Juan Abdulkarim Mela Darwesh

Dr. Juan Abdulkarim Mela Darwesh Consultant General Surgery

Years of Experience : 17

Nationality : Syria

Languages Known : Arabic, English, Turkish, Kurdish

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Dr. Juan Abdulkarim Mela Darwesh earned his MBBS from the University of Damascus in Syria in 2006. He completed his General and Laparoscopic Surgery residency at Damascus University Hospitals, specifically at Assad University Hospital and Mowassat University Hospital, concurrently with the Arab Board Residency program from 2007 to 2012. Following his residency, Dr. Darwesh served as a General Surgery Specialist in the Surgical Department at Al Rasheed Hospital in Damascus from 2012 to 2013, before leaving Syria. In September 2013, Dr. Darwesh was appointed as a Surgical Registrar at Al-Adan Hospital in Kuwait. After completing his Arab Board certification, he advanced to Senior Registrar positions, a role he held until his resignation in July 2019. Al-Adan Hospital, one of the largest general governmental hospitals in Kuwait, boasts over 900 beds and provides medical services to more than 1,000,000 people. Its surgical department, a crucial unit within the hospital, includes 120 beds, offers 10 theater sessions per week, and operates a 24-hour emergency theater. It is also recognized as the only Trauma Center in Kuwait. Dr. Darwesh’s journey in the United Arab Emirates began at Fujairah Ministry Hospital, where he served as a Specialist in General Surgery from 2019 to 2022. He then transitioned to Oriana Hospital in Sharjah as a Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon. There, he successfully completed a two-year contract from March 2022 to February 2024 before joining Burjeel Holdings.

Research & Publications

  • M.Sc. in General Surgery - Thesis: "Prospective Comparison Study between Division or Non-Division of the Short Gastric Vessels During Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication for the Treatment of GERD" conducted at Damascus University Hospitals between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2011. Published in March 2012.

Education & Training

  • Certificate of Arab Board of Health Specializations (CABS), March 2016
  • Diploma of Postgraduate Higher Studies in General Surgery, May 2012, Damascus University, awarded a Very Good degree. (Syrian Board)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), October 2006, Damascus University, awarded a Very Good degree.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), July 2019
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS), March 2015
  • Kuwait First Relive Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Conference, March 2015


  • Neck Surgery: Total thyroidectomy
  • Sistrunk operation
  • Branchial cysts excision
  • Breast Surgery: Total and partial mastectomy with axillary dissection
  • Lumpectomy
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Common bile duct exploration and injuries repair
  • Liver cysts excision and liver biopsies
  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Hernia Surgery: Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs (TEP, TAPP)
  • Laparoscopic repair of incisional hernias
  • Open mesh repairs for incisional, umbilical, and inguinal hernias
  • Bariatric Surgery: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic gastric Bypass
  • Intragastric balloon insertion and removal
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery: Upper GI endoscopy and foreign body removal
  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for hiatal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic graham Patch repair
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Right and left hemicolectomy
  • Low anterior resection
  • Hartman’s procedure
  • Exploratory laparotomy in acute abdomen
  • Flexible Colonoscopy
  • Trauma Surgery: Exploratory laparotomy and splenectomy
  • Damage control surgery
  • Resection and anastomosis of bowel injuries
  • Proctology: Open and closed hemorrhoidectomy
  • THD hemorrhoidopexy
  • Laser treatment of hemorrhoids
  • Band ligation of hemorrhoids
  • Treatment of anal fistulas (Fistulotomy and seton)
  • Lateral internal sphincterotomy
  • Botox injections for anal fissures
  • Pilonidal sinus disease Surgeries (Lay open, marsupialization, Bascom cleft lift procedure)
  • Gynecological Surgeries: Laparoscopic cyst excision
  • Laparoscopic and open myomectomy
  • Laparoscopic and transabdominal open Hysterectomy
  • Skin and Soft Tissues: Excision of benign and malignant lesions
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Circumcisions and other office procedures