Lihadh Al-Gazali

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Professor Lihadh Al-Gazali MBChB MSc FRCP FRCPCH is a professor in clinical genetics and paediatrics. Her main area of interest is identifying new inherited disorders in Arab populations clinically and at the molecular level.


Lihadh Al-Gazali was born and raised in Amarah, Iraq.[1] Her mother was an educationalist and her father an Army judge in Baghdad. She received higher education in UK.

Professor Al-Gazali studied medicine at the University of Iraq in Baghdad. She received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Baghdad Medical College in 1973. She married and had a child before moving to the United Kingdom in 1976 to study paediatrics and clinical genetics. She continued her education in Leeds and Edinburgh, living and practicing until 1990. She then moved to Al Ain, becoming an assistant professor at the Department of Paediatrics of United Arab Emirates University. She played a key role in establishing the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies. In 1995 she set up the first registry for birth defects in the UAE. This registry was the first birth defects registry in an Arab country and the first to become a member of the International Clearing House of Birth Defects in Rome, Italy. She became an associate professor in 1997.[2]

She founded the first Clinical Genetics Service in the UAE, which offers support and counselling for families affected by congenital disorders. She has published over 240 scientific papers.

Professor Al-Gazali received the Distinguished Performance Award in Research and Clinical Services of UAE University in 2003. In 2008 she received a L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science "for her contributions to the characterization of inherited disorders."[2] She also was awarded the Sheikh Hamdan Award for medical sciences which honours distinguished individuals working in medicine. In 2014 she was awarded the Takreem Award for Scientific and Technological achievement. In 2016, Professor Al-Gazali received the Abu Dhabi Award for service in clinical genetics and research.

Personal life[edit]

Professor Al-Gazali is married to Wessam Shather and has two daughters and a son.[2]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Shetty, Priya (March 2006). "Lihadh Al-Gazali: a leading clinical geneticist in the Middle East" (PDF). The Lancet. 367 (9515): 979. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68412-2. PMID 16564349.
  2. ^ a b c Safvi, Talea (27 June 2008). "Lihadh Al Ghazali on genetics". Gulf News.