Meet Our Governor-elect Designee
Saudi Arabia Chapter
Congratulations to the Saudi Arabia Chapter Governor-Elect Designee, Maha M. Al Saud, MBBS, FACP. Our new Governor-elect Designee will do a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start her four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2015. As Governor, Dr. Al Saud will serve as the official representative of the College for the Saudi Arabia Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Al Saud will be working closely with Dr. Qushmaq (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and her duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Al Saud, feel free to read her bio below.
Maha M. Al Saud, MBBS, FACP
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
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.