Dr. Saleh Fares

Dr. Fares is the first Canadian and American board-certified emergency physician from the United Arab Emirates. He completed his medical education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2000. He then completed the Royal College Emergency Medicine Residency Program at McGill University in
Montreal, Canada (2002-2007). In 2008, he completed a fellowship in clinical Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the University of Toronto in Canada followed by a Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA as Harvard’s first Disaster Medicine fellow and as co-founder of the program (2009). In May 2011, he obtained his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at which he is currently enrolled in a DrPH program in Health Care Management and Leadership. His project during the MPH/DrPH is the Emergency Medical System framework in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Dr. Fares is currently a Consultant and Head of the Emergency Department at Zayed Military Hospital and is the founder and chairman of the Trauma System Initiative of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He is also the founder and president of the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM) since 2012 with several community activities. Dr Fares was able to establish several Trauma initiatives in Abu Dhabi including the first official Trauma Registry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi with over 20 thousand cases to date. He coordinated the efforts to establish Abu Dhabi STEMI network involving the different stakeholders. He was able to suggest a Good Samaritan Law draft, through the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine, to the Ministry of Health which is moving forward now and should be announced in the near future. This will be considered the first law of its kind in an Arab Country. He led the Emirates society of Emergency Medicine Conference to be the largest Emergency Conference in the MENA region and one of the top conferences world-wide. He led the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine to win the bid on hosting the International Conference for Emergency Medicine (ICEM 2021) for the first time in the MENA region. He Introduced the idea of the Gulf Federation of Emergency Medicine which was officially announced in 2017 and is coordinating all the Emergency Medicine efforts in the Gulf Region. He is the winner of the “Founders Award” which was awarded by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine at the Xth Mediterranean Congress of Emergency Medicine, Dubrovnik, Croatia in September 2019. Dr Fares is leading important efforts to advance the Disaster Medical Preparedness in the UAE. He introduced “Hospital Incident Command System or HICS” to all SEHA Governmental Hospitals – Abu Dhabi along with other key recommendations and he is currently chairing the Ministry of Health Team on Prehospital Care development. Dr Fares has contributed to several international textbooks and peer-reviewed articles in the field of Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine, and has presented in several conferences regionally and internationally.