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March 18, 2013

Three Key Appointments at Sidra

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All three appointees have left senior positions with leading organizations to join the innovative healthcare facility.

Sidra Medical and Research Center has announced three new appointments to its senior management team in the positions of Chief Research Officer, Clinical Chief of Surgery and Chief Information Officer. All three appointees have left senior positions with leading organizations to join the innovative healthcare facility which aims to transform the care of women and children in Qatar, the region and beyond.

Internationally acclaimed translational research expert Dr Francesco M Marincola, MD, FACS has been appointed Chief Research Officer. In this role he will be responsible for leading the development of Sidra’s research capabilities to enable it to become a center of excellence for clinical and translational biomedical research. Dr Marincola joins Sidra from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he held the positions of Chief of the Infectious Disease and Immunogenetics Section and Tenured Senior Investigator. He was also Director or the Immunogenetics Program, Department of Transfusion Medicine, Director of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Center for Excellence and Co-Director of the Trans-NIH Center for Human Immunology. Dr Marincola is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Translational Medicine.

Highly experienced Pediatric General Surgeon Dr David Lyle Sigalet MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC, FACS has been appointed Clinical Chief of Surgery. Dr Sigalet will lead Sidra’s surgical department to ensure delivery of a high standard of patient focused and transformative care. In addition, he will drive forward innovation in research and medical education to place Sidra at the forefront of surgical expertise and progress. Dr Sigalet is a Pediatric General Surgeon with over 25 years of experience in surgery, research and academia. Prior to joining Sidra he was Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric General Surgery at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, University of Calgary, one of Canada’s top research universities.

Health information systems expert Michael LeRoy has been appointed Chief Information Officer with the remit of leading the planning, design and implementation of the cutting edge, integrated medical and information management system that will be key to the functioning of Sidra as a state-of-the-art, all-digital medical center. Mr LeRoy joins Sidra from the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Michigan, US DMC is an academic health delivery system comprising eight integrated acute care hospitals and over 100 specialty clinics, including the first all children's and all women's hospitals in the state. It is affiliated with Wayne State University Medical School, the third largest medical campus in the US, and is consistently ranked as the ‘Most Connected Hospital System’ in Michigan. Last year, Mr LeRoy was ranked as one of the Top 25 Healthcare CIOs in the US by InformationWeek magazine.

In addition to creating a top leadership team of internationally-renowned experts in their fields, Sidra is also currently recruiting physicians and some 500 pre-commissioning staff. “We appreciate your patience as we grow our facility into a 5,000 employee operation. We are seeking qualified and dedicated individuals who want to make a lasting contribution to health care in Qatar and the region and have received a substantial number of applications to date. Those applicants meeting job requirements and current needs will be contacted by Sidra’s recruitment team,” said Sidra CEO Dr Owen.

Part of Sidra’s vision also includes contributing to building a knowledge-based economy in Qatar and helping create an entire generation of Qatari medical professionals, something Sidra’s new leadership team will take a significant role in. “We are committed to providing equal opportunities for Qatari nationals. In fact, we increased the number of Qataris in 2012 by 10 percent from 2011. At present, 30 percent of Sidra’s 245 project team employees are Qatari,” said Sidra Project Communications Director Khalid Al Mohannadi.