RCSI Bahrain staff

Your relationship with our faculty is at the heart developing passionate healthcare professionals, and RCSI Bahrain is currently equipped with the best qualified academic and administration staff. In addition to the full-time staff, the University has a wealth of knowledge to call on from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, from whom we regularly receive teaching visits from top academics.

The international reputation of RCSI Bahrain rests primarily on the quality of the teaching and learning provided to the students and on the unique relationship which has developed on the campus between staff and students. Our faculty are the best of the best, with theoretical and practical experience, and are inspiring teachers to our student body, often forming relationships that last beyond completion of their academic studies.

The number of RCSI Bahrain staff is continuously growing as the University expands. The total number of staff has grown from ten in 2004 to over 150 full-time staff as of December 2015.

We believe that our people are the key to our success, with their collective intelligence, creativity, passion and skill providing a solid foundation for achievement. Our faculty members provide comprehensive academic support for every student with sincere contributions.


RCSI Bahrain executive biographies

Professor Otoom qualified in medicine in 1991. He then undertook an MS and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Houston in Texas-USA, and a Certificate in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Glasgow in UK. He has a Certificate in Leadership from the Irish Management Institute-Ireland. He joined the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain for a sabbatical before joining the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) in 2005. He commenced work in the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital as a consultant in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He had several Fixed Term Consultancies with WHO projects in Syria, Jordan, Oman, UAE, Kenya, Sudan and Iran.

He is an advisor to Education and Health Councils in the region and has wide experience in managing higher education and internationalisation. He serves on different strategic committees locally and internationally. Professor Otoom has held various senior academic roles, currently he is President of RCSI Bahrain. His main research interest lies in clinical and experimental epilepsy, the rational use of drugs, and medical education.

Recently, he received the award of outstanding Education Leaders in GCC from the Asian Confederation of Businesses and CMO Asia. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in UK where his name is inscribed on its Wall of Honour.

Stephen Harrison-Mirfield was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He is responsible for the oversight of all internal operational functions that support the programmes of the University. In addition, the COO supports the further development and implementation of policy and structure of RCSI.

Prior to his appointment, Stephen was a senior executive with KPMG global consultancy group. He was responsible for the Operational running of the KPMG business within Saudi Arabia and he was also responsible for People and Change advisory service line which advised numerous companies in the Kingdom. In 2011 he became a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

A graduate of Birmingham City University, Stephen has an Honours degree in Sociology. He began his working career in Human Resources when he joined Reed Personnel Services in Birmingham, UK. From there he moved to Codemasters, a leading international developer and publisher of Computer games where he diversified his areas of responsibility into a broader operational role. In early 2006 he joined Atos Origin Middle East, a leading regional Systems integrator based in Bahrain, but covering the Middle East.

A former President of Birmingham City University Students Union, Stephen has maintained a key interest in education and training.

Stephen Atkin is Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Bahrain. Previously he was a Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and prior to that role he was Professor of Medicine and Head of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Hull York Medical School, UK.

He has an established international reputation in diabetes and obesity research, encompassing polycystic ovary syndrome and metabolic syndrome, and he is a regular speaker at international forums and participates in research panels for these conditions.

Professor Atkin has a specific interest in translational medicine, encompassing both clinical and laboratory work and he has authored or co-authored more than 350 articles. In addition to being a reviewer for many journals and grant-funding bodies, he is the academic editor for several journals including being a series advisor on ‘rational testing’ for the British Medical Journal.