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Dr. Khalid Al-Malki, Supervisor of King Saud University’s Research Chair of Voice and Swallowing Disorders (RCVASD), served as a guest speaker and trainer at a summer workshop for employees of Rumailah Hospital in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Al-Malki participation at the July training program afforded employees of Rumaila’s Department of Speech Therapy to acquire valuable knowledge and skills vital for treating patients with dysphagia, a swallowing disorder in which one has the feeling that food is "sticking" in his or her throat or chest.
One of the Middle East’s prominent experts and popular consultants in the field of voice and swallowing disorders, Dr. Al-Malki lectured and guided the program on assessment and treatment of swallowing diseases. The training session lasted two days and in addition to lectures and practical training, the program included extensive discussions between Dr. Al-Malki and hospital employees.
Dr. Al-Maliki discussed a series of voice and swallowing cases that he has encountered at King Saud University, ones that Rumailah Hospital employees can consider in future assessments and treatments of similar problems. Dr. Al-Maliki’s, who last year co-chaired the 8th annual Middle East Update in Otolaryngology Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, has helped establish RCVASD as one of the University’s most active research chairs, one of the reasons KSU’s Faculty of Medicine’s vision and mission has earned it reputation for excellence and a leadership role locally and regionally.
Rumailah Hospital is Qatar’s oldest health facility, opened in 1957 as a 224-bed hospital. Today it is managed by Qatar’s premier non-profit health care provider, the Hamad Medical Corporation, which also runs Doha’s Hamad General Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Al Amal Hospital.