Professor Shahrad Taheri
Professor Shahrad Taheri is Senior Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the National Obesity Treatment Centre at Hamad Medical Corporation. He has been a member of the National Diabetes Strategy Committee and chairs the Research Committee for the National Diabetes Strategy at the Ministry of Public Health. He has contributed to several of Qatar’s National Guidelines including the guideline on obesity. He has been instrumental in the set-up and development of the National Obesity Treatment Centre.
Professor Taheri is a graduate of University of Oxford, graduated with honours in Medicine from University of London and obtained his PhD from Imperial College London, followed by post-doctoral research training at Stanford University. He has extensive experience in leading large multi-disciplinary clinical and research teams. He has over 150 publications and has won several awards for his research and clinical care (including the Chairman’s Award at Hamad Medical Corporation). Professor Taheri’s research was one of the first to show that sleep duration is associated with obesity, increasing recognition of sleep as an important lifestyle factor. Recently, his internationally acclaimed research in Qatar, and the first clinical trial aiming at reversing diabetes in the Middle East, showed that it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes in a significant number of patients through intensive lifestyle intervention.
Professor Taheri has over 20 years’ experience in managing people with obesity and bariatric surgery and led the largest obesity centre in the UK National Health Service before coming to Qatar in 2013 as Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar. He has been a member of the Clinical Care Committee of the World Obesity Federation and is on the editorial board of leading obesity journals. Professor Taheri is passionate about patient care and empowering individuals to make healthier choices.