Dr. Javaid I. Sheikh, Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q), has been selected as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Joan and Sanford I. Weill Exemplary Achievement Award.

This distinguished accolade, presented at a special gala in New York City, recognises and celebrates Dr. Sheikh’s exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions to the field of medicine.

An internationally renowned medical executive and visionary thought leader in global academic medicine, Dr. Sheikh has transformed WCM-Q into a premier institution since beginning his tenure as Dean in 2010. His pioneering work implementing innovative biomedical education and research programmes has earned WCM-Q recognition as a leading institution preparing ‘global physician-scientists’ for the 21st century.

Under Dr. Sheikh’s exemplary leadership, WCM-Q has established a comprehensive research infrastructure with state-of the-art core laboratories that serve as national resources and address some of the most pressing health needs in Qatar and the region. His commitment to advancing medical science also led to the creation of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center for Precision Health at WCM-Q, utilising advanced data analytics to further Qatar’s goals in promoting scientific wellness and peak functioning.

In 2016, Dr. Sheikh played a pivotal role in the establishment of Precision Health Innovations and Education (PHIE), a globally interconnected forum dedicated to showcasing conceptual and technological advancements in health professions education. Additionally, he established WCM-Q’s Institute for Population Health (IPH) in 2012, implementing comprehensive programmes to promote health and prevent disease among the population in Qatar and the wider region.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Sheikh expressed his deep gratitude: ‘I am incredibly humbled and honoured to receive this special recognition. This award stands as a testament to the achievements made possible through the visionary leadership of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and the unwavering support of HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani and our partners Qatar Foundation. I would like to also extend my deep appreciation to my dedicated, talented team for making my career an exceptional journey filled with countless opportunities for both professional and personal growth. I look forward to continuing to give back to the community in my capacity as a medical doctor, academic, and human being.’

Before joining WCM-Q, Dr. Sheikh built a distinguished career as a professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences, Associate Dean, and Chairman of the Board at the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals in California.

Established in 2018 in honour of Weill Cornell Medicine’s foremost benefactors, Joan and Sanford I. Weill, the award celebrates physicians and scientists whose transformational work enhances health and healthcare worldwide.

For more information on the QADP, click here. Or for more information about Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q), please visit their website: qatar-weill.cornell.edu


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