A Safe Pair of Hands | Dr Tarek Mulhem

by BTM

Sun, 04 March 2018

A Safe Pair of Hands | Dr Tarek Mulhem

Liz O’Reilly meets the island’s newest obstetrics and gynaecology consultant to hear about advanced techniques.

Arab-German Dr Tarek Mulhem undertook his training in Damascus and then went on to practise medicine in Germany. With 12 years of experience under his belt, he has specialised in gynaecology and obstetrics for many years and his particular area of interest and expertise is complicated cases and the use of the latest minimally invasive techniques.

He explains: “Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits such as shorter length of hospital stay and less likelihood of infection. If at all possible, it [keyhole surgery] is always preferable to opening the abdomen except in cases where this cannot be avoided for the patient’s health and safety.”

In the gynae field, Dr Mulhem focuses particularly on management of ovarian cysts, fibroids, ectopic pregnancies, pre-cancerous diseases of the cervix and vulva, abdominal and vaginal surgeries and diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy.

He says: “In these areas, 90 per cent of patients can be dealt with through minimally invasive procedures, though it might be that you will start an operation and find that you need to go for more detailed surgery.”

In the area of obstetrics, Dr Mulhem is extremely specialised in both regular and complicated deliveries and Caesarean sections. He also conducts obstetric and Doppler ultrasounds and offers expert post-partum care following both normal and high-risk pregnancies.


He decided to come to Bahrain Specialist Hospital in order to experience a new environment and develop both his own skills and the department.

He hopes to stay on the island for many years and says: “So far, I am really enjoying it. I think there are many possibilities here. This minimally invasive kind of surgery is not a new field but it is one that is rapidly developing and an area which I am keen to develop.

“As I said, I would like to help make this option more of a ‘norm’ than something unusual. It is a type of procedure that is very suitable for many types of surgery, but it’s not the most commonly used option and I would like to see that change.”

Now in its 15th year of operation, Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH) is a highly specialised medical centre providing the latest in medical and surgical services by experienced consultants and specialists, using the latest technologies with state-of-the-art medical equipment and systems. 

BSH is housed in purpose-built and designed modern premises overlooking a sea view. It is the first hospital in Bahrain that attained the Joint Commission International accreditation (JCI) and the only private healthcare facility that was inaugurated by His Majesty King Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa, the ruler of Bahrain.