In 1999 the GCC Health Ministers meeting in Geneva formed a “Heart disease committee” composed of GCC cardiologists and requested me to chair it. The committee had its 1st meeting in Doha in February 2000 and planned a large GCC Cardiovascular Symposium in Doha.
In the year 2001, the GCC Health Ministers approved the committee’s recommendations including the proposed symposium in Doha, Qatar. So, Doha hosted the first GCC Cardiovascular Symposium on January 15 – 17, 2002
That historic conference provided an opportunity for Gulf cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and other cardiovascular specialists in the GCC states to meet, exchange ideas and build bridges for scientific and medical cooperation. During that meeting, we proposed to establish a professional society which we called Gulf Heart Association (GHA). The proposal was unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed by the entire group of cardiovascular specialists present during that meeting and so the GHA was born on January 16, 2002. Over three years the GHA became a landmark accomplishment for the GCC states.
The main aim of GHA is to improve the quality of cardiac care in the GCC states through its various activities.
The major aims of our association and what we hope to achieve are the following:
1. Raising the standard of cardiac care in the GCC states.
2. Conduct scientific conferences and symposia.
3. Carry on scientific research on cardiovascular diseases
4. Publish professional periodicals and information . (GHA has Heart Views as its official journal ).
5. Create professional, educational, and social ties among members of the GHA.
6. Create links and cooperation locally and with international medical institutions and professional societies.
7. The GHA hopes to establish criteria for GCC cardiovascular specialists to meet high standards of competence and expertise.
8. The GHA seeks to suggest laws to be adopted by the GCC countries for the prevention of cardiac disease and advance the care of patients with heart disease.