Sidra Medical & Research Center, Qatar

July 2, 2013

Sidra appoints:  Dr. Paul Lanier Ogburn, Jr., as Clinical Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology   For bios of senior appointments see the Bio Page.

Summary of other 2013 appointments:
* May 15, 2013: Chief Nursing and Allied Health Officer, Mary Boyd
* April 18, 2013: Clinical Chief of Radiology (Dr. Deepak Kaura)
* January 30, 2013: Chief Research Officer (Dr. Francesco M. Marincola), Clinical Chief of Surgery (Dr. David Lyle Sigalet), and Chief Information Officer (Michael LeRoy)

Timeline from Sidra

See our article about a timeline of Sidra's developments.

About Sidra

Located in Education City — which is home to branch campuses of the Weill Cornell Medical College, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, and Texas A&M University — in the outskirts of Doha, Qatar, the Sidra Medical and Research Center will be the first academic medical center in the region based on the North American model.

Working in partnership with the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the hospital's three main points of focus will be:

  • Providing Western standard medical care for children and high-risk OB patients.
  • Training medical students and clinicians. (The hospital will be the primary medical education facility for students of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.)
  • Contributing to the global body of knowledge in areas such as pregnancy health, infertility, genetic abnormalities, the health needs of children, and diseases specific to women.

Owned and funded — with a US$7.9 billion endowment — by the Qatar Foundation, the Sidra Medical and Research Center will open with approximately 400 beds. Later phases will see the hospital expand to 550 beds.

Doha, Qatar

Doha, which is home to the majority of Qatar's population, is the site of the large hospitals, the international universities, the seat of government, and the international hotels, is growing at a frenetic pace. Located on the Persian Gulf, the 7 km walk beside the sea, provides a tour of the seaside park, as well as a view of the multiple fantastic buildings which are sprouting everywhere.


Qatar has a population of approximately 1.9 million, of which approximately 20% are nationals. The vast majority of the population resides in the capital, Doha.

A peninsula, Qatar will appeal to water lovers. Ambitious in the development of its educational and healthcare infrastructure, it has invited American, Canadian, and British institutions to set up programs.

Currently, it is undergoing a metamorphosis into a modern metropolis with dramatic looking hotels and public buildings. more




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