Dr. Khaldoun al Sharif is back to Jordan after 20 years of work and research in the field of infertility treatment, gynecology and obstetrics in the UK, where he obtained the highest academic degrees and reached top positions in this specific medical branch. Yet he chose to leave all that behind him and come back to serve his country and people.
During his stay in the UK, the Jordanian fertility specialist, Dr. Khaldoun al Sharif has become a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London and has obtained a Doctorate degree in the field of infertility treatment and test-tube baby techniques. Dr Al Sharif was the head of a large infertility centre in a leading University Hospital in the UK and the Director of the hospital as well, a combined position not reached in the UK by any Arabic doctor before. He was also a Senior Lecturer in the University of Birmingham, and has 8 published medical books and over 100 research papers in the same field, including many innovative techniques to treat infertility. His expertise was widely recognised in the UK, where he appeared frequently on BBC TV and radio programmes dealing with the subject of infertility. Also the news of his research and work made the national newspapers headlines on a number of occasions. He was also an Examiner in the British Medical Council and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a position he still retains in recognition of his expertise and achievements.
He also held public positions in the UK as the Secretary General of the Arabic Medical Association in the UK and an adviser to the UK government authority in charge of regulation fertility clinics.
“After long 20 years of intensive research and work, I wanted to come back home with something unique – to help families have a baby of their own,” says Dr. Khaldoun al Sharif. “Childlessness is a unique problem, with medical, social and emotional dimensions, and the sadness it brings is only surpassed by the happiness of solving it”, he added.
Al Sharif chose to put all the experiences he developed in the west to help Jordanian couples have children of their own.
“Thanks God, science and medicine have advanced so much in the last 5 years, and we can now utilize cutting edge technologies and techniques to help most people with fertility problems,” added al Sharif.
Despite coming back home to provide clinical services in Jordan, Dr. al Sharif still retains his interest and dedication to research and academia. “Without advancing medicine and science, we won’t be where we are today” he said.
He is currently writing his ninth medical book, which will be published from Jordan later on this year. He also maintains a strong link and affiliation between his Center here and the Fertility Centre he used to head back in the UK. “International collaboration is the only way forward in science and medicine.” He said. “ What we try to achieve for our patients – a health baby– is worth going to the end of the world for” he added. His academic links are also local as well as international. He was invited to by the University of Science and Technology in Irbid last month to deliver a lecture on fertility, and has been invited as an Examiner for medical students in the University of Jordan next May.
“Helping infertile patients anywhere in the world is a privilege for any doctor” Dr al Sharif said, “ and I have had that privilege for the past 20 years in the UK , and now it is my honor to use all my knowledge and expertise to do the same in my country” He added.
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