Chair bios

Dr. Samer Ellahham

Cardiovascular Consultant & Cleveland Clinic Care Giver, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE
Regional Chair, Middle East, Patient Safety Movement Foundation
AHA Hospital Accreditation Science Committee Member
European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Writing Group Member 
Ex Middle East Representative of the JCI Standards Subcommittee

Dr. Ellahham is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Vascular Medicine, and American Board of Medical Quality. He was recently recertified in 2017 by the American Board of Cardiology (ABIM). He is Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) by The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), certified in Medical Quality (CMQ) by The American Board of Medical Quality (ABMQ), certified as EFQM Model assessor and Lead Trainer in TeamSTEPPS.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians and American College of Medical Quality. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and key member in Heart Failure and Transplant, Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology, Cardio-oncology, Innovation, Quality and Peripheral Vascular Disease Sections. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the New Westminster College in British Columbia, Canada and Advisory Board Member, University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Dr. Ellahham is Middle East Representative of the JCI Standards Subcommittee and Member on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. He is reviewer of HCAC Cardiac Quality and Safety Standards.

He has been a champion of the use of Lean, Six Sigma and Change Management to improve healthcare quality. He is Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certified. He is an American Society of Quality (ASQ) trainer in Lean and Six Sigma both green and black belt.

Dr. Ellahham is a recognized innovative leader in quality, safety, patient experience, risk management, clinical cardiology, telemedicine and the use of robust performance improvement in improving healthcare delivery.

He serves on several US and international committees and advisory bodies. He is the Middle East Regional Chair of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.

He received several research awards including the DuPont Pharmaceuticals Research Award, ACCP 58th Annual Scientific Assembly, Young Investigator Award; the Alfred Soffer Research Award, ACCP 58th Annual Scientific Assembly, Finalist; the First Young Investigator Award 12th, Annual Meeting of the Mediterranean Association of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Award, SKMC Infection Prevention Award in 2011 and 2012, Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in 2014, Quality Leadership Award from the World Quality Congress and Awards, Business Leadership Excellence Award from World Leadership Congress in 2015, one the nominees for Safe Care magazine Person of the Year in the United States, Dubai Quality Award in 2015 and Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Golden Award in 2015.

Dr. Ellahham is an avid researcher; his research includes heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, frailty, dyslipidemia, accreditation, second victim phenomenon, resilience, innovation, artificial intelligence, telehealth, block chain, patient flow, patient experience and engagement, lean-six sigma, patient safety, bowtie risk management tool and KPI management. He is a recognized world-leader in these fields.

He is the Eminent Editor of The Journal of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Therapy. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of American Journal of Medical Quality, Developments in Clinical & Medical Pathology (DCMP), the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT), Blockchain journal (BHTY), Medical Science, Open Journal of Cardiatic Research, UPI Journal of Pharmaceutical, Medical and Health Sciences (UPI-JPMHS, Open Access Research in Anatomy, Gerontology & Geriatrics studies and Open Access Journal of Clinical Trials, Hypertension Today Journal and Focus on Hypertension Journal, Journal of Heart Health, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Scientific Research and Community, Journal of Surgery and Surgical Procedures, EC Cardiology, Journal of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine, and Canadian Journal of Biomedical Research.

He is also a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, the Journal of American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, Chest, Circulation, Clinical Cardiology, Chest, Lancet ,Diabetes Care, Archives of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, European Journal of Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure Journal, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, the Journal of Transplant Coordination, the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and the Southern Medical Journal, European Journal of Innovation Management and The Anatolian Journal of cardiology.

Dr. Ellahham is passionate about sports, innovation, teaching, future health and healthy lifestyle.