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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Supports ‘Abu Dhabi Community Campaign’ to Drive Organ Donation Registry

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Supports ‘Abu Dhabi Community Campaign’ to Drive Organ Donation Registry

  • The CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was the first to register as an organ donor at the booth
  • To date, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has performed more than 330 life-changing organ transplants

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Mubadala Health partner Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is working with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) to promote the ‘Abu Dhabi Community Movement’ in support of the national organ donation and transplantation programme, ‘Hayat’ . The campaign was launched by the DoH to promote organ donation registries and raise awareness of the initiative. The multispecialty hospital has installed its first Hayat booth, which will be permanently placed within the hospital for patients and visitors to learn about the program and register as organ donors.

Dr. Jorge Guzman, CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, opened the booth and was the first to register as an organ and tissue donor at the year-end meeting, encouraging caregivers to sign up as donors.

The DoH, in collaboration with its strategic partners, launched the campaign during the International Conference on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Initiatives in Abu Dhabi earlier in November 2022. The campaign aims to encourage community members to sign up for organ and tissue donation as well as improve the quality of life of those suffering from organ failure.

Dr Ali Al Obaidli, Chairman of the UAE National Transplantation Council, said: “The UAE National Organ Donation and Transplantation Program has witnessed an increase in donations from post-mortem donors, which has led to impressive results in transplants of hearts, lungs, livers, pancreas and kidneys. In partnership with leading medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we were able to take this initiative a step further and successfully raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and the life-changing opportunities they provide for patients in need of a transplant. We encourage any Those over the age of 21 sign up and become part of this noble and humanitarian act as the donor gives the recipient another chance at life, both in life and after death.”

As a multi-organ transplant centre, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has been a key partner of the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, leading life-changing procedures performed by experienced multidisciplinary specialists. Focusing on future-first surgical techniques, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combines cutting-edge technology with compassionate care throughout the patient’s journey; from the initial planning stages to post-transplant follow-up, while raising awareness about the adoption of healthy lifestyles Awareness of the importance of improving quality of life.

Dr. Jorge Guzman said: “The importance of organ donation cannot be overemphasized and we all have a role to play in this life-changing opportunity. We are proud to partner with the DoH to drive greater organ donation initiatives in the UAE Vision. Only through collective partnership among healthcare entities can we achieve our goal of saving the life of every patient in need of a transplant and reaffirming the UAE’s position as a premier destination for healthcare.”

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, in alliance with Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center USA, one of the most comprehensive transplant programs in the world, has performed more than 330 life-changing organ transplants since the launch of the deceased donation program 2017 in the UAE. The program has seen 124 deceased donors in the UAE whose organs have saved the lives of more than 438 patients and has grown exponentially over the years. Through its transplant center, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, 166 kidney transplants, 136 livers, 12 lungs, 12 hearts and 10 pancreas transplants have been performed.

Dr Bashir Sankari, Chairman of the Specialized Institute of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi and Head of the Transplant Program, said: “We have a multi-organ transplant program in the UAE that handles heart, single and double lung, liver and pancreas transplants. Transplants started in 2017 Since the program, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has achieved numerous milestones, including the first successful heart, lung and liver transplant in the UAE, the first combined kidney-pancreas and kidney-liver transplant in the UAE.Even after death, a person has ability to change the course of eight different life forms, and we need to share this information with more people.”

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has a multidisciplinary team that includes transplant surgeons, transplant physicians, transplant nurse coordinators, intensive care unit nurses, operating room nurses, dietitians and social workers. Stop by the hospital to register as a donor at the booth and to learn more about the Transplant Center, visit https://www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae/en/institutes-and-specialties/transplant-center/pages/default.aspx

To book an appointment at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, call 800 8 CCAD (2223), visit https://www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae/en/pages/default.aspx or download the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Patient Portal app.

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About the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is an integral part of Mubadala Health, a multi-specialty hospital located on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unrivaled extension of the US-based Cleveland Clinic model of care, specifically designed to meet a range of complex and critical care needs unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi houses the following institutes: Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic, Neurology, Digestive Diseases, Ophthalmology, Pulmonary, Intensive Care, Surgical Specialties, Medical Specialties, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine , Imaging, Quality and Patient Safety, and Clinical and Nursing. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has more than 40 medical and surgical specialties.

The facilities at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art facilities with world-class service standards. The hospital has 394 (expandable to 490) beds, five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment floors, and 13 floors of intensive and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American/European board-certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – Al Ain began offering select medical services in December 2017. The facility is located on the Tawam Hospital campus in Al Ain.

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