Under the Kind Patronage of H.E. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, Dr. Alya Saif Faris Ghanem Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of Rashid Hospital was presented with HMH Award for Excellence in recognition of her invaluable contribution to breast cancer and obesity awareness programs in the UAE.Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum & HMH Award for Excellence is a tribute to exceptional women who work for human welfare in addition to achieving excellence in their respective fields be it healthcare, business, art, literature, culture, sports, environment or public life.
Handing out the special trophy, Mr Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings, said: “Dr Alya is not only a top medical expert but a woman of remarkable caliber who has taken up a number of social causes. Besides her marvellous achievements as a surgeon, she has been playing an instrumental role in the battle against breast cancer and obesity as well as providing tangible support to the less fortunate suffering from these conditions. Hers is a life that inspires many and it gives us great pleasure to recognize this compassionate lady who with her determination and zeal makes the world around her a little bit better for all”.
Receiving the award, Dr Alya stated, “I accept this wonderful award with profound gratitude and think it is a great initiative. I take tremendous pride in my profession and believe it allows me to make a difference in the lives of those who need my support. I have been blessed with an absolutely amazing team and together we are committed to find solutions to local health issues especially in our area of expertise. Both breast cancer and obesity are a growing health concern in the UAE. Obesity leads to many serious ailments such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Similarly, cancer is the second largest cause of women’s death in the country, with breast cancer being the most common denominator. Unfortunately, the most alarming fact is that while the diseases can be prevented, these are almost always detected at a late stage. But awareness can change that. Early detection and treatment can save lives.”
Recipient of the Distinguished Female Employee in Specialized Section Award in 2011 from the Dubai Government Excellence Awards Authority, Dr Alya has been actively participating in numerous international scientific symposiums and workshops in proctology, bariatric surgery, pancreatology, obesity and metabolic surgery to name a few. As a Surgical Consultant at Rashid Hospital, she was on the organizing committee of several national and international workshops. She was also instrumental in organizing the proctology, multidisciplinary bariatric and weight reduction surgery service in Rashid Hospital.
Dr. Alya Saif Faris Ghanem Al Mazrouei was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Rashid Hospital in March this year. Dr Alya had joined the hospital in 2000 and prior to her new role had held the post of Consultant General Surgeon since 2011.
Dr Alya graduated from the Dubai Medical College for Girls in 2000 with an MBBS in Surgery and Medicine. She holds a Medicin Specialiste en Chirugie from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; a European University Diploma in Hepato-Pancreatic & Biliary Cancers; a Fellowship in Pancreatic Islets Transplantation and is also an FRCS, Glasgow, Scotland.
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