Why the USA Healthcare Symposium?

The USA Healthcare Symposium and Showcase on Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes is designed to strengthen connections between U.S. and U.A.E. experts focused on new approaches to nutrition, obesity and diabetes. Speakers and panelists will be of the highest caliber, from both the United States and the United Arab Emirates. These recognized authorities are coming to share their expertise, their most recent findings, and tomorrow’s practices and guidelines.



The two-day symposium will consist of keynote presentations, lectures, panel sessions, workshops and short hot-topic talks; the parallel product showcase will consist of tabletop displays of new products, services and cutting-edge technology.


Like the United States, the United Arab Emirates is facing a growing population and a high prevalence of chronic diseases caused by poor nutrition, sedentary behavior and smoking. The World Health Organization’s World Health Statistics 2015 report estimated that 1 out of 5 people in the U.A.E. live with diabetes and that 33.8% of adult men and 45.1% of adult women in the U.A.E. are clinically obese. Research has shown that around one in every three pregnant women in the U.A.E. develop gestational diabetes mellitus.

The U.A.E.’s Vision 2021, the highest-level U.A.E. government strategic plan, makes public health and achieving world-class healthcare one of its priority goals; the U.A.E. has declared that it is determined to reduce incidences of the disease from 19% of the population to 16% by 2021. Consequently, there is a corresponding high demand for U.S. expertise, particularly in more specialized fields such as non-communicable diseases (NCD’s).

Target Audience and Participants

  • Government Officials
  • Healthcare Management Professionals
  • Hospital and Clinic Directors
  • Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Clinicians
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Researchers
  • Professors
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Medical Students
  • Neonatologists
  • OB-GYNs
  • Pediatricians
  • Endocrinologists
  • Surgeons
  • Pharmacists
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Physicians
  • Podiatrists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Gastroenterologists

Dubai Healthcare City: The Destination of World-Class Healthcare

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is a free zone committed to creating a health and wellness destination. Located in the heart of Dubai, the world’s largest healthcare free zone comprises two phases. Phase 1, dedicated to healthcare and medical education, occupies 4.1 million square feet in Oud Metha, and Phase 2, which is dedicated to wellness, occupies 22 million square feet in Al Jadaf, overlooking the historic Dubai Creek. DHCC has close to 160 clinical partners including hospitals, outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories across 150 plus specialties with licensed professionals from almost 90 countries, strengthening its medical tourism portfolio. Representing its network of support partners, close to 200 retail and non-clinical facilities serve the free zone whose integrated environment provides leverage for potential partners to set up operations to promote health and wellness.



DHCC is also home to academic institution the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. MBRU’s Conference Center welcomes speakers and educators from around the world; it is the ideal platform to present a knowledge-based program that will benefit medical professionals as well as serve to inspire future local talent.

Key Stakeholders of USA Healthcare Symposium and Showcase include:

  • The MBRU, Dubai Healthcare City
  • The American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates
  • The U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • The U.S. Consulate Dubai, UAE
  • The AmCham Abu Dhabi
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Strategic Partners and Sponsors

Meet Your Team

Jodi Munzer Sales Associate Medical Mining Oil Gas

Jodi Munzer

Sales Associate


I am all about relationships, and taking a consultative approach to working with each individual client to exceed their expectations. I connect people with global business opportunities.

Joan Williams

Joan Williams

Deputy Director


I lead a team of elite industry specialists who maximize U.S. exhibitors’ face-to-face efforts at the world’s top trade shows.

Lillian Tyrrell Project Coordinator

Lillian Tyrrell

Project Coordinator


I am always happy to help and learn new things. If you need me, I will usually be at my desk dancing.

Peter McKenna

Peter McKenna

Vice President, Business Development


I’ve been planning and implementing global events for more than 25 years. Drawing from public sector experience — including a stint in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance — and private sector work at virtually every level of event organization, I focus on identifying show-starved industries and building the infrastructure to launch and sustain major events that feed a growing need.

Brian Keller

Brian Keller

Sales Associate

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As a member of the Aerospace & Defense team, I have the privilege of operating along side you and my colleagues in dynamic and constantly evolving industries.  Everyday I look forward to utilizing the skills I've honed, and experiences had in 10 years of sales across three unique industries.  It is my intention to develop a deep understanding of your company, ascertain your goals, and help you achieve business success in markets around the world. I will always take your mission personally!