Dr. Wael AlMahmeed
Dr Wael Abdulrahman Almahmeed is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Institute in ClevelandClinic Abu Dhabi. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the UAE University and has an Adjunct Staff position at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.
Dr Almahmeed completed his undergraduate medical training at the Medical School in the University of
Southampton, England. He continued his post graduate studies in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. This was followed by a fellowship in Echocardiography at the same institution.
He received his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine in 1994 and in Cardiology in 1995. Subsequently he became a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (1996),
Fellow of the American College of Physicians (1998), Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (1998) and
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2004.
He is a foundation member of the Gulf Heart Association and the Emirates Cardiac Society. Under his leadership in the Emirates Cardiac Society, the Society won the bid to host the World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai in 2012, the World Tobacco or Health Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2015, the Asia Pacific Congress of Cardiology in Abu Dhabi in 2015 and World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology in 2016. He also established an annual meeting for the Emirates Cardiac Society in UAE. He is the past president of the Emirates Cardiac Society and the Gulf Heart Association. He is the current president Elect of the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiology and the current Governor for the American College of Cardiology Gulf Chapter. In 2000, he initiated World Heart Day in the UAE. Today it is celebrated by many institutions across the country.
During his tenure as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) he was chair of the
Quality steering committee. Under his leadership, SKMC was one of the first hospitals in Abu Dhabi to receive Joint Commission International Accreditation in 2008. Under his leadership, SKMC was the first center in the Middle East to be accredited as a Chest Pain Center in 2009, and again in 2012. In 2012, SKMC Echo department was accredited by the European Association of Echocardiography. His hospital was the first overseas center to participate in the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Action and Cath PCI Registries.
In 2004, he established the first center in the Middle East that provided 24/7 Primary PCI. Following that, his
department became the most comprehensive cardiac department in the UAE, providing all the necessary services from Electrophysiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease to Rehabilitation. In 2014, his department was awarded as a center of excellence, by the American College of Cardiology.
In 2013, he initiated the first Cardiology Fellowship Program in the UAE. As Chair of the CME committee, at the
Health Authority, he established mandatory CME hours for health care professionals and also established a system for CME accreditation.
Dr Almahmeed's research interests include Coronary Artery Disease prevention in the developing countries,
Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, and Registries on Acute Coronary Syndromes, Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation.
He was the national coordinator for the Inter-Heart Study. He was on the steering committee of the Gulf Race, Gulf Coast, Gulf Care and Gulf Safe Registries. He has over 150 publications to his credit, and was the national
coordinator for a number of Multi-Center Trials including Elixa, Examine and Garfield Trials. He is currently a Co-Investigator of the Gulf FH registry and the Gulf Dyspnea study.
Dr Almahmeed's expertise is in non-invasive Cardiology/Echocardiography and Heart Disease in Pregnancy.