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Dr. Omar Abdelal MBBS

Job Title:
Attending Ophthalmologiost
Medical School:
Jordan University of Science & Technology
Residency Program:
Royal Medical Services & Islamic Hospital
Amman, Jordan
Contact Information:
Sweilleh P.O.Box 1917
Amman, Amman
Jordan 11910
Phone: 00962777468309

My ultimate goal is to obtain a fellowship position in Ophthalmic Surgery. While being in the medical school, I have been very fortunate to have worked with some of the best known international figures in Neurosurgery in the university of Virginia in 2005, especially in Neuroendocrine and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Having many similarities between the two specialties, this has been a valuable resource that I would like to build on & would like to be considered as a visiting Ophthalmology fellow, a position that may enhance my capabilities and broaden my experience in the field.


Attending Ophthalmic Surgeon : Shami Eye Center Amman-Jordan
(Head of Research & Development Sept. 2013-Present
Dept. in Shami Academy of

Jordanian Board of Ophthalmology : Sept. 2013

Ophthalmology Resident Year 4 : Islamic Hospital, Amman-Jordan, July 2012-2013. (Cycle of July)

Ophthalmology Resident Year 3 : Islamic Hospital, Amman-Jordan, July 2011-2012.( Cycle of July)

Ophthalmology Resident Year 3 : Royal Medical Services, Prince Hashim Military
Hospital in Zarqa, Jordan, January 2011-June 2011

Ophthalmology Resident Year 2 : Royal Medical Services, Queen Alia Military Hospital
In Amman, Jordan. Feb. 2010- January 2011.

Ophthalmology Resident Year 1 : Royal Medical Services, King Hussein Medical Center
In Amman Jordan. Feb. 2009 - Jan.2010

Neurosurgery Resident Year 1 : King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan.
Nov. 2008-Jan.2009 (Oncology Surgery Service).
Neurosurgery Resident Year 1 : Islamic Hospital in Amman, Jordan. July 2008 - Oct. 2008. (General Surgery Service)
General Physician : Ibn El-Haitham Hospital in Amman, Jordan. September 2007 -June 2008

Internship : Al-Hussein Hospital in Salt, Jordan. August 2006 -
August 2007

Medicine Bachelor, Bachelor of Surgery : Jordan University of Science and Technology, 2000 -2006,Grade (Very Good)
General Certificate of Education : 1999-2000 (Distinction, 94.1%)

• Active researcher in Ophthalmology & Neurosurgery, co-author of several publications and conference presentations, video presentations in both specialties (AAO multimedia Library, Retinal Physician Journal, Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery, etc...)
• Participated in multiple training courses and conferences in Jordan, the United States of America (USA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
• International member in training of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) since 2011
• International Member in training of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) since 2011.
• Certified by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). Basic Sciences (2011), Optics & Refraction (2011) and Clinical Sciences (2013).
• Trained with internationally acknowledged leaders in the field of Neurosurgery.
• Member of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM).
• Have had very good academic record with excellent grades in the following courses: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pathology, Microbiology, Respiratory system, Hematopoietic & lymphatic system, Immunology, Public Health, Gastrointestinal system, Basic Neuroscience, Urinary & Reproductive system, Clinical psychology, Clinical Neurology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology.

University of Virginia, Health System

• Six weeks rotation in Neurosurgery in the University of Virginia as an elective rotation in my 6th year curriculum between 8/28/2005 - 10/10/2005 in Charlottesville , Virginia .
• Participant in the Advanced Gamma Knife Radiosurgery course held in Lars Leksell Gamma Knife center in Charlottesville, Virginia Sept.28th - 30th , 2005
While at UVA I had the privilege of working with the following distinguished instructors:
• Edward R. Laws, MD , FACS , FRCSEd (Hon)
World Federation Neurosurgical society ex. President.
• John A. Jane, M.D.Ph.D. FRCS
ex. Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
• Ladislau Steiner, MD, PhD
Director, Lars Leksell Gamma Radiosurgery
Jordan University of Science & Technology. • Participant in the 20th International Medical Convention of the National Arab American Medical Association held in Amman (July 1st - 6th, 2006).
• Participant in the Second Annual Pediatric Review Course held in Amman (November 17th - 18th, 2005).
• Participant in the 5th Pan Arab Congress of neurosurgery held in Amman (September 23rd - 26th 2004 )
• Participant in the International Scientific Convention sponsored by Jordan Society for Islamic Medical Studies held in Amman (July 15th - 17th , 2004 )

Jordan University of Science & Technology. Cont'd • Presented a case of Hypothalamic lesion, gelastic seizures & bilateral Arachnoid cysts with literature review in a medical meeting in King Abdullah University Hospital


• Moderator of Workshops entitled : (Uveitis & Ocular Immunology Workshop) & (Optics & refraction Workshop) held in the Islamic hospital-Amman in March & April 2013 respectively.

• Presented a Lecture entitled (OCT Pearls in Glaucomatous Optic Neuropathy) in the Millennium Hotel-Amman in October 2012 sponsored by MSD Pharmaceuticals.

• Presented a lecture entitled (Bipolaris Keratomycosis in Jordan, Tip of the Ice berg or a Bump in the Road) in the First Palestinian Jordanian Ophthalmology Meeting & Second Ministry of Health Ophthalmology Meeting in the Royal Jordanian Cultural Center in April 2012, Amman-Jordan

• Presented a lecture entitled (Bipolaris Keratomycosis in an immunocompetent child, first case in Jordan, overview & Literature review) in the Royal Medical Services, King Hussein Medical Center. (Ophthalmology-Microbiology conference).

• Presented a lecture entitled (Orbital Complications secondary to Sinus Diseases in Pediatric patients, overview & Literature review) in the Royal Medical Services, King Hussein Medical Center. (Ophthalmology-Otorhinolaryngology-Pediatrics Conference).

• Accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) due to the participation in the World Ophthalmology Conference (WOC) and 12th International congress of MEACO held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Feb. 16th-20th 2012.

• Completed the "Hospital Acquired Trauma Management" course, an ATLS parallel program for doctors using the manual of American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma 7th edition ( July 13th-14th , 2006 ).

• Was a Participant and presented a lecture entitled "The Future of Gamma Knife Radio surgery: Technology & Applications" in the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) course in Neuroscience in Jordan University of Science & Technology, (June 19th - 26th, 2006).

• Was a Participant in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2007 meeting in San Diego, CA ( September 15th -20th ).

• Presented a lecture entitled (The Golden Era of Arabic and Islamic Medicine) as a guest speaker in the annual meeting of the Muslim community in Irving, TX, in April 2008.


• A co-author in a manuscript submitted & published in the Retinal Physician Journal, entitled (Improving Diagnosis of Angioid Streaks), Mohammad AbuSamak, MD. Omar M. Abdelal,MD. Issam Kharouf, MD. Shatha M. Hamdan, MD. Retinal Physician. Nov-Dec.2011.

• Corresponding author of a surgical video submitted & published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) -International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) Multimedia Library entitled (Iris Cyst Excision using Microdiathermy, 2011). Omar M. Abdela, MD-Jordan.

• Research Assistant to Jane MS. Hina, MD, FRCSEd who is a pediatric ophthalmic surgeon & Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology in the Royal Medical Services in Amman-Jordan.

• A co-author in a manuscript submitted to the Journal of Royal Medical Services, entitled (Congenital Glaucoma: Demographic Analysis at King Hussein Medical Center), in press. The corresponding author is Janet MS. Hina, MD, FRCSEd.

• A co-author in a manuscript presented in the 5th International Conference of the Royal Medical Servicesin May 4th 2010 in Dead Sea, Jordan, and also submitted to the Journal of Royal Medical Services, entitled (Lensectomy for bilateral congenital cataract patients: Experience at King Hussein Medical Center). The corresponding author is Janet MS. Hina, MD FRCSEd.

• Future Publications:

1) A manuscript entitled: Bipolaris Keratomycosis in Jordan. Tip of the Iceberg or a bump in the road?
2) A manuscript entitled: Alhassan Ibn El-Haitham, the father of modern optics.

• Research Assistant to Ibrahim Sbeih, MBCHB., FRCS., FRCSN who is a
o Professor of Neurosurgery - Jordan University of Science & Technology
o WFNS- Member of Skull Base Surgery Committee.

• Ibrahim Sbeih , Omar M. Abdelal, Moh'd El-Ganem, Ali Ayyad, (Spinal cord compression by Extramedullary Haematopoitic tissue in a patient with β-Thalassemia: Case Report and Review of Literature), Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery : Volume 12, No.1, April 2008: 80-87

• Ibrahim Sbeih, Amir M Alhajjat, Mohammad H Al-Ghanem, Omar M Abdelal, (Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in a Jordanian family with tuberous Sclerosis), Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery: Volume 15, No.1, April 2011: 46-49

• A co-author in three oral abstracts to be presented in the 2007 Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Diego, CA September 15-20,2007, Clivus Chordoma, Hemangioblastoma, Medulla Oblongata & Invasive Pituitary Adenoma. The corresponding author is Ibrahim Sbeih , MBCHB.,FRCS, FRCSSN

• Guest speaker in the Indonesian's annual meeting, held in Irving, TX in March 2008. A lecture entitled (Golden Era of Islamic Medicine).
• Creator of a flyer about Cataract (Incidence, causes, surgical procedure, proper postoperative care & follow up) in Arabic language, for Jordanian population, distributed in all Royal Medical Services associated Ophthalmology clinics.
• Leader of a group performing a study in Family Medicine applied in northern part of Jordan during summer 2004.
• Member of the 'Jordanian Medical Association', 2007
• Participant in Communication Skills course , Al-Hussein hospital, Salt, Jordan
• Participant in The Partners for Health Reformplus (PHRplus) project which is the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) flagship project in health policy and systems strengthening. September 2006 Al-Hussein Hospital , Salt, Jordan
• International member in training of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) since February 2011.
• International Member in training of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) since May 2011.


• Date of Birth: November 29, 1982.
• Place of Birth: Amman, Jordan.
• Marital status: Single.
• Interests & hobbies: Jogging, Reading, table tennis & photography.
• Personal photograph can be found under a separate attachment.

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