International Surgical Ambassadors (ISA's) in the Middle East

The College has International Surgical Ambassadors and Tutors based in the Middle East. Their role is to act as the representative of the College in their country or region. They can provide advice and guidance on:

  • Career development
  • Applying for and participating in RCSEd examinations and courses
  • Local contacts in the surgical profession
  • Access to RCSEd resources such as webinars or eLogbook
  • Professional updates and skills development
  • Local networking and events

For more information on the network or to connect with a local ambassador, please contact Mrs Catherine Thwaites, International Activities Manager

To find your nearest International Surgical Ambassador located in the Middle East, please find your country in the list below.


Dr Jatinder Singh Luthra – International Surgical Adviser
Dr Luthra is a consultant in Khoula Hospital Muscat, Oman, a level 1 trauma centre. His special interest is in primary and complex revision hip and knee arthroplasty, pelviacetabular surgery. He has an AO fellowship from Dusseldorf, Germany in trauma surgery and a fellowship in joint replacement surgery from Harrogate (UK) and a fellowship at the Endoclinic Germany in revision hip and knee arthroplasty. He completed a SICOT fellowship in pelvis and acetabular surgery at Aachen Medical Center (Germany) under Professor Christopher Pape. He participated in a surgeon to surgeon visitation with Professor Duncan in Oxford. He is a full-time trainer for Oman Medical speciality board and trains postgraduates. He is closely involved in developing research and examinations for local residents.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dr Sattar Alshryda – International Surgical Adviser
Dr Alshryda is Trauma and Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon at Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital, Dubai, UAE. He is the clinical head for the Surgical Specialities. He was the clinical lead for trauma and paediatric orthopaedics in Royal Manchester Children Hospital and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester. He is a keen educator. He has directed, convened and participated in over 50 courses worldwide including ATLS, CCrISP, APLS, AO and Graf’s Infant Hip Ultrasound Courses. He has published four textbooks, over 30 book sections and over 20 peer reviewed papers. His favourite quote when training fellows ‘If I do not make you a better surgeon than me, we both failed’.


Dr Tarek Sunna – ISA for Lebanon

Tarek Sunna graduated from Jordan university of science and technology after being sent there on full scholarship. He then worked as an honorary senior house officer in Scotland Aberdeen before going to AUBMC where he did his 7 years of training in neurosurgery. After which he went to Montreal Canada where he did two years of clinical fellowship in oncology, minimally invasive and complex spine surgery - he then worked as a consultant in Suleiman al Habib hospital in Saudi Arabia then started working as a consultant neurosurgeon at The American University of Beirut medical Centre. He is well published in many of the peer reviewed Journals and international spine textbooks. Mr Sunna is board certified in Neurosurgery from the European board of Neurosurgery, and the Arab Board of Neurosurgery and is a Fellow of the American college of surgeons.


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