Dr Olfa Ben Hadj Khalifa Koobar is a French Consultant Neonatologist at CMC Dubai and head of the NICU. She has a MD in Pediatrics and a subspecialty in Neonatology. She has proven competency in pediatric patient care, medical knowledge and practice-based learning and improvement.
Dr Olfa is French Board certified. She completed all her medical studies in France. She obtained her medical degree from Nice Sophia Antipolis University in 2009 then her Pediatrics specialty degrees from Strasbourg University in 2013. She pursued a Neonatology fellowship and obtained her DESC subspecialty degree in 2015. She worked in France then in the middle east for the last few years. She gained expertise in handling extreme premature babies from 23 weeks of gestational age.
She is passionate about extreme premature infants and very low birth weight newborns management, breastfeeding support and developmental care implementation. Her approach is to deliver a family centered care.
She loves to follow her newborns patients from discharge until the age of 18 and to give them advices for nutrition or required vaccines. She is also actively involved in the general pediatrics medical consultations.
She is member of the French Neonatology Society.
Certified with the Basic life support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
2012-2015: Interuniversity Diploma of Specialization in Neonatology (DESC=Diplôme d’Etudes Spécialisées Complémentaires de Néonatologie) issued by Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France
2013: MD – Graduating as Pediatrician with a certificate of Specialized Studies in General Pediatrics at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France
2011-2012: Interuniversity Diploma of medical Pediatric Ultrasonography
2002-2009: BA – Nice Sophia Antipolis University of Medicine, France
Husam Salama, Hilal Al. Rifai, Nazla Mahmoud, Ismail Sabry, Amr Mousa, Olfa Ben Hadj Khalifa, Sawsan Al.Obiadly, Mai Al.Qubasi, and Amal Sabouny , Mortality Predictive Risk Factors of Limits-of-Viability Preterm Infants at 23 and 24 Weeks Gestation, Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatal Biology 2019, Volume 4, Issue 3, ISSN: 2573 – 9611
Star of excellence – Hamad Medical Coporation 2019 for the project « Effect of implementing a PICC team in NICU »
Husam Salama, Hilal Al. Rifai, Nazla Mahmoud, Mai Al. Qubasi, Sawsan Al. Obiedly, Ismail Sabry, Olfa Ben Hadj Khalifa, Amr Mousa, Amal Sabouni,The Score of Seven: Will Resuscitation Selection Criteria Improve the Survivability at the Limit of Viability of Neonates Born at Twenty-Three Weeks Gestation?, Neonatology Today, Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
Started projects ongoing in HMC: Implementation of Goldenhour concept in NICU for extreme preterm infants; IVH prevention bundle for extreme preterm infant; Developmental care enhancement: light and noise protection for extreme preterm infant.
Sabou M, Gallais F, Denis J, Koobar O, Dillenseger L, Astruc D, Herbrecht R, Candolfi E, Letscher-Bru V. Simultaneous Invasive aspergillosis starting in umbilical region in two premature twins. Gallais et al. BMC Infectious Diseases (2017) 17:535 DOI 10.1186/s12879-017-2646-8.
Medical Thesis Supervisor October 2016: Management and short-term outcomes for extremely preterm infants in Strasbourg University Hospital 2010-2014.
Neonatology thesis 2015: Supraclavicular Ultrasound-Guided Catheterization of the Subclavian Vein in Neonatal ICU: Prospective Feasibility and Safety Study.
Medical Pediatric Thesis 2014: Comparison of neonatal outcome for inborn and outborn very-low-birth-weight preterm infants: mortality, morbidity and advances.
Koobar O, Desprez P, Ammouch C, Lefebvre N, Geroul A, Sauleau E, Puel C, Revaluation of antibiotics prescriptions relevance in Pediatric Medical and Surgical intensive care unit, Reanimation 2013, 23:S235-S238.
Ben Hadj Khalifa O, Pervillé A, De Saint Martin A, Laugel V, De Sèze C, Dollfus H, Hirsch E, Fischbach M, Landau Kleffner syndrome in a child with familial Bardet Biedl syndrome : a case report, Archives de Pediatrie 2010 June ;17(6 suppl1) :131.
2019: Poster presentation at Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in healthcare: A revival Journey to effective and reliable family-centered multi-disciplinary rounds in NICU at WWRC.
2018: World Prematurity Day : Presentation for Developmental care implementation In Qatar.
2017-2019: Breastfeeding training and presentations
2016: French society of Medical Mycology: Simultaneous Invasive aspergillosis starting in umbilical region in two premature twins. Sabou M, Gallais F, Denis J, Koobar O, Dillenseger L, Astruc D, Herbrecht R, Candolfi E, Letscher-Bru
2015: French Neonatal Society Congress (SFN-JFRN Paris, December 2015):
Progress in skin to skin contact for preterm birth and unstable neonates during NIDCAP implementation in neonatal intensive care unit. Brand L A, Cayeux C, Hausser M, Langlet C, Zores C, Briot C, Dillenseger L, Koobar O, Escande B, Astruc D, KUHN P and NIDCAP group.
Safety and benefits of skin to skin contact for preterm birth and unstable neonates in neonatal intensive care unit. Brand L A, Cayeux C, Hausser M, Briot C, Dillenseger L, Koobar O, Langlet C, Zores C, Escande B, Astruc D, Kuhn P and NIDCAP group.
2014: GEN November 2014 (Regional Neonatal Studies group): late onset neonatal infection caused by group B streptococcus: a case report of a premature infant with necrotizing fasciitis.
2014: 42d international congress of the SRLF (French Language Society of Intensive Care): Revaluation of antibiotics prescriptions relevance in Pediatric Medical and Surgical intensive care unit. Koobar O, Desprez P, Ammouch C, Lefebvre N, Geroul A, Sauleau E, Puel C.
2012: Regional Pediatric Meeting in Strasbourg: Histiocytosis or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia B? (case report).
2010: French Pediatric Societies Congress, Paris: Landau Kleffner syndrome in a child with familial Bardet Biedl syndrome (case report)