Consultant, CPICU, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Jan Bengtsson MD PhD
Consultant, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City managed by Cleveland Clinic
Dr Bengtsson received his MD at Gothenburg University, Sweden, in 1985. National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare certified in 1987. He was trained as an Anaesthesia and Intensive Care physician at Sahlgren‘s University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden and graduated as a specialist in 1991. He presented his thesis „Monitoring with end-tidal oxygen“ for PhD in 2000.
From 1993 Dr Bengtsson has been dedicating his time to pediatric intensive care including pediatric cardiac intensive care. Initially in Sahlgren‘s University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he was also appointed as Head of PICU from 2003. In 2009 Dr Bengtsson joined Al Wasl Hospital (later Latifa Hospital) in Dubai. He was appointed as Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in the same hospital and had his clinical duty as Head of PICU. In 2014 Dr Bengtsson joined SKMC as a Pediatric Intensive Care physician and is now part of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care team.
Scottish by birth educated and trained in Paediatrics in UK. Travelled first to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital in Australia and then to BC Children’s in Vancouver, Canada as a PICU Fellow. Took up a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist position in Leicester in 2005 and working there until July 2015.
Now working in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City as a Paediatric Intensivist and Co-Director of ECMO. Special interests in Cardiac Intensive Care and ECMO. Published work includes Chapters on Blood Disorders and Fluid and Electrolyte management in Paediatric Critical Care textbooks.
Consultant Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City managed by Cleveland Clinic
Pediatric Cardiac ICU
Dr. Hetharsi received his MD at Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary. He accomplished the curriculum of Pediatrics in 1992. Later on he took his board exam on Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in 1999 also in Hungary.
First he worked as a general pediatrician for several years before joining to the general pediatric anesthesia-intensive care department of a general children hospital in Budapest/Hungary. Few years later his interest turned to the pediatric cardiac anesthesia-intensive care field and took up a new job in the Hungarian Pediatric Heart Center where he worked as cardiac anesthetist-intensivist until 2008.
He joined SKMC in 2008 to an already established new tertiary-care pediatric cardiac service for the UAE. Since 2007 - the start of this program - there have been over 2500 pediatric cardiac surgeries performed with outstanding results. Many of new surgical modalities (e.g. extracorporeal life support, complex neonatal open-heart surgery, hybrid surgery, modified Norwood procedure, Ross operation, double-switch operation etc.) have been introduced to SKMC’s Pediatric Cardiac Services for the first time in the UAE.. The Pediatric Cardiac Program has now been recognized as the national provider for congenital heart disease from neonatal to adolescent (GUCH) age. SEHA, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company has elected SKMC Pediatric Cardiac Surgery as one of its eight “Center of Excellence” programs. Dr. Hetharsi has been working in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU as a team member in a fruitful collaboration with the whole pediatric cardiac multidisciplinary team.
Staff Surgeon Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France
Professor of Surgery, CCLCM, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, USA
Pr. Olivier JEGADEN is well-respected cardiac surgeon with outstanding surgical experience and academic background. He was a leading surgeon in the second cardiovascular surgical and transplant center in France; he was highly instrumental in the building and development of the most active French heart center in mini-invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. He has been clinical investigator and consultant to the cardiovascular industry for the past 20 years and author of widely published clinical and fundamental research, with over 190 publications in peer-review journals.
He has a 28-year experience in cardiac surgery. In the CHU of Lyon in France, he was Professor of Cardiac Surgery since 1996 and Head of Department since 2002. In August 2014, Pr. JEGADEN has joined the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and he was named Professor of Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, USA, in 2015.
Head, Consultant, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City managed by Cleveland Clinic
Institute of Cardiac Sciences UAE
Dr. Kiraly received his MD at Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary. He accomplished the curriculum of General Surgery in Hungary. He then received full training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in France (CCML, Paris), in the UK (GOS in London, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre) and in the US, concluding in his National and European Cardiothoracic Board certification (FETCS).
He was appointed as Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief at the National Pediatric Centre in Budapest in 2000. He served as Chair of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery/Intensive Care Unit from 2000-2006, during which period, that institution has become the leading pediatric cardiac unit in Central Europe.
He joined SKMC in 2007 to establish a new tertiary-care pediatric cardiac service for the UAE. Since the start of this program there have been over 2500 pediatric cardiac surgeries performed with outstanding results. Many of new surgical modalities (e.g. extracorporeal life support, complex neonatal open-heart surgery, hybrid surgery, modified Norwood procedure, Ross operation, double-switch operation etc.) have been introduced by him to SKMC’s Pediatric Cardiac Services for the first time in the UAE. Among others, hybrid cardiac surgery program is a novel approach that is only available at SKMC in the entire Gulf region. The Pediatric Cardiac Program has now been recognized as the national provider for congenital heart disease from neonatal to adolescent (GUCH) age. SEHA, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company has elected SKMC Pediatric Cardiac Surgery as one of its eight “Center of Excellence” programs. Dr. Kiraly is currently completing his PhD thesis on establishment of a comprehensive program in congenital cardiac surgery at the Postdoctoral School of Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary.
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Consultant intensivist, Cardiac PICU, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Dr Sven Lindell is of Swedish origin and graduated 1987 from University of Lund. He thereafter trained in Pediatrics and received his board certification as specialist in 1993. Since then he has added board certifications as specialist in both Pediatric Cardiology (1996) and Neonatology (2008) to his career.
Before joining the Cardiac PICU team in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, 2009 as Consultant Intensivist , he held a position for two years as Consultant Neonatologist in Al Ain Hospital, UAE, where he among other commitments initiated and developed an outpatient clinic in Pediatric Cardiology. During this time he also was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences University of UAE and member of Al Ain Medical District Human Research Ethics Committee for quality reviewing of proposed research protocols.
Dr Lindell has from early on in his career shown great interest and pleasure in teaching, being head of the educational program in his previous hospital appointment in Sweden, as well as course organizer both regionally and nationally. Since joining his current position in Cardiac PICU, Abu Dhabi, he has continued this dedication resulting in instructor status in BLS/PALS courses, ultrasound courses and ECMO courses.
Division Chief Paediatric Cardiac Critical Care
ECMO Program Director
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, managed by Cleveland Clinic – Abu Dhabi – UAE
Dr Malaika Mendonca graduated from the Essen Medical School University (Universitäts Klinik Essen) in 1996. During her residency training for anaesthesia and critical care, she encountered her first practical experiences in the field of Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS), while rotating through the ICU.
She acquired International experience and knowledge through electives and observership in the Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and the Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, USA
After completing her Board Certification (Facharzt) in 2001, she joined the Ludwig Maximilian University Hospital in Munich to lead the Cardiac Paediatric Critical Care Unit, and in this capacity had major exposure to ECMO, ventricular assist devices and heart transplant.
Always interested in new perspectives and challenges, she was offered in 2004 to support the creation of the Paediatric Critical Care Unit in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi. After an initial set up phase limited to 6 beds, the Unit expanded to the current 27 beds, and serves the whole UAE. Dr Malaika Mendonca is the Division Chief of the Cardiac PICU since 2010.
As ECMO Program Director, she established the foundation and growth of the program so that SKMC is now the reference centre in the UAE and leading centre in the Gulf region.
Her dedication to education, teaching, knowledge exchange and update has made her a frequently invited speaker in local and international conferences, and Dr Malaika Mendonca is delighted to have been given the honour to organize and chair the 3rd SWAC ELSO Conference.
Deputy Chair Critical Care Department, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Dual training in Anaesthesia and Critical care (CCT), UK (2007)
MBBS, FRCA, EDIC
Dr Kalpana graduated from Vijaynagar Institute of Medical Sciences, India in 1997 and then moved to UK to complete postgraduate training in anesthesia and intensive care which she completed in 2007. <
She worked as a Research fellow in hepatobiliary anesthesia and has published several peer reviewed papers in this field. She has worked as a consultant in Anesthesia and Critical care in Lewisham Hospital London for 3 years before moving to Abu Dhabi in 2010.
Currently she is the head of adult medical/surgical ICU at Sheikh Khalifa medical City and is a lead clinician for quality and research.
Division Chief General PICU, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Dr. Maike Schumacher is currently Division Chief of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). Prior to moving to Abu Dhabi, she worked at the Institute for Anesthesiology and Critical Care of University Hospital / Medical School Essen, Germany and thereafter as Consultant at the Department for Anesthesiology and Critical Care of Marien Hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Dr. Maike is a German board certified Anesthesiologist with subspecialty board certifications in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. She is holding the European Diploma in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. She graduated from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. She is active in the field of education and has given multiple presentations related to Anesthesiology as well as Critical Care.