Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar


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Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) was established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation. It is part of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. WCM-Q has a tripartite mission to provide excellence in medical education, clinical care and biomedical science.


Education: WCM-Q’s innovative six-year Medical Program leads to the Cornell University M.D. degree. This integrated program comprises a two-year pre-medical curriculum focused on the basic sciences and a four-year medical curriculum that provides comprehensive training designed to produce some of the world’s most highly skilled physicians.


Clinical Care: WCM-Q educates physicians who will lead 21st century healthcare in Qatar through partnerships with Hamad Medical Corporation, Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Feto Maternal Center and the Primary Health Care Centers.


Research: Working closely with Qatar Foundation, HMC, SIDRA and HBKU, WCM-Q is conducting cutting-edge biomedical research that has established Doha as a leading regional and international research hub. Study areas cover the continuum of basic, translational, clinical and population research, with a special focus on the most pressing health concerns facing Qatar and the region, such as obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.



Dean Javaid Sheikh is an internationally renowned medical executive and creative thought leader in global academic medicine. During his tenure as Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) since 2010, Professor Sheikh has pioneered innovative educational and research programs enabling WCM-Q to become widely acknowledged as a leading institution preparing “Global Physicians” for the 21st century.

Dean Sheikh serves on a number of national health policy committees including the Qatar Council on Health Practitioners Board. Professor Sheikh also co-edits Innovations in Global Health Professions Education journal, providing an international platform for profiling conceptual and technological innovations in global health professions education.

Prior to joining WCM-Q in 2007, Dean Sheikh built a distinguished career at the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine in California as a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean and Chairman of the Board of the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education.

Dr. Javaid Sheikh, Dean