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March 9, 2023/News Releases

Cleveland Clinic Opens New Cancer Center in Abu Dhabi

The state-of-the-art facility represents the organization’s vision of global cancer care

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The Fatima bint Mubarak Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: Cleveland Clinic has opened a new state-of-the-art cancer facility, named the Fatima bint Mubarak Center, at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

“Today marks the next step in fulfilling our mission to provide compassionate, complex care in the UAE,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President and Morton L. Mandel CEO Chair of Cleveland Clinic. “Eight years ago, our mission in the UAE began with the opening of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. It continues today with the Fatima bint Mubarak Center, which will allow patients to receive world class cancer care in the UAE. Thank you to everyone who is helping us fight this disease and improve the lives of those throughout the region. Working together, we can bring new hope and better outcomes to those diagnosed with cancer.”

The 205,000-square-foot facility provides cutting-edge, personalized care for each cancer patient’s journey. The Fatima bint Mubarak Center is modeled after Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center, which is home to the No. 6 cancer program in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The new cancer facility brings an integrated and transformative approach to diagnosing and treating the disease in the UAE and the Middle East. Cancer is the third most common cause of death in the UAE and the primary reason patients travel out of the region for care. The new center will help eliminate the need for patients to travel abroad for the necessary treatment and care.

His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office (sixth from right), Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., (seventh from right), dignitaries and clinical staff were on hand for the official opening of the Fatima bint Mubarak Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Across its international locations, Cleveland Clinic provides comprehensive cancer care, enhanced by innovative basic, clinical and translational research. The focus is on delivering the most effective treatments to achieve long-term survival and improve patients’ quality of life. The Cleveland Clinic’s global cancer team includes more than 800 physicians, researchers, nurses and technicians who care for thousands of patients each year and provide access to a wide range of clinical trials. Clinicians at Fatima bint Mubarak Center will collaborate with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic’s highly ranked cancer program in the US to bring multidisciplinary care, precision medicine and cell-based therapy to patients in the Middle East.

“Our vision is for anyone diagnosed with cancer to have access to the most advanced care in a way that’s convenient for them,” says Alex A. Adjei, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. “Cleveland Clinic offers that through its comprehensive global network of cancer experts who share best practices and provide patients around the world personalized treatments and innovative clinical trials.”

The Fatima bint Mubarak Center has 32 exam rooms for multidisciplinary cancer consultation and 24 private infusion rooms for administering medications intravenously. The chemotherapy infusion suites are located on the exterior of the building, providing natural light and views of Al Maryah Island and surrounding islands. In addition, the building has two procedure rooms, and an area devoted exclusively to women’s oncology services. The cancer center provides personalized care throughout each cancer patient’s journey, including sophisticated screening and diagnostic testing, advanced radiation treatments, and precision cellular therapies. The center employs an expert team of 150 world-class nurses, physicians, and radiologists— who have experience caring for patients with the most critical and complex cancer challenges.

Cleveland Clinic is committed to increasing access to clinical trials, developing novel therapies, and focusing on untapped areas of research, such as understanding the causes of and managing side effects of cancer treatments, and preventing and treating young-onset cancers.

“For the first time, Cleveland Clinic will bring cancer clinical trials from North America to the Middle East,” says Stephen Grobmyer, M.D., chair of the oncology institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. “This will establish a foundation for patients to have access to the latest and best treatments, from early to late stages of disease.”

Beyond clinical services, the facility will house critical support services intended to reduce cancer’s psychological stress, including a healing, comforting environment offering meditation and spiritual areas, and a rooftop and surrounding gardens. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program will provide patients with free, confidential, one-on-one advice and support from a trained volunteer and cancer survivor. The program will begin with breast cancer patients, which is the most prevalent type of cancer in the UAE, and will expand to all cancer patients in the future. A Comprehensive Lifestyle Medicine Program will be the first in the region to support cancer patients with the expertise of a lifestyle medical doctor, physiotherapist, psychologist, and in-house dietitian.

The naming of Abu Dhabi’s cancer center honors the pivotal leadership role played by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and the Mother of the Nation, in the development of the UAE’s healthcare sector. The name recognizes the pivotal gift from the UAE to Cleveland Clinic, made in the name of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi oncology institute established a patient and family advisory council, which included cancer patients, patients in remission, and patients’ family members, who provided feedback on how to enhance the delivery of cancer treatments. Insights from the council have been incorporated into the new cancer center’s design to optimize the services and care patients will receive.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 72,500 employees worldwide are more than 5,050 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,800 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,500-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 22 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2021, there were 10.2 million total outpatient visits, 304,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 259,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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About Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, an integral part of Mubadala Health, is a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following Institutes: Heart, Vascular & Thoracic, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye, Respiratory, Critical Care, Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality & Patient Safety, and Clinical & Nursing. In all, more than 40 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 394 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American/European Board Certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – Al Ain began offering select medical services in December 2017. The facility is located on the Tawam Hospital Campus in Al Ain.

Visit us at www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae

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