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Dr. Jin-Yul Lee


American Hospital Dubai

LanguagesGerman, English, Korean

Dr. Jin-Yul Lee is a highly experienced Neurosurgeon. He covers all aspects of neuro-spinal surgery and has successfully performed a large number of cervical and lumbar spinal surgeries including minimally invasive techniques. He has special interest in brain tumor surgeries using the latest techniques.

After obtaining his medical degree from the School of Medicine, Free University of Berlin, Germany in 1990, Dr. Lee worked at the Institute of Neuropathology, University of Berlin for two years. He then did his residency in Neurosurgery from 92-99 at the University of Cologne, Germany. After completing his specialized training in Neurosurgery, he worked at the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cologne as a faculty member from 2000 to 2006. Dr. Lee then spent three years from 2006 -2009 at the Crosby Neurosurgical Laboratories, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He then returned back to Germany in Dec. 2009 to join the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Wurzburg, Germany till Feb. 2014 when he joined the staff at the American Hospital Dubai.

Dr. Waseem Raja

MBBS (Pak), MRCP (Ireland), MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin)

American Hospital Dubai

LanguagesUrdu, English, Hindi

Dr. Waseem Ahmad Raja, MRCP (Ireland), MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin), has joined the American Hospital Dubai as a Rheumatologist.  Dr.Raja, who is of Irish/Pakistani descent, completed his basic medical training from Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore, Pakistan in 1996, before relocating to Ireland, where he completed his basic and higher specialist training .He practised in Ireland for more than 10 years.

He joins the American Hospital Dubai from Bantry General Hospital in County Cork, Ireland, where he was a Consultant Physician & Rheumatologist, and where he ran Internal Medicine and Rheumatology clinics and an acute Medical Assessment Unit, as well as supervised junior colleagues, and was actively involved in clinical governance.

Dr.  Raja has substantial teaching experience (CME) and has also authored several notable publications on rheumatology. He holds a number of Certifications including Specialty Certificate in Rheumatology awarded by British Society for Rheumatology and Royal College of Physicians (UK) , European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Certificate in Rheumatic Diseases awarded by EULAR standing committee on Education and Training and is a member of several distinguished professional associations including Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of the Edinburgh (UK), Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Dr.  Raja also holds EU Specialist Certification in Internal Medicine (Certificate of Specialist Doctor) and Specialist Certification in General Internal Medicine (Ireland).

Dr. Tiernan Byrnes

Spinal Neurosurgeon

American Hospital Dubai


Dr. Tiernan Byrnes qualified from Edinburgh University in 1997 and trained in St George’s, King’s College Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. His Postgraduate Research Thesis (MD) was awarded by The University of London. He obtained his Neurosurgery Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland) in 2009 and completed his CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training), UK in 2010.

After a Complex Spinal Fellowship in The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore) and The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square) he worked in St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospital,  with a specialist interest in Complex Spine Surgery including: Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tuberculosis  and Spinal Tumour. Prior to joining us, Dr. Byrnes worked within the Private sector, since 2013, as a Consultant Neurosurgeon with The One Health Group, U.K.

Dr. Byrnes is a highly skilled Spinal Neurosurgeon with broad expertise. All procedures are performed microsurgically with minimally invasive techniques. His ethos is “Maximum Benefit for Minimum Risk” achieved by careful clinical and neurological assessment and close attention to patients’ expectations. Non-Surgical treatments are always considered first and surgery only advised where an expectation of good outcome is assured.

Dr. Byrnes’ special interest is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Spine and Nerve Pain as detailed below:


spinal pain and nerve pain

  1. Cervical, thoracic and lumbar pain
  2. Leg pain (sciatica) and arm pain (brachialgia)
  3. Disc prolapse, spinal stenosis and degeneration / spondylosis
  4. Spinal cord compression  / nerve root compression
  5. Osteoporosis fractures
  6. Sports injury, diagnosis and treatment
  7. Spinal infection / spinal tumour



spine: non-surgical treatments

  1. Multidisciplinary pain management
  2. Spinal injections including: facet joint, epidural and nerve root block
  3. Facet joint denervation / rhyzotomy



spine: surgical treatments

  1. Spinal microsurgery – ‘zeiss pentero’
  2. Real time intraoperative image guided surgical navigation – ‘stealth’
  3. Real time multi-dimensional intraoperative surgical imaging – ‘O-arm’
  4. Micro-discectomy / micro-decompression
  5. Disc replacement (arthroplasty)
  6. Minimally invasive image guided  spinal fusion / stabilisation
  7. Vertebroplasty / kyphoplasty – osteoporosis



peripheral entrapment neuropathies

  1. Carpal tunnel syndrome / carpal tunnel decompression
  2. Ulnar neuropathy / ulnar nerve decompression