Task Force for the Middle East





Jawad A. Bajwa 

MDS Staff Liaison: Stephanie Jensen

The Task Force's objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness of MDS in the region
  • Provide education across the region in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
  • Grow MDS membership
  • Centralize the activities of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders in the Middle East into a Middle East Movement Disorder Society

Member Biographies

Mishal Abu Al-Melh - Kuwait

Mishal Abu Al-Melh, BSc, BM, BCh, MD, FRCPC




Medical school: Kuwait University, Faculty of Medicine.

Residency: Completed Neurology residency program in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Fellowship: Movement Disorders and Neuro-ophthalmology in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Current position: Neurology consultant, a certified movement disorders and Neuro-ophthalmology specialist.

Head of Neurology unit at Al-Adan hospital, Kuwait.

Program Director of the Neurology residency program.

Director of the Movement Disorders, Dystonia, and Neuro-ophthalmology clinics at Al-Adan hospital, Kuwait.

Director of the World’s Parkinson Program Chapter in Kuwait.

Member of the Neurology Board Examination Committee.

Clinical tutor and examiner of the Kuwait’s Neurology Residency Program.

Member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society.

Muneer Abu Snineh - Palestinian Territories/Israel

Dr. Muneer Abu Snineh is an attending neurologist at Hadassah Medical Center and a movement disorders specialist.

He completed his fellowship at Tel Aviv Medical Center with Prof. Nir Giladi and Alberta Hospital with Prof. Janis Miyasaki in Canada.

He has presented at many conferences and his research is specialized in neurocognitive behavior of Parkinsonian patients.

Dr. Abu Snineh speaks Arabic as his native language along with Hebrew and English. He has access to the Palestinian Territories/Israel which allows him to treat patients from both Israel and Palestine.

His goal is to raise awareness of movement disorders in the Palestinian Territories/Israel and provide resources for the neurologists in the region, as well as treating patients from the Palestinian Territories/Israel.


Zakiyah Aldaajani - Saudi Arabia

Zakiyah Aldaajani, MD
Saud Arabia




Dr. Aldaajani is Consultant Neurologist and Movement Disorders, Head of Neurology Unit at King Fahad Medical Military Complex  (KFMMC), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. she also is Director of Neurology Residency Training , KFMMC, Saudi Arabia.

Medical School: King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Residency: Internal Medicine, Saudi Council for health specialties, Saudi Arabia

Neurology Training: Adelaide, South Australia

Movement Disorders Training: Sydney, Australia

Jawad A. Bajwa - Saudi Arabia

Jawad A. Bajwa, MD
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Jawad A. Bajwa is the director for Parkinson’s, Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration program at the National Neuroscience Institute, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He obtained his medical degree from King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his neurology residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA.

He completed a multi-year clinical fellowship in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, deep brain stimulation (DBS) with special emphasis on intraoperative neurophysiological mapping for DBS surgeries and translational research in the field of movement disorders and neuromodulation at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA. Dr, Bajwa also developed and directed the first community based Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders center in St. Paul, MN, USA.  

Dr. Bajwa is now developing the first comprehensive interdisciplinary Parkinson’s, movement disorders, neuromodulation clinical and research program in the Middle East. His clinical group is establishing the first large-scale database to explore novel epidemiological and genetic variations in the epigenesis of early onset Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders in Arab ancestry. In addition, his research group is primarily interested in exploring abnormal cortical mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders using magnetoencephalography (MEG). His group is also focused on understanding mechanisms of DBS to develop better neuromodulatory therapies through endogenous neuromodulation, neurofeedback, endovascular neurostimulation and closed loop systems using MEG.

Dr. Bajwa has organized inaugural Middle East-wide educational courses on Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. Dr. Bajwa has authored chapters and papers. He has been funded by nonprofit organizations and government institutions. Dr. Bajwa serves as a reviewer for neurological journals and as an invited faculty at national and international scientific meetings. He is currently appointed as the chair for the MDS Middle East Task Force. He in addition is also serving on the MDS AOS education committee, MDS Education Committee and MDS Task Force on Telemedicine.

Shaimaa Ibrahim El-Jaafary - Egypt

Shaimaa Ibrahim El-Jaafary, MD



Dr. El-Jaafary is Faculty Lecturer of Neurolgy of Medicine at Cairo University, Egypt.

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Christopher Goetz - USA

Christopher Goetz, MD

Dr. Christopher G. Goetz is Professor of Neurological Sciences and Professor of Pharmacology at Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA. He has served as Co-Editor in Chief of Movement  Disorders, the Chair of the Task Force for the Development of the MDS-UPDRS, the MDS Rating Scales Task Force, and served as a member of the MDS International Executive Committee. He is currently President of MDS (2017-2019).

Dr. Goetz has also had leadership roles in the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association, and is a member of the French Neurological Society and the French Académie Nationale de Médecine. His research focus is on hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease and measurement tools used in the assessment of movement disorders.

Majed Habahbeh - Jordan

Majed Habahbeh, MBBS(Lon), MRCP(UK), FRCP(Lon), JBM,JBN

Prof. Habahbeh is a Consultant Neurologist at King Hussein Medical Centre and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Jordan.

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Mohammad Ahsan Habib - Bangladesh

Mohammad Ahsan Habib, MD

Dr. Habib is Associate Professor of Neurology in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


I was born in 1968 in Bogra district, Bangladesh. I completed MBBS degree in 1993 from Chittagong Medical College (Chittagong University, Bangladesh). After completion of my internship, I joined as Medical Officer in a project of leprosy control program run by an NGO in collaboration with Bangladesh Government. In 1997, I joined Bangladesh Civil Services as Medical Officer under Ministry of Health.  I obtained an MD (Neurology) degree in 2011 from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh.  I was appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurology in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh in the same year.

During my MD (Neurology) course, I had to attend different specialized clinics of Neurology including a movement disorder clinic every week. Since then, I developed special interest in managing Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorder patients. After joining as Assistant Professor of Neurology, I have been regularly conducting the movement disorder clinic of Neurology Department once a week.

I attended “Botulinum Toxin Training Course” in Manila, Philippines, from August 24-25, 2012.  I also attended the 17th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Sydney, Australia, fromJune 16-20, 2013 and presented a poster titled “Writer’s cramp causing problem in job continuation.” I received an MDS-AOS travel grant for this poster presentation. I attended the MDS-AOS Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorder Course from July 15-16, 2016 in Seoul, Korea.

Since I have joined BSMMU as Assistant Professor of Neurology, I have been organizing to form “Movement Disorder Society of Bangladesh” with a view to create awareness about Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders and to develop and disseminate specialized knowledge about movement disorders. Finally, in 2014, the Movement Disorder Society of Bangladesh set forth and I was selected as “Member Secretary” of Movement Disorder Society of Bangladesh. I am also serving as executive member of the Society of Neurology of Bangladesh.

It is worth mentioning that the Movement Disorder Society of Bangladesh is completely separate and independent from the Society of Neurology of Bangladesh. On behalf of Movement Disorder Society of Bangladesh, we organizedthe  Workshop on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder on March 23, 2014. The Movement Disorder Society of Bangladesh also observed World Parkinson’s Day on April 11, 2016.

On February 1, 2016, I was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurology in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Beomseok Jeon - Korea

Beomseok Jeon, MD, PhD

Prof. Beomseok Jeon is Medical Director of the Movement Disorder Center at Seoul National University Hospital. He is the past President of the Korean Movement Disorder Society, and served as the International Delegate of the Korean Neurological Association. He also served as the Director of Office of the Medical Policy and Communication, Seoul National University. Currently, he is President of the Asia-Oceanian Association of Neurology, Vice-President of the Korean Neurological Association, and Chair-elect of MDS-AOS.

Prof. Jeon graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine, and completed his neurology residency both at Seoul National University Hospital (1983-1987) and at the University of Minnesota (1987-1991), and then had movement disorder fellowship under Prof. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University (1991-1993). He also studied basic neurosciences under Prof. Robert Burke as H. Houston Merritt Fellow (1997-1998) at Columbia University. Prof. Jeon has extensively studied genetics in Korean patients with parkinsonism, and is currently interested in medical and surgical treatment of advanced parkinsonism. He has published over 300 peer reviewed articles, and wrote 11 book chapters and three books for patients and families with Parkinson’s disease and ataxia.

Hanan Khalil - Jordan

Hanan Khalil, PhD

Dr. Hanan Khalil is an assistant professor of physiotherapy at JUST (since 2012) and is also a researcher in the area of outcome measures and exercise interventions for people with neurodegenerative diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Dr. Khalil is a member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, and a member of the Jordanian Physical Therapy Society.

Dr. Khalil received funding on several studies in Parkinson's disease and MS assessing the effects of innovative exercise interventions on mobility and cognition in these patients. Research interests include refining rehab practices related to Parkinson's disease and MS in Jordan with the specific objective of establishing a specialized Parkinson's disease multi-disciplinary clinic. Further interests include developing approaches to maximizing opportunities for people with Parkinson's disease and MS to engage in exercise.

Mehri Salari - Iran

Mehri Salari, MD

Dr. Salari is Assistant Professor at Isfahan University of Medical Science in Isfahan, Iran.

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Parkinson's Disease Survey Results

The MDS Task Force for the Middle East (MDS-Task Force on the Middle East) conducted a survey with an aim of characterizing the needs, the challenges and the limitations for providing care for people with Parkinson’s disease in the region. Here are the results:

Survey | Full Report




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