QAI Hosts Alumni Event with Cornell Club of Washington


On Tuesday April 16th, the Qatar-America Institute hosted an alumni event with the Cornell Club of Washington to celebrate the work of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. Guests enjoyed Middle Eastern food, music, and learned about how the world-class medical school Cornell established in Education City, Qatar.

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar works with the Supreme Committee in charge of organizing the 2022 World Cup to protect construction workers’ health and nutrition. This includes monitoring workers’ health and taking preventive measures, advising caterers and contractors on how to protect workers’ safety and health, and meeting with construction workers to advise them on how to stay healthy. WCM-Q experts are currently using high-tech devices to monitor workers’ health indicators, including heart rate, blood sugar, blood pressure, hydration, and more.

“We are delighted to continue our engagement with the renowned team of experts at WCM-Q. Protecting the health of our workers is of paramount importance to the SC, and this innovative project will further enhance our capacity to do that. This initiative is part of our broader suite of health and safety initiatives and complements the recent decision by the SC to mandate the comprehensive medical screenings for all workers, currently being carried out by the Qatar Red Crescent.” -Mahmoud Qutub, executive director of the Supreme Committee Workers’ Welfare Department.

WCM-Q was founded in 2001 in partnership with the Qatar Foundation. Its world-class campus has facilities in bioinformatics, imaging, clinical research support, and more. Its students represent more than 30 countries around the world, and its freshman medical class this year has a 50/50 gender balance. Currently WCM-Q has enrolled 200 students in its medical curriculum and 97 in its pre-medical curriculum, as well as 23 students in its special Foundation Program, designed to help students from Arabic-instruction high schools adjust to English-language curricula of WCM-Q’s six-year Medical Program. WCM-Q is not just a training center, but a research hub, and has published more than 900 academic papers just since 2010.

WCM-Q’s building was designed by Arata Isozaki and dedicated in October 2003 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and Jeffrey Lehman, the eleventh president of Cornell University. The building is two 200-meter long halls linked with bridges that hold faculty and student lounges. Its geometric design pays homage to the role of geometry in traditional Islamic and Gulf architecture and art.

Alumna Dr. Aisha Ahmad AA Yousuf is the medical director of reproductive surgery at Sidra Medicine, where she specializes in robotic and minimally invasive gynecology surgery.

Dr. Rana Elmaghraby from the class of 2016 was recently elected as resident-fellow trustee-elect of the American Psychiatric Association – the largest professional psychiatric organization in the world.

Dr. Grigory Ostrovskiy, from the class of 2011, secured a highly competitive place at the emergency medicine residency program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and, after completing it, returned to Doha in 2016 to become the first WCM-Q graduate to return to the university as faculty.

During the reception, attendees had the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a model plane donated by Qatar Airways.


The reception featured remarks by Terry Horner, President of the Cornell Club of Washington, Joel Malina, Cornell Vice President of University Relations, and Paul Hamill, Executive Director of the Qatar-America Institute.


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