Dr Samer Ellahham

Dr. Samer Ellahham


Senior Cardiovascular Consultant

Director of Accreditation in the Quality and Safety Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi


Dr. Ellahham is currently Cleveland Clinic Caregiver, Senior Cardiovascular Consultant and Director of Accreditation in the Quality and Safety Institute in Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He is the middle east regional chair, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, ISQua Expert, AHA Hospital Accreditation Science Committee, Member, European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Writing Group, Member, ex-Middle East Representative of the JCI Standards Subcommittee and American College of Cardiology Accreditation Foundation Board, Member. He is Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certified. He is an American Society of Quality (ASQ) trainer in Lean and Six Sigma both green and black belt. He is an ISQua Expert and serves on several US and international prestigious committees and advisory bodies.

Dr. Ellahham received his undergraduate degree in biology and his M.D. from The American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Ellahham finished his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital – Washington Hospital Center and his fellowship in Cardiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in the USA. Dr. Ellahham worked in Washington DC at Georgetown University Hospital – Washington Hospital Center and in several clinical and leadership positions before moving to UAE in 2008.

Dr. Ellahham served as Chief Quality Officer for SKMC from 2009 till 2017. Dr. Ellahham was the Executive SKMC sponsor of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) the leading US validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care. SKMC is the first multispecialty ACS NSQIP center outside the US. He was the leader of the First Pilot International Robust Process Improvement (RPI) project by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and several other similar successful performance improvement projects at SKMC.

Dr. Ellahham is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Vascular Medicine, and American Board of Medical Quality. He was recently recertified in 2017 by the American Board of Cardiology (ABIM). He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) by The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), certified in Medical Quality (CMQ) by The American Board of Medical Quality (ABMQ), certified as EFQM Model assessor and Lead Trainer in TeamSTEPPS.

Dr. Ellahham is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, and American College of Medical Quality. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a key member of Heart Failure and Transplant, Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology, Cardio-oncology, Innovation, Quality, and Peripheral Vascular Disease Sections. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the New Westminster College in British Columbia, Canada, and Advisory Board Member, the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Dr. Ellahham is an avid researcher on topics including heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, frailty, dyslipidemia, accreditation, second victim phenomenon, resilience, innovation, artificial intelligence, telehealth, blockchain, patient flow, patient experience and engagement, lean-six sigma, patient safety, bowtie risk management tool and KPI management. He is the Eminent Editor of The Journal of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Therapy and the associate editor of the American Journal of Medical Quality.