Confirmed Speaker Faculty

Dr. Abu Baker Al Madani

Dr. Abu Baker Al Madani

Consultant Neurologist, Head of Neurology Department, Rashid Hospital, UAE

Dr. Chaitanya Gangadhar Dodakundi

Dr. Chaitanya Gangadhar Dodakundi

Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon (Hand and Microsurgery), Rashid Hospital, UAE

Daril Atkins

Daril Atkins

Certified Clinical Anaplastologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Rashid Hospital, UAE

In 1969, Daril Atkins began his career as a Medical Sculptor in the VRA project to develop usage of the new Medical Silicone polymers for facial prostheses and surgical implants. Five years later, he set up a facial prosthetics lab in a Cancer Research Institute in Gujarat. In 1979, he set up a development lab dedicated to partial hand loss. The Dubai Health Authority employed him in 1985 to set up an Anaplastology lab where he also trained two Emiratis. He was a member of the International Anaplastology Association, and had made presentations at many international conferences, including his key note in Washington DC.  He was grandfathered by the association as a pioneer before he sat for the first ever board exams that earned him the title “Certified Clinical Anaplastologist’. The I.A.A. awarded him with the Humanitarian Award for his lifetime achievement. He was later awarded the Dubai Government Excellence Award. In 2012, he was seen creating a facial prosthetic restoration for an acid burns survivor in the short film “Saving Face’ which won the Oscars award. In 2019, Daril Atkins will have completed half a century in the practice of Anaplastology. 

Dietrich H. Niklas

Dietrich H. Niklas

Managing Director, Ottobock Middle East

Dr. Ehab Bassim Aldlyami

Dr. Ehab Bassim Aldlyami

Specialist Orthopedic and Hand Surgeon, Trauma Department - Rashid Hospital, UAE

Ella Donnison

Ella Donnison

Hand Occupational Therapist; Accredited Hand Therapist (British Association of Hand Therapists), Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, UK

Ella is a dedicated Hand Occupational Therapist offering 15 years’ experience. Specialising in hand therapy in 2000 she gained her British Association of Hand Therapy Accreditation as a Hand Therapist in 2003 and MSc Hand Therapy 2013. She now works at the Derby Pulvertaft Hand Unit United Kingdom, within the private sector and English and Wales Cricket Board. Clinical experiences are focused on a wide range of complex and routine upper limb and hand patients of all ages with diverse presentations, multiple pathologies and conditions. Ella provides rehabilitation for both acute and chronic conditions caused by trauma, surgery or disease. Ella has a keen interest in sports related injuries, fractures and soft tissue injuries. Over the years, working within amateur and professional sports, Ella has acquired skills to adapt and develop custom made splints (thermoplastic and neoprene) and prefabricated to enhance functional return to activity. Ella is enthusiastic and dynamic with a passion for making a real difference to others health and quality of life through delivering quality care and utilising her interpersonal skills. Ella is involved in co-ordinating and teaching on British Association of Hand Therapy (BAHT) courses throughout the United Kingdom. Ella is also a member on the education committee for the British Association of Hand Therapists. In her spare time Ella is the manager for the England Women’s Cricket Senior Academy. This role utilises many skills in supporting and development high performance cricketers of the future. She is committed to continuing professional development, networking and is enthusiastic about leadership, innovation, workforce development, education and evidence based practice.

Dr. Fawzy Hamdy Elmobayed

Dr. Fawzy Hamdy Elmobayed

Consultant Trauma and Orthopedics Surgeon, Rashid Hospital, UAE

Dr. Jamil Al-Jamali

Dr. Jamil Al-Jamali

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive Microsurgeon and Hand Surgeon, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, UAE

Katie Horton

Katie Horton

Senior Physiotherapist, Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, UK

Katie qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 from Sheffield Hallam University.

Her current role is based at the Pulvertaft Hand Centre at the Royal Derby Hospital as a Senior Physiotherapist. This role mainly comprises of clinical work but she has also had the opportunity to undertake supervision of assistants and students, teaching, service development and assist in audits.

The majority of the work is clinical and comprises of treating a wide variety of hand and upper limb conditions such as multi-trauma, soft tissue injuries, fractures, and chronic conditions such as dupuytrens and OA. Following Katie’s rotation as a band 5 physiotherapist in MSK outpatients, her expertise do not just stay within the hand as she is also competent in treating the neck, shoulder and elbow.

Since joining the hand therapy team in 2013 Katie has become a dual competent therapist meaning she can provide and fabricate a wide variety of splints to meet the patients specific needs. Katie is also able to provide psychological support for those patients who identify problems. She has most recently become the first physiotherapist to be integrated into the predominately occupational therapy led workshop, meaning Katie can provide a high level of functional rehabilitation.

Over her time in the Pulvertaft Hand Centre Katie has had the opportunity to present both at national and international conferences showcasing the Core Hand App. She has also taught on courses; the most recent being BAHT level one soft injuries and previously kinesiology taping for the management of OA in the CMCJ. Most recently she has led the development of a Upper Limb Conditioning Group for end stage rehabilitation.

Dr. Khalid Alawadi

Dr. Khalid Alawadi

Consultant Hand and Plastic Surgeon, Trauma Department - Rashid Hospital, UAE; President - Emirates Hand Surgery Chapter; Vice President - Emirates Plastic Surgery Society

Dr. Khalid Alawadi is a German Board certified plastic surgeon (Fachartz) with many years of experience in the field of surgery and plastic surgery. He is board certified in plastic surgery from the European Board of Plastic Surgery (EBOPRAS), as well as in hand surgery from the Federations of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH). Dr. Alawadi has published numerous articles in his field and presented at several international conferences.

He is a member of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery (DGPRAC), the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the Emirates Medical association (EMA), as well as American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). Dr. Alawadi was recently elected by the Emirates Plastic Surgery Society as board member. He is a national delegate of the United Arab Emirates in the International Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Society (IPRAS).

Dr. Alawadi has extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery as well as in hand surgery. His main interest is body contouring, and facial cosmetic surgery, as well as non surgical contouring of the face (botox, filler). As a board certified hand surgeon, Dr. Alawadi has vast experience in hand injuries as well as soft tissue and joint deformities of the hand. He performs most of his surgeries as day cases which enables the patient to go home on the same day.

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Eldosokey Ahmed Ebrahim

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Eldosokey Ahmed Ebrahim

Specialist in Plastic and Microsurgery Department, Alahrar Teaching Hospital, Zagazig, Egypt

Prof. Mohit Sharma

Prof. Mohit Sharma

Professor at Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of Medicine, Kochi, India

Dr. Nebojsa Jovanovic

Dr. Nebojsa Jovanovic

Consultant Orthopedic, Hand Surgery and Microsurgery, Trauma Department - Rashid Hospital, UAE

Dr. Pankaj Ahire

Dr. Pankaj Ahire

Secretary General, Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, India

Dr. Praveen Bhardwaj

Dr. Praveen Bhardwaj

Associate Consultant, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery at Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, Ganga Hospital, India

Dr. Rajendra Nehete

Dr. Rajendra Nehete

Secretary, Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand (ISSH), Chairman, Vedant Hospital, India

Dr. Riccardo Luchetti

Dr. Riccardo Luchetti

Rimini Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery and Rehabilitation Centre, Italy

Dr. Riccardo Luchetti studied medicine in Modena (1972-8) and was awarded his doctorate by the Medical University of Modena (1979). His specialist training in Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Surgery were at the University of Modena (Prof. P. Bedeschi: 1979-86). He also underwent specialist training in Clinical Neurophysiology and Electromyography at the University School of Medicine of Pavia (1981). He performed research at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute of Bologna University in 1988.

Dr. Luchetti is author of five books and co-author of the Italian Textbook of Hand Surgery and over 170 scientific articles and book chapters.

Prof. Suad Trebinjac

Prof. Suad Trebinjac

Medical Director, Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center, UAE

Dr. S Raja Sabapathy

Dr. S Raja Sabapathy

Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery and Burns, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India

Dr. S Raja Sabapathy is the Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Microsurgery and Burns, Ganga Hospital, India. He is also a honorary consultant with the Armed Forces Medical Services of India and is also a Sushruta - Guha Professor in Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK.

He is the Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and has also been the Past President of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand and the Indian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Dr. Sherif Ban

Dr. Sherif Ban

Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon, Healthpoint Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Srikanth Varma Racherla

Dr. Srikanth Varma Racherla

Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon, Zulekha Hospital, UAE

Dr. Ravi K. Gupta

Dr. Ravi K. Gupta

President, Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand (ISSH), Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh, India

Usama Mohammad Hassan Al Bastaki

Usama Mohammad Hassan Al Bastaki

Consultant Radiologist, Rashid Hospital, UAE