Siham Al Sinani

Siham Al Sinani

Designated Institutional Official, Director
Graduate Medical Education Department, Oman Medical Specialty Board
Senior Consultant Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Dr. Siham graduated from College of Medicine at Sultan Qaboos University and completed the internship year at different teaching hospitals in Oman. She then left for Montreal, Canada, to pursue training in General Pediatric Residency followed by fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Montreal Children’s Hospital in McGill University. She then joined King’s College Hospital, London, UK, where she had further training in Pediatric Hepatology. She came back to Oman to work as a full-time pediatrician and a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Department of Child Health in Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) from 2009 to November 2014 during which she has established a pediatric general GI and Hepatology clinics at SQUH.

She has some publications in both international and local/regional journals in this field. She is an invited reviewer for few journals such as Journal of Clinical Toxicology, Oman Medical Journal and Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal. She is also a member of International Pediatric Gastroenterology and National Medical and Medical Education organizations.

In April 2015, she was appointed as the director of training affairs at OMSB. The department looks after more than 600 residents in many aspects such as admission and registration, training, academic performance, wellness, certification and many other aspects.

She is currently the chairperson of the Executive Academic Committee and an active member of few other committees such as OMSB Board of Trustees, Executive Board, and Graduate Medical Education Committee.



Short Description of the Lectures:

1. GI Problems in Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be associated with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. Prevalence of GI symptoms in children with ASD is 23 – 70 %. Prevalence of GI symptoms in Omani children with ASD and their effect on behavioral impairment is not known. We conducted a study to determine the prevalence of GI symptoms in Omani children with ASD and compared them with healthy siblings of typical development (TD). In addition, we determined the behavioral changes manifested in children with ASD that can be considered as indicators of possible GI symptoms presence.  The presence of GI symptom was obtained through a questionnaire filled by interviewing parents of 102 children with ASD and compared to 102 healthy siblings with TD. This study is the first reported study documenting GI symptoms prevalence in Omani children with ASD and comparing them to their healthy siblings with TD.