Delivering Better Health in the Middle East


Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

A comprehensive Plastic, Reconstructive and cosmetic medical services are now available at the American Hospital Dubai

Bariatric /Weight Loss Surgery

American Hospital Dubai now offers attractive Bariatric / Weight Loss Surgery Packages

The Dermatology Clinic

Complete cancer treatment procedures through Micrographic Surgery & high quality skin rejuvenation & tightening


Senior Management Team

Peter Makowski
Chief Executive Officer

Peter Makowski is a highly experienced hospital leader having held a range of senior positions and led with distinction a number of healthcare institutions in the USA for more than 30 years,most recently as Hospital Administrator at the Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Makowski holds a Masters degree in Public Health, Health Services Management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a member of several professional bodies including the American College of Healthcare Executives..

During his extensive career, Makowski has been instrumental in uniting, leading and motivating teams working across the healthcare spectrum, from physicians to staff, to help transform hospitals and institutions. His professional experience includes the merger of hospitals and the successful turnaround of failing institutions. He has also worked on developing new models of care provision in rural communities and the development of hub and spoke organizations comprising a main hospital plus satellite clinics.

Makowski has been passionate about the healthcare industry since childhood, inspired in part by his father’s work. In addition to the provision of high quality clinical services, he believes in the importance of care and compassion in treating the whole patient, and in the move towards creating a healthier society through an emphasis on ‘well-ness’. Makowski’s view of the role of hospital management is simple: ‘to take good care of those who provide the care to patients’.

Firas Al Attili
Chief Administrative Officer
Firas Al Attili

Firas Al Attili is an extremely experienced, success-oriented and highly analytical professional. With over 20 years’ worth of experience in the region, Al Attili has become an expert in his field. An extensive career has resulted in a comprehensive knowledge of the business world and allows for exceptional intuition with regards to the fruitful expansion of corporate institutions.

Al Attili has a financial background as a Chartered Accountant with experience in Business Development and Management, Strategy, Marketing, HR, IT, Real Estate Transactions and Capital Markets. This diversity ensures that comprehensive support is consistently afforded to members of the board and senior leaders alike. The result is new business opportunities, the improvement of financial performance and interregional expansion.

Attili has held a variety of executive positions and has successfully occupied the position of Chief Financial Officer for the last 15 years of his career. Prior to joining the American Hospital, Al Attili was Head of Business Financial Planning and Operations Support for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank where he was responsible for 33,000 business customers and a workforce of 1470 staff. He was the driving force for developing the operational strategy, risk control, process efficiency and compliance.

Al Attili’s wealth of experience and his strong financial background combine to make a valuable contribution to the continued development of the American Hospital.

Dr. Robert Courteney-Harris
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Robert Harris

After achieving his medical degree from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, Robert went onto become the Senior Registrar in ENT at the esteemed Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Norfolk Hospital and Norwich Hospital.

In 1996, he became a Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon at the University Hospitals of North Midlands, a large trust with a capacity of 1500 beds. During his time at UHNM, Robert’s formal clinical managerial career progressed and he went onto hold the position of Deputy Medical Director in 2005, before becoming the Executive Medical Director/Deputy Chief Executive in 2007. Prior to joining the American Hospital Dubai, Robert worked as Acting Chief Executive at UHNM.

During his impressive career, Robert has been involved in several major projects, including the construction of a new hospital project worth £370m, the development of a new medical school and the acquisition of a neighbouring hospital. As Executive Medical Director, Robert was responsible for the management of around 500 consultants, over 600 doctors and the assurance of quality and safety of UHNM alongside the Chief Nurse.

With over 20 years’ worth of clinical and executive experience, Robert is looking to take the American Hospital Dubai on a progressive journey by building up the medical leadership within the organization. He emphasizes the importance of quality and guarantees that under the leadership of the board, the American Hospital Dubai, will not let this vital component deteriorate.

Gary Petersen
Chief Operating Officer

Gary Petersen served as the Hospital Administrator/Chief Operating Officer at Kaiser Permanente’s Sunnyside Medical Center, a 320 licensed bed tertiary facility. The hospital has been recognized as a Top 15 Heart Hospital in the United States. Gary helped lead the efforts to transform Sunnyside Medical Center from a non-tertiary community hospital to a thriving tertiary medical center. Gary has also held leadership positions at the University of Minnesota Health System and the Fairview Health System in Minnesota.

Gary’s leadership style has been described as “inclusive” and he has the ability to bring people together around a common cause. Sunnyside went from one of the lower performing quality performers to one of the best within the Kaiser Permanente organization under Gary’s leadership. He focuses a lot of effort on building sustainable relationships, is high energy and has a humble approach to leadership.

Wesley R. Schmidt
Chief Human Resources Officer

Wesley Schmidt is a highly successful and accomplished Human Resources Executive, with over 18 years’ worth of significant experience in his field. Achieving a BBA from the Southwestern Adventist University in Texas, Schmidt went on to obtain his MBA from the renowned Webber International University in Florida. He is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the Society of Human Resource Management.

Before joining the American Hospital Dubai, Mr. Schmidt served as the Director of Human Resources for Merit Health Central and Market Director of Compensation for Merit Health/Community Health System in Jackson, Mississippi.

Schmidt’s outstanding career has seen him in a variety of senior positions, such as Vice President of Human Resources for Conemaugh Health System, Pennsylvania and Valley Presbyterian Hospital, California, as well as Simi Valley Hospital’s Director of Human Resources in California and the Manager of Human Resources for Florida Hospital Heartland Division.

Schmidt’s aptitude, in-depth knowledge and comprehensive experience make him an invaluable member of the American Hospital Dubai.

Ghanim Khamis Al Marri
Director of Public Relations

Ghanim Khamis Al Marri has been the Director of the Public Relations Department at American Hospital Dubai since 2002.

He is responsible for looking after our VIP Patients, corporate patients and coordinating with departments for public sector issues. Prior to this, he worked as a Patient Relations Officer with the hospital. Before joining the hospital, he worked at Emirates Airlines as a Ground Operations Supervisor.

Manal Halwani
Director of Clinic Operations

Manal Mohammad Khodr Halwani received her Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing at University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba, Australia.

She worked at the American Hospital of Beirut as a Registered Nurse and later King Faisal Specialty Hospital and Research Center, Children Cancer Centre, as a Head Nurse of Hematology/Oncology IP ward and PICU. She then joined American Hospital Dubai in 2007 as a Pediatric Manager and was promoted to Asst. Director Clinic Operations in 2012.

Dr. Firdos Qureshi
Director of Revenue Management

Dr. Firdos Qureshi possesses over 20 years’ worth of invaluable experience in the hospital and healthcare industry. She graduated from the University of Mumbai with a MBBS focused in medicine and has since achieved numerous accomplishments in her field.

Before joining the American Hospital Dubai, Dr. Firdos Qureshi worked for Mednet, a subsidiary of Munich Re, in Dubai, where she was responsible for the analysis of medical claims and medical preauthorization, as well as tariff negotiations, profiling providers, network agreements and quality assessments.

Dr. Qureshi has revolutionized the way American Hospital Dubai deals with hospital billing and pricing, where she leads her team to ensure that the hospital meets the DHA requirements of CPT /E claims and E prescriptions. Furthermore, she has set claim adjudication parameters to guarantee submission of clean claims and maintain deferral of less that 1%.

Having worked with the American Hospital Dubai since 2002, Dr. Firdos Qureshi has proven to be an exceptional addition to the hospital. Her leadership skills guide her team to work in motivated unison and achieve outstanding outcomes

Manivel Periasamy
Director of Facilities Management

A graduate in Technology Management, Manivel Periasamy has over 25 years of substantial experience in the design, manufacturing and maintenance fields of the healthcare industry.

As a certified Project Management professional, he has managed various healthcare projects successfully during his career. He leads a strong Facilities Management team at American Hospital Dubai, where he has worked since its inception in 1996. Prior to joining American Hospital Dubai, he was employed by an American multinational company for nine years.