The Institute for Population Health (IPH) at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) recently held a one-day symposium to discuss population health challenges and outcomes, and ways to promote health. 

The symposium was designed to enable healthcare practitioners to look to the future of healthcare and sustainability, understand what equitable culturally competent patient care means, and become change agents who can promote physical, mental and social well-being.

Topics discussed

  • Population health challenges and the emerging paradigm of health and disease
  • Sustainability of the global lifestyle medicine movement
  • Perspectives on the confluence of pandemics
  • Public health priorities in the region.

An interactive panel discussion,  meanwhile, focused on public health in Qatar, the future of healthcare, required health curricula for school children, lifestyle health, and health policy and its challenges.

Event speakers

  • Sheikh Dr Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani (Ministry of Public Health)
  • Dr Javaid Sheikh (WCM-Q)
  • Dr Hanan Abdul Rahim (Qatar University)
  • Dr Sohaila Cheema (WCM-Q)
  • Dr Ravinder Mamtani (WCM-Q)

Visiting international expert speakers

  • Dr Wayne Dysinger (American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Lifestyle Medical California)
  • Dr David Katz (True Health Initiative, Diet ID)


(From left) Dr Sohaila Cheema, Dr Hanan Abdul Rahim, Dr David Katz, Sheikh Dr Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani, Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dr Wayne Dysinger, and Dr Ravinder Mamtani

Good news

According to Dr Ravinder Mamtani, data available on chronic illnesses over the past 20 to 25 years shows that we have a serious health crisis on our hands – a pandemic of chronic illness.

The good news, he said, is that we can reduce premature mortality due to heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions by adopting lifestyle medicine approaches like a healthy diet, physical activity, and healthy sleep patterns, thereby improving the health, well-being and quality of life for many people, now and in the future.

It is therefore imperative that healthcare professionals are equipped with relevant knowledge and skills related to population health and lifestyle medicine.

The course was designed for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, educators, public health professionals, dentists, pharmacists, healthcare administrators, and others working in the medical field.

The symposium, Fixing the Broken Promise of Health was accredited by the Department of Healthcare Professions (DHP) of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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