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Abdalla E. Zarroug  MD, FAAP, FACS
Division Chief – Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery, Sidra Medical and Research Center


Abdalla E. Zarroug (MD, FAAP, FACS) is the Division Chief of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery at Sidra Medical and Research Center. As such, he is responsible for leading the pediatric surgery unit to ensure delivery of a high standard of patient-focused and transformative surgical care not offered in Qatar, the Middle East, Africa or Asia. Dr. Zarroug received his undergraduate degree at Brown University, and his medical degree from Cornell (Weill) University Medical College. He completed his General Surgery Residency and NIH-funded Research Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta.

Dr. Zarroug’s interests include fetal surgery and neonatal minimally invasive surgery.  Dr. Zarroug brings to Sidra more than 15 years’ experience conducting pediatric and fetal surgery in the USA. Most recently, he was a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He also developed and led the pediatric robotic surgery, adolescent bariatric surgery and pediatric fetal surgery practices and at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Zarroug has over 100 scientific publications and presentations in national and international journals and conferences. He is American Board Certified in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery; a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He is dedicated to innovation and of his many peer—reviewed articles are a few “first procedures in the world” as well. Dr. Zarroug takes pride in his educational activities and was Assistant Program Director for Preliminary General Surgery Residents at Mayo Clinic. Currently he also teaches at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Dr. Zarroug is actively involved in volunteerism in pediatric surgery.  He has led multiple surgical teams into war-torn areas such as Syria, Gaza, the West Bank (Palestine), and Sudan over the past decade. He also helped establish a US-styled pediatric surgery fellowship in Sudan, doubling the number of pediatric surgeons and is a board member of the Sudanese American Medical Association.