Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Stresses Importance of Resuming Regular Checks


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 20, 2020:

Physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s healthcare network are urging residents to resume regular doctor visits following the disruption of the last few months.

The call comes as Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi resumes its full range of services and was declared COVID-19 free by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi in June. Physicians are concerned that the main health challenge now facing the community is a reluctance to visit the doctor for health checks and screenings. Health systems around the world have said that delayed or cancelled screenings may contribute to thousands of preventable deaths from diseases such as cancer, and heart disease.

“While people are generally reticent to make doctor visits, the pandemic and resulting disruptions have only compounded that hesitation. As we resume all services at the hospital, my larger concern is that people’s health will suffer if they further delay their doctor visits,” says Dr. Allison Herbert, the lead physician of Executive Health in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Effective screening has been linked to significantly higher survival rates for a wide range of diseases. By diagnosing a condition in its earliest stages or detecting the warning signs before it develops, doctors have a much wider array of treatments available to them. Patients can then benefit from much less aggressive forms of care.

Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of preventable death in Abu Dhabi. Early detection has been proven to be hugely beneficial in successfully treating and even preventing both conditions. Colon cancer, a leading cause of death among men, can be prevented if warning signs are detected while heart disease is much easier to treat in its early stages.

“Early detection is really the name of the game. If people schedule regular visits, we can detect warning signs of potential concern and offer more treatment options that are less disruptive. The alternative, where a condition has progressed and we’re limited to an invasive treatment, is far worse,” continues Dr. Herbert.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers a complete range of health screening and early intervention options across all its institutes. Patients can benefit from the latest technologies and state of the art equipment that allows doctors to detect disease in its earliest stages. Once diagnosed, the hospital offers a full range of medical and surgical treatments to support patients in returning to their lives as quickly as possible.

The Executive Health program provides a ‘one stop shop’ that offers patients a tailored suite of tests to help build a complete picture of their overall health today and an actionable plan for their future. The department’s intention is to partner with UAE residents and citizens to promote prevention and wellness.


For more information about the Executive Health program or to schedule an appointment, download the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Health Portal app, visit the App Store or Google Play Store, call 800 8 CCAD (2223) or visit



About Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, is a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population.


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye, Respiratory, Critical Care, Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality & Patient Safety, and Clinical & Nursing. In all, more than 40 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.


The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 394 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American/European Board Certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – Al Ain began offering select medical services in December 2017. The facility is located on the Tawam Hospital Campus in Al Ain.


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