Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Emergency Medicine Institute is hosting our inaugural 2020 Updates in Emergency Medicine conference on February 21, 2020 at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE. This modern conference will focus on up-to-date topics, trends and research pertaining to clinical practice and leadership in the field of Emergency Medicine.

We have a fine line-up of expert speakers and topics, including in the areas of Cardiovascular and Neurologic Emergencies, Simulation and Artificial Intelligence.

Please join us for an exciting and enlightening day!


Jacques Kobersy, MD FAAEM FACEP
Institute Chair, Emergency Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

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Learning Objectives

  1. Define and demonstrate evidence practices to the care of patients with acute neurological and cardiovascular diseases.
  2. State the importance of early management and implementation of Sepsis Bundle.
  3. Explain and discuss prompt management of Sepsis patients in order to optimize outcomes.
  4. Apply at least two (2) methods that will allow for the creation, gathering, distribution and use of knowledge and information as related to emergency care.
  5. Propose ways to translate discussed research outcomes into educational/clinical practice and/or policy.
  6. Identify ‘cues’ for engagement of emergency caregivers in the development, evaluation and/or or dissemination of:
    1. Clinical practice
    2. Leadership
    3. Education
    4. Research

Target Audience

The “2020 Updates in Emergency Medicine” conference will target the audience of emergency care personnel throughout the United Arab Emirates. Physicians, Nurses, Paramedics, Administrators, and all Allied Health Professionals are welcome.

  • Emergency Physicians
  • Emergency Ancillary Staff (Technologist, LPNs)
  • Paramedics / Emergency MedicalTechnicians
  • Emergency Administrators & Managers
  • Critical Care Nurses
  • Critical Care Transport Nurses
  • Imaging Nurses
  • Medicine Residents & Interns

Scientific Committee

Carlos Torres, MD
Consultant Physician
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Colin Fleming, RN
Emergency and Procedural Director
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Jacques Kobersy, MD
Consultant Physician
Emergency Medicine Institute Chair
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE

Luis Robles, MD
Consultant Physician
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Minna Kemppainen, RN
Clinical Education Specialist
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi



08:30 - 09:15 Registration and Breakfast
09:15 - 09:30 Welcome Remarks
Jacques Kobersy, MD
09:30 - 10:00 Key Note Speaker
Title: Emergency Medicine in the UAE
Speaker: Saleh Fares, MD
10:00 - 12:30 Track 1: Neurology Track
Moderators: Jacques Kobersy, MD
Track 2: Sepsis Track
Moderators: Carlos Torres, MD
10:00 - 10:20 Stroke Management in the Emergency
Department – From Essentials to Excellence
Safdar Akbar, MD
Sepsis Talks: A Nurse's View
Elena Bordei, RN
10:20 - 10:30 Discussion Discussion
10:30 - 10:50 Approach to Vertigo
Luis Herrera Robles, MD
Catching Sepsis: A New Approach
Monique McCray, MD
10:50 - 11:00 Discussion Discussion
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:50 Trends in Emergency Management of Acute Stroke
Ramon Navarro, MD
When to De-escalate antibiotics in sepsis
Fadi Hamed, MD
11:50 - 12:00 Discussion Discussion
12:00 - 12:20 Uncommon Neurological Emergencies
Nidal Dar-Shawish, MD
Procalcitonin & Sepsis
Waqaas Ahmad, MD
12:20 - 12:30 Discussion Discussion
12:30 - 14:00 Friday Prayer and Lunch Break
14:00 - 16:30 Track 3: Emergency Care in the UAE (General)
Moderators: Waqaas Ahmad, MD
Track 4: Cardiovascular Track
Moderators: Mark Palfreeman, MD
14:00 - 14:20 Shared Decision Making in the ED
Carlos Torres, MD, PhD
Tachydysrhythmias – What You Must Know
Luis Herrera Robles, MD
14:20 - 14:30 Discussion Discussion
14:30 - 14:50 The Use of Simulation Training in Emergency Care
Minna Kemppainen, RN
High-Sensitivity Troponin and Acute Coronary Syndrome
Ahmad Edris, MD
14:50 - 15:00 Discussion Discussion
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 15:50 Latest Update in Asthma Management
Ashraf Alzaabi, MD
Code Blue
Mark McCarthy, RN
15:50 - 16:00 Discussion Discussion
16:00 - 16:20 Artificial Intelligence in Emergency Medicine
Jacques Kobersy, MD
Pacemakers & Defibrillators: 2020 Update
Khalid Almuti, MD
16:20 - 16:30 Discussion Discussion
16:30 - 16:50 Key Note Speaker
Title: The Ying-Yang of Leadership in Healthcare
Speaker: Jose Lopez, MD
16:50 - 17:00 Closing Remarks
Colin Fleming, RN


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, is a multispecialty hospital and academic medical center in the heart of the UAE capital. The 364-bed facility offers access to state-of the art complex and critical care services tailored to the specific needs of the regional population.

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