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May 5, 1999

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Johns Hopkins Medicine Opens Office In United Arab Emirates

Johns Hopkins Medicine has established an office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to facilitate and coordinate travel and care for Middle Eastern patients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. The office, called Johns Hopkins International/United Arab Emirates (JHI/UAE), to open on May 13, represents Hopkins' first presence in the Middle East and is part of Johns Hopkins International's plan to develop joint medical services overseas. The opening of JHI/UAE follows on the heels of the establishment last year of Johns Hopkins Singapore, a new medical care, research and education center modeled after Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Part of JHI/UAE's initial move is to integrate activities among Johns Hopkins, the medical community in the UAE, and health-related corporations. The office also will provide health care management and clinical consulting programs, similar to those conducted by Johns Hopkins Singapore, as well as develop continuing education programs.

The Johns Hopkins International/UAE office will have a direct link to the Arabic Division of Johns Hopkins International, the most comprehensive program in the United States serving patients from all over the world. JHI's Arabic Division provides second opinions; makes all medical appointments, hotel and transportation arrangements; provides language interpretation and translation services; and coordinates services for patients, their families and physicians.

Manar Zarroug, M.B.A., and Joelle Osias, M.D., a Hopkins-trained physician, will direct the new agency.

"We welcome this new opportunity to share Hopkins' mission of patient care, teaching and research with the citizens of the UAE," said Steven Thompson, CEO of JHI.

"The role of JHI/UAE is to cooperate with physicians in the UAE, not to take their place," said Zarroug. "But, when it is medically necessary and appropriate for patients to seek health care outside UAE, we want to be there to make their visit to Hopkins as pleasant and efficient as possible."

Johns Hopkins Medicine is the largest recipient of research funds from the U.S. government, supporting a biomedical research enterprise that emphasizes rapid transfer of new knowledge from the laboratory to the clinic. Johns Hopkins Medicine has centers of excellence in most medical and surgical specialties. People from more than 90 countries seek care from Hopkins' 1,600 specialists each year.

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