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The Department of Surgery teaches clinical undergraduate surgery in a Junior Clinical Clerkship (General Surgery, Urology and Orthopaedics) and in a Senior Clinical Clerkship, surgical specialties (Paediatric Surgery, ENT Surgery and Ophthalmology). It contributes to modules in the Organ Systems Course (haematology and immunology, gastroenterology, musculoskeletal, endocrine and metabolism, cardiovascular, respiratory and neuroscience and special senses). An active continuing medical education programme is pursued through clinical meetings and grand rounds.


The University Department of Surgery works in harmony with the Ministry of Health in both Tawam and Al Ain Hospitals; thus, wherever possible, ‘units’ comprising both Faculty and Ministry of Health surgeons work together.

In Al Ain Hospital, Professor Branicki and Mr Siddiqui work in one of the three general surgical units and Mr Sankaran Kutty has assignments in the Orthopaedic unit. Professor Ljunggren is in the Neurosurgical unit at Tawam Hospital and Professor Tjernström works in the ENT departments at both Al Ain and Tawam Hospitals. Specialist expertise has been developed in cervical spine injuries (Professor Ljunggren), club foot (congenital talipes equinovarus) surgery (Mr Sankaran Kutty) and head and neck cancer (Professor Tjernström). Dr Saeed Al Bakr is currently on secondment at Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi and Dr Saeed Al Thani is on secondment at the University of Toronto, Canada.


Effects of hypothermia on anal canal physiology in humans and in painful perianal conditions.

The protective role of high dose intravenous Vitamin C as a free radical quencher in a New Zealand rabbit endotoxic shock model.

The effect of Chymopapain and Chondroitinase (ABC) on intervertebral disc dissolution - animal research.

Analysis of tissue metabolites in upper limb ischaemia induced by tourniquet during orthopaedic operative procedures.

The role of the sacro-iliac joint in the causation of low back pain.

The range of motion in the lower limb joints in the Arab.

An analysis of the management of the diabetic foot in Al Ain.

A study of osteoporosis in patients in 40 to 60 years age group in the orthopaedic wards by analysing bone collagen degradation products (pyrilinks).

Study of the outcome of low back surgery at Tawam Hospital.

Analysis of hearing loss in patients seen in the audiology department.

Effects of Vitamin C on the ageing process in nerves: study in an experimental mouse model.

Role of white blood count in acute abdominal pain.

(last updated: 03-October-2002)

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