Dr. Salem Alharthi

Consultant & Chair - General Surgery
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Dr. Salem Alharthi, MBBChBAO, MRCS, is a Consultant General Surgeon and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Alharthi is a general, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary consultant currently leading the SEHA Surgical Council, having obtained his undergraduate medical degree (MB. BCh. BAO and LRCSPI) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1999. Following his internship at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, he obtained memberships in the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Dr. Alharthi joined Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, for surgical residency training and obtained a fellowship from the College of Surgeons of South Africa in 2010. Following a two-year fellowship in HPB/GI surgery, he was awarded a subspecialty certificate in surgical gastroenterology from the College of Surgeons of South Africa in May 2013 as well as a clinical fellowship in HPB surgery from the University of Cape Town.

After returning to the UAE, Dr. Alharthi established a destination referral center for gastrointestinal/oncology surgery. This center treated complex GI/hepatobiliary surgeries, bile duct injuries, soft tissue tumours, abdominal wall hernias and open abdomen reconstructions. Additionally, he introduced cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy to the UAE. Dr. Alharthi has played a vital role in promoting laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery in the UAE, and he continues to perform 500 major surgeries annually.

Furthermore, he is heavily involved in teaching medical students and training surgical residents, as well as leading and conducting research. He chairs the surgical department at SSMC and leads numerous committees, including the surgical and procedural committee, the Emiratization committee, and quality improvement.

Doctor can help with

  • General surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery
  • Oncology surgery, cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy
  • Breast and endocrine surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Robotic surgery

Memberships

  • Member - The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MRCS)
  • Member - The Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow
  • Fellow - The College of Surgeons of South Africa FCS(SA)
  • Fellowship & Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery (FMAS & DMAS), India
  • Fellowship - The International College of Robotic Surgeons (ICRS)

Licences and certifications

  • Subspecialty Certificate in Surgical Gastroenterology, College of Surgeons of South Africa
  • Certified Robotic Surgeon
  • Licensed, Department of Health (DoH), UAE
  • Licensed, Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • Licensed, Irish Medical Council (IMC)

Training and work experience

  • Consultant & Chair, General Surgery

    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), UAE

  • Consultant, Surgery

    Mafraq Hospital, UAE

  • GI Surgery Fellow

    Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa

  • Junior Consultant, Acute Care Surgery Unit

    Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa

  • Junior Consultant, Breast & Endocrinology

    Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa

  • Registrar

    Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa

  • Senior House Officer

    Aljaziera Hospital, UAE

  • Internship

    Beaumont Hospital, Ireland

Education

  • Fellowship of the International College of Robotic Surgeons (FICRS)

  • Fellowship & Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery (FMAS & DMAS)

  • Clinical Fellowship in HPB Surgery

    Groote Schuur Hospital & University of Cape Town,, South Africa
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Surgical Gastroenterology

    College of Surgeons of South Africa (SA)
  • Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (FCSSA)

  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MRCS)

  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MBBChBAO)

  • National University of Ireland, Ireland

Awards and recognitions

  • Graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with Honors Degree