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  • The Shoulder and Upper Limb
    Unit released its Quality Performance Report

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  • Dr. Ali Al Suwaidi, Head of the Shoulder and Upper Limb Unit has been elected the President of the Emirates Orthopedic Society
  • The Shoulder and Upper Limb
    Unit released its Quality Performance Report

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  • The Shoulder and Upper Limb
              Unit released its Quality               Performance Report

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Dr. Ali Al Suwaidi

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship trained shoulder and sports surgeon with 15 years’ experience

Highly experienced in the treatment of Shoulder conditions with referred Neck Pain, Minimally Invasive Surgeries of the Shoulder and the Upper Limb.

Current Position:

Director, Shoulder & Upper Limb Unit, Burjeel Hospital

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi

Ex-Medical Director, Mafraq Hospital

Ex-Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mafraq Hospital

Previous Roles:

Chairman, SEHA orthopaedic council

Chief, Orthopaedic Division, SKMC, Abu Dhabi

Chief, Orthopaedic Division in Mafraq Hospital

Visiting Surgeon, Alnoor Hospital, Abu Dhabi & Alain

Visiting Surgeon, International Modern Hospital, Dubai

Academic Qualifications:

  • Graduate of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FRCSI)
  • Residency Program in Orthopaedics, Toronto, Canada
  • Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons in Canada in Orthopaedic Surgery (FRCSC)
  • Clinical Fellow, Arthroscopic and Sports Surgery (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Clinical Fellow, Upper Extremity Surgery (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Master in Leadership & Health Policies (MPh) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Clinical Work Achievements:

  • Establishing a world–class shoulder and upper extremity services at SKMC
  • Serving the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE since 2006
  • Highly regarded shoulder surgeon in Abu Dhabi and UAE with referrals from Abu Dhabi Police, GHQ (armed forces) and IPC-HAAD
  • Dealing with complex and revision shoulder cases referred from across the UAE
  • Pioneer in shoulder arthroplasty / reverse shoulder prosthesis for cuff tear arthropathy and complex fractures in the elderly
  • Lead at SKMC, a division of highly qualified western trained surgeons in different subspecialties of orthopaedic surgery. The Division consists of the following subspecialties:
    • Spine Surgery
    • Upper Extremity surgery
    • Lower Extremity Surgery
    • Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Arthroscopic and Sports Surgery
    • Foot & Ankle Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Trauma

Society Affiliations & Membership:

  • President, Emirates Orthopaedic Society
  • Ex-Member, International Patient Care committee, HAAD
  • Member, Scientific Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery for the Arab Board
  • International Member of American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine (ISAKOS)


  • Chairman, S&N Intermediate Cadaver Shoulder Course, Istanbul June 2015
  • Chairman, Emirates Sport Medicine Summit November 2014
  • Chairperson, Abu Dhabi International Orthopaedic Conference, April 2012
  • Co-chair, S&N Advanced Shoulder Course, York, England, March 2012
  • Chairperson, SKMC Shoulder & Hand Conference, March 2011
  • Chairperson, SKMC Shoulder & Hand Conference, April 2010
  • Faculty, AO Principles in Fracture Management Course, Dubai, 2010
  • Faculty, Orthopaedic Conference Arab Health, 2009
  • Faculty, Arab Health Abu Dhabi Conference in Emergency Medicine and Trauma, 2009
  • Attendant, Nice Shoulder Course, 2009
  • Attendant, ISAKOS Congress Meeting, 2009
  • Presenter, Tawam Orthopaedic Congress, 2008
  • Faculty, AO Tomo Fix Plate Workshop, Abu Dhabi, 2008

Research & Publications:

  • The Use Of Tourniquet In Hand Surgery. Prospective study presented at the University of Toronto, Orthopaedic Division, Annual Research Day, 2001
  • Long-term Outcomes Of Shelf Autograft In Dysplastic Hip Reconstruction,
    Published in Orthopaedics, 2010
  • Anatomy of the Distal Patellar Tendon Insertion,
    Poster Presentation at ESKA meeting
  • Comparison of Xtraloc Versus Intrafix Tibial Fixation
    In Hamstring Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction:
    Preliminary Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial
    Study presented at Residents & Fellows Arthroscopy
    Conference, April 22-23, 2005, Palm Island, Florida, USA
  • Co-Author of chapter “Basic Science of Knee”,
    Practical Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy book