Family & Community Medicine and Behavioral Sciences
  • Prof Nabil Sulaiman
  • Acting Head of Family and Community Medicine and Behavioral Sciences department/
  • Academic RankAssociate Professor
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  • Tel:+(971) 6 505 7206
  • Specialization:PhD in Community and Family Medicine
  • Research Interests:Diabetes & Lifestyle, Asthma & COPD, Medical Education, Models of Health Care Delivery

Education- PhD in Community and Family Medicine, Department Community Medicine, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK, 1989. - FRCP (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians-Glasgow, UK), 2011 - FFPHM (Fellow of Royal College of Physician- Faculty of PH, UK , 2008 - Master of Public Health (MPH), Department of Community Medicine, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee UK, 1984 - Diploma in Child Health (DCH), University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland,1988 - Diploma of Epidemiology in outbreak investigation,CDC- Atlanta course and staff-conducted in Yemen,1993 - Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB), Faculty of Medicine, Mosul University, Mosul- Iraq,1976

Employment History- Sep 2005 – Present, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne and Senior Research Fellow at Baker/IDI research institute- Melbourne - July 2000 – 2005, Acting Director of Northern Unit, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, Department of General Practice (& PH previously) The University of Melbourne, Australia - August 1999 – June 2000, Community Medicine Specialist, Department of Community Health- Northwest Health Care Network-Royal Melbourne Hospital, Affiliate Senior Fellow at University of Melbourne, Australia - July 1996 – July 1999, Clinical Epidemiologist at the Cancer Epidemiology Centre, Anti-Cancer council of Victoria - July 1989- June 1990, Senior Clinical Epidemiologist at Preventive Services Division, Army Medical Services at Baghdad - June 1990 - July 1992, Head of department of Community Medicine- Assistant Professor, Tikrit medical school (TUCOM)- Iraq - October 1984- June 1989, Researcher and PhD candidate- Department of Community Medicine and public health - Ninewells hospital and medical school- Dundee UK

Professional Activities- Chairman of Ethics and Research Committee since 2010 - Member of UAE National Diabetes Committee - Member of UAE National Polio eradication - Member of Arab Board of Examiners in Family Medicine - Member of editorial board of several journal - Chairman of curriculum committee - Chairman of Research and Ethics Committee - Director of Sharjah University Clinical & Surgical Training Center - Director of Clinical Skills Program - Member of board of examiner and host of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (Communication Skills Theme– England

Professional Memberships- Association of medical education in Europe (AMEE) - Australian Association of Academic General Practitioners (AAAGP) - Australian Public Health Association (APHA) - Australian Epidemiology association (AEA) - Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals (aahpp) - European Arab Doctors (ArabMed) - Association of Medical Education in Europe (ASMEE) - Iraqi Medical Association - International Iraqi Medical Association - Emirates Medical Association

Selected Research Projects- UAE National Diabetes and lifestyles survey - UAE National Asthma study - Maturity onset diabetes in the young (MODY study) - Genetic – Environmental interaction in Type 2 diabetes - Economic impact of diabetes in UAE - Anxiety and Depression in Diabetes Patients attending PHC in Sharjah - Several Projects in collaboration with Melbourne and Monash University including two major Asthma and Spirometry Trials as well as Diabetes COACH program

Selected Publications- Nabil Sulaiman, Salah El Badawi, ,Salah Abusnana, Amal Hussein1, Abdulrazzaq Madani, Fathiya Al Awadi, Maysoon Mirgani, Mahmoud Fikri, Paul Zimmet, Jonathan Shaw. A Novel Approach to Systematic Random Sampling in Population Surveys: Lessons from the UAE National Diabetes Study (UAEDIAB), Journal of Diabetes 2015 (Accepted on 17/09/ 2014, ID: JDB-2014-384) - Sulaiman Nabil, Hamdy Hossam. Assessment of clinical competencies using clinical images and videos. BMC Medical Education 2013,13:78 - Nabil Sulaiman, Elaine Hadj, Amal Hussein, Doris Young. Peer-supported Diabetes Prevention Program for Turkish and Arabic Speaking Communities in Australia. ISRN Family Medicine, 2013, (ID 735359) 6 pages. - Sulaiman Nabil, Hamdy Hossam. Problem-based learning: Where are we now? Guide supplement 36.3 - Practical Application. Medical Teacher , 2012, 12 - Michael J Abramson, Rosa L Schattner, Nabil D Sulaiman, Eleonora A Del Colle, Rosalie Aronie, Francis Thien. Accuracy of asthma and COPD diagnosis in Australian general practice: a mixed methods study Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2012, 21(2) June 2012: 167-173 - BH Mahboub, S Al-Hammadi, M Rafique, N Sulaiman, R Pawankar, AI Al Redha, AC. Population prevalence of asthma and its determinants based on European Community Respiratory Health Survey in the United Arab Emirates. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2012, 12 (1), - SM Oei, FCK Thien, RL Schattner, ND Sulaiman, K Birch, P Simpson, EA Del. Effect of spirometry and medical review on asthma control in patients in general practice: A randomized controlled trial. Respirology 2011, 16 (5), 803-810. - N Sulaiman, R Aroni, F Thien, R Schattner, P Simpson, E Del Colle, R Wolfe. Written Asthma Action Plans (WAAPs) in Melbourne general practices: a sequential mixed methods study. Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2011, 20 (2), 161-169 - Sausan Al Kawas, Hadeel Abu Ghazzi and Nabil Suliman. Knowledge and oral health awareness about diabetes among college population in United Arab Emirates: A pilot study. World Journal of Medical Sciences 2011, 6 (1): - Nabil Sulaiman, Aisha Hamdan, Hani Tamim, Dhafir A Mahmood, Doris Young. The prevalence and correlates of depression and anxiety in a sample of diabetic patients in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. BMC Family Practice 2010, 11:80 - Abramson MJ, Schattner RL, Sulaiman ND, Birch KE, Simpson PP, Del Colle EA, Aroni RA, Wolfe R, Thien FC. Spirometry and regular follow up are not associated with improved health outcomes in General Practice patients with asthma or COPD: A cluster randomised controlled trail: MJA 2010;193(2):104-109. - Nabil Sulaiman, Aisha Hamdan, Dhafir Al-Bedri, Doris Young. Al Badri. Diabetes knowledge and attitudes towards prevention and health promotion: qualitative study in Sharjah,United Arab Emirates. Int. J. Food Safety Nutrition and Public Health 2009,2(1):78-88 http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=77&year=2009&vol=2&issue=1 - Sulaiman, Nabil; Barton, Christopher; Liaw, Siaw-Teng; Harris, Claire; Sawyer, Susan; Abramson, Michael; Dharmage, Shyamali. Do small group workshops and locally adapted guidelines improve asthma patient’s health outcomes? A randomised controlled trial. Family Practice (2010) 27 (3): 246-254. http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/3/246.abstract - NM Abdelkhalek, AM Hussein, N Sulaiman, H Hamdy. Faculty as Simulated Patients (FSPs) in Assessing Medical Students' Clinical Reasoning Skills. Education for Health Dec 2009, 22(3):1-7 - Siaw-Teng Liaw, Nabil D Sulaiman, Christopher A Barton, Patty Chondros, Claire A Harris, Susan Sawyer and Shyamali C Dharmage. An interactive workshop plus locally adapted guidelines can improve General Practitioners asthma management and knowledge: A Cluster Randomised Trial in the Australian Setting. BMC Family Practice 2008 Apr 20;9:22 - John Furler, Christine Walker, Irene Blackberry, Trisha Dunning, Nabil Sulaiman, James Dunbar, James Best and Doris Young. The emotional base of self-care in chronic illness: A qualitative study of the role of health professional support in the self-management of type 2 diabetes. BMC Health Services 2008, 8:214 - Nabil Sulaiman, John Furler, Elaine Hadj, Helen Corbett and Doris Young. Stress, Culture and "home": social context in Turkish and Arabic-speaking Australians’ views of diabetes prevention. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2007; 18(1): 63- 68 - Barton C, Sulaiman N, Clarke D, Abramson. Experience of Australian parents caring for children with asthma: it gets easier. Chronic Illness. Dec 2005; (4):303-14 - CA Barton, ND Sulaiman, DM Clarke, MJ Abramson. Caregiver’s use of and attitudes toward written asthma action plans in North-West Melbourne. Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2005; 14(2): 143-146. - Doris Young, Liaw ST, Sulaiman N. Falls Risk Assessment and Management System (FRAMS)-a decision support tool developed for general practition and their primary care team. Honk Kong Practitioner 2005; 27:306-10. (http://www.hkcfp.org.hk/article/2005/08/page306_311dp.html - ND Sulaiman, CA Barton, MJ Abramson, T Liaw , C Harris, S Dharmage, DM Clarke, Factors associated with ownership and use of written asthma action plans in North-West Melbourne. Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2004; 13(4): 211-217. - Young D, Furler J, Vale M, Walker C, Segal L, Dunning P, Best J, Blackberry I, Audehm, R, Sulaiman N, Dunbar J and Chondros P, (2007) Patient engagement and coaching for health: the PEACH study a cluster randomised controlled trial using the telephone to coach people with type 2 diabetes to engage their GPs to improve diabetes care: a study protocol. BMC family practice, 2007, 8, 20, pp. 1-9 - Gunn J, Sulaiman N, Potiriadis M, Anderson R. When is an intervention ready to be tested in a randomised trial? Primary care alliance for clinical trials (PACT) network. Australian Family Physician Vol. 33, No. 7, July 2004 - Barton C, Sulaiman N, Liaw T. Continuing medical education for asthma in primary care settings: a review of randomised controlled trials. Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2003 Volume 12 (4): 119-123. - Barton CA, Clarke D, Sulaiman N, Abramson M. “Coping as a mediator of psychosocial impediments to optimal management and control of asthma.” Respiratory Medicine. 2003; 97(7): 747-862. - Liaw ST, Sulaiman N, Pearce C, Sims J, Hill K, Ng CK, Grain H, Tse J. Falls Prevention within the Australian General Practice Data Model: methodology, information model and terminology issues. J Am Med Informatics Assoc 2003; 10: 425-32 - Bourton R, Sulaiman Nabil,Active and Passive Cigarette Smoking and Breast Cancer: Is a real Risk Emerging? AMJ June 5 2000 172: 550-552 - Denise Ruth, Rosalind Hurworth, and Nabil Sulaiman. Moving towards meaningful local population health planning data: The service provider perspective. Australian J of Primary Health — Vol. 11, No.2, 2005 21 - Tse, Justin, Liaw, Siaw-Teng, Sulaiman, Nabil. CONDUIT - Collaborative Network and Data Using Information Technology: Capacity Building through a Collaborative Computerized Network: Implementation and Support Issues. In: HIC 2003 RACGP12CC [combined conference]: Proceedings; Coiera, Enrico (Editor); Chu, Stephen (Editor); Simpson, Carmel (Editor). Brunswick East, Vic.: Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA); RACGP, 2003 pages:180-188. - Nabil Sulaiman. The role of academic society in Iraq. Australian Rationalist. 2003, 63:28-41

Theses and Projects Supervision- Supervise one PhD student 2004 – 2008 - Supervise Three Masters students

Patents- Nabil Sulaiman, Michael Abramson, Frank Thien and Teng Liaw. Asthma: Breathe with Ease, an asthma integrated tool for students and health professionals. Published by the University of Melbourne. (Official contract/ patent was signed with University of Melbourne re Intellectual Property - Nabil Sulaiman. Asthma: Relieve with Ease, an asthma devices integrated tool for students and health professionals. A teaching resource for educators and doctors and patient self management. Published by the University of Melbourne. Published by the University of Melbourne. (Official contract/ patent was signed with University of Melbourne re Intellectual Property - Cornelius Meehan, Nabil Sulaiman, Teng Liw, Douglas Czarnecki, Graham Mason, Duncan Macgregor. Skin Cancer Recognition and Management- Published by the University of Melbourne. (Official contract/ patent was signed with University of Melbourne re Intellectual Property

Awards Recognitions- 2012 - University of Sharjah Excellence Award in Education - 2005 - Diabetes Australia Research Trust - 2004 - “2004 Asthma Research Award” - 2001 - International Respiratory Disease Research Award from Glaxo Welcome (A$240,000). - 1984 - Overseas Research Awards- Committee of Vice-Chancellors of the Universities of UK ($18,000) - 1986 - Overseas Research Awards- Committee of Vice-Chancellors of the Universities of UK (A$52,000) - 1982-1988 - MPH and PhD Scholarships (Ministry of Higher Education 1984-88)

Services- Contribute to the partnership between Sharjah and Baker/ International Diabetes Institute and consultants from University of Melbourne in the area of diabetes models of care. - Member of National committees including Polio eradication and Family Medicine Board as well as research Committee of Musanada . - Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons-England (in communication skills and Physiology). - External examiner for the Arab Board of Family Medicine in Abu Dhabi and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Bahrain. More recently examiner with the RCS- England (Pilot Part B in Sharjah). - Play active role in the partnership agreement with the Royal College of Surgeons- England and in the implementation of three BSS courses and in the upcoming RCS part B examination. - Plan, develop and participate actively in implementing Medical Education courses including four workshops on learning and teaching in Ambulatory Care setting, bedside teaching, assessment in addition to short courses in research methods and EBM to GPs and primary care provider. - Coordinate the training of all new faculty on PBL facilitation through workshop and “learning by doing” through observation and feedback. - Coordinate elective training of Sharjah students internationally and nationally and coordinate international student’s elective training in Sharjah. - Play active role in the implementation of the MOU with Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services including setting and partly running the University medical clinic one session a week - Honored with Membership of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons – Glasgow and appointed as an OSCE (part B) examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons – England. - Direct Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Centre (CTC/SSI) under the leadership of the Vice chancellor. Our motto is to make the CTC as the regional centre of excellence in clinical and surgical training.

Teaching Philosophy- Interactive teaching/learning, - Students-centered i.e students are the pillar of the program, they have to actively participate in their learning of theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, - Problem – based learning using scenarios , simulation and use of examples such as patients– cases - Team-based Learning to enhance other modalities - Providing individualized feedback to students to improve their skills performance - Advising students who are not performing well to enhance their performance by identifying gaps in their knowledge and motivate them to learn