On Saturday, December 24, Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah met with a King Saud University delegation headed by Vice Rector for Health Specializations Mohammad Al Shehri, who conveyed to the Minister the warm regards of KSU Rector Abdullah Al-Othman.
Dr. Al Shehri was accompanied by an esteemed group of KSU medical leaders which included Dr. Essam H. Mattar, Assistant Vice Rector for Health Specializations, Dr. Khalid Al-Malki, Head of KSU's Communication and Swallowing Disorders Unit (CSDU) and Supervisor of the KSU Research Chair of Voice and Swallowing Disorders (RCVASD) Dr. Abdulrahman Hagr.
Dr. Al Shehri explained that the visit was made in order to discuss several topics and consolidate the close relations between the Ministry of Health and KSU medical community of researchers and practitioners. Discussions focused on venues of cooperation, such as workshops and training, joint research and other collaborative projects.
Deans of the KSU health colleges each gave presentations on their colleges, emphasizing their achievements and plans for the future. One such presentation, delivered by Dr. Khalid Fouda-Neel, Dean of the newly-established Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services, gave an introduction of his college and its developmental plans. Dr. Abdulrahman Hagr introduced the project to establish the King Abdullah Specialized Ear Center, the Arab region’s first center of its kind in the field of hearing disability and transplantation of ear devices.
Ministry officials attending the meeting included:
- Dr. Mansour Naser Alhowasi, Deputy Minister of Health for Executive Affairs
- Dr. Mohammad Khusheim, Deputy Minister of Health for Planning and Research.
- Dr. Ali Qasem Al Qahtani, Assistant Deputy Minister of Workforce Development
- Dr. Mohammed Zamakhshary, Director General of Research and Development
- Dr. Afaf Al-Tuwaijri, Director General of Training and Scholarship.