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Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital, the biggest and most advanced hospital for physical therapy and rehabilitation in the region successfully conducted the ‘Conference on Innovations in Rehabilitation Practice’, attended by renowned international speakers and experts who shared their insights and concepts on the latest and emerging trends in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.

His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority was the chief guest of the conference held at Thumbay Medicity, Ajman on 10th September 2018. Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group presided. His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami also inaugurated the Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital and toured its facilities.

His Excellency Navdeep Singh Suri – Indian Ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency Mr. Liborio Stellino – Ambassador of Italy in the UAE, Her Excellency Ms. Valentina Setta – Consul General of Italy in UAE and Mr. Wasim Akram, former Pakistani cricketer attended the Conference as special dignitaries.

His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami presented special awards of honor and recognition to the following leading physical therapy and rehabilitation experts:

  • Amal Al Shamlan – First UAE National physiotherapist, President of Emirates Physiotherapy Society
  • Abdul Adheem Kamkar – Head of Dubai Police Health Center, Physiotherapy section
  • Franco Molteni – Director Hospital Valduce Villa Beretta Rehabilitation Center, Costa Masnaga, Lecco, Italy
  • Amina Al Saadi – Head of Rehabilitation Center, Zayed Higher Organization
  • George John – Transform Fitness, Dubai
  • Osama Kamel Ali Alalla – Specialist in Health and Physical Activities, Ministry of Education, Dubai
  • U T Ifthikar Ali – Physiotherapist, India
  • E. Marwan Bin Ghalaita – Chairman, UAE Football Association
  • E. Ahmad Al Kamali – President, UAE Athletic Federation
  • E. Saeed Mohammad Hareb – Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council
  • Omar Abdul Aziz Al Haai – Secretary-General, UAE Higher Education Sports Federation
  • E. Marwan Ahmed Alsawaleh – President, UAE Interschool Sports Association (UAESSA)
  • Dave Richardson – Chief Executive, The International Cricket Council
  • Khalid Al Zarouni – Vice Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board
  • Shahzad Altaf – Ajman Cricket Council
  • Strath Sherri – CEO, Dubai Tennis Academy

Accredited by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention for 4.5 CME Hours, the Conference on Innovations in Rehabilitation Practice was hosted to mark the occasion of World Physiotherapy Day. International speakers from Italy along with experts from the region delivered various talk on latest updates in the fields of physical therapy and rehabilitation, before the participants comprising of leading surgeons, physiotherapists and other medical professionals from the region.

Dr. Franco Molteni – Director Hospital Valduce Villa Beretta Rehabilitation Center, Italy and Mr. Riccardo Aggujaro – Project Manager, Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital were the scientific coordinators of the conference. Dr. Praveen Kumar K. – Dean of the College of Health Science, Gulf Medical University, was the scientific advisor.

The keynote talk on the topic ‘From Cell to Society’ was led by Dr. Franco Molteni  – Director, Hospital Valduce Villa Beretta Rehabilitation Center, Italy and Dr. P.K. Menon – COO and Director, Thumbay Labs, UAE.

Topics on which the other speakers shared comprehensive insights include:

  • Human Behavior and Environment – by Dr. Silvia Aggujaro, Head of Neuropsychology Service, H.Valduce Villa Beretta Rehabilitation Center, Costa Masnaga, Lecco, Italy and Prof. Dr. Maddalena D Alfonso – Associate Professor in Building Technology, Politecnico of Milan University, Milan, Italy
  • Educations in Rehabilitation at Gulf Medical University – by Prof. Hossam Hamdy – Chancellor, Gulf Medical University
  • From Body Language To Well-Being – by Prof. Dr. Stefano Masiero – Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Padua, Italy & Head of Rehabilitation Department, University Hospital of Padua, Italy
  • Engineering E-Motion – by Dr. Stefano Mazzoleni – Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratory Volterra, Bio Robotics Institute, Italy
  • Robotics Assisted Rehabilitation – by Dr. Adam Akram – Senior Physiotherapist, Zayed Higher Organization, UAE
  • Role of the Industry in Rehabilitation Practice and Medicine

The speakers were presented with mementos. Certificates were awarded to all participants.

About Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital

Operating under the healthcare division of Thumbay Group, the Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital (TPTRH) is a teaching hospital and an Academic Health Centre under the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS). Innovation is one of the key features of the hospital. State-of-the-art rehabilitation treatment is delivered through advanced technology like virtual reality. The hospital operates in collaboration with internationally renowned Villa Beretta Rehabilitation Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Valduce Hospital, Italy. It is attached to Thumbay University Hospital Complex, having 50 dedicated beds especially for rehab. The outpatient department of the hospital offers Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Medicine.

Spread over three floors, the hospital features state-of-the-art amenities for physical therapy, such as Hydrotherapy Pool, Robotics and a unique Cryotherapy Chamber. One of the most remarkable components of the inpatient facilities at the hospital is its ‘Therapeutic Garden’, an innovative approach to rehabilitation intended to give patients a positive experience during their recovery. The hospital also has the Marhaba Lounge for personalized services to patients by fast-tracking registration formalities, consultation, examination/diagnosis, procedures, documentation, billing etc.