Vice Chancellor

Dr Amer

Vice Chancellor of MBRU

Dr Sharif leads the education sector within the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone. The sector oversees the development of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC).

As CEO, he has broadened the reach of the University, established in 2014 to advance individual and community healthcare status in the UAE. He has guided the University since inception, strengthening collaborations with international academic institutions – the Queen’s University Belfast, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, also in the UK.

Dr Sharif has been instrumental in raising the profile of the University through its academic programs at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine for dental postgraduates and the College of Medicine which will welcome its first cohort of undergraduates in 2016.

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Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif


He is responsible for oversight of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City’s dedicated academic complex, home to learning resources - Al Maktoum Medical Library and the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center, and its infrastructure, comprising auditorium and education suites and lecture halls. The resources are accessible to students and faculty of the MBRU as well as to healthcare professionals.

He advises on medical education events and conferences at MBR-AMC, and was integral to the launch in 2014 of the UAE Clinical Simulation Conference to introduce simulation training in medical education in the region in collaboration with the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).

Prior to joining DHCC in March 2013, he was the Director of Healthcare Operations - Hospital Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority. He dedicated a substantial portion of his 10-year tenure to medical education and research projects in workforce development, handling leadership roles including Health Systems Advisor, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Continuing Education Department.

An academic, Dr Amer has authored and published several papers with a focus on the challenges of the UAE’s health system and health policy.

He is a regular speaker at industry events and a guest lecturer.

Dr Amer has a Medical Degree from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), UAE University, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). He enjoys football, travelling and languages.


Master of Science (MSc), Healthcare ManagementQualifications

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland – RCSI Dubai
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Medicine
    UAE University

Additions to existing list of publications;

  • The "Arab World" is Not a Useful Concept When Addressing Challenges to Public Health, Public Health
  • Education, and Research in the Middle East.
  • Blair I, Grivna M, Sharif AA.
  • Front Public Health. 2014 Apr 9;2:30. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00030. eCollection 2014.
  • Financing health care in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Taha NF, Sharif AA, Blair I.
  • World Hosp Health Serv. 2013;49(2):33-9.
  • PMID: 24228347



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