Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Senior Medical Advisor
Dr Nadia Dabbagh is an Anglo-Arab child psychiatrist at Rashid Hospital and Co-Founder of Camali Clinic, UAE. With a refugee father from Palestine and having had to relocate to the UK as a consequence of war in 1990 herself, Dabbagh experienced the result of trauma and loss on two generations of children. Out of this personal experience, her interest in child psychiatry was sparked.
Dr Dabbagh completed her medical training at University College, London before embarking on her general psychiatry training at the Royal Free and Associated Hospitals and further specialist child and adolescent psychiatry training at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She has a BSc and PhD in Medical Anthropology as well as an MSc in Psychiatric Research from University College, London. In the 1990’s, Dr Dabbagh returned to her roots and published a number of papers as well as a book entitled ‘Suicide in Palestine: Narratives of Despair.’ The book explored the influence of occupation on one’s mental health; the stressors and hardship associated with war as well as the the resilience borne out of a sense of community and belief in a cause.
Four years ago, Dr Dabbagh moved to the UAE to work in the Psychiatric Department of Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority. Seeing the sheer volume of patients and demand for mental health services far outweigh the supply of clinicians, Dr Dabbagh set out to create Camali Clinic, the UAE’s first truly holistic and multidisciplinary-led clinic for children and adolescents with mental health difficulties. The main premise of the clinic was to create a community of clinicians who work together in the best interests of the young person and family seeking help. Camali Clinic boasts a team of experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.
Dr Nadia Dabbagh does not see patients at Camali Clinic.