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The Zulekha Healthcare Group found its roots in 1964 when its creator Dr Zulekha Daud moved from her native India to Sharjah, UAE in order to pursue her dream of serving people in need and offer affordable medical facilities to all.

Today the Zulekha Healthcare Group includes two multidisciplinary hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah as well as one diagnostic centre, three UAE medical centres and three pharmacies.

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Zulekha Hospital Sharjah is a full-fledged, multi-disciplinary hospital with Out-patient and In-patient facilities. What started off as a 30 bed set up with basic facilities for gynaecology, obstetrics, surgery, medicine and pediatrics in 1992, today boasts of 150 in-patient beds, sprawled over an area of 240,000 square ft.

Zulekha Hospital Dubai is a 79-bed hospital established in 2004 which offers both inpatient and outpatient care covering a wide range of medical and surgical specialities.

Both facilities are specialized in following key services: Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, ICU, Dialysis, Advanced radiology & Laboratory services, Minimal Invasive surgeries, Bariatric Surgeries, Joint Replacement Surgeries, state –of the art modular operating theatres.


  • Dubai Quality Award 2015
  • Dubai Chamber CSR Label Award 2015, 2014, 2013
  • Zulekha Hospital Honoured with Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum (MRM) Business Excellence Award
  • Best Sustainable Hospital in the Middle East


  • JCI – Joint Commission International
  • CAP Laboratory Accreditation


  • Health Screening Packages
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Rehabilitation


  • Gastric Bypass
  • Mini Lap Band
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Partial Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Balloon Insertion
  • Gastric Balloon Removal


Dr. Aws Khidir Jassim

Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon

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Dr Aws has more than 18 years of experience in the field of General Surgery and has worked in The Medical City, Bagdad a reputable Teaching Hospital in Iraq. He has also worked in many private institutions such as the Dijlah Private Hospital.
Dr Aws graduated from the prestigious University of Bagdad – College of Medicine. Since then he has been a part of the Arab Board of General Surgery. He served as a specialist in General Surgery at Bagdad Teaching Hospital since 2005; with a vast experience in conventional and laparoscopic procedures.
In 2010 he began performing the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure for morbidly obese patients with significant results. To date, he has operated on more than 100 patients.
In 2014 he was assigned as a Supervisor in the Arab Board Training Program for General Surgery, also assigned as a Supervisor & Head of the Department of Laparoscopic at Bagdad Teaching Hospital Medical City.


Laparoscopic Surgery(Lap Chole and Lap Appendectomy)
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for Morbid Obesity
Laparoscopic Splenectomy
Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
Laparoscopic Meshrectopexy for Complete Rectal Prolapse
General Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Breast and Thyroid Surgery

Research & Publications:

• Laparoscopic Splenectomy using Vessel Sealing System
• Conversion in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
• Drain versus No Drain in Thyroidectomy
• Direct port insertion in Laparoscopic Surgery

Arabic, English

Dr. Murtaza Pithawala

Advanced Laparoscopy & Bariatric Surgeon

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Dr Murtaza is a Postgraduate of the prestigious Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. He has worked under one of the dozens and founders of Laparoscopic Surgery in India, Padmashri Dr P.K. Chowbey at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, where he performed a wide array of advanced laparoscopic surgery including advanced Bariatric surgery.
He is well versed in all basic and advanced laparoscopic procedures and took Bariatric / Obesity surgery as his special area of interest. Besides this, he has been specifically trained to perform all kinds of Laparoscopic Hernia surgeries.
He was trained in surgical Gastroenterology at the prestigious KEM Hospital, Mumbai where he refined his Endoscopy as well as the basic and advanced Gastroenterological surgery skills.


  • Laparoscopic Bariatric surgery for Obesity and Diabetes.
  • Laparoscopic surgery for all kinds of Hernia.
  • Laser and TDH Surgery for Hemorrhoids.

Research & Publications:

  • Randomized controlled trial comparing the role of Collagen dressing vs. Conventional dressing after split skin grafting.
  • TEP repair of a groin hernia. A case for bilateral repair. Journal of minimal access surgery Vol 2 (3): September 2006: 171-173.
  • Complications of a groin hernia and a way out. Journal of minimal access surgery; Vol 2 (3) September 2006: 174 – 77.
  • Carcinoid tumor of the bile duct. Ind J. Gastro – Nov-Dec 2005.
  • RCC in the supernumerary kidney: British Journal of Urology October 2002 Volume 90.
  • Bilateral endoscopic inguinal hernia repair: our experience of 12 years under publication


English, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati

Dr. James Zachariah Pulimuttil

Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon

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Dr James Zachariah graduated in medicine in 1984 and has 24 years of surgical experience following his surgical residency in 1992 from Christian Medical Colleges, Vellore and Ludhiana.
Dr Zachariah received the award for OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL BARIATRIC FELLOW 2015, at Taiwan, for his excellent work and contribution in the field. He was trained in Bariatric Surgery in Asia Pacific Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center, MIN-SHENG HOSPITAL, TAIWAN under Dr Wei-Jei Lee, a world-renowned Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon. He has more than 15 years of experience in Laparoscopic surgery and has done over 160 bariatric procedures successfully so far.
Dr Zachariah has done considerable research in bariatric and metabolic surgery and has published several papers in the international journals as a first author and co-author and has also presented several papers at the international bariatric surgery conferences.


  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. (HIDDEN SCAR TECHNIQUE)
  • Laparoscopic -Gastric Bypass. ( HIDDEN SCAR TECHNIQUE)
  • Endoscopic Balloon for Obesity – Weight Loss
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery -(Inguinal, Incisional And Umbilical)
  • Laparoscopic Surgery For Gall Stone Diseases, CBD Exploration
  • Laparoscopic Colectomies (Large bowel surgery)
  • Thyroid Surgery – MIVATS ( Key Hole Thyroid Surgery)

Research & Publications:

  • Compared to Sleeve Gastrectomy, Duodenal-Jejunal Bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy Gives Better Glycemic Control in T2DM Patients, with a Lower β-Cell Response and Similar Appetite Sensations: Mixed-Meal Study (FIRST AUTHOR, Obesity Surgery 2016 May 2. (Epub ahead of print.)
  • Preoperative Prediction of Type 2 Diabetes Remission after Gastric Bypass Surgery: A Comparison of Diadem Scores and ABCD Scores. (CO-AUTHOR, Obesity Surgery 2016 Mar 2. [Epub ahead of print.)
  • Response to the Comment: Laparo-Endoscopic Gastrostomy (LEG) drainage in the management of Gastric leak following Sleeve Gastrectomy. FIRST AUTHOR, Obesity Surgery – 2016 Mar;26(3):622-3.
  • Laparo-Endoscopic Gastrostomy (LEG) drainage in the management of Gastric leak following Sleeve Gastrectomy. FIRST AUTHOR, Obesity Surgery 2015, Nov;25(11):2213-8.
  • ABCD score in predicting the long-term remission of T2DM following Metabolic Surgery (IFSO- APC 2015, S. Korea) – paper presentation
  • Metabolic surgery in non-obese Asian T2DM patients. (IFSO- APC 2015, S. Korea) – paper presentation
  • Gastric Bypass surgery in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus- A case report. (IFSO- APC 2015, S. Korea) – paper presentation

English, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil

Dr. Uday Shankar

Advanced Laparoscopy & Bariatric Surgeon

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Postgraduate in General Surgery from the Prestigious National Board of Examination, New Delhi. He joined the Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC), which is one of largest tertiary hospitals and medical colleges in India, where he worked as Tutor and consultant.
Dr Uday has performed a wide range of surgeries such as Upper GI Surgery & Colorectal Surgery. He has more than 10 years of vast experience in advanced laparoscopy surgery.
Dr Uday’s special area of interests is Bariatric & Metabolic surgery for obese people suffering from metabolic syndrome (Diabetes, Hypertensive & Lipid Abnormality)


  • Laparoscopy Bariatric & Metabolic surgery.
  • Laparoscopy hernia surgery for (inguinal, umbilical, ventral hernia).

Research / Publications:

  • Jejunogastric intussusception: An unusual cause of Hematemesis; paper presentation Indian association of gastroenterology 2006.
  • Clinical predictors of tuberculosis fistula in ano. Mensur Osman MD, Uday Shankar DNB, Mark R. Jesudason MS MRCS, SukriyaNayak MS, Benjamin Perakath MS FRCS (G). Poster presented at tripartite meeting ASCRS Boston, June 2008.
  • Jejunogastric intussusception: an unusual cause of hematemesis: Samarasam I, Chandran.S, Shankar U, George B, Chacko A, Mathew G. Can J Gastroenterol.2005Dec; 19(12):735-6
  • “A Tale behind Rectum”: A. Mathew, Abraham, U. Shankar, S.V.Thomas, M.R. Jesudason, B. Perakath. Tropical Gastroenterology 2008.29; 2:103-104


English, Hindi,


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204 Rd,
Al Qusais Industrial Area,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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