Dr Houriya Kazim, BSc, MPH, MB BCh, FRCS

She is a UAE national who is the country's first lady surgeon.

She attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland graduating in 1988. In addition, she studied Microbiology and Physical Anthropology at the University of Toronto and has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas in Epidemiology and Disease Control. It was while working as a junior doctor at a government hospital in Dubai that she saw the urgent need for a female surgeon.

She subsequently returned to the United Kingdom and went on to obtain her fellowship in General Surgery before sub-specializing in Surgical Oncology and, in particular, Breast Surgery and reconstruction at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

She worked as a volunteer surgeon in the Caribbean before coming home to Dubai in 1998 to take up a post as a Breast Surgeon at a private hospital. In 2006, she set up the Well Woman Clinic which is a multidisciplinary clinic, staffed by women, for all women’s health needs.

In addition to her clinical work, she founded and runs the only breast cancer support group in the city called "Brest Friends" and has also founded, and chairs a breast cancer charity by the same name. She is a freelance writer on women's health issues and recently received the Arab Woman Award for Medicine. She is married to an American television journalist and are parents to two teenage daughters.