Secretary General, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences,
President, Centre for Arab Genomic Studies
Prof. Al Khaja is the Secretary General of the Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences and Director of the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Centre, at Dubai Hospital. He is also Head of the Academic Department of Surgery and Vice Dean of the Dubai Medical College for Girls and a member of many International Societies. Prof. Al Khaja is a member of TWAS (Third World Academy of Science), the Scandinavian Association for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, International College of Angiology, Saudi Heart Association, UAE Medical Association, European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Asian Annals of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Prof Al Khaja is the founding editor of Hamdan Medical Journal and a member of the Arab Board for Postgraduate Studies. Prof. Al Khaja is also a visiting consultant to the Cardio thoracic Centre in Monaco. His research interest lies in the field of cardiac diseases and genetic disorders. Prof. Al Khaja has published numerous papers related to thoracic, coronary and valve surgery and blood trauma in several international journals. Prof. Al Khaja received several awards, including the Best Employee of the Year award from the Dubai Health Authority (1999) and a Special Award for establishment of Cardiac Surgery Department and his distinguished role in this field in Dubai Hospital. In 2006, he has been bestowed by the UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan with the Emirates Appreciation Award for Science, Arts and Literature in the field of medicine.