.. Speakers


International Speakers


 Mr. Ben Stanberry


Benedict Stanberry is a British consultant and academic who researches, writes, teaches and consults around the world on the subjects of healthcare strategy, management and leadership.

Ben began his career as a medical lawyer and became a healthcare management consultant in 2001. Shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, from which he was given only a 30 percent chance of survival. Upon his recovery he served as the interim chief executive of a Brussels-based healthcare NGO and as an elected politician in south-west London, where his responsibilities included overview and scrutiny of healthcare services. From 2006 to 2009, as a director of a private healthcare company, Ben helped establish a new model of cancer care for the south of England. Ben is presently the Principal of IHLM in Oxford and – together with his faculty colleagues – works with healthcare managers and leaders in both the public and private sectors in the UK, Middle East, Far East and Africa. Ben holds an MBA from the world-ranked Henley Business School, where he is currently a doctoral research associate, and also chairs the school’s alumni group in the Middle East.


 Dr. Catalina Danis


Catalina Danis, Ph.D., is a researcher in the Department of Health Informatics at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in New York, USA. Her work as a specialist in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) involves designing and studying computer systems for supporting the work of individuals and groups. In more than two decades at IBM Research, Dr. Danis has worked with computer technologies as different as high performance computing, automatic speech recognition, and self-service kiosks.  The uniting theme in her work is empowering individuals and groups to reach their goals through the use of innovative computer technology designed to suit their goals and skills. Her focus in health informatics is on bringing the voice of the end-user health consumer into the medical discourse, to complement the voices of health care providers, administrators, policy makers and payers.  Whether using mobile phones for public health education, supporting lay community health workers in low resource environments, or enabling patients to be involved in their health management through smart phones, her focus is on designing technologies that engage and empower patients and other healthcare role players to increase the effectiveness of the health delivery system. 

Dr. Danis earned her doctorate in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Chicago and has an established publication record in both academic and applied areas of Psychology and computer applications.



   Ms. Dawn Hucke


Dawn Hucke began her career as a CPA for an International Public Accounting Firm, Ernst and Young, LLP.  She was employed with Ernst & Young, LLP for 3 years until she began her next career in private industry as an Audit and Business Consultant.  She worked for 3 different insurance companies in this capacity for 8 years.  In 2002, Dawn joined Mayo Clinic as a Manager for their Audit and Business Consulting practice with focused efforts in process improvement, system implementation, patient privacy (HIPPA), and co-leading the organization’s implementation of a robust Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program.  While in this role, Dawn also had the opportunity to lead the design of Mayo Clinic’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program in collaboration with the Compliance department. After an extended experience within the healthcare system caring for her daughter (now a 9 year cancer survivor), Dawn sought out a career change so that she could be part of improving patient experience.  She completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership in 2013 where she focused her studies on leadership, patient relationships/communication, and emotional intelligence. 

Dawn became certified as an EQ-i practitioner and worked in the Office of Leadership and Organization Development at Mayo Clinic.  Almost 2 years ago, the opportunity arose for her to lead the Patient Experience efforts in Rochester.  She has been working in this role with Dr. Sandhya Pruthi as her Medical Director. Dawn has extensive experience in developing curriculum, facilitation, and presentations.  She has had the opportunity to speak at the MIS Training Institute (Mayo Clinic’s Sarbanes-Oxley program), Mayo Clinic’s Quality Conference (Patient Experience Consultations), PMP Certification Program (Emotional Intelligence) and also recently, the Performance Excellence Network (Service Recovery).  The participants who attended her recent presentation to the Performance Excellence Network consistently rated both her presentation skills and her knowledge about Patient Experience as “outstanding.”



 Dr. Karen Luxford


Dr. Karen Luxford is Director – Patient Based Care at the Clinical Excellence Commission, Sydney, Australia (CEC). In 2010, Dr Luxford founded the Partnering with Patients program at CEC to promote patients, family and carers as care team members and the role of patient-based care in improving patient safety and quality in health care services.

In 2008-2009, Dr Luxford was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy & Practice, Harvard Medical School, Boston and studied exemplar patient-focused organizations in the USA and the role of leadership, patient engagement and patient feedback in improving service quality. Dr Luxford is an Editorial Advisor on patient partnership for the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and an ISQua Expert for the International Society for Quality in Health Care.



Dr. Sandhya Pruthi


Dr. Sandhya Pruthi received her M.D. degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1990, and completed a Family Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1994.   She was the Director of the Breast Diagnostic Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN from January 2002 to July 2010.  She is a Consultant in the Department of General Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Pruthi’s research area is in breast cancer prevention.  Her clinical expertise is the management of women at increased risk for breast cancer and providing pre-operative counseling to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. She is the Mayo Clinic principal investigator on several national breast cancer prevention and biomarker trials aimed at reducing the risk of breast cancer.  She has collaborated in other women’s health trials studying complementary and alternative therapies for management of menopausal symptoms and improving the quality of life of breast cancer survivors.

Dr. Pruthi is the Medical Director for Patient Experience at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  In addition, she is the Associate Medical Director for Development and Chief Medical Editor for Global Business Solutions.  She is one of the Medical Directors in the Center for Innovation. 

Dr. Pruthi is the co- Women’s Specialty Editor of MayoClinic.com and the Editor of the Readers Digest Women’s Health Encyclopedia.   She is a board member for the National Consortium of Breast Centers and has held the title of President of the American Society of Breast Disease. 


 Mr. Steven Wilson


Steven Wilson is a Senior Program Manager with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, leading the planning, management and delivery of national quality improvement programs across the health sector in Scotland. As an Accreditation Team Leader with International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), Mr. Wilson also work with survey teams across the world to evaluate international healthcare organizations, ensuring they meet the highest standards and best practice.

Mr. Wilson has a Master’s degree in Leadership for Health Quality Improvement from Birmingham University and an honorary research fellowship with Dundee University. He is qualified as a green belt in Lean Six Sigma and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.



Dr. Maureen B. Fagan


Maureen Fagan DNP is the Executive Director for the Center for Patients and Families and Associate Chief Nurse for OB/GYN at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Initially she focused her attention on creating and supporting patient and family advisory councils in large service lines, department or unit based care improvement councils and hospital-wide nursing meetings including the BWH Nursing Educational Literacy Council.  Dr. Fagan then introduced 14 patient and family advisors to the Brigham Research Institute in 2012 to create strategic partnerships among scientific and clinical researchers to advance the caring science of patient and family centered care.  Currently there are 85 patient and family members and 16 councils at BWH.

Additionally, Dr. Fagan provides strategic and tactical leadership for 500 nurses, and support staff, 16 Midwives and eight nurse leaders as the Associate Chief Nurse.  This includes the care for families and 6500 babies.

She is a strong proponent of patient and family-centered care and believes that harnessing the expertise of families to reveal and represent their loved one in the hospital or in an ambulatory setting enables all hospital caregivers to tailor their care plans and care experience to each patient specifically.

Dr. Fagan is a Family and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Albany Medical College in 1982, and earned a Masters in Healthcare Management at Simmons College in 1995.  She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Simmons College May 2012 with a strong focus on patient and family-centered care.


National Speakers


 Mr. Abdullah Bin Zarah


Mr. Abdullah Hamad Bin Zarah has a Master Degree in Public Health from Tsukuba University, Japan and certified Black Belt in Six Sigma in Management and Strategic Performance Enhancement.

He has worked with the Ministry of Health for 3 years and has over 17 years of service in the private sector and has also participated in several non-governmental and charitable committees and participated in the development of several plans and strategies for wide range of industries especially in health care.

He has been with Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City since 2007 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

To name a few of his achievements; he had directed the full utilization of the City facility by expanding the Bed Capacity from the original plan of operating 400 beds to the current City operational beds of 462; introduced the Strategic planning and implementation of the Balance Scorecard for the City; Collaboration with Local and International Organizations and made significant contributions with regards to the City’s achievement for the accreditation by JCIA and CARF; initiated the establishment of the First International Rehab Excellence Awards category in Arab Health Awards launched in 2011.

In addition to the successful program and projects that he initiated and participated, he had participated as one of the invited speakers in the International Conference for Patient Experience – Empathy and Innovation Summit held in Cleveland, OH, USA back in 2012 and has been a regular invitee for the aforementioned annual Patient Experience summit.


 Dr. Abdulrahman Al Muammar


Dr. Abdulrahman Al Muammar is currently the Chief Executive Officer; Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, and Consultant of refractive surgery, cornea, external eye disease and uveitis at King Saud University Medical City. He earned his M.B.B.S from King Saud University (KSU) and completed his Postgraduate residency in Ophthalmology from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

He stepped into management as the Medical Director of King Abdulaziz University Hospital in 2008, while serving as the Chief of Cornea, External Eye Diseases and Refractive Surgery Division at KSU, till 2012. He then acted as the General Supervisor of Self-Operation Program at the Medical City till 2013. He recently completed his term as the Vice Rector for Health Specialties at King Saud University. His most remarkable work experience was obtaining accreditation and building the governance model for King Saud University Medical City.

He served as a Board member of the Saudi Ophthalmology Society from 2008-2010, and has chaired and co-chaired several committees at KSU and the Gulf from 2005 to-date. He has over 24 publications in reputable journals like the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Medical Science and three chapters contribution with international publishers, one of which is in process.

As an ophthalmologist, he works conscientiously to deliver care to his patients and strives to be a supportive teacher and research supervisor for his students, inspiring them to be exceptional care givers.

As an administrator, he aims to bring his institution to the forefront and contribute to the national healthcare industry in enhancing patient experience, training the workforce, and providing optimum care.



 Dr. Fatma Al-Abadi


Dr. Al-Abadi serves as the Assistant Head of Health Education at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) -Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She received her B.S.N. with honors from King Abdulaziz University - Jeddah in 1985. Dr. Al-Abadi started her journey at KFSH& RC in 1987 as a pediatric staff nurse then a Diabetes Educator. In 2001, she was selected to establish the health education program at KFSH&RC and develop the first diploma program for Clinical Health Education. During the 7 years of her experience as a Health Education Coordinator, she worked hard to achieve her Master’s degree in Community Health Science – from the Medical College in Al-Gezira University- Sudan in 2004, followed by her PhD in Health Care Management from the American University of London 2006 –UK. She is the author of many patient education materials. Moreover, she has provided many health education training programs all over the kingdom. Dr. Al-Abadi is an active member in many charitable associations.

Dr. Al-Abadi established (Zahrat Amal Breast Cancer Support Group in 2009) in collaboration with Zahra Breast Cancer Association after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, therefore she was granted the title of (Zahra’s Ambassador) by Her Royal Highness Princess Haifa Faisal Al-Saud. Also, she Co-founded the Tafaul Cancer Support Group at KFSH&RC in 2011. She received many awards in: outstanding participation for the National Health Education program in 2012, the Pioneer employee award at KFSH& RC in 2007, Outstanding Research titled (Effectiveness of Health Education at KFSH&RC) in 2005, and The Best Diabetes Educator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Saud University in 1996 and 1999.



 Dr. Ali Tale Asery


Dr. Ali Asery is a Consultant in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Clinical Nutrition at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), Riyadh. He obtained his Doctorate in 1991 at King Saud University Riyadh and completed the board in Pediatrics in 1999. He performed his fellowship training at the University of Calgary, Canada and at king Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh.

He recently earned the Master of Health Administration certificate from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Asery is actively involved and leading several committees at King Fahad Medical City that reviews policies and procedures to meet international standards of patient care. He has been given several leadership tasks within KFMC such as, Chairman of Pediatric Medicine in 2004, Deputy Medical Director of Children’s Hospital in 2005 and as an Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, in the Faculty of Medicine in 2009-2011.

He is an Assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine – King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Sciences and Health. He is also the current Vice President of the Saudi Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (SASPGHAN).

He is currently the Executive Director for Patient Experience, a first of a kind initiative for patient care excellence in the Middle East.


 Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman


Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman is a Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Education, as well as the Vice-Rector for Planning, Development & Quality.

Prof. Khalid is the founding Dean of the College of Medicine at Al Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU). He completed his Higher Diploma in Primary Health Care in 1992 from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, he completed his Arab Board in Family Medicine in 1993 from Saudi Arabia and the Academic Fellowship in Family Medicine in 1998 from the University of Toronto in Canada. He received his Master of Health Sciences (Medical Education) degree in 1999 from the University of Toronto.

Prof. Khalid currently specializes in Family Medicine and Medical Education. His clinical interests lie in patient education, counseling skills, and management of chronic diseases in Family Practice.


Dr. Osama Al-Swailem


Dr. Osama Al-Swailem is Consultant of Family Medicine and Corporate Chief Information Officer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC). In addition to his roles at KFSH&RC, Dr. Al-Swailem is Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics at Alfaisal University.  He obtained his MBBS from the Medical School at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1991 and Primary Healthcare Diploma from the Medical School, King Saud University in 1994. Dr. Al-Swailem achieved Arab Board Certification in Family Medicine in 1995.  Dr. Al-Swailem received a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics from Columbia University, USA in 1998 and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Columbia University, USA in 1999.

Dr. Al-Swailem has over 19 years of working experience in the field of Medical Informatics and Information Technology in Health Care.  He is a board member of the Scientific Committee of the National Centre of Health Information, Council of Health Services. He is a member of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Dr. Al-Swailem co-authored the book “Developing Data Warehouse for the Healthcare Enterprise - Lessons from the Trenches”, which was selected as the “book of the year” for 2008.  He has attended and presented several papers in various international and regional conferences and symposiums.



Dr. Wael Kaawach


Dr. Wael Kaawach is the CEO of Healthcare Development Holding Company in Saudi Arabia. He completed Bachelor of Medical Biology with First Class Honors followed by his Medical Degree at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dr. Kaawach then finished his residency and fellowship at the Harvard University Orthopedic Surgery Program. After which he joined The Harvard Medical School Faculty as an Instructor and Consultant in Orthopedic Surgery, and later appointed as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at the Boston VA Healthcare System. He earned a Commendation Award from the US Department of Veteran Affairs and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals.  

While in Boston, he managed to obtain an MBA in Healthcare Management; during which and upon his return to Jeddah, he was a cofounder, Board Member and Chief Medical Officer of the International Medical Center (IMC). He was instrumental in many aspects of the IMC's development, partnerships and staff recruitment. 

Currently, he is the CEO of The Healthcare Development Holding Company (HDH), the healthcare arm of the Saudi Binladen Group. Since HDH inception in 2008, has eleven subsidiary companies and five international affiliations that are specialized in various healthcare focused businesses with projects in Saudi Arabia and the region. It also has an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA (CCF) that resulted in the first Cleveland Clinic Global Solutions (CCGS) office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He has an interest in healthcare quality programs, and was a team member of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) while at the Boston VA healthcare system.



Dr. Saleh Al Tamimi


Dr. Saleh Al Tamimi is a Pediatrics Emergency Medicine Consultant, and the Chief Executive Officer at King Saud Medical City (KSMC), overseeing the care provided by 8000 employees through almost one million patient encounters per year. He is also the founding Director of the National Emergency Department Support Program.

Prior his post at KSMC, Dr. Al Tamimi was the Associate Executive Director of Medical Administration at King Fahad Medical City. He is a trained researcher and had worked as Director of Emergency Medicine at two large tertiary care centers for 8 years.

Dr. Al Tamimi earned his MBBS from King Saud University and completed his residency training and fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He holds a Master in Health Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a black belt in Six Sigma.


Dr. Mohammed Al-Fagih


Dr. Mohammed Al-Fagih is the Medical Advisor and Medical Superintendent at Dallah Heathcare Company since 1990 to present. Dr. Mohammed is a Clinical Professor at King Saud University and Adjunct Professor of Cardiopulmonary Sciences at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California since 1990. Also, he is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Cardiothoracic Surgical Service. Dr. Mohammed is a member of the Examining Board, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK. He is a founding member of the Editorial Board “Cardiology in the Young” and Joint Board for Postgraduate Medical Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board, “Pediatric Cardiology Journal” in the United States, as well as the Editorial Advisory Board at “Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals” and Local Advisory Board, Kuwait Medical Journal.

Furthermore, Dr. Mohammed is the Chairman of the research committee at the Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital between 1980 to 1992 and the Chairman of the Medical Staff at Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital between 1980 to 1987. Dr. Mohammed Al-Fagih is an affiliate with different boards in many organizations such as Omega Health in Montreal in Canada and Kingdom University in Bahrain as the Chairman. Moreover, he is a member of the Board of Directors at Dallah Healthcare Co. in Riyadh, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Omega Critical Care, Glasgow in the UK and Advance Techno Soft (ATS), Jordan.



Dr. Abeer Al-Mulla 


Dr. Abeer A. AI-Mulla is the Acting Chairman of the Medical Imaging Department at King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. She completed her Executive Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama/Birmingham and her fellowship in Body Imaging Subspecialty at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in September 2006.

In addition to her position, Dr. Abeer is currently also holding other positions;  she is the Associate Executive Director of Innovation & Corporate Integration, and Associate Executive Director for Standardization & Integration Executive Administration.  She is a member in the scientific committee in the Saudi Council of Health Sciences, body imaging fellowship and Editorial Advisory Board for Aunt Minnie's new Middle East community. She is actively participating in Journal Clubs, lectures, tutorials and teaching activities intra and inter-departmental.

Dr. Al-Mulla published several articles in different publications such as: Abdomen Imaging, Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute, Journal of Clinic Oncology and Nuclear Medicine and the Manual for the Clinical Pediatrics book.



 Mr. Malek AlMoosa


Mr. Malek AlMoosa holds a Bachelor degree in hospital administration from ASU in Jordan. He then completed his higher education and received a higher diploma in healthcare management from the University of Surrey in the UK. He also pursued a Masters in healthcare management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He started his career as an assistant administrative director at AlMoosa Specialist Hospital and then was promoted to administrative director and later become the CEO of the hospital since 2011.

Mr. AlMoosa is involved with many local charity institutions. Additionally, he is actively involved in developing a patient centric healthcare system in the region to enhance patient experiences and outcomes.  Moreover, he is a member in a number of organizations and committees that include:

  • He is member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

  • Chairman of the Health Committee in Alahsa Chamber of Commerce.

  • Chairman of the Health Committee in Alahsa Governance Council.

  • Member of the National Health Committee.

  • Member of the board - Alfateh Club.



Mr. Abdulaziz Abu Abah


After 30 years of experience in the field of patient services and patient relations in different hospitals in KSA, which include King Saud medical City and National Hospital, Mr. Abdulaziz Abu Abah is currently working at Charitable Health Society for patient care (ENAYA). Mr. Abu Abah received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Services from AlImam Mohammed ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Mr. Abu Abah is a chairman, co-chairman and a member in several committees involved with patient advocacy. One of the main committees that he is involved in chairing is the Patient Rights Committee. Also he is a member of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee, Information Management Committee and other important committees.

Mr. Abdulaziz has been honored many times and has received awards of appreciation for his efforts. He received a certificate of appreciation from the Director General of Healthcare Affairs in Riyadh. Also, he received an appreciation from the Patient Rights and Affairs Program. 



  Mr. Khaled AlMoshegah


Khaled AlMoshegah is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Association for Visual Disability.  He is a father of two sons who are visually impaired, and founder of the idea “Literacy at for Computer Illiterates”. He has trained more than 800 persons with visual impairments in the Kingdom.

Mr. AlMoshegah is a member of “AlAyam” Association in Buraidah and a member of the Muslim Expats Communities in Buraidah.



 Dr. Ahmed AbuAbah


As of December 2013, Dr. Ahmed AbuAbah was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital is a teaching hospital with a 300 bed capacity and has three Centers of Excellence which are the Women’s Health, Adolescent Health and Child Growth and Development.

Dr. Ahmed obtained his Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine from the University of Toronto, Canada and completed his Master’s Degree in Executive Health Management from Washington University, USA. He studied and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at King Saud University and Child Health Diploma at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Ahmed is a certified Saudi Board in Pediatric Medicine and Arab Board in Pediatric Medicine.

In March 2004, Dr. Ahmed worked at King Fahad Medical City for 8 years and was honored to have been chosen and delegated several leadership positions and responsibilities at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), which is a leading tertiary care referral center throughout the Region. Throughout the years he served at KFMC, he was appointed as a Consultant for the CEO, Associate Executive Medical Director, Director of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), Chairman of Pediatric Department and Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Division at the Children’s Hospital.



 Dr. Saleh Mohammed AlSalehi


Dr. Saleh Mohammed Al Salehi, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at King Saud University for Health Sciences, and a Consultant for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He is also the Director of the Child Development Center at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAAUH) at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, and the Team Leader for the development of the Centers of Excellence. Dr. AlSalhi also holds a number of additional roles which include:

  • Director of Child Development Center at the Saudi Health Council

  • Chairman of the Technical Committee for Helping Children in Disaster Time at the International Pediatric Association

  • Board member of the Saudi Autistic Society

  • Member of the Ministry of Social Affairs Disability Coding Committee

Dr. AlSalhi was the Director General of Health Affairs in the Eastern Region in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.  In his role as the Director General of Health Affairs for 3 years, he was responsible managing health services in the largest region in the country.  Prior to this appointment, he was the Medical Director of the Specialized Children’s Hospital at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) for 8 years.  Dr. AlSalhi was also the CEO for KFMC where he held the position for almost 12 months, and prior to this he was the Director General of Health Affairs in the Northern Border for 2 years, during which he established a 10-year strategic plan for health services that was executed in the years thereafter. 

In addition to Dr. AlSalhi’s leadership appointments, he has also been a chair or member in many national committees. Dr. AlSalhi’s accomplishments also include the publications of several books in the field of Child Development and Behavior. His interests lie in networking in order to develop a better health care system for the Kingdom.



 Dr. Abeer AlTamimi


Dr. AlTamimi is a goal-oriented and focused healthcare professional with 16 years’ experience as a clinician, researcher, and lecturer. She is committed, hardworking and knowledgeable healthcare professional with a great passion for evidence-based modern practice in health professions training, clinical practice, and research.

Dr. AlTamimi career began as a clinical physiotherapist in the field of Women’s Health at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, where she was afforded the opportunity to work with many skilled colleagues from varied backgrounds and within many different models of service delivery. 

In 2009, Dr. AlTamimi completed a Master’s Degree in Women’s Health from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.  In 2013, she received a Post-graduate Diploma in Continence and Pelvic Rehabilitation from Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.  Subsequently, in 2015 she received Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Professions from the University of Brighton.  Her expertise lies in the delivery of women’s health and physiotherapy from both clinical and administrative standpoints. Being a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, she is experienced in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal problems which are related to the different stages of pregnancy, including the ante, peri and post-natal periods.


Ms. Reem S. AlSharekh


Reem S. AlSharekh began her career as a translator at Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, a Rehabilitation hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, following her graduation with a Bachelor’s of Arts in the English Language from King Saud University. A year later, she was appointed as a Case Manager for the Limb Loss Rehabilitation program and later on as Patient Services Manager. Throughout her twelve years at the Humanitarian City, Reem has worked with people with different disabilities and social backgrounds which was a very enriching experience. She has also gained extensive training and knowledge in areas related to patient care processes, service recovery, performance improvement, and hospital policies and procedures. 

In 2014, Reem has moved to King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University hospital, as Patient Experience Manager A role that yet enabled her to fulfill her career ambitions to serve patients and their families in the unconventional patient-hospital relationship, but as partners in care.

Learning from her patients and their families throughout her years of experience, Reem feels that as healthcare providers, expanding our human relations is a major component for the success of any healthcare organization. Furthermore, as a leader to her team, she believes in building their capabilities and human relations skills to become change agents through adopting an innovative approach to achieve their targeted outcomes.