The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Academy

Held at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, this training program delivers high-quality, cost-effective professional development and networking opportunities. We believe that the best way for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to understand and implement current best practices in antimicrobial stewardship, is to be immersed in a setting that provides access to a comprehensive curriculum in a real-life setting with hands-on practice mentored by faculty who are subject matter experts.

Goals of the ASP Training Program:

  • Provide the foundational knowledge needed to optimize antimicrobial therapy
  • Provide the necessary knowledge and skills needed to implement an ASP
  • Expose trainees to state-of-the-art strategies and technology used in ASP
  • Demonstrate how to evaluate the effectiveness of an ASP through measurement of outcomes


The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Academy exposes trainees to current best practices through didactic lectures delivered by experts in the field, as well as hands-on training utilizing state-of-the-art technology. The program curriculum is spread over a two-week, 10 days period. The first week is dedicated to foundations of implementation of antimicrobial stewardship and the second week builds on the first week and provides more advanced knowledge to maintain ASP programs. Throughout the two-week period, trainees will get the chance to participate in multidisciplinary ASP rounds and interface with various healthcare providers to optimize antimicrobials prescribed under the preceptorship of experts in the field.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Antimicrobial pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials and their clinical application
  • Optimizing antimicrobial dosing
  • Clinical microbiology and the use of rapid diagnostics in ASP
  • Management of various infectious diseases states including:
    • Lower respiratory tract infections
    • Intraabdominal infections
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Infective endocarditis
    • Skin and soft tissue infections
    • Intravascular catheter-related bloodstream infections
    • Central nervous system infections
    • Sepsis
  • Implementing ASP strategies
  • Measuring and reporting outcomes of ASP

Intended Audience
Candidates who are eligible to apply to ASP Academy:

    Pharmacists looking to implement an antimicrobial stewardship program in their home institution

Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program Format
The program includes a didactic component which provides the foundational knowledge needed in implementing and sustaining an ASP. The program also has a hands-on training component which allows for implementation of the foundational knowledge during the training period. Trainees will be attending daily multidisciplinary team rounds and provided the chance to work on state-of-the art clinical decision support system and real-time surveillance software utilized to optimize antimicrobial therapy.

Application Requirements
Applicants will be required to submit the program online application in addition to the necessary supplemental documents. Vital to their application submission, applicants must provide health clearance evidence from their home institution. The health clearance should include up to date vaccination records, negative TB results, as well as CCAD occupational health requirements. Overall, applicants must provide the following:

  • ASP Academy online application form
  • Letter of intent (cover letter)
  • CV
  • 1 Letter of recommendation (from their current or previous supervisor)
  • Health clearance agreement
  • Police clearance letter
  • Proof of health insurance (copy of health insurance / coverage in UAE)

Activity Facilitators
The following facilitators will be contributing to the program

Rania El-Lababidi, Pharm.D., EMHA, BCPS (AQ-ID), AAHIVP, Senior Manager, Pharmacy Education and Training
Co-Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Dr. El-Lababidi is the Senior Manager, Pharmacy Education and Training at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Dr. El-Lababidi received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon.

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Dr. El-Lababidi then completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ, followed by an Infectious Diseases pharmacy residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Dr. El-Lababidi served as the Infectious Diseases clinical specialist at Florida Hospital Orlando. She then assumed the role of Assistant Director for Clinical Services.

In her current role she overseas education and training and established the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program and serves as the Co-Director the ASP at CCAD. Dr. El-Lababidi is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.

Mohammad Mooty, MD, Consultant, Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Mohamad, is the Chair of the Infectious Diseases Department and the Antimicrobial Stewardship program, a Staff Physician in the Medical Subspecialties Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

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Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Mohamad served as the Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, US.

Dr. Mooty received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, US, where he also completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases.

Maria-Fernanda Bonilla, MD, Consultant Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Bonilla is an ID consultant in the Medical Subspecialties Institute and co-chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship and member of the Infection Control Committees at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

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She is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Bonilla completed Medical School at Universidad del Valle in her birth country, Colombia. She subsequently pursued her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, US.

Following her training, she worked in the Northeast Ohio, Akron area for three years where she built up a busy practice as an Infectious Diseases Consultant at Pinnacle Infectious Diseases and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ahmad Nusair, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, Consultant, Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Nusair obtained his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1997. After an internship in internal medicine he worked as a Trauma House Officer between 1998 and 2002. In 2005, Dr. Nusair completed residency in Internal Medicine at Western Reserve Care System, NE Ohio.

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Upon completion of Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2007, Dr. Nusair joined the faculty at Marshall University school of Medicine in Huntington, WV.  In 2011 he returned to Marshall University after completing fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in 2016 and while at Marshall School of Medicine and its affiliate institute; Cabell Huntington Hospital, Dr. Nusair served as Chief of Infectious Diseases, Medical Director for Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Medical Director for the Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Nusair is recognized as a Fellow of prestigious medical societies including: The American College of Physicians, The Infectious Diseases Society of America and The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Nusair has numerous academic contributions including peer reviewed publications, multiple national and international presentations and lectures.

Maher Balkis, MD, Associate Physician, Infectious Diseases.

Infectious Diseases Specialist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – UAE, with 10 years career experience as an Infectious Diseases Consultant and Researcher in the fields of microbiology and infectious diseases. This involves diagnosis and management of all kinds of infections and its complications with extensive experience in management of infections in critically ill, immunocompromised and organ transplant patients.

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Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), I held a series of positions in the medical, educational and hospital management fields , including the role of  Infectious Diseases Consultant and Infection Control Chairperson at Labib Medical Center and Saida General Governmental Hospital in Lebanon, a full time Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department at the Lebanese International University (LIU), and a coordinator and instructor at the Lebanese National Organization of Organ and Tissue Donation. I worked as a Research Associate in the Center of Medical Mycology in Case Western Reserve University, Ohio – USA. This broad experience resulted in 10 publications in the field of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

Janise Phillips, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Critical Care.

Dr. Janise Phillips has worked as a Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi since 2014. Her primary practice area is in the cardiovascular surgery ICU.

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She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010 from Florida A&M University in the United States. She subsequently completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia  and a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Janise obtained a pharmacy teaching certificate with Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2013. She also completed the Academician Preparation Program with South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2014. She served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor with both colleges of pharmacy, where she lectured, facilitated labs, and precepted students on rotations.

Janise is also Board Certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Critical Care Pharmacy. Her goal is to improve outcomes in critically ill patients by optimizing medication regimens, preventing medication errors, and conducting research. She was presented with the 2018 Safety Champion Award and 2018 Best Preceptor Award for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Janise has published research related to the use of hemostatic agents and anticoagulation in trauma patients. Janise has collaborated with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program on several initiatives including extended-infusion beta-lactams, antimicrobial dosing in CRRT, and an ICU procalcitonin algorithm. Her interests include infectious diseases, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and trauma.

Wasim El Nekidy, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, BCIDP, Senior Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. El Nekidy currently is a Senior Pharmacotherapy Specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD). Dr. El Nekidy had a bachelor degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, Alexandria University, Egypt followed by Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Purdue University, IN, USA. He also pursued a post doctorate ASHP accredited residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, MI, USA. Dr. El Nekidy is a board certified pharmacist in Pharmacotherapy, Ambulatory Care, and Infectious Diseases. He has also obtained his teaching certificate from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. Dr. El Nekidy is a preceptor for local pharmacy schools in the UAE.

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Prior to joining CCAD, Dr. El Nekidy worked as the nephrology clinical pharmacy specialist at Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor, ON, Canada. Dr. El Nekidy has participated in establishing the pharmacy residency at Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor, ON. Also he was a teaching associate at Leslie Dan faculty of pharmacy, University of Toronto, ON, Canada, and preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy Candidates at Eugene Applebaum College of pharmacy, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA.

Dr. El Nekidy’s research focuses on antimicrobial dosing in patients with kidney diseases and has several published journal articles as well as book chapters in both medical and pharmacy journals. Also he is an author and a peer reviewer for the American college of clinical pharmacy Self-Assessment Programs (PSAP and ACSAP). In addition he is a peer reviewer in several prestigious journals. Dr. El Nekidy is the recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi 2017 best preceptor award.

Adnan Alatoom, MD, PhD, Clinical Pathology and Microbiology Consultant.

Dr. Alatoom is currently clinical Pathology and Microbiology consultant in Cleveland clinic Abu Dhabi. He holds the American board in clinical Pathology and clinical microbiology after training in the University of Texas Southwestern medical center and Mayo clinic, USA. He is currently the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) ambassador in UAE and the president of the Emirates Society of Clinical Microbiology.

Shafi Mohammed, MPH, CIC, FRSPH, Senior Director of Infection Prevention and Control and Occupational Health Medicine.

Shafii is the Senior Director of Infection Prevention and Control and Occupational Health Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and a co-chair of the Infection Control Committee.

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He earned an MPH (Brookes, Oxford) – majors in Communicable diseases and Epidemiology, Post-graduate certificates in Health Promotion (University of Reading), Infection Prevention and Control (Brookes, Oxford) and Research (University of West London). He is a fellow of Royal Society of Public Health UK.

He served as managing director of Fleming Healthcare Ltd in the UK, Head of Infection Control Services as well as a member of Quality Review Group at Ealing National Health Service (NHS) Hospital, Education Officer for Infection Prevention Society, North West London branch, Peer Reviewer for the NHS Health Care Associated Infections Peer Review Group for London.

He holds positions as member of APIC Board of Directors for APIC Abu Dhabi Chapter and a member of Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APU) in Abu Dhabi and Member for Abu Dhabi Antibiotics Resistance Working Group under Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Member of CCAD ASP committee.

Dates Available

Onsite training occurs over a period of 10 consecutive days.
Future dates for the onsite training are:
April 28 – May 9, 2019
November 17-28, 2019

Tuition Information

The tuition for the ASP Academy is AED 10,000.

Full payment must be received before trainees go onsite for experiential training in order to guarantee participation. The tuition fee does not include travel accommodation for experiential training, which is the responsibility of the trainee.

To apply to the ASP Academy please submit an online application through this link: ASP Academy Application Form

Accreditation Statement and Continuing Education Credit

Practice Activity Number 0590-0000-18-041-L01-P
Initial Date of Release:  January 20, 2019    Date of Expiration: January 20, 2021

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education and complies with the Accreditation Standards for continuing education activities. The Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0590-0000-18-041-L01-P.  This is practice-based activity is developed for pharmacists for a total of 30.0 contact hour (3 CEU).  The activity will be released January 20, 2019 and expires January 20, 2021. Statements of completion will be issued online as the full program is completed with a post-test score of 80% or higher. Completion of an online evaluation tool is required to receive the Statement of Credit. This information will be automatically reported to CPE Monitor for US pharmacists.  Evaluations must be completed at the end of the program.  Failure to complete the evaluation by the end of the program will result in a loss of continuing pharmacy education credit.  For additional information, contact

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Academy Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the post-course evaluation, the online evaluation of the program and full attendance of the program, a Certificate of Achievement will be issued to the participant.

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