Monday, May 2, 2011

Special Visitors to Children's National Medical Center

Children's National Medical Center was honored to welcome His Royal Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine on Monday, April 25, 2011. The Crown Prince was accompanied by a distinguished delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) including his brother, His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan (UAE Foreign Minister), as well as the Ambassador of the UAE to the United States, His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba.

The distinguished guests visited with Children's National Medical Center physicians, researchers, and patient families, including families from the UAE. They spent time in the clinical Division of Oncology and the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care, where more than 12,000 surgical cases are performed every year. The delegation also toured the new home of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation to see the impact of their historic gift of $150 million that launched the Institute in 2009. The Institute team shared with the visitors how the generosity of the people of Abu Dhabi has advanced their work, and talked about many ways that the Institute is making progress toward the shared vision of a world where pediatric surgery is more precise, less invasive and pain free. This visit marked a significant milestone for the Institute and all of the people who have made it possible.

"It was a wonderful feeling of partnership and collaboration, of bringing medicine and science together, which is what we want to do with this institute, and which he was doing in person," said Kurt Newman, MD, senior vice president of the Sheikh Zayed Institute in an interview with the UAE newspaper The National. “We are so pleased to be able to share our progress with him. His visit brightened the days of the patients and families he met with, and was truly a highlight for the research team of the Sheikh Zayed Institute as well.”

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