Al Jalila Children’s and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Align on Collaborative Clinical Care

Arrangement with world-renowned pediatric hospital will explore advanced care for epilepsy and neurology disorders in children

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Al Jalila Children’s, UAE’s only children’s hospital, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) — renowned as one of the best healthcare facilities in the world for children — to collaborate on a dedicated neurology outreach program.

The agreement signing The MOU was signed today by Dr. Mohamed Al Awadhi, Chief Operating Officer of Al Jalila Children’s, and Matthew Bayley, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), during the 2018 Arab Health exhibition.           

A core tenet of the alliance is the use of telemedicine consultation that can reduce the physical and financial burden of care for patients and their families. This is especially beneficial for patients with uncertain initial diagnoses. The new collaboration is intended to explore the use of telemedicine to assist complex patients during their care at Al Jalila Children’s for medication adjustments, vagal nerve stimulation, or intracerebral device programming.      

Additionally, the alliance is designed to create an environment that will enable patients from the region that were being cared for neurology-related disorders elsewhere to continue their treatment plans at Al Jalila Children’s, which could be in consultation with CHOP physicians and lessen the burden on families of patients to travel to and from the USA.

The Division of Neurology at CHOP is a global leader in pediatric neurologic disorders, with one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the world. “CHOP is committed to improving health for children worldwide, and we are excited to collaborate with Al Jalila Children’s in this important effort,” said Bayley.

“The collaboration with CHOP is one of our many endeavors in expanding the potential of pediatric healthcare in this region. By combining technology and medical expertise, telemedicine enables us to deliver better treatment results and hope to the thousands of patients suffering from epilepsy and neurology disorders. As the only children’s hospital in the UAE, our vision remains to make pediatric healthcare of international standards accessible to all children in this region,” said Dr. Alawadhi.

About Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide.  Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country.  In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 546-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents.

About Al Jalila Children’s

Al Jalila Children’s is the first dedicated children’s hospital in the United Arab Emirates. The state of the art medical facility was created under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to affirm his belief that all children should have an equal opportunity for success in life, and the treatment of children suffering from illness or disease should not be subject to geographical chance. The vision of His Highness is to have Al Jalila Children’s as one among the top ten paediatric hospitals in the world. Inaugurated on November 1, 2016, Al Jalila Children’s is an ultramodern hospital that aims to be the driving force behind the tertiary and quaternary care facility in the region. Al Jalila Children’s has 200 beds in a child and family friendly environment.         

Contact: Emily DiTomo, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6063 or

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