Dr. Barbara Karin Vela

General Practitioner / Diving Physician

BSc MedScHons (Underwater medicine), MD, MRCGP (INT)

Dr. Barbara Karin Vela graduated from the University of Zagreb Medical School in Croatia in 2000 with a degree in medicine, subsequently obtaining her medical practitioner licenses from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia, and the Department of Health, Dubai.


Dr. Karin Vela obtained a diploma in diving medicine in 2009, with competence to perform the initial and all others assessments of working and recreational divers or compressed air workers. She can manage diving accidents and advise diving contractors and others on diving medicine and physiology.


She worked as a general practitioner in an outpatient clinic in Zagreb, before moving to Dubai in 2004. Prior to joining the Dubai London Clinic in 2007, she took on a hospital management position and worked in the hospital’s busy 24-hour walk-in clinic.


Dr. Karin Vela enjoys a variety of work in the field of family medicine, with a special interest in chronic diseases, women’s health and preventive medicine. Her approach is holistic and patient centred, and she is practicing evidence-based medicine. Dr. Karin Vela has a strong focus on preventive health, including immunizations and travel vaccinations and advice, cervical screening/mammography, as well as various general health check-ups. She can see patients of all ages and genders.


Dr. Karin Vela believes that a good family doctor is friendly, trust instilling, and takes time to listen and manage patient complaints. In her free time, she is a keen SCUBA diver, and she enjoys traveling and keeping fit.



European Underwater and Baromedical Society (EUBS)

Royal College Of General Practitioners (International member)

Divers Alert Network Europe (DAN Europe)

Croatian Medical Chamber

Oil & Gas (UK)



Diving Medicine

Languages Known

Fluent in English, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Basic German & Italian

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