School of Pharmacy Awardee: Ms Fatima Rustom

Class of 2008, MSc 2013

  • Country of residence: Qatar
  • Professional title: Pharmacy Director of the Communicable Disease Center (CDC)

Ms Fatima Rustom obtained her BSc Pharmacy from RCSI in 2008 and MSc in Healthcare Management from RCSI, Dubai in 2013. She was appointed Pharmacy Director at the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) in Qatar in 2018, an organisation dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. CDC is a member hospital belonging to Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the largest healthcare provider in Qatar.

Fatima has experience in a number of areas including assistant pharmacy director experience at the Heart Hospital, another specialist tertiary hospital committed to delivering high-quality care in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. She also gained hospital pharmacist experience at the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), another HMC member specialist tertiary hospital. She also played an important role in the establishment of the medication safety and quality, pharmacy automation and informatics programmes at the Heart Hospital pharmacy department.

Fatima played a key role in the planning and implementation of the first complete automated pharmacy dispensing system in Qatar. She also participated as a pharmacy subject matter expert for designing and testing the electronic Clinical Information System at the corporate level and as a change manager for the project’s implementation at the hospital level.

Her return to Dublin brought back many good memories. Her award was presented for her ability to pioneer change in pharmacy practice for the betterment of patient health.