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Adult Allergy and Immunology Section, Hamad Medical Corporation (Doha, Qatar)

     

Adult Allergy and Immunology Section, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

The Adult Allergy and Immunology (A&I) Section at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) was established in 2010, within the Pulmonology Division- Department of Medicine. Adult A&I is the only service in the country that caters to adults with allergic and immunodeficiency diseases. In line with the HMC’s vision and mission to be an internationally recognized world-class center for healthcare excellence, the service provides the highest quality of care to patients with the utmost compassion through effective leadership, the promotion of excellence, and ongoing education and research.

The Allergy and Immunology Section has undergone enormous growth since its inception in 2010. The service operates independently on its own premises, with a group of dedicated personnel. Our highly skilled team works closely with medical providers from many medical specialties, including dermatology, rheumatology, hematology, infectious diseases, and neurology.

The service currently operates 24 clinics per week, including Allergy, a Severe Asthma, a Severe Urticaria, a CRSwNP, a clinical pharmacy (PCP), and 2 immunodeficiency clinics. The facility also includes: 

  • Allergy Lab
  • Research Lab
  • Infusion and medication administration service

We receive 2500 new referrals per year on average. A wide range of disorders are seen, including but not limited to allergic rhinitis, asthma, food allergy, drug allergy, urticaria/angioedema, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, hereditary angioedema, anaphylaxis, food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis, insect sting allergy, recurrent infections, autoimmune disorders, and primary immunodeficiency disorders.

The allergy lab operates various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including skin prick test, skin patch test, oral food challenge, drug challenge and desensitization, aspirin challenge and desensitization, subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy, and administration of different biologics.

Infusion service was established to take care of immunoglobulin administration (intravenous or subcutaneous) for patients with immunodeficiencies as daycare service, with two monitored beds.

Being the only Adult A&I service in Qatar, we provide consultation service to all inpatient departments concerning various allergy and immunology issues for all hospitals under HMC in Qatar.

The team consists of 5 consultants, 5 fellows (2 graduating), and 5 nurses (3 specialized). The attending consultants are:
1. Dr. Maryam Al Nesf, Head of Section and A&I Fellowship Program Director.
2. Dr. Hassan Mobayed, Pulmonary, Allergy and Immunology
3. Dr. Salma Taha, Pulmonary, Allergy and Immunology
4. Dr. Ramzy Mohammed Ali, Pulmonary, Allergy and Immunology
5. Dr. Tayseer Sabah Ibrahim, Pulmonary, Allergy and Immunology

The Allergy and Immunology Section runs a well-structured three-year fellowship program since 2014 with an intake of 1-2 fellows per year. The Combined (pediatric and adult) Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program received ACGME-International accreditation in 2018. The program offers excellent training, a well-structured didactic educational program, significant exposure to diverse cases, and rotations in various specialties.

The Allergy and Immunology Section has a well-established research facility, is actively involved in research, including clinical and translational researches with multiple grants received from the Medical Research Center (MRC)-HMC and Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). The ongoing researches include projects to identify pollen and fungal spore patterns and their impact on health, studies to identify various biomarkers in asthma, allergic disorders, and primary immunodeficiency. Qatar pollen calendar is established, representing one of the first calendars in the region. We published multiple papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals.

The service is actively involved in patient education and collaborates with various patients’ groups. Patients awareness is conducted through the HMC web portal and the wider media.

HMC’s Allergy and Immunology Service has been accredited as an Urticaria Center of Reference and Excellence (UCARE) since 2018 (due for reaccreditation) and Angioedema Center of Reference and Excellence (ACARE) since 2020 by the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA²LEN).

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