staff

Haytham Al-Tayar

Surgeon, consultant

Dr. Haytham’s extraordinary life journey has enriched his medical talent and judgment. As a young doctor, 25 years ago, he traveled, along with his wife who is also a doctor to work in the most challenging regions in the world. He cared for patients of different backgrounds, overcoming any potential language and cultural barriers, and connecting with patients on a human level that is now being attested to by patients in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Malmo.

Dr. Haytham is an experienced specialist in surgery and surgical gastroenterology, with a focus on performing gastric balloons procedures in Denmark, Sweden, and soon in Norway too. With two years of gastric balloon experience and 1200 balloon insertions, Haytham is considered by far the most accomplished in the intragastric balloon procedures in the Scandinavian countries. He works with the adjustable Spatz3 balloons, in addition to the non-adjustable Medsil and Orbera balloons.

Dr. Haytham prioritizes safety, efficiency, and creativity in the surgical room. Patients and their family members appreciate his full attention while listening to them, and enjoy talking to him freely about what brings them to his care. They feel assured that his skillful hands were at work in several hospitals in Denmark for the last 20 years as a surgeon, performing creative laparoscopy surgical operations, including complicated single-incision and minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery. Haytham was the first to perform a single-incision laparoscopic ventral hernia repair in Bispebjerg teaching hospital in Copenhagen, and the first to introduce in 2011 a cutting-edge procedure in the challenging Giant hernia repair, using an American-made velcro material. Haytham is also familiar with the health system in Norway where he also worked there as a doctor.

Dr. Haytham is certified as a specialist in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. He’s a current member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), GMC as a specialist in General Surgery, England, and registered with the “American College of Phlebology.” He is fluent in Danish and English, and able to communicate in Swedish and Norwegian. He lives in Copenhagen with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys his almost daily gym program and weekly long hikes in The Wonderful Copenhagen.

Below are some of the surgical publications that Haytham has co-written.

Transumbilical single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

http://laparoscopy.blogs.com/jslsjournal/JSLSPDFs/JSLSVol16No3.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535802/

Dr. Rawa Jalil

Doctor, Specialist in clinical microbiology

Dr. Rawaa is a registered medical doctor in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. She also earned full her full registration as a medical practitioner (GMC) in England in 2010. Dr. Rawaa’s passion for providing a perfect health care to patients led her to achieve another milestone in her educational attainment when she became a specialist in microbiology in 2007. Her focus was on prevention of infection and hygiene in hospitals, antibiotic therapy, and traveling disease in Denmark.

As a young doctor, Dr. Rawaa’s capacity for compassionate action led her to travel abroad to care for the underserved communities, along with her husband, Dr. Haytham Al-Tayar. Dr. Rawaa is a perfectionist recognized for her meticulousness as she works closely with patients of the intragastric balloons to prevent postoperative complications. With Dr. Rawaa’s presence, no corner remains unturned when it comes to providing the best and safest health care to our patients. Rest assured you will be in good hands!

Dr. Rawaa leads an active life and enjoys rigorous gym training and classes. She likes traveling, listening to music and greatly appreciates beautiful arts and home decorations. She is fluent in Danish and English. She can also communicate in Swedish, Norwegian and German. Dr. Rawaa lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two daughters.

As a young doctor, Dr. Rawaa’s capacity for compassionate action led her to travel abroad to care for the underserved communities, along with her husband, Dr. Haytham Al-Tayar. Dr. Rawaa is a perfectionist recognized for her meticulousness as she works closely with patients of the intragastric balloons to prevent postoperative complications. With Dr. Rawaa’s presence, no corner remains unturned when it comes to providing the best and safest health care to our patients. Rest assured you will be in good hands!

Dr. Rawaa leads an active life and enjoys rigorous gym training and classes. She likes traveling, listening to music and greatly appreciates beautiful arts and home decorations. She is fluent in Danish and English. She can also communicate in Swedish, Norwegian and German. Dr. Rawaa lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two daughters.

Ninni

Dietician

Ninni is a dietician and yoga instructor who graduated (cand.scient.) in Food Innovation and Health from the University of Copenhagen in 2017. She has been focusing on developing and applying effective strategies in changing eating habits for people with overweight or obesity problems. Ninni mostly relies on promoting a plant-based diet. Helping people live a healthier lifestyle is one of Ninni’’s main driver in life.

As an innovative dietician, Ninni provided nutritional counselling to people with digestive problems, overweight or obesity, skin problems, hormonal imbalances and/or mood swings. She also studied the effect of the vegetarian diet as a treatment for overweight women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). While working with obesity patients, Ninni advises them, and their families, on nutritional principles, diet modifications, food selection and preparation.

Ninni’s nutritional philosophy is that “food is a medicine and fuel to the body, before and after we get sick,” therefore she works with a holistic approach to health that emphasizes the importance of eating healthy food, combined with an active lifestyle that prevents gaining excess weight, to prevent the emergence of diseases associated with overweight and obesity. Ninni studied food technology, project management and techniques reflecting on consumers and their demands for tasty, healthy and positive experiences in food and dining.

Mona Akbarifard

Medical Assistant

Mona is a medical doctor who is getting herself recertified in Denmark. She worked at a Bozorgmehr Medical clinic in Iran for two years and at the Forensic Science organization before moving to Copenhagen in 2015. She graduated in 2011 from a medical university in Tehran.

Mona works hard to make gastric balloon recipients feel at ease with the insertion, adjustment and extraction procedures. She joined the clinic in 2017, and since then became an essential member of the staff.

Mona enjoys horseback riding, music and painting portraits…outstanding ones. While she passed a high-level Danish language test with flying colors and is a fluent speaker, Mona will tell you she’s still learning the language. She’s also fluent in English and can communicate in German.

Marie Bildén
Nutritionist and personal trainer

With a background in psychology, nutrition, and personal training, Marie has proven to be an effective professional in helping people achieve their lifestyle changes to lead a healthy and happy life. As a licensed nutritionist and licensed personal trainer she focuses on providing the right nutritional advice to gastric balloon patients, in addition to helping them with identifying the values of weight loss and the best way of achieving that with a combination of regular strength training and personalized high protein diet.
Marie has work experience in helping patients with eating disorders, and with her degree in psychology, she has an interest in applying motivational interviewing techniques to help those who struggle the most with the weight loss treatment.
Marie can help you find long-lasting and healthy eating- and exercise habits that you feel comfortable with. She stands for healthy eating with good quality of proteins, healthy fat and slow carbohydrates. She will teach you how to eat to lose weight and at the same time feel good with your new nutritional habits. Marie will also help you to figure out the exercise you will enjoy and that will be good for you. She has a degree in psychology, and professional licenses in nutrition and personal training.

Ali Dalfi
Doctor

Adil Awadh
Communications Director

Dr. Awadh is a medical doctor and communications specialist. He has a Master’s degree in journalism and communications from Georgetown University (2010) in Washington, D.C., and an MD from Iraq.

Awadh is passionate about helping people lead a healthier and happier life by facilitating the access to the latest medical approaches in fighting overweight and obesity, one of the biggest medical challenges to people all over the world.

Awadh has 20 years of experience of professional career in Washington, D.C. area where he oversaw communications teams, newsrooms, and research sections. He developed and executed strategic communications plans based on extensive research with a clear idea of the target audience and the specific desired objectives. He managed media relations and marketing campaigns for clients whose primary target included the media, decision makers, and the public in the United States and/or Middle East countries. He produced and directed two short documentaries and received two international awards in media excellence in 2007. He worked at think tanks, TV and radio networks, and other non-governmental organizations in the United State.

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