Dr. Buthainah Al-Shunnar, the UAE’s first female plastic surgeon


A woman who has broken down barriers in her profession, Dr Buthainah Al-Shunnar is the first female plastic surgeon in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a field long occupied by men. As the owner of her own clinic, Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery, this pioneer is an inspiration to women who wish to pursue a career in the medical field, while providing life-changing surgeries for patients.

Dr Al-Shunnar grew up in a family of doctors, her mother being the first Emirati female gynecologist, which prompted her to pursue medical studies at the age of 17. After graduating from the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland with honors, she moved to the United States where she completed her General Surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1995. This was followed by a scholarship of plastic surgery in 1999, and after completing his general surgery residency at George Washington Medical Center in 1997.

Prior to establishing his clinic, from 1996 to 2004, Dr. Al-Shunnar worked for other medical centers in the United States, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. These include George Washington University Hospital as Resident Administrative Chief in General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital as Resident Administrative Chief in Plastic Surgery, and Sheikh Khalifa Hospital as Consulting Plastic Surgeon. .

In 2005, Dr Al-Shunnar started Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery in Dubai where she is also its director. The clinic provides essential services to patients, mainly in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as anti-aging, permanent makeup and skin care services. But, it also gives hope and femininity through the breast reconstruction procedure.

In fact, breast cancer is one of the main cancers in women, and surgical removal of the tumor could result in the affected breast being removed as well. In an interview with aeworld, said Dr Al-Shunnar, “Knowing that there is a choice to wake up from surgery with a new breast after the affected breast has been removed relieves a lot of anxiety and somehow introduces a positive twist. […] One of my patients said, “breast cancer doesn’t define me”. And another quoted: “I was sick but I am no longer sick and I look forward to the years to come. I find these statements so powerful and inspiring. These women empower each other!


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