Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and United Arab Emirates Signing Ceremony


AbilityLab Among Elite Group of Hospitals to Sign Agreements with United Arab Emirates


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab signed a medical services agreement with the United Arab Emirates on April 10 in Washington, D.C., that ensures enhanced, timely and efficient medical care for designated Emiratis, and an expanded patient pipeline for Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

The agreement is designed to formalize the process by which patients from the Middle Eastern nation — who already constitute 10 percent of our international referrals — are referred for services at our hospital.

“We have provided care for UAE patients for many years,” Rebecca Brashler, director of Global Patient Services, says. “This agreement strengthens that referral relationship and clarifies the services that we’re going to provide.”


Our organization is one of a small handful of elite U.S. medical providers to sign medical services agreements with UAE. Other hospitals in this group include The Cleveland Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (both academically affiliated with Harvard Medical School); Johns Hopkins Medicine; and the University of Chicago Medicine.

“UAE country leaders are obviously picking what they see as the top medical providers in the United States, and we are thrilled to be included in this elite group,” Brashler says.

This agreement is testament to our best-in-class care, innovation in research and global brand, plus the hard work of our Global Patient Services team, which goes above and beyond to build and strengthen our network worldwide. The signing ceremony was attended by Brashler; Kelly Watkins, vice president of Market Development, Operations; David Chen, MD, our new Medical Director, Global Services; and Sherin Moussa, international patient services coordinator.

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