Surgeon

    Mafraq Hospital, UAE

  • Specialist breast surgeon

    Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, Milano, Italy

  • Specialist breast surgeon

    Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milano, Italy

  • Specialist, General Surgeon

    Mafraq Hospital, UAE

  • Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Science (General Surgery)

    College of Medicine - Gulf Medical University, UAE

  • Adjunct Clinical associate professor

    Khalifa University - College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), UAE

  • Chair of Committee, Outpatient Practice Sub-Committee (OPC)

    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), Abu Dhabi


  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh)

    Dubai Medical College, UAE
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of, Glasgow (MRCS), UK

  • General Surgery

    Arab Board of Health Specializations, Jordan
  • Breast Surgery

    European Board of Breast Surgery, (EBSQ) Belgium
  • Executive Master's in Healthcare Administration (EMHCA)

    Zayed University in Partnership with the University of Houston - Clear Lake and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UAE

Awards and recognitions

  • Best Administrative Chief Resident

  • Best OPD Management

    CEO Office
  • The GCC Patient Experience

    OPD Management Physician Leader
  • One of the best 1000 SEHA Employees

    SEHA Network
  • Physician Lead for Outpatient Department and Perioperative Procedures SSMC

    Activation Committee
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