Board of Director Elections

MENATOX Board of Director elections will take place electronically during MENATOX 2021 between 28 March and 31 March, 2021 and is open to the full voting Menatox members only. 

The list of candidates is detailed below.

President Elect:

Badria Alhatali

I am honored to submit my nomination to serve as President of the Middle East and North Africa Clinical Toxicology Association (MENATOX). Members of this board are dedicated medical toxicologists who tirelessly strive for the advancement of our subspecialty in the MENA region. It is critically important to have a group of energetic, productive and creative representatives who can help us navigate through the present challenges facing the health care system.
I completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Oman Medical Specialty Board and an International Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the Emory University and Georgia Poison Center program in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I am currently the Head of Poison Control Section in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Ministry of Health in Oman.
Ever since I joined MENATOX during my fellowship, I have dedicated myself to advancing the organization where I worked hand in hand with the president and board members. I have hosted and organized three successful MENATOX congresses in Oman, consecutively. I have also participated in the organization and research committees of most of the MENATOX congresses. I also currently serve as a representative of the organization in the EXTRIP group. We have also developed modules for chemical security training for Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.
I believe the experience and leadership abilities I gained while serving MENATOX as a treasurer during
the last few years would allow me to fulfill my role as President of this important organization. I pledge
to advance the vision and mission of the organization and will continue to promote toxicology as a medical field in the region.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit my candidacy to this position.

Secretary:

Robert J. Hoffman

Statement to follow shortly

Waleed Salem

It is my honor to nominate myself for the position of Secretary in the upcoming MENATOX elections. Kindly allow me to describe the qualifications and past contributions to MENATOX, that make me an eligible candidate for this position.

 

I am an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist who practices clinically in Doha, Qatar. I am board certified in emergency medicine by the Arab Board of Emergency Medicine, and I completed a fellowship in emergency medicine and medical toxicology at Hamad Medical Center which is an extremely busy tertiary care hospital in Qatar. As a matter of fact, it is the principal care provider for residents of Qatar and is owned and operated by the government. As part of my fellowship at Hamad Medical Corporation, I obtained a postgraduate diploma in medical toxicology from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

 

I am as well a faculty in Qatar University – College of Medicine with a fellowship of emergency teaching from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

 

I have completed several medical toxicology projects, including organizing the MENATOX conference in Doha in 2015. I actively participated in developing the medical toxicology consult services at Hamad Medical Center and support the Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Division in their chemical emergency preparedness projects and protocols.

 

I also serve as co-director of the Medical Toxicology group at Hamad General Emergency Departments. We established an on-call coverage for all poisoning cases that cover all hospitals in Qatar 24/7 and have developed the necessary evidence-based algorithm to treat poison patients.

 

I played an integral role in organizing the MENATOX conference in Doha in 2015 (it was the first standalone MENATOX conference). I secured funding from the Ministry of Health and took care of all the logistical aspects. I gave a presentation during the conference and all the following conferences. In 2016, I played a principal role in organizing MENATOX in Oman.

 

As Yemeni, I helped and dedicate a significant effort to facilitate Yemeni candidates attendance of MENATOX 2016 in Oman and MENATOX 2018 in Kuwait as well coordinate the collaboration between MENATOX and the Yemeni Association of Emergency Medicine.

 

I am committed to medical toxicology education and actively support all the MENATOX activity regarding this matter. If elected to the position of secretary, I will strive to further our specialty and enhance member communication and engagement.

Treasurer:

Nahar Alruwaili

I am honored to submit my nomination for Treasurer position Menatox Organization. Currently I am working as pediatric emergency head section and a medical toxicologist at king Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia I have academic contribution as an associate professor at AlFaisal University in Riyadh City. I Served Menatox since 2010 in different organization activities

  

If I am re-elected, I will continue to promote the interests of our members by providing them with valuable products and resources that enhance their practice and academic careers. I will also strive to expand the role of medical toxicology in the areas of Medical toxicology education, Prevention and patient care.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to submit my candidacy to these important positions. 

Jalal Alessai

Board of Directors:

Dr. Alessai is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine And Medical Toxicology; currently he is working in Hamad General Hospital, Qatar, as emergency physician and Medical toxicologist. Dr. Alessai is working on projects to enhance clinical toxicology care across Qatar; he is working on building a local data base for toxicology in Qatar. Establishing a National Poison Information Center is among his top priorities in the coming years.Dr Alessai now is running with his team a  Medical Toxicology service whose responsibilities to cover 24/7 on call and  do bedside round on admitted toxicology patient in emergency department.

 

Organization: HAMAD MEDICAL CORPORATION-QATAR

 

Emergency Medicine Consultant and Medical Toxicologist

 

MBChB, FACMT

Mohammed Almaki

Dr. Mohammed Hassan Almalki, MD

Consultant, Internal Medicine & Medical Toxicologist

Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine

King Saud Medical city, Riyadh

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Almalki is  board certified in internal Medicine from Saudi council for health specialties, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical toxicology at Emory university and  Georgia poison center in Atlanta USA,  and joined King Saud Medical city, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a consultant physician and medical toxicologist,  also Dr. Almalki is member of  the medical toxicology development program, ministry of health, Saudi Arabia, a group of medical toxicologist running medical toxicology consultation and toxicology educational activities in the Kingdom, Dr. Almalki has presented at both national and regional conferences  in the field of medical toxicology. He is a board member of the Middle East North Africa Toxicology Association.

 

Goals and objectives:

As being one of the founding members of MENATOX, I had the opportunity to support & participate in MENATOX annual meetings since 2013, as being a board member of MENATOX I'm looking forward to support MENATOX to be the leading society in the field of Medical Toxicology in MENA regions.

  1. Improving the care of poisoned patients in MENA regions.

  2. Contribute in improving medical toxicology practice in MENA region.

  3. Promote Medical Toxicology specialty as a well-recognized specialty in the MENA region.

  4. Encourage physicians interested in Medical Toxicology in MENA regions to join and support MENATOX.

  5. Strengthen professional relationship with local toxicology societies in MENA region.

Ehab Aki

Dr Ehab Said Aki, ABEM, MD Consultant in Emergency Department at Hamad Medical Corporation.

Dr Ehab finished his medical school in 2003, then joined in Hamad General Hospital in the Emergency Department and completed the Arab Board training program in emergency medicine in 2010 and he continues to work in the Emergency Department as a Specialist.

Dr Ehab started a fellowship program in Emergency Medicine (toxicology track) in 2013 and completed it in 2016.

Currently, Dr Ehab work as a consultant in the Emergency department at Hamad Medical Corporation.

Mohammed Elamin

Dr Muhammad Elamin (MBBS; DTM&H; MRCP(UK); PgCert ClinEd; MSc Med Tox) is a Consultant Physician and Clinical Toxicologist at the West Midlands Poisons Unit, Birmingham City Hospital and Birmingham unit of the UK National Poisons Information Service (NPIS). He is also the NPIS Consultant CPD lead.

He completed his specialist clinical training in the UK as well as an MSc in Medical Toxicology from Cardiff University.  His basic medical training was in the Sudan, hence his passion for the MENA region. He has participated in the delivery of clinical toxicology teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK, Ethiopia and the Sudan. A regular participant at MENATOX conferences since Dubai 2013 he has also worked with the annual abstract selection committee for MENATOX and been one of the MENATOX social media administrators.

Since 2017, Dr Elamin has participated in the annual abstract review for the annual European Association of Poisons Centres & Clinical Toxicologists. He has been a co-author of a number of peer reviewed articles relating to clinical toxicology, including a study of the cost effectiveness of the UK National Poisons Information Service in addition to EAPCCT conference abstracts/posters since 2013. He has also participated in the expert review process of the recently published 2020 updated WHO Guidelines for establishing a poison centre.

Dr Elamin is keen to work with colleagues towards further expansion of MENATOX membership and wider productive partnerships and relationships with related governmental and non-governmental agencies in the MENA region.

Tharwat El Zahran

I am currently a full time Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Co-director of the clinical toxicology service at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Additionally, I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University. After completing my emergency medicine residency, I completed a two-year medical toxicology fellowship at Emory and CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. My research work is focused on riot control agents, lead exposure in pediatric patients, benzodiazepine abuse, household product toxicity, Teleconsult toxicology service, besides reporting on common xenobiotic exposures in Lebanon.  

It is an honor for me to be nominated as a candidate for the Board of Directors in the 2021 MENATOX election. I have been an active member of MENATOX since I was a resident, and I had the chance to participate often as a speaker in their yearly scientific meeting. Last year, I co-chaired an EM residency track at MENATOX 2020 in Turkey and the track received positive feedback from residents and speakers.  

As a board member, my mission would be to advocate for medical toxicology specialty in the MENA region  and to collaborate with other health care providers in the region to better assess our toxicological exposures and assist in public health awareness, prevention, education, and research. Our region is in need for qualified medical toxicologists to establish poison control centers and my main aim is to establish joined research dataset in the MENA region, to identify trends and set the standards for improved patient care and target public awareness. Adding to this, I am interested in advocating for medical toxicology fellowship by targeting our medical residents and assisting them to pursue this career. This is all possible through joined efforts, fruitful collaborations, and dedicated team.  

  

Hoping to be an added value to the team. 

Bruno Megarbane

Bruno Mégarbane is Professor of critical care medicine at Paris-Diderot University and directs a research team at INSERM UMRS-1144. He is the Head of the Department of Medical and Toxicological Critical Care at Lariboisière Hospital, Paris, France. He conducted several clinical and experimental studies in clinical toxicology, mainly regarding mechanisms of opioid-related respiratory toxicity, prognostic factors of life-threatening poisonings, and management of refractory cardiotoxicant poisonings using ECMO.

He was a board member of MENATOX.

 

Goals and purpose as a potential member of the MENATOX Board of Directors

1- To actively participate to board meetings and improve the organization of our society. I have the experience of having been a past member of MENATOX board and past president of the European society of clinical toxicology (EAPCCT).

2- To encourage clinical toxicologists from MENA region to become members and to increase the participation to our congresses of new members coming from countries that have been less implicated until now (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and North African Arabic countries).

3- To help to build a scientific committee in our society to improve the scientific quality of our congresses and scientifically supervise the set-up of guidelines for the management of specific issues in the MENA region.

4- To organize joint sessions with other societies of clinical toxicology (mainly the French-speaking North-African societies but also the American, European, and Asia Pacific societies). Such collaboration can possibly start during the next Moroccan Congress in Fes, October 2020.  

5- To participate in programs of education in clinical toxicology dedicated to the young physicians and pharmacists who wished to become toxicologists or consolidate their knowledge in toxicology.

Aynur Sahin

It is an honour to submit my candidacy for a position on the board of directors. I am

currently working as a consultant in emergency medicine and medical toxicology at the Karadeniz Technical University Department of Emergency Medicine in Trabzon, Turkey. I have received a Ph.D. in toxicology after my residency in emergency medicine. Then, I completed an international medical toxicology fellowship at Emory University. I have participated in MENATOX activities since 2011 when the annual conference was held in my hometown of Trabzon. I have also participated in the annual conferences in Oman two times. Now I am the scientific chair in MENATOX 2020 that means a lot to me. I am grateful to MENATOX that has introduced me to medical toxicology that has now become my passion.

Medical Toxicology is not a subspecialty in the Arab World and in Turkey but I feel that it should. This is why, I will dedicate my energy as a board member of MENATOX to advance these goals and raise awareness about our field. I also plan on developing educational resources that our members can benefit from in the years to come. I sincerely thank you for the vote of confidence and promise to do my best to serve you as a board member.

It is an honour to submit my candidacy for a position on the board of directors. I am

currently working as a consultant in emergency medicine and medical toxicology at the Karadeniz Technical University Department of Emergency Medicine in Trabzon, Turkey. I have received a Ph.D. in toxicology after my residency in emergency medicine. Then, I completed an international medical toxicology fellowship at Emory University. I have participated in MENATOX activities since 2011 when the annual conference was held in my hometown of Trabzon. I have also participated in the annual conferences in Oman two times. Now I am the scientific chair in MENATOX 2020 that means a lot to me. I am grateful to MENATOX that has introduced me to medical toxicology that has now become my passion.

Medical Toxicology is not a subspecialty in the Arab World and in Turkey but I feel that it should. This is why, I will dedicate my energy as a board member of MENATOX to advance these goals and raise awareness about our field. I also plan on developing educational resources that our members can benefit from in the years to come. I sincerely thank you for the vote of confidence and promise to do my best to serve you as a board member.