Dr Ahmed Younis is currently the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences of St. George's University of London and Kingston University. As well as acting Associate Dean of Education and Consultant of Rehabilitation Management in the Ministry of Health in Palestine. Dr Younis is one of the UK's leading figures in complementary medicine, he is also one of the most internationally renowned figures in the revived practice of cupping therapy (Hijamah). Alongside his work as the president of the British Cupping Society he has led and developed workshops on teaching healthcare professionals cupping therapy - both in the UK and abroad. Dr Younis was also sought out to supervise a PhD research on cupping's efficacy.
Besides holding responsibilities as an operational manager for St. George's and Kingston universities, he is also the Chair of several Examination Boards for several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Previously, he led as Deputy Head of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences of St. George's University of London and Kingston University.
Dr Younis originally graduated from Cairo University Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Following graduation, he gained clinical experience in Cairo, Egypt, then Saudi Arabia and Gaza, Palestine, before being offered the post of Lecturer and later Director of the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Degree Programme at Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, Palestine. This programme was funded by Save the Children to develop the Palestinian rehabilitation sector in response to the ongoing civil conflict. Whilst in that post, Dr Younis carried out research towards his doctorate entitled Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injured People in Palestine, and set up the Palestinian Physiotherapy Association (PPA), becoming its first President.
Whilst completing his thesis at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, Dr Younis' permit to work in the West Bank was revoked, and after some months deliberation he accepted the post of Lecturer and later Acting Course Director in the School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dr Younis' main areas of teaching are Neurology, Research Methods, Evidence-Based Practice, Medical Statistics and Data Analysis. He has developed a number of blended learning and online courses (including Neurology and Clinical Skills for medical, physiotherapy and paramedical students), and has published an online text book about data analysis and interpretation of results, using SPSS . Dr Younis' research interests include interdisciplinary education, traumatic brain injury, stroke, using different research techniques.
Dr Younis's expertise in the complementary and healthcare field has brought him invitations to chair several international conferences on healthcare and complementary medicine. Notable invitations include the first international cupping conference in Istanbul in September 2012, which was opened by Turkish first lady Mrs. Emine Erdo?an, United Arab Emirates International conference of acupuncture hosted by Lotus Holistics where he was appointed as chair of the conference and the 2nd International 12th National Congress on Health and hospital Administration in Bodrum, Turkey.
Besides serving on the Faculty Education and Quality Committees, Dr Younis's professional duties include curriculum design and development, and quality assurance. He also has responsibilities in the wider community, including his role as Arab Vice-Chair of the Arab Jewish Forum- a House of Lords dialogue group. Dr Younis holds several visiting professorships from Bezmialem Vakif University: Istanbul, Turkey, University of Hargeisa: Somaliland, Gollis University: Somaliland, Amoud University: Somaliland and Biruni University: Istanbul, Turkey.
School Director Learning & Teaching
Hathiramani, Suchita, Pettengell, Ruth, Moir, Hannah and Younis, Ahmed (2019) Relaxation and exercise in lymphoma survivors (REIL study) : a randomised clinical trial protocol. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 11, p. 17. ISSN (online) 2052-1847
Hathiramani, Suchita, Pettengell, R., Moir, H. and Younis, A. (2019) Lymphoma survivors' experience of participation in a home-based intervention post-chemotherapy. Quality of Life Research, 28(11), pp. 2951-2955. ISSN (print) 0962-9343
Rees, David, Younis, Ahmed and MacRae, Sian (2019) Is there a correlation in frontal plane knee kinematics between running and performing a single leg squat in runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome and asymptomatic runners? Clinical Biomechanics, 61, pp. 227-232. ISSN (print) 0268-0033
Hathiramani, Suchita, Pettengell, Ruth, Moir, Hannah and Younis, Ahmed (2018) Relaxation and exercise in lymphoma survivors (REIL Study). In: 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress; 15-17 Oct 2018, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Hathiramani, Suchita, Pettengell, Ruth, Moir, Hannah and Younis, Ahmed (2018) Experience of participation in the REIL (Relaxation and Exercise In Lymphoma) Study. In: 17th Acta Oncologica Symposium; 10-11 Sep 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Unpublished)
Younis, Ahmed (2014) History and Islamic overview of cupping. In: 3rd Complementary Medicine Conference: Abu Dhabi Cupping Conference: Prevention & Therapy; 24 Nov 2014, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.. (Unpublished)
Al Tamimi, M., Hussain, A., Younis, A., Abdulahad, N. and Nikoletou, D. (2014) Perceptions about exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation in two Arabic Gulf countries (Iraq and State of Qatar); a qualitative study in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and their health care providers. In: ERS International Congress 2014; 06-10 Sep 2014, Munich, Germany. (Unpublished)
Al-Tamimi, Mouath, Hussain, Aisha, Younis, Ahmed, Abdulahad, Nameer and Nikoletou, Dimitra (2014) COPD patients' satisfaction with the quality and methods of current information delivery by health care providers at Hamad Medical Corporation; focused insight into patients' voice to improve quality of services. In: Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2014: Empowering Patient Care Improvement; 25-27 Apr 2014, Doha, Qatar. (Unpublished)
Al-Tamimi, M., Hussain, A., Younis, A., Abdulahad, N. and Nikoletou, D. (2014) Perceptions about exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation programmes in Qatar; a qualitative study in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and their respiratory clinicians. In: GulfThoracic Congress 2014: The 5th Annual Congress of the Saudi Thoracic Society & the Emirates Allergy and Respiratory Society; 13-15 Mar 2014, Dubai, U.A.E.. (Unpublished)