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Dr. Ahmed Nabil: From Ophthalmologist to One of the Top 10 Healthcare Business Leaders of 2023

Exclusive Interview of Dr. Ahmed Nabil of Mouwasat Medical Services. Edited by Powered Magazine


Dr. Ahmed Nabil
Dr. Ahmed Nabil, Chief Operating Officer of Mouwasat Medical Services

Dr. Ahmed Nabil is an exemplary medical professional who has found success at every step of his career. Additionally, he is renowned for his work as an ophthalmologist and leader in the field, having dedicated his life to helping patients improve their sight and overall health. His commitment to excellence and passion for helping others have made him one of the most respected medical community members today.

He dedicated himself to becoming a great physician and a man of high character and integrity at a young age, and he has made a conscious effort to bring this same high standard to all he does. Dr. Nabil credits those who came before him with much of his success, citing them as "a valuable source of inspiration and guidance. By observing how others demonstrate these attributes in real-life situations, I was motivated to improve my performance and maintain the responsibilities of my role."

Dr. Ahmed has successfully led and developed QA and development departments in large hospitals and companies as a healthcare manager with over 20 years of experience in the UAE, KSA, UK, and Egypt. Dr. Nabil possesses strong leadership and supervisory skills, constantly looking for ways to enhance clinical services and meet the future needs of different departments. Dr. Ahmed's expertise extends to private healthcare, including investment strategies, acquisition management, strategic planning, and day-to-day operations to ensure profitability. Dr. Nabil raises the bar for healthcare leadership by offering stable, hands-on leadership in dynamic environments.

Dr. Nabil began his professional career in 2003 as a resident doctor in the ophthalmology department at Al-Azhar University. He was Executive Director at Bank Alhly Hospital in 2007, followed by rising to the ranks of COO of Al3oyon Aldwaly Hospital International Eye Hospital in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Nabil also lectured at the medical education unit, providing training courses in various medical and non-medical fields. Seeking further education, Dr. Nabil travelled to Europe to study business and leadership in England and Sweden. In 2015, he worked as a European Union liaison officer, where his primary responsibilities included receiving and promptly disseminating information from the European Union to Al-Azhar University. During this time, he was also responsible for ensuring the completion of tasks and assessing and facilitating business strategies with external partners.

Following his success as COO of different hospitals, Dr. Nabil took on the leadership role of COO at one of the largest hospitals in KSA, Mouwasat Hospital. Under his leadership, the hospitals achieved significant recognition, winning national and international awards, including JCI, HIMSS 7, and Centres of Excellence, and were named the world's best smart hospitals. Dr. Nabil is highly experienced and passionate about providing quality healthcare to patients. The Mouwasat Group of hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recognises the importance of state-of-the-art technology in delivering quality healthcare, which is a critical reason they promoted Dr. Ahmed Nabil to COO. With over 40 years of experience as a healthcare provider, the Mouwasat Group has consistently invested in and innovated IT healthcare solutions to improve the efficiency of health service delivery.

The Mouwasat Group is known for providing high-quality healthcare services, and its network consists of eight hospitals with over 1,700 beds, providing the highest quality of care for its patients. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, having an experienced and knowledgeable COO at a hospital is essential. As COO, Nabil coordinates the hospital's various departments, ensuring all operations run smoothly and efficiently. He also helps develop strategies to improve patient care and satisfaction and provides leadership in implementing new initiatives. Moreover, he ensures that staff are adequately trained and supported to ensure optimal patient safety. Dr. Nabil is an invaluable asset for any organisation, giving stability and peace of mind in an ever-evolving healthcare environment.

Dr. Nabil has faced countless challenges in his career, but cites moving to Europe in his 20s without speaking the language as one of the significant challenges he has had to overcome. During this time, Dr. Ahmed had to navigate a new culture and language and make new friends while adapting to a different way of life.

Throughout his life, Dr. Nabil has believed that maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial to success and happiness, stating, "I believe that a healthy work-life balance refers to maintaining a harmonious relationship between my work and my personal life." Excelling in time management allows him to allocate quality time for his family, hobbies, and personal goals.

Dr. Nabil struggled to find a healthy balance between work and his personal life, resulting in negative consequences such as consistently working long weekends and holidays, leading to physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion due to chronic stress and work-related pressure. Additionally, he found it challenging to maintain healthy relationships with my family, friends, and loved ones during this time.

Through his efficient delegation and fostering a collaborative atmosphere, Dr. Nabil and his team effectively handled the heightened workload and shortage of medical supplies while maintaining the highest standard of care for their patients. Throughout his 20+ years in management and consulting, Dr. Nabil has realised that career growth is primarily determined by how well he handles the crucial "turning points" in his professional journey. One such pivotal turning point for him was when he transitioned from an individual contributor to a managerial role, which helped set the stage for his career progression.

Dr. Nabil feels the key to his successful career lies in strategically approaching these turning points, creating opportunities, and combining preparation and courage to propel himself personally and professionally. Dr. Nabil has spent years honing his leadership skills and abilities, including taking initiative, developing critical thinking, and motivating others. He believes empowering his team is necessary to create a solid and productive team. He feels establishing a company culture is vital to success, as is ensuring everyone on the team feels respected and valued. Additionally, he firmly believes in encouraging his team through open communication, giving and receiving honest feedback, and allowing others to offer insight into every situation. Nabil also understands the importance of balance and delegations and says, "I don't have to take on more than I can handle, but I need to do more than simply what's covered in my job description if I want to grow." Dr. Ahmed Nabil has had a successful career as COO, a medical doctor, and an entrepreneur, including the Perfect Doctor issued by the Egyptian Medical Syndicate, Certificates of Academic Excellence from several associations, and Certificates of Appreciation from renowned organisations such as the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Education.

Dr. Nabil is a dedicated mentor who prioritises the growth and development of his team, providing guidance and support to help them achieve their goals. As a doctor of ophthalmology, Dr. Nabil has devoted his life to helping others, committing countless hours to providing quality care to those who need it most. His dedication to his profession has earned him respect from peers across the medical world. He has established himself as one of his field's most widely recognised global leaders. He is an exemplary role model for those looking to succeed in their chosen fields, demonstrating that ambition and dedication make anything possible.


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