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Maher A. Abbas, MD
Compassion, Excellence, Integrity

Dr. Maher Abbas is an internationally recognized American surgeon who is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia, USA). Subsequently he obtained his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, one of the top 5 universities in the world (Palo Alto, California, USA). After 7 years at Stanford University, Dr. Maher received his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic, which is ranked as the number 1 hospital in the United States. His subspecialty fellowship in colon and rectal surgery was at the Cleveland Clinic following which he became a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Upon completion of his professional training, Dr. Maher joined Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, California, where he established the tertiary national center in colon and rectal surgery. During his tenure at Kaiser Permanente he became the regional chief of colon and rectal surgery, the founding chair of the center for minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and the director of the Permanente National Center for excellence in colon and rectal surgery. Patients from various regions of the United States ranging from the East Coast to the Hawaiian Islands in the pacific travelled to receive expert care by Dr. Maher for complex colorectal and gastrointestinal conditions.

In 2013, Dr. Maher was recruited by the Cleveland Clinic as the founding chair of the digestive disease institute in its new Abu Dhabi location. In his leadership capacity, Dr. Maher provided oversight for clinical operations and numerous service lines. In 2017, he moved to Dubai to launch the specialty of colon and rectal surgery and provide his clinical services nationally and internationally to patients from the UAE, Gulf countries, the Arab world, Asia, and Africa. Since establishing his global practice in Dubai, Dr. Maher has operated on and cared for patients travelling from geographic areas spanning 3 continents and over 8000 kilometers distance [From Algeria to India].

Dr. Maher has attained the highest rank of full professor of surgery in the USA. He has authored over 150 scientific publications including books, book chapters, and articles. Dr. Maher has keen interest in teaching and developing new techniques in surgery. To date he has delivered more than 200 national and international lectures and scientific presentations. Dr. Maher is a member of the editorial board of numerous scientific journals. He is currently serving his third term as the associate editor of Diseases of Colon and Rectum, the official scientific journal of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is a senior examiner of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and member of both the oral and written examination committees. He is the recipient of 30 honor awards including America’s Top Surgeons, Super Doctors of Southern California, America’s Most Compassionate Doctors, and Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors.

Dr. Maher is married to an artist and a painter. Together they have 3 children. They currently reside in Dubai. His hobbies include travel, literature, and writing. He is a former Olympian and competed in the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games in track and field.

 

Take a look at Dr. Maher’s presentations and other professional materials!
“The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered…”W.J. Mayo, MD (Founder of the Mayo Clinic)

Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors (2012, 2013)
Super Doctors Southern California (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
America’s Most Compassionate Doctors (2012)
America’s Top Surgeons (2013)

Education

1971-1983
Elementary and Middle School
College Mariste Champville
Deik El-Mehdi, Lebanon
1983-1985
High School
College Protestant Francais
Beirut, Lebanon
1985-1986
Freshman Year
Mankato State University
Mankato, Minnesota
1986-1989
Bachelor of Science (Biology) Bachelor of Arts (Chemistry)
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
1989-1994
Medical Degree
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California, USA
1994-1995
Transitional Internship
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
1995-1996
Residency
Department of Radiology
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California, USA
1997-2001
Residency
Department of Surgery
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
2001-2002
Chief Resident Associate
Department of Surgery
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
2002-2003
Colorectal Surgery Fellowship
Department of Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland Clinic
Weston, Florida, USA
2009-2010
Emerging Leaders Cohort Program
Southern California Permanente
Medical Group
Pasadena, California, USA
06/2013
Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management
Heller School For Social Policy and
Management
Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
10/2013
Healthcare Executives Program
Samson Global Leadership Academy
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
2014-2015
Transforming Your Leadership Style
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2015-2016
Personal Professional Development
Private coaching by Gallup Senior Practice Expert
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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