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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and New York University Abu Dhabi initiate landmark partnership

Leading US institutions come together in Abu Dhabi to collaborate on research, knowledge-sharing, and training


ABU DHABI – Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)  have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on research, knowledge-sharing, and education and training programs. 

The partnership seeks to leverage the organizations’ respective expertise in medicine and higher education to improve health and foster knowledge transfer within the UAE community. Potential areas of focus include:  

  • Research – partnering on clinical research and innovation, and, through NYUAD’s Public Health Research Center and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s clinical investigation capability, research on key regional health issues 
  • Knowledge-sharing events – collaborating on conferences and workshop series 
  • Training and education – exploring undergraduate, continuing education and professional development opportunities

Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Mubadala Deputy Group CEO & Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Sectors, and Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, commented: “Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and New York University Abu Dhabi, these two world-renowned institutions, which are now firmly established in Abu Dhabi, are working together and positively influencing their respective sectors to generate significant social and financial returns, stimulating diversification.” 

Dr. Fabio Piano, NYUAD Provost, said: “Our partnership with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is rooted in our respective shared contributions to Abu Dhabi and beyond in education, research and healthcare. This partnership will open up new pathways of discovery for our faculty and students as the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi look to deliver research and education that not only pushes the boundaries of discovery but also deepens our connections and understanding of medicine on a local and global level. By combining our collective expertise, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and NYUAD will engage in education, research and knowledge sharing that will have the potential to improve lives across the globe."

The partnership will help both organizations work to achieve their strategic visions. NYUAD will look to enhance its academic offering with practical experience in medical and health-related fields. For Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, this supports the formation of an academic medical center that, in addition to clinical care, is focused on clinical research and education.

In his capacity as Chief Academic Officer and Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart & Vascular Institute, at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. E. Murat Tuzcu is responsible for implementing an innovative, creative and state-of-the art medical research function and education strategic plan at the medical campus.

Dr. Tuzcu said: “Healthcare is a fast-growing and evolving industry, so knowledge sharing and transfer is absolutely essential to ensure sustainability. NYUAD shares our commitment to innovation, research, and developing the next generation of leaders, making them an ideal partner to help deliver tangible programs which can positively impact our community in the years to come.”