Clinical Director of International Activities

In terms of accountability and reporting, the overall strategic lead for the department is provided by the College’s Clinical Director of International Activities, Professor Ismail Matalka, who is also responsible for chairing the College’s International Committee.

The Director attends College Council meetings to report on the progress and activities of both the department and the committee.


  • Professor Ismail Matalka (Jordan)

    Clinical Director of International Activities

    Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at School of Medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, and a Consultant Pathologist at King Abdullah University Hospital. He served as CEO of King Abdullah University Hospital, which is the main tertiary hospital in North Jordan, and as the Dean of School Medicine between September 2014 and September 2016, as well as Vice Dean and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

    He is the Past President of the Arab Division of International Academy of Pathology (IAP) and the Jordanian Society of Pathologists and served as Chairman of the Arab School of Pathology. Between May 2015 and November 2020, he served as the International Regional Advisor of the Royal College of Pathologists in UK for MENA region. He is a member of the supreme committee of the Arab Council of Health specializations and has been the Secretary of Arab Board of Pathology for the last nine years. Since June 2018 he is a Member of Board of Trustees, Al-Balqa` Applied University by a Royal Decree.

    Dr. Matalka finished his undergraduate and postgraduate training in Jordan and pursued further training in Glasgow where he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000 and obtained the CCST in the UK in 2001 and developed a special interest in Gastrointestinal and Liver pathology. Dr Matalka has published 71 publications with a focus on epidemiologic, and molecular characteristics of tumors. He has also a special interest in medical education, curriculum development, and assessment and worked as an assessor for most of the Jordanian medical school’s accreditation by the Higher Education Accreditation Commission and lead the committee preparing for the recognition by WFME.

    He served at many boards of directors of academic and health institutions and joined several national and regional committees on health institutions and pathology and laboratory medicine, licensing, and accreditation, and drafting relevant instructions and regulations. He is a member of committees for the recognition of non-Jordanian universities, equivalence of certificates, and the Medical and Pharmaceutical Sector Committee (Scientific Research Fund) in the Ministry of Higher Education and scientific research. He recently received the Achievement Award in Education (2020) by the Royal College of Pathologists, and the achievement recognition plaque by the Jordanian Medical Association.