Dr. Saladin Sawan

Consultant - Gynecology Oncology Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Dr. Saladin Sawan, MD, Ph.D., FRCOG is a Consultant Surgeon in Gynecologic Oncology and Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Sawan has over 20 years of experience. He has been trained in renowned cancer centers in the UK, including The Christie, St Mary’s in Manchester, and the Peritoneal Malignancy Institute in Basingstoke. Dr. Sawan offers comprehensive surgical treatments for women with gynecological cancers and is proficient in performing pelvic and abdominal surgery. Dr. Sawan has in-depth expertise in the fields of extensive (ultra-radical) Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS), hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), and robotic and minimal access gynecological surgery.

Dr. Sawan holds a CCT from the UK in gynecological oncology surgery. He is one of very few doctors licensed by the DOH as gynecological oncologists to offer competent surgical treatment for women with gynecological cancers. Moreover, he specializes in fertility-sparing management for women suffering from gynecological cancers. He also advises on managing premalignant and malignant conditions of the cervix, vagina, and vulva.

In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Sawan is an Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine, and Health at the University of Manchester, UK. He was awarded a Ph.D. studying mechanisms of ovarian cancer metastasis and an MRes in cancer immunology in endometrial cancer from the internationally renowned Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Institute. His current research interests focus on the intraperitoneal delivery of therapeutics and artificial intelligence in health care.

Dr. Sawan is also the Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK. He is a recognized trainer in gynecology by the General Medical Council, UK, and in colposcopy and cervical cancer screening by BCCSP, UK. He had been a Training Programme Director in Gynaecology Oncology at James Cooke University Hospital, England, till he relocated to UAE.

Doctor can help with

  • Gynecology tumor and cancer surgery (ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, and vulval cancers)
  • Robotic and minimal access surgery for endometriosis, fibroid, and other pelvic cysts and masses
  • Gynecology cancer screening
  • Cervical and vulva disease (colposcopy and vulvoscopy)
  • Extensive cytoreductive surgery (CRS) for advanced and recurrent gynecological cancers
  • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • Fertility-sparing treatment of patients with cancer


  • Vice-Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London
  • British and Irish Association of Robotic Gynaecological Surgeons (BIARGS)
  • British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP)
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG)
  • Clinical Quality Assurance Group (CQAG), RCOG
  • British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS)
  • Emirates Oncology Society (EOS)
  • European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO)
  • European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)
  • UK-EMT: the UK governmental response team for international emergencies

Licences & Certifications

  • Licensed, Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH)
  • Licensed, the General Medical Council (GMC), UK
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), Dual Accreditation in Gynecologic Oncology and Obstetrics & Gynecology, GMC, UK
  • Certificate of Subspecialist Accreditation in Gynecological Oncology, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists(RCOG)
  • Certified Colposcopist: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP), UK

Training & Work Experience

  • Consultant & Director, Robotic & Gynecology Oncology Surgery

    VPS Group, UAE

  • Honorary Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences

    University of Manchester, UK

  • Consultant & Lead in Gynecology and Robotic Surgery

    James Cook University Hospital, UK

  • Regional Clinical Lead for Gynaecological Cancer

    Northern Cancer Alliance, UK

  • Consultant Oncological Gynaecologist

    Liverpool Women’s Hospital, UK

  • NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Oncological Gynaecology

    The University of Manchester, UK

  • Gynecological Oncology Fellow

    The Christie & St Mary’s Hospitals, UK

  • Joseph Starkey Clinical Research Fellow

    Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, UK

  • Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

    University Hospital of South Manchester, UK

  • NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

    The University of Manchester, UK

  • Clinical Research Fellow in Gynaecological Oncology

    Northern Gynecology Oncology Center, UK

  • Senior House Officer and House Officer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Urology, and Emergency Medicine

    North Western Deanery, UK


  • Ph.D. in Cancer Research

    Manchester Institute (CRUK MI), the University of Manchester, UK
  • MRes (Master of Research)

    Paterson Institute for Cancer Research (PICR) and St Mary’s Gynaecological Oncology Centre, UK
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Examination (MRCOG), UK
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Aleppo University, Syria

Awards & Recognitions

  • Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) Award, £2M to investigate the efficacy and safety of a modern technique for intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC & NIPEC)

    MRC and Innovate, UK
  • David Nott Foundation Scholarship for Surgical Training for Austere Environment training

    the Royal College of Surgeons in London, UK
  • ESGO Travelling Fellowship to investigate the role of HIPEC in ovarian cancer

    Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands
  • BSGE Trainees Travel Fellowship

  • Florence and William Blair Bell Research Fellowship

    the University of Chicago, USA
  • World Wide Cancer Research (formerly AICR)

    Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC)
  • The Joseph Starkey Ph.D. Fellowship

    Wigan & District Cancer Research Committee
  • Eden Travelling Fellowship Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology visited the ‘Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’ in Columbia, USA