Sohaila Omer Cheema   Assistant Dean for the IPH

  • +1 974 449 2850x3

Sohaila Cheema, is the Assistant Dean, Institute for Population Health (IPH) and Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q). She actively participates in oversight and implementation of IPH education, research and community programs. Dr. Cheema co-directs and teaches the pre-medical course, Health and Disease: A Global Perspective. Additionally, she teaches senior medical students in the Health Care and Public Health Clerkship for which she also serves as the Associate Director. Furthermore, she presents seminars to community medicine residents at Primary Health Care Corporation on topics of public health interest.

Dr. Cheema is actively engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating continuous professional development/continuous medical education activities for building capacity in healthcare professionals. She is also co-founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group-Qatar, which aims to support and cultivate a community of dedicated professionals who strive to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Additionally, she actively collaborates with private and government institutions on programmatic activities aimed at promoting health awareness, disease prevention and self-care in the State of Qatar. She is WCM-Q’s Manager for the Global Educational Exchange in Medicine and the Health Professions (GEMx) program, administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), USA. She serves on or has served on many Qatari government/medical school committees. She directs and supervises the Global Health Service Learning Program in which premedical students get an opportunity to explore healthcare in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Dr. Cheema received her medical degree from Dow Medical College, Pakistan and has completed her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, USA. She received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA and is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, USA. She is a diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine and is a certified lifestyle medicine physician.


Sort by

selected publications


research overview

  • Dr. Cheema's research interests are multidisciplinary with an emphasis on non-communicable disease paradigm and lifestyle medicine.  She has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals notably on topics related to diabetes, waterpipe smoking, migrant health, physical activity, oral health, road traffic injury prevention and complementary medicine.



full name

  • Sohaila Omer Cheema

primary email