Ammar Albanna, MD FRCPC IFAPA 

Dr. Ammar Albanna is a highly accomplished Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with extensive training in Canada. Currently, he serves as the Director of Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital in the UAE, a leading psychiatric facility under Emirates Health Services. Dr. Albanna's expertise spans clinical, research, academic, and administrative roles, making significant contributions across these domains.


Educated at McGill University, he completed his psychiatry residency and specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry, further enhancing his skills with a fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Albanna is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and an international fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He also holds a Master's in Healthcare Leadership from McGill University.


Dr. Albanna was instrumental in establishing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital in Dubai, serving as its head from 2015 to 2023. He founded the Emirates Society for Child and Adolescent Mental Health under the Emirates Medical Association and is the Vice President of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP).


As an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai, Dr. Albanna focuses his research on neuropsychiatric disorders in the UAE and innovative healthcare models. His work includes a significant study on machine intelligence's role in Autism Spectrum Disorders, supported by SWARD. His research efforts have been recognized with several grants, including awards from the Dubai Harvard Center for Global Healthcare Delivery Research and the Al Jalila Foundation.


He has championed significant initiatives, like the Dubai declaration for Autism in 2017 and the 2021 Dubai Autism Guidelines. Recognized for his contributions, Dr. Albanna has received numerous accolades for his clinical, research, and educational pursuits. A regular speaker at local and international scientific forums, Dr. Albanna has also chaired pivotal global conferences, including the Autism Congress in 2017, and the 25th Congress of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) in 2022. He provides peer reviews for esteemed medical journals, is a member of MBRU's Institutional Review Board, and has served on jury committees for prominent awards, such as the Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Motherhood and Childhood. Additionally, he is on the Consultation Council for People with Determination at the Ministry of Community Development in the UAE.