​​Innovation and Regional Firsts 

At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we strive to elevate the standard of healthcare in the region. Innovation is instrumental in allowing us to achieve this mission.

Thanks to our commitment to innovation, we have transformed the way we deliver healthcare and cemented our position as a regional leader in innovative medicine. From performing ground-breaking, world-first surgeries through to the provision of comprehensive service lines not available anywhere else in the region, the healthcare ecosystem at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is constantly evolving. 

  • 118,970 Unique patients served in 2021
  • 5 Diamond Rating for Quality from the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi 
  • World’s first modified branch-first surgical technique
  • First hospital in the region to receive Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award 
  • UAE’s first Magnet-accredited hospital 
  • Region’s first complex multi-organ transplant
  • UAE’s first accredited Lung Cancer Screening Program 
  • Middle East’s first fully awake anaesthesia for brain tumor 
  • UAE’s first awake ECMO retrieval in 
  • UAE’s first Dopa-Pump surgery
  • Region’s first comprehensive Lifestyle Medicine Program for breast cancer 
  • Middle East’s first PreserFlo™ MicroShunt glaucoma surgery 
  • UAE’s first deep brain stimulation for patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • UAE’s first tricuspid clip heart procedure.



Research & education

Advancing healthcare through knowledge.​ ​

​Institute Highlights

We are committed to innovation across all our Institutes. The following represents just a handful of our Institute’s most recent achievements, which allow us to provide innovative healthcare, on a par with the world’s finest, and contribute to outstanding outcomes for our patients. 

Critical Care Institute 

  • First international Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) retrieval from Bahrain.
  • First awake ECMO retrieval in the UAE.

Digestive Disease Institute 

  • ​Bariatric surgical procedures grew by 28% over 2021.
  • Significant growth of the liver transplant program (11 liver transplants done in 2020 vs 46 in 2021).
  • Intestinal Failure Program established, serving patients in need of long-term parenteral nutrition.
  • UAE’s first Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure introduced.

Emergency Institute

  • National Emirates Emergency Medicine Residents Assembly (NEEMRA) virtual rounds launched, bringing together all academic emergency medicine programs in the UAE.

Eye Institute

  • First PreserFlo™ MicroShunt glaucoma surgery in the Middle East.

Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute 

  • Structural Heart Program growth, with 80% year-on-year increase in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) cases.

Medical Subspecialties Institute 

  • Comprehensive Lifestyle Medicine Program for breast cancer patients launched, with the first of its kind Center for Healthier Living, in collaboration with the Oncology Institute.
Neurological Institute
  • 1st Dopa-Pump surgery in the UAE.
  • Used the 1st Surpass Flow-Diverter in the GCC.
  • Successfully initiated spasticity surgeries.

Oncology Institute 

  • Gynecologic Oncology Program launched, with the only fellowship-trained female gynecologic oncologist in the UAE.
  • Medical breast/high risk cancer clinic. 
  • Malignant Hematology Program launched.

Respiratory Institute 

  • Introduction of Takhzyro in the UAE, a biologic that treats patients with hereditary angioedema.

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