Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

Presented Digitally by Texas A&M University at Qatar


Dr. Abdullatif Mohammed Al Khal

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Hamad Medical Corporation

Chairman of National Pandemic Preparedness Committee

Qatar’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned

Thursday, 8 October 2020 • 12–1 p.m.

Dr. Abdullatif Mohammed Al Khal

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Hamad Medical Corporation

Chairman of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee

Dr. Al Khal earned his MBBCh from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1989. He undertook his internship at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in the State of Qatar, and in 1991, joined the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, CT, USA, followed by completion of a 2-year fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital. He was awarded the Diploma of the American Board in Internal Medicine in 1994 and Diploma of the American Board of Infectious Diseases in 1996. He was recertified in Infectious Disease in 2013.

Dr. Al Khal holds several clinical positions, chairs a variety of committees and has led number of strategic projects at HMC. Between 1999 – 2001, he served as the Chair of Family Medicine and as Chair of Department of Medicine from 2001 until 2012. Dr. Al Khal has been the Head of Infectious Diseases Division since 1998 and the Lead of the Communicable Disease Center and is also the National TB Program Manager and the Director of the Clinical AIDS Program. As Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Medical Education/DIO, he has notably led HMC’s achievement of ACGME-I accreditation, and in 2018 received ACGME’s Physician International Award, to recognize his outstanding contributions to improving the quality of graduate medical education in Qatar. Dr. Al Khal also has an advisory role to several public health programs under the umbrella of Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health.

Dr. Al Khal has held a faculty appointment with Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar since 2007 and was promoted to Adjunct Professor of Clinical Medicine in 2020. He also holds an appointment as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Qatar University College of Medicine (QU CMED) as well as serves as QU CMED’s Director of the Clinical Affairs Department and was the College’s founding Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.

He remains active in research and publishes regularly in the fields of Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases and Medical Education.