Nurses at Forefront of New Abu Dhabi Cancer Center

Cleveland Clic Abu Dhabi Fatima bint Mubarak Center

State-of-the-art facility expands global care, professional opportunities

After nearly a decade of intensive planning and preparation, an ultra-modern cancer center recently opened its doors at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, where it will help eliminate the need for patients to travel abroad for lifesaving treatment. Not only will the new facility provide much-needed care to cancer patients in  the Middle East, but it will also help recruit and train a specialized team of oncology nurses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Modeled after Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center, home to one of the leading oncology programs in the United States, the new Fatima bint Mubarak Center is expected to provide unprecedented opportunities for UAE patients and clinicians alike. To meet the  region’s growing demand for sophisticated cancer care, the center  has assembled an expert team of more than 60 nurses who are uniquely prepared to manage even the most critical and complex clinical challenges.

“We’ve created the most healing environment possible, always with patients in mind. Moreover, the ambitious project has provided a unique opportunity for our nurses, who actively participated in building design, equipment selection and workflow creation,” explains Zeina Kassem, DNP, RN, Director of the center’s oncology and transplant programs. “For the first time, the people of Abu Dhabi now have access to sophisticated cancer screening and diagnostic testing, advanced radiation treatments, and precision cellular therapies — all in one location and provided by a world-class multidisciplinary team.” 

Read the full article about Zeina Kassem, a DNP alumna from the 2019 Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi cohort at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in Cleveland Clinic's Notable Nursing magazine from Spring 2023.