Profile of Prof. Fikri Abu Zidan


Professor Fikri Abu-Zidan is a Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon who graduated (MD) from Aleppo University (Syria) in 1981 and was awarded the FRCS, Glasgow, Scotland in 1987. He achieved his PhD in Trauma and Disaster Medicine from Linkoping University (Sweden) in 1995. He then moved to New Zealand where he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma of Applied Statistics from Massey University (New Zealand) (1999). He worked as an Anatomy Demonstrator at the Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University (1981–83), as a surgeon at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Teaching Hospital in Kuwait (1983–93), as a Trauma Research Fellow at Linkoping University, Sweden (1993-95), as a Senior Research Fellow at Auckland University (N.Z) (1996–2001), as a Trauma Fellow at Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Australia (2001), and finally as an Associate Professor/Professor and Head of Trauma Group at the Department of Surgery Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at United Arab Emirates University (since 2001). He has contributed to more than 200 publications in refereed international journals mainly in the areas of trauma, emergency ultrasound, surgical education, and management of sepsis. More than 330 oral presentations, posters and invited lectures have been presented at national and international meetings. He has served as the Statistics Editor of Emirates Medical Journal and as a reviewer and Editorial Board member for several international prestigious journals. During his 30 years postgraduate career, he has made major contributions to trauma management, research and education in Kuwait, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and United Arab Emirates. Clinical expertise exists in the management of multiple trauma patients. This included treating war injured patients during the Second Gulf War (1990) in Kuwait and publishing on war-related injuries. He has been promoting the clinical use of Focused Assessment Sonography of Trauma (FAST) for more than twenty years in which he is considered a worldwide leader. Furthermore, international research and educational expertise in FAST has been developed. Professor Abu-Zidan published the curriculum of the First Emergency Ultrasound Workshop in Australasia in 1999. Furthermore, he developed a curriculum and established an internationally recognized FAST course in UAE. He has trained almost 500 doctors in this area. Training courses were run in UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Sweden, France, Austria and Italy. Furthermore, Professor Abu-Zidan is an international expert on trauma research experimental methodology with main expertise in developing novel clinically relevant animal models. Establishing experimental surgical research in Auckland University has led to a strong successful PhD Program. National and international awards for clinical, research and educational activities have been given. An invited speaker and visiting Professor at numerous international meetings. Professor Abu-Zidan chaired the organization committees of multiple successful international conferences on Trauma management.

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