Dima Ibrahim

Dr. Dima Ibrahim Specialist Infectious Diseases

Years of Experience : 7

Nationality : Lebanon

Languages Known : Arabic, English, French

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Dr. Dima Ibrahim is a Transplant Infectious Diseases Specialist. She completed her internal medicine and infectious diseases specialization at the American University of Beirut. After which, she completed a transplant infectious diseases fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, NC, USA. Currently, she is based in Abu Dhabi and works at Burjeel Medical City. She is the Chairperson of Infection Control, covering outpatient and inpatient infectious diseases and consulting for transplant and non-transplant populations. She is the principal investigator for many ongoing COVID-19 vaccination and prophylaxis trials. She is the author of several articles published in indexed journals. Her research interest is mainly in the treatment of infections in transplant population, especially CMV and fungal infections.

Awards & Achievements

  • Transplant Infectious Diseases Fellowship from Duke University Hospital in 2021
  • ECFMG Certified in 2017
  • USMLE Step 1 in September 2014
  • USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge in April 2015
  • USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills in April 2017
  • ECFMG Certified in July 2017
  • USMLE Step 3 in April 2020
  • Arab Board Step 1 in 2017
  • Arab Board Step 2 in 2020
  • IFOM Exam Part 2 in January 2015
  • Abu Dhabi DOH License in July 2021
  • European Conference of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) 2019 Poster Presenter, Amsterdam-April 2019
  • European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Summer School Grant Recipient, Liverpool-June 2019
  • ESCMID Funded Observership Recipient, France-March 2020
  • Lebanese Society of Infectious Diseases Conference Presenter, Lebanon-March 2020
  • Presenter of Many Conferences and Journal Clubs at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre 2015-2020
  • Presenter at the Joint UNC/Duke Conference 2020
  • Internal Medicine Grand Round Presenter in 2018

Research & Publications

  • Ibrahim D, Jabbour JF, Kanj SS. Current choices of antibiotic treatment for Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2020 Dec;33(6):464-473. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000677. PMID: 33148986.
  • Ibrahim D, Dabbous H, Abi Aad Y, Araj GF, Rizk NA. Simultaneous Brucella breast and pacemaker infection. IDCases. 2019 Jan 9;15:e00485. doi: 10.1016/j.idcr.2019.e00485. PMID: 30701157; PMCID: PMC6348196.
  • Al-Shamsi HO, Abyad A, Kaloyannidis P, El-Saddik A, Alrustamani A, Abu Gheida I, Ziade A, Dreier NW, Ul-Haq U, Joshua TLA, El Kinge AR, Coelho R, Ibrahim D, Afrit M, Al-Lababidi B, Aabideen Z, Sabhani M, Shah R, Makhlouf G, Iskandaerani L, Iqbal F, Narayanan S, Ameen M, Morrison T, Khalil C, Mheidly K. Establishment of the First Comprehensive Adult and Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Unit in the United Arab Emirates: Rising to the Challenge. Clin Pract. 2022 Jan 28;12(1):84-90. doi: 10.3390/clinpract12010010. PMID: 35200262; PMCID: PMC8870922.
  • Ottu Para NK, Vemuri S, Koshy G, Ibrahim D, Oomen S, Reddappa SV, Nadaf MS, Irfan RM, Wyon N, Ahmed MZ, Sundaram S. Management of Cepacia syndrome in an immunocompetent non-cystic fibrosis adult patient. Int J Infect Dis. 2022 Sep;122:550-552. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2022.07.004. Epub 2022 Jul 8. PMID: 35811086.
  • Rida MA, Bardawil T, Ibrahim D. First Reported Mycobacterium Marinum Infection Case in a Patient With Psoriatic Arthritis Maintained on Golimumab. Arch Rheumatol. 2020 Feb 7;35(3):454-455. doi: 10.46497/ArchRheumatol.2020.7714. PMID: 33458672; PMCID: PMC7788640.
  • Hashash JG, Ibrahim D, Rizk NA. An Uncommon Cause of Fever and Altered Levels of Liver Enzymes. Gastroenterology. 2019 May;156(6):1574-1575. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2019.01.007. Epub 2019 Jan 11. PMID: 30639680.
  • El Zein S, El-Cheikh J, El Zakhem A, Ibrahim D, Bazarbachi A, Kanj SS. Mucormycosis in hospitalized patients at a tertiary care center in Lebanon: a case series. Infection. 2018 Dec;46(6):811-821. doi: 10.1007/s15010-018-1195-4. Epub 2018 Aug 18. Erratum in: Infection. 2018 Sep 14;: Erratum in: Infection. 2019 Jan 7;: PMID: 30121719.
  • Ibrahim D, Bizri AR, El Amine MA, Halabi Z. Chest computed tomography and chest X-ray in the diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia: a retrospective observational study. J Int Med Res. 2021 Aug;49(8):3000605211039791. doi: 10.1177/03000605211039791. PMID: 34463562; PMCID: PMC8414626.
  • Use of letermovir for CMV prophylaxis in abdominal organ transplant (retrospective study, 2020-2021).
  • Participated in the developement of antimicrobial prophylaxis protocol for CAR-T cell therapy recipients at Duke in 2021 based on a retrospective chart review of patients.
  • The main contributor to a research project, project title: long-term impact of prematurity on lung function. The retrospective study was presented as a thesis at the Lebanese University in 2017.

Education & Training

  • MBBS
  • MD


  • ESCMID: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Infection Control Committee Member 2018-2020 At American University of Beirut Medical Centre
  • Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics Committee Member at American University of Beirut Medical Centre 2017-2020
  • Member of the Mentors Program at Duke 2020-2021
  • IDSA Member in 2019


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