William F. Owen Jr., MD, FACP to lead Sidra Medical and Research Center
in Qatar in re-imagining healthcare for women and children regionally
DOHA, QATAR, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ -
Renowned thought leader and experienced executive, Dr. William F. Owen,
Jr., M.D., FACP, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Sidra Medical and Research Center, a groundbreaking medical, research
and education institution that focuses on the health and wellbeing of
women and children in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Owen's most recent executive
role was President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey (UMDNJ), America's largest, publicly funded academic health
system with a budget of $1.7 billion, 16,000 staff members, 2,600
faculty and 6,000 students.
Dr. Owen's appointment as CEO at Sidra will be effective August 5, 2012.
As the most senior executive at Sidra, he will be responsible for the
strategic direction of all clinical and operational services of the
Sidra Medical and Research Center and lead Sidra to deliver the highest
standard of patient care. In line with Sidra's values, Dr. Owen will
promote a culture of inclusiveness and empowerment that enables
innovation and excellence in the three pillars of Sidra's mission:
integrated patient care, biomedical research and education. He will
develop strategic alliances with key internal and external partners and
promote the reputation and standing of Sidra locally, regionally and
Reporting directly to the Board of Governors at Sidra, Dr. Owen's first
responsibility will be planning, commissioning and launching the
state-of-the-art Sidra facility in line with its vision and targets.
Sidra also announced the appointment of the Chief Medical Officer
recently and Dr. Owen will be responsible for further recruitment and
leadership of the Executive Team at Sidra.
"William F. Owen, Jr. is an outstanding choice to launch and lead Sidra
Medial and Research Center at this exciting and transformative time,"
said Dr. Mohamad Fathy Saoud, Vice Chairman of the Sidra Medical and
Research Center and President of Qatar Foundation for Education,
Science and Community Development. "His knowledge of academic medical
centers, record of success in developing patient-centered clinical
environments and commitment to innovation in all aspects of healthcare
will be a tremendous asset as we launch Sidra. Dr. Owen is a
distinguished leader who recognizes Sidra's tremendous potential to
benefit patients in the Gulf region and around the world. We are
thrilled that Dr. Owen will lead the Sidra Medical and Research Center
As a seasoned academic health system leader, Dr. Owen has substantive
experience building and managing international health and educational
services in several of America's elite universities. He has a strong
reputation and exhaustive record of innovation in governance,
leadership, development and operations in tertiary care teaching
hospitals, including specialized centers for women and children. Under
his leadership, UMDNJ experienced a successful turnaround, opened a new
Cancer Center and was ranked among the top university hospitals in
America. Dr. Owen has received numerous awards and recognitions,
including the Director's Citation from the Health Care Financing Administration, a Tribute by the U.S. House of Representatives and Outstanding Medical Executive by the Edward III Foundation.
In addition to a wealth of experience in executive leadership, Dr. Owen
is a national figure in clinical leadership, education, service and
research. He is a senior physician with post graduate training in
internal medicine, nephrology and immunology. He has been the recipient
of several million dollars in funding for his biomedical research
programs and authored more than 180 publications.
"With unparalleled facilities, researchers, healthcare providers,
educators and support staff, Sidra is positioned to set new standards
in patient care for women and children, changing the face of healthcare
in the Gulf Region and beyond," commented Dr. William F. Owen, Jr.
"Sidra's ethos of collaboration, compassion, respect and trust is
truly inspirational and I look forward to building and leading one of
the best interprofessional teams in the world. The opportunity to be a
part of this world class academic medical and research center is a
privilege and an honor."
Sidra Medical and Research Center will set new standards in patient care
for women and children in Qatar and offer unique and unprecedented
opportunities for world-leading health professionals to be pioneers in
the discovery and advancement of patient care. The new facility will be
all-digital, incorporating the most advanced information technology
applications in all clinical, research and business functions.
About Sidra Medical and Research Center
Sidra Medical and Research Center is a groundbreaking hospital, research
and education institution, based in Doha, Qatar, that will focus on the
health and wellbeing of women and children regionally and globally.
Sidra will be a fully digital facility, incorporating the most advanced
information technology applications in clinical, research and business
functions. Sidra will initially have around 400 beds with
infrastructure to enable expansion to 550 beds in a subsequent phase.
Sidra will have a unique working structure with inter-professional
collaboration at the heart, providing the best holistic care for
patients and an unparalleled learning environment for its medical
professionals. Sidra will combine the best in design, technology,
operations and practices from medical centers around the world - to
offer its employees an environment that is at once familiar and
Sidra is part of a dynamic research and education environment in Qatar
that includes leading international institutions, such as: Sidra's
academic partner Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and Qatar
Science and Technology Park. Through strong partnerships with leading
institutions around the world, Sidra is creating an intellectual
ecosystem to help advance scientific discovery through investment in
Sidra represents the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser who
serves as its Chairperson. The high-tech facility will not only provide
world-class patient care but will also help build Qatar's scientific
expertise and resources. Sidra will be funded by a US$7.9 billion
endowment from Qatar Foundation, the largest endowment of its kind in
At present, Sidra is working with its partners to finalize exactly when
the Medical and Research Center will be fully operational. Patient and
staff safety is the highest priority and a rigorous facility and
operational commissioning process will be undertaken to ensure that the
Center operates at the highest standards.
SOURCE Sidra Medical and Research Center
For further information:
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