Malaika Mendonca

Paediatric Cardiac Intensivist

Dr Malaika Mendonca graduated from the Essen Medical School University in 1996. During her residency training for anaesthesia and critical care, she encountered her first practical experiences in the field of Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS), while rotating through the ICU.

She acquired international experience and knowledge through electives and observership in the Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and the Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, USA

After completing her Board Certification (Facharzt) in 2001, she joined the Ludwig Maximilian University Hospital in Munich to lead the Cardiac Paediatric Critical Care Unit, and in this capacity had major exposure to ECMO, ventricular assist devices and heart transplant.

Always interested in new perspectives and challenges, she was offered in 2004 to support the creation of the Paediatric Critical Care Unit in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi. After an initial set up phase limited to 6 beds, the Unit expanded to 27 beds and served the whole UAE. Dr Mendonca was the Division Chief of the Cardiac PICU since 2010.

As ECMO Program Director, she established the foundation and growth of the program so that it became the reference centre in the UAE and a leading centre in the Gulf region.

Her dedication to education, teaching, knowledge exchange and update has made her a frequently invited speaker in local and international conferences. Dr Mendonca organised the 3rd SWAC ELSO Conference in March 2016 in Abu Dhabi, in which she was elected as the Co-Chair for the South West Asian Chapter ELSO and during the 4th SWAC ELSO Conference in Doha 2017 she was elected Chairman for the SWAC ELSO.

Completing her chairmanship in January 2018, she returned to Europe and joined the PICU team the University hospital Bern, Switzerland since April 2018.