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UMass Chan Medical School visit fosters collaboration with Dubai Health

UMass Chan Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins touring a medical facilty in Dubai.
Chancellor Michael F. Collins tours Dubai Health

A delegation from UMass Chan Medical School recently visited Dubai Health, marking a new chapter in health care collaboration between the two organizations. The visit, marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), gave the delegation the opportunity to gain insight into Dubai’s first integrated academic health system, laying the groundwork for a productive partnership.

Under the agreement, UMass Chan and Dubai Health will establish mutually beneficial research projects to improve patient care, create an exchange framework for learners between the institutions, and drive transformative advancements for public health locally and globally.

Led by UMass Chan Chancellor and Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences Michael F. Collins, the visit also included an opportunity for Dubai Health learners to gain insight into elective and residency program opportunities at UMass Chan Medical School.

“This collaboration presents an exciting opportunity to combine the strengths of two academic health organizations,” said Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, deputy CEO and chief academic officer of Dubai Health, and provost and professor of Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences. “By pooling our resources, capabilities and expertise, we are well positioned to advance the frontiers of medical knowledge that better serves our communities. The visit has been incredibly productive, laying the foundation for meaningful collaboration anchored in our shared purpose of advancing health for humanity.”

“It is a privilege to learn more about the breadth and depth of activity taking place at Dubai Health and to forge closer relationships with its leadership,” said Chancellor Collins. “The signing of an MOU between our respective institutions is an exciting development and provides UMass Chan and Dubai Health with a framework from which to pursue meaningful collaborations and exchanges. By partnering, we do hope to advance together on behalf of the communities that we serve.”

The UMass Chan delegation included Collins; Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor, executive deputy chancellor, provost of UMass Chan and dean of the T.H. Chan School of Medicine; David McManus, MD’02, MSc’12, the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine, chair and professor of medicine; Anne Larkin, MD, associate professor of surgery and vice provost and senior associate dean for educational affairs at UMass Chan; Lisa Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, executive vice chancellor for ForHealth Consulting; Rebekah Diamond, JD, executive director of business strategy and operational excellence, ForHealth Consulting; and Brendan Chisholm, vice chancellor for management and chief of staff, Office of the Chancellor.

Dubai Health comprises six hospitals, 26 ambulatory health centers, 20 medical fitness centers, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Al Jalila Foundation.