Our Work

The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation applies innovative approaches to make pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free. The institute reflects a shared vision between the United Arab Emirates and Children’s National to advance medical innovations that will improve children's health worldwide. The institute was made possible by a historic gift of $150 million from the people of Abu Dhabi.

The Institute team implements the principles of innovation to transform pediatric surgery and allow children to live longer, healthier lives. Our work focuses in four major clinical themes:

  • pediatric pain and anesthesia
  • immunology
  • bioengineering
  • systems biology

With the aim of harnessing of the full power of science and technology to make treatment as precise as it can possibly be, the Institute team has more than 40 projects underway that focus upon medical devices, drugs and biologics, and healthcare software including Digital Dysmorphology: Automated Early Detection of Genetic Syndromes from Photography, IGNITE: Optimization of Treatment Planning of Non-Invasive Therapy with MR-HIFU, On-Demand Dissolvable Ear Tube, and Minimally-Invasive Pacemaker/Defibrillator.


Sheik Zayed Institute’s bioengineering program harnesses the full power of science and technology to make treatment for pediatric patients as precise as it can possibly be, focusing on medical devices, healthcare software, drugs and biologics.

Immunology and Molecular Biology

The Center for Cancer and Immunology Research studies the molecular and cellular basis for cancer, autoimmune, neurofibromatosis and infectious diseases, and develops experimental therapies for children with these illnesses. The investigators conduct high impact studies on brain cancer, immune regulation, stem cells and molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus, as it relates to pediatric AIDS.

Pain Medicine

The Sheik Zayed Institute’s Pain Medicine Care Complex is one of the few in the country that focuses exclusively on managing pain for infants, children and teens. When children are unable to express their pain in words, our pediatric specialists have the unique insight to help. The Care Complex draws on multidisciplinary approach to enable enhanced treatment of a child’s physical symptoms as well as psychological and emotional aspects of pain. The Care Compex uses unique video gaming therapy, holistic therapeutic tools and digital data to measure patient progress.