Expanding Cleveland Clinic’s Legacy Overseas

Digestive Disease Institute brings complex care abroad

The opening of the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi brings access to healthcare’s most advanced technology and programs, helping patients from the United Arab Emirates and the wider region to manage digestive disorders, from common conditions to the most complex.

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Center of Excellence

The Digestive Disease Institute is one of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s five Centers of Excellence, which also include the Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Eye, and Respiratory & Critical Care Institutes. The Centers of Excellence were specifically designed to address the most pressing health concerns of the Abu Dhabi community, helping reduce the need for patients to travel abroad for treatment, and to act as a catalyst for the broader development of the healthcare sector in the emirate.

Maher A. Abbas, MD, Chief of the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, says a highly qualified, international group of physicians with clinical and academic expertise were recruited to create the region’s most specialized gastrointestinal institute. Services include:

  • Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • General Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery

A local and regional resource

Dr. Abbas said the Institute is equipped to care for patients with common gastrointestinal disorders, as well as rare and complex conditions, making the Institute a local and regional resource as well as a tertiary and quaternary referral center. Future plans include launching a solid organ transplant program for liver and kidney.

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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Digestive Disease Institute also has programs for the multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of numerous conditions, including a dedicated Inflammatory Bowel Disease program — a unique offering in the region — to offer the latest medical treatments and most advanced interventional endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures to patients facing the challenge of chronic conditions, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. Abbas said Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a valuable extension of Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Digestive Disease Institute maintains strong collaborations with Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida through comanagement of patients, and academic and research projects.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique replication of the Cleveland Clinic model of care together with Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi social development company.