Saleh Fares

Consultant of Emergency Medicine, EMS and Disaster Medicine
Chair, Emergency Department, Zayed Military Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Founder and President, Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM)
Chair, Abu Dhabi Trauma System Initiative

Years as a fellow: 2008-2009
Special Interest: Governance
Fellowship Completed: Harvard Affiliated Fellowship in Disaster Medicine
Current Residing City and Country: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Brief Biography:

Dr. Fares is Harvard’s first Disaster Medicine fellow and the co-founder of Harvard’s first Disaster Medicine Fellowship program (2008-2009). With the direct support from Dr. Ciottone, and his evident enthusiasm and clear vision, Dr. Fares was able to build strong bridges and empower relationships with several of the current fellowship’s stakeholders, including the School of Public Health, Boston EMS, Rhode Island DMAT, US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and may more. He was heavily involved in the planning and success of many local and international projects during his fellowship year.

Dr. Fares is considered the first Canadian and American board-certified emergency physician from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He completed his medical education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He then completed the Royal College Emergency Medicine Residency Program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2002-2007) after which he completed a fellowship in clinical Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the University of Toronto in Canada (2008). Since late 2006, he worked closely with Dr. Ciottone to found the current Disaster Medicine fellowship program, which he joined as a fellow in summer 2008.

Since his return to UAE in summer 2009, Dr. Saleh has been working as an Emergency Medicine attending and the chair in the Emergency Department at Zayed Military Hospital, Abu Dhabi. He is the chairman and member of several important committees and projects, including the Emergency Management Committee at Zayed Military Hospital, Trauma System Initiative of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Higher Security Committee of Events, higher Medical Disaster Committee in Abu Dhabi, to mention few. He has also led several Emirati medical humanitarian teams in international missions. He is the founder and president of the Emirates Society for Emergency Medicine (ESEM). He is actively playing a leading role in planning the future of healthcare Emergency Medicine and Emergency Management locally and regionally and has presented in and led several conferences regionally and internationally and has several publications and a recipient of several recognition awards.

In May 2011, he obtained his MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at which he is currently enrolled in a DrPH program in Health Care Management and Leadership at the same school as part of a special cohort from Abu Dhabi which is intended to create a “learning network” of health care leaders who will help ensure the excellence of health care system in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Fares is continuing to be involved with the disaster medicine fellowship program at Harvard as an Adjunct faculty and planning for collaborative projects between the program and UAE.