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Dr. Azhar Ali

Head of Middle East/Asia Pacific, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Azhar Ali, BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCGP (UK), MBA, Head of Middle East/Asia Pacific, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is the lead for IHI's portfolio of work in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. He is a trained Improvement Advisor and regularly speaks at Quality and Safety conferences around the world. Prior to joining IHI, Dr. Ali spent five years at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. (SEHA) in Abu Dhabi (UAE), initially as the Director of Clinical Affairs & Quality, Ambulatory Healthcare Services and then latterly as the Group Quality & Physician Services Director. Dr. Ali is also a Consultant in Family Medicine and has over 20 years of clinical experience. He also spent nearly three years as a surveyor for Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA). Previously, Dr. Ali served as a Clinical Director of Primary Care in Lanarkshire, Scotland and was a GP Principal and partner at Strathaven Health Centre in Lanarkshire. Dr. Ali was also National Clinical Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scotland’s flagship programme, Living Better, and served as Co-Chair/Primary Care Lead for the Respiratory Managed Clinical Network in NHS Lanarkshire. Dr. Ali is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and Imperial College, London. Additionally, Dr. Ali holds an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde. Dr. Ali is a member of distinguished medical societies including the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK). He is a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), UK, and is an alumnus of the INSEAD Middle East Health Leadership Programme.
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