Dr. Waseem Fathalla

Chair and Consultant, Pediatric Neurology
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Dr. Waseem Fathalla, ABP, ABPN, is the Consultant Pediatric Neurologist and a Chair of Pediatric Neurology at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) in UAE.

Dr. Fathalla obtained his medical degree from Damascus University Medical School and completed his Pediatric Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in 1997, in which he gained an American Board General Pediatrics certification. He then completed a 3-year child neurology residency at Texas Children’s Hospital/ Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas (1997-2000). He holds American board certification in neurology with a special qualification in children’s neurology.

Furthermore, Dr. Fathallah’s areas of specialized interest include critical care neurology, neurometabolic/neurogenetic disorders, end-of-life care and Islamic bioethics. In addition to his medical accomplishments, he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Islamic Science. Dr. Fathalla served as program director in the pediatric residency program (2017-2022). He is currently an associate program director of the general pediatric residency.

Doctor can help with

  • Pediatric neurology
  • General pediatrics


  • Member - Emirati League Against Epilepsy (ELAE)
  • Member - International Child Neurology Association (ICNA)

Licences and certifications

  • Licensed, Department of Health (DoH), UAE
  • Licensed, Michigan State
  • Licensed, Florida State
  • Certified, American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
  • Certified, American Board of Neurology & Psychiatry with special qualifications in child neurology

Training and work experience

  • Chair, Pediatric Neurology

    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), UAE

  • Consultant, Pediatrics & Pediatric Neurology

    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), UAE

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), UAE

  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology

    Mafraq Hospital, UAE

  • Head of Division, Pediatric Neurology

    Institute of Pediatrics – Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), UAE

  • Staff Neurologist, Pediatrics

    DeVos Children’s Hospital, USA


  • Diplomat with special qualifications in Child Neurology

    The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child Neurology Training Certificate

    Baylor College of Medicine, USA
  • Diplomat, The American Board of Pediatrics

  • Pediatrics Residency Training Certificate

    Henry Ford Hospital, USA
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate

  • Diploma of Medicine

    Damascus University School of Medicine, Syria
  • Master's degree in “Usool El-Deen” (Fundamentals of Religion)

    The American Open University – School of Islamic & Arabic Studies, USA
  • Bachelor's degree, Islamic & Arabic Studies

    The American Open University, USA

Awards and recognitions

  • UAE Rare Disease Society Excellence Award (2017)

  • Excellence In Teaching Award

    Pediatric Residency Program, Mafraq Hospital, UAE
  • Teaching Award for outstanding performance and lasting contributions

    Pediatric Residency Program - Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, SKMC