Sameer Otoom سمير العتوم (born 1966) is the current President of RCSI Bahrain. His place of birth is Zarqa, Jordan and he is married to Sahar Alnsoor, a social activist and advocate of women empowerment, and has three children: Osamah, Basel, and Saja.
Early life and education
Professor Otoom was born in Zarqa and then moved to a town called Souf, in the north of Jordan, which is part of the historical Roman city of Jerash. The town sits on a high mountain, around 1,000m above the sea. The population of 20,000 mostly work in agriculture and for the government. Professor Otoom finished high school from a Jerash government school in 1985, scoring the highest grades in Tawjihi in the Jerash Governorate. His father was working in the army and died at the age of 61. His mother (born 1946) is one of the daughters of Sheikh Yosef Omar, who was born in 1890 and the first graduate from the Al-Azhar al-Shareef in Cairo. Sheikh Yousef was a teacher in Arabic and religion and built several mosques. He died at the age of 120 years.
Professor Otoom obtained his Bachelors in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan and qualified in medicine in 1991. He then undertook an MSc and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Houston in Texas-USA (1997) and a Certificate in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Glasgow in UK (2000).
He has also obtained a Certificate in Leadership from the Irish Management Institute-Ireland (2006). In 2005, Professor Otoom joined the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain for a sabbatical before joining the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain). He also commenced work in the Bahrain Defense Force Hospital as a consultant in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Work with WHO and health institutions
Professor Otoom had several Fixed Term Consultancies with World Health Organization (WHO) on the rationale of use of drugs and drug safety projects in Syria, Jordan, Oman, UAE, Kenya, Iran and Sudan. Additionally, he is an advisor to several Education and Health Councils in the region and has wide experience in managing higher education and internationalization. Professor Otoom is a member of the Supreme Council of Health in Bahrain, Chairman of the Working Group on Stem Cells Clinical Trials Regulations at the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA), member of the Advisory Board of the National Qualification Framework at the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA), Chair of the Advisory Committee on Human Medicine, NHRA, a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Arab Universities, Member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Charity Operation Childlife, Member of the Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa Award for Bahraini Doctor Selection Committee and a consultant for the China-Arab States Technology and Culture Transfer Center.
Academia and awards
Professor Otoom has held various senior academic roles and currently he is President of RCSI Bahrain. His main research interest lies in clinical and experimental epilepsy, the rational use of drugs and medical education.
In October 2016, he received the award of Outstanding Education Leaders in the GCC from the Asian Confederation of Businesses and CMO Asia.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in London where his name is inscribed on its Wall of Honour, marking his contribution in transnational medical education.
In the media
- Otoom Sameer; Al-Hadidi Hakam (2000-05-01). "Seizure Induced by Antiepileptic Drugs". Annals of Saudi Medicine. 20 (3–4): 316–318. doi:10.5144/0256-4947.2000.316.
- Daoud, Azhar; Al-Safi, Saafan; Otoom, Sameer; Wahba, Lina; Alkofahi, Ahmad (2007-09-01). "Public knowledge and attitudes towards epilepsy in Jordan". Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy. 16 (6): 521–526. doi:10.1016/j.seizure.2007.04.011. ISSN 1059-1311. PMID 17543545.
- Otoom, Sameer; Al-Jishi, Adel; Montgomery, Anthony; Ghwanmeh, Mamoun; Atoum, Adnan (2007-03-01). "Death anxiety in patients with epilepsy". Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy. 16 (2): 142–146. doi:10.1016/j.seizure.2006.10.014. ISSN 1059-1311. PMID 17126569.
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