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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Saudi Arabia Chapter

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 8/1/2011 or earlier) can vote via online (www.directvote.net/ACP/) or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on August 26, 2013 and ends on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Mohammad A. Al-Qahtani, MBBS, FACP

PLACE OF BIRTH: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

EDUCATION: MBBS, King Saud University, Riyadh, April 2001

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Heart failure, University of British Columbia, Canada, June 2009

CERTIFICATION: Saudi Board of Internal Medicine, December 2006

PRESENT POSITION: Assistant professor and co director of medicine block in King Saud University for health sciences. Consultant internal medicine and heart failure specialist , King Abdullaziz Medical City (KAAMC) - Department of Medicine (from May 2009 till now), Head of internal medicine (from November 2012 till now), Deputy program director-medicine residency training program(from October 2010 till now), Clinician educator (CanMed collaborative center)

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellow of the American College of Physicians. July 2010

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Encourage ACP membership in the level of King Abdullaziz Medical City (KAAMC)

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: CanMed committee member, Member of central morbidity committee, Member of clinical pathways and guidelines committee in Department of medicine – KAAMC, Member of " Department of Medicine Residency Committee", KAAMC, Member of General Electric (GE) health care improvement program-Discharge process in Department of medicine - KAAMC (2008), Member of the preparatory committee for the "Saudi Board Clinical Examination" in KAAMC (2004-2005, and 2007-2008), Member of “Resident-Day committee”, KAAMC (2005)

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Saudi Board examiner for internal medicine

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: General internal medicine and heart failure

Vision Statement

I would be honored to be in the Governor position. As I have been involved in many internal medicine activities over the years, I have learned the benefits of establishing ACP chapter in Saudi Arabia. I look forward to continuing to support the College’s efforts. The ACP supports many of the ideas that I believe will lead to high quality, evidence-based, affordable care. ACP has always been a leader in educational resources, high quality publications and meetings. I feel strongly that we need to continue to support networking and mentoring opportunities especially for young physicians. ACP provides a forum for generalists and specialists from diverse backgrounds to convene build consensus and affect constructive change. Fostering such communication, meaningful results, and the growth of Saudi Arabia –ACP chapter are my highest priorities as Governor.


Maha M. Al-Saud, MBBS, FACP

PLACE OF BIRTH: Beirut, Lebanon

EDUCATION: MBBS at the King Saud University, College of Medicine MBBS, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: 1986-1987 – Internship Training at the King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA, 1988-1989 – Residency Training at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, KSA, 1990-1993 – Residency Program, trained at the George Washington University Medical Center, and Affiliated Hospitals, Washington, USA; CERTIFICATION: 1994 – American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Certification, 2004 – American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Recertification

PRESENT POSITION: Consultant, Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, KFSH&RC, Senior Clinical Scientist, Research Centre, KFSH&RC, Head, Quality Assurance & Quality Improvement Office, Research Centre, KFSH&RC, Head, Patient Education and Public Outreach Committee, KFSH&RC, Member, Board of Directors, Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute, USA and UK, Executive Director, External Relations, Al Faisal University

ACP ACTIVITIES: 2009 - Fellowship, American College of Physicians, January 1995 - Member, American College of Physicians, Member of the Steering Committee of the Saudi Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member of the Founding Committee which established the Saudi Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Member of the Internal Medicine Delegation to India of the People to People International (February 2006 ), Member, American Medical Association (1994), Member of the Committee that Elected the current Governor, Member, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (1993)

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: As an Internist at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, I teach and supervise students, residents and fellows, Represented Saudi Arabia for strategic planning in the USA in August 2006 and in the International Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering held in Kuwait in 2007, Representative of the Saudi female doctors at His Majesty’s Royal Court to wives of Head of States of Indonesia, Koreal Jorna, Spain, Lebanon, France, China, Austria and other senior delegates, Esteemed Member of the Al Nahda, Takaful Group which report directly to His Highness, the Governor of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Co-Director, Office of Research Affairs, Research Centre (2001-2008), Co-Director, Centre for Clinical Studies and Empirical Ethics (2008-2010)

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Continuous medical education, policy and advancement, Special interest in women’s health, thromboembolic disease, developed a protocol for annual health screening profile

Vision Statement

I envision an active chapter that includes all medical students and guide their career plans. As Saudi Arabia sends so many physicians for continuing training abroad, a unified platform for them that emphasizes research, community service, and exam qualifications in order to facilitate future collaboration and research.

As for practicing physicians, a wonderful resource for social and professional growth, networking and update. The chapter can support patient education in the native language and work in collaboration with governmental institutions, like the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education on all issues that concern patient care and physician advancement. Research should be targeted in this era and key to it is a robust agenda that brings all interested physicians together through meetings, periodicals and a database that is shared.

Contact Information

Khalid A. Qushmaq, MD, MHA, FACP
ACP Governor, Saudi Arabia Chapter