Qutayba Hamid

Professor Qutayba Hamid is a distinguished scientist in Respiratory Medicine and a researcher in Asthma; he is currently the Vice Chancellor for Medical and Health Sciences and the Dean of the College of Medicine in the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Prof. Qutayba was born in Mosul, Iraq. He graduated from the College of Medicine, Mosul University and was trained at the University Hospital in Mosul before travelling to the UK to continue his studies at the Imperial College of London. He served as a lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London and as a researcher on asthma and allergies.

For his outstanding research accomplishments, Professor Hamid has received many notable Awards, among which include the best clinical researcher in Canada, the distinguished Scientist Award from the American Respiratory Association in Clinical medicine, medical education and research, a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was also honoured by several countries including Japan, the United States, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. In 2014, he was awarded by H.H Sheikh Sultan Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah, President of Sharjah University. In recognition of his achievements and contributions to the medical field, Professor Qutayba is awarded the Hamdan Award for honouring Distinguished Personalities from the Arab World for the 2017-2018 term

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Professor Qutayba moved to McGill University in Canada in 1993 where he was appointed as an associate professor and then as a professor of Respiratory diseases. He joined the MeakinsChristie institute as a researcher and then as a Director till 2016. He held the prestigious James McGill Chair and clinical Strauss Chair in Respiratory Medicine. Recently, he was elected as a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society to become one of the few in his field to join the society. He is also a member of the Royal College of Internal Medicine in the United Kingdom, a member of the Royal College of Internal Medicine in Canada, and a visiting professor at several international universities.
Professor Qutayba’s research interest is mainly focused on asthma. He has published over 500 research papers in prominent international journals, making him one of the top researchers ever to publish on Asthma, and has led to changing the concept of asthma and to the discovery of new drugs that are currently used to treat it. He has additionally contributed to the publishing of textbook chapters on Respiratory diseases.  His lab in Montreal was an important training ground for respiratory professionals, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all over the world. Being an expert in the field of allergy, asthma and lung diseases, Professor Hamid has been elected to be a member of numerous scientific advisory boards associations and societies.


  • Respiratory Medicine