Approximately 250 healthcare professionals from across the region will gather in Doha between 23 to 24 November 2013 for the First Qatar Orthopedics Foot and Ankle Symposium at the St. Regis Doha Hotel.

Hosted by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the symposium supports the Corporation’s efforts to facilitate first-class medical education opportunities and its intent to become a regional hub for advanced orthopedic care.

Dr Al Dosari said:

We see approximately 300 patients every day, and at least 80 of those have some foot and ankle problem, mainly fractures, ligament or cartilage injuries. We also see a number of patients with diabetes or vascular problems and patients with congenital deformities, developmental disabilities and advanced cases of tumor…we are introducing minimally invasive procedures such as percutaneous surgery, where access to inner organs or other tissue is gained through small needle punctures on the skin.’

Distinguished international speakers, including the University of Toronto’s Dr Timothy Daniels, who has received prestigious awards in the field of orthopedic education, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Professor James Griffith, a musculoskeletal imaging expert who has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in the field, will present. The symposium will also feature a lineup of local speakers who are experts in their field.

Dr Mohamed Al Ateeq Al Dosari, Head of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Bone and Joint Institute at HMC, explained that 50% of the population consists of young people who are beginning to be extremely active in sports. He said these individuals are exposed to a variety of foot and ankle injuries and that the Bone and Joint Institute is constantly improving its capacity and introducing new technologies. Technologies that are being used for the diagnosis and management of multiple diseases related to the foot and ankle, ranging from basic fractures to major reconstruction.

According to Dr Al Dosari, who is also Chairman of the symposium’s organising committee, the event will be informative to many different specialties, including physicians and surgeons, physiotherapists, prosthetic orthotic technicians and makers of walk-assist devices, as well as non-surgical healthcare professionals such as providing care for people with diabetes.

Dr Al Dosari said:

Events like this Symposium boost our efforts to introduce new and advanced ways of providing musculoskeletal care to our community, and to becoming a regional hub for advanced orthopedic care.’

Foot and ankle care in Qatar has developed rapidly over the last two and a half years. A dedicated Foot and Ankle Service, the Bone and Joint Institute, was established at Hamad General Hospital as part of the Academic Health System initiative. This initiative has introduced research into the day-to-day physician practice and is advancing contemporary evidence-based medicine.

Healthcare professionals who want to register for the conference should send an email to foot&[email protected] or call 4439 2821 or 4439 2823. Submission of abstracts will be open until 30 September 2013.

For more information, visit HMC’s website.