Journey of Excellence

Journey of Excellence



  • The Heart Centre is the only active heart transplant program in the Kingdom, the largest program in the Asia Pacific region and is now in the top transplant centers worldwide performing 20 Heart transplantations or more
  • Renal Transplant Exchange Program at KFSH&RC, Riyadh, has achieved significant progress through non-related living-donors kidney exchange program
  • KFSH&RC has launched the new advanced center for Telemedicine, which equipped with the latest advanced technologies, multiple screens, various telemedicine applications and offer communications with 32 Hospitals at the same time to ensure the best possible tertiary services offered to patients in their areas
  • Over 18,000 Donors have joined the Stem Cell Donor Registry of KFSH&RC - Riyadh
  • KFSH&RC Completes 110 Lung Transplants to 110 Patients, the sophisticated, innovative techniques used in conducting the lung transplantations commensurate with the patient’s underlying health condition have enabled the hospital to reach 110 lung transplants by the end of 2016.
  • KFSH&RC Launches a programme for Children Patients’ Education in Cooperation with The Ministry of Education for long-stay inpatient children. This comes as a step towards supporting student patients to avoid any interruption to their studies and to help them prepare for their exams at various education stages.
  • KFSH&RC Inaugurated the newly renovated Orthotics & Prosthetics Department and launches new technologies with computer aided equipment that allows digitally precise manufacturing of devices that will be of great benefit to patients.
  • Re accreditation by College of American Pathologists (CAP), American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), Joint Accreditation Committee for ISCT-EBMT (JACIE), and ISO 17025.



  • The Heart Centre is the only active heart transplant program in the Kingdom, the largest program in the Asia Pacific region, and it is now in the top 10% of transplant centers worldwide as it performes 30 Heart transplantations or more.
  • A total of seven patients were successfully transplanted through the “Paired Kidney donation program” where four cases of transplantation was done between two families with unmatched Donor/Patient “Two way exchange” and three cases of transplantation were done between three families “Three way exchange”
  • KFSH&RC is the first and the only site outside the USA to receive accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for the Postgraduate (year-two) Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy residency program.
  • Twenty (20) lung transplants performed in 2015 with significant increase of 100% over 2014.
  • KFSHRC was chosen as the “First national coding educational program” in the Kingdom By Saudi Health Council.
  • Live transmission of 2 unique interventional cases to a major international symposium “Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiology Symposium - PICS-AICS” in Las Vegas USA - a complex pulmonary valve insertion and a percutaneous Fontan procedure using 3D modelling technology.
  • Accredited for the “Pain Management Fellowship Training Program” by the Saudi Health Council.
  • Accredited as a “Residency Training Center in Ophthalmology” by the Saudi Health Council.
  • Health Outreach Services award as an institutional member of the American Telemedicine Association.
  • First center for training and credentialing of Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) in Middle East.
  • KFSH&RC was the first to successfully demonstrate the concept of the virtual clinic as a new state of the art technology to be utilized by KFSH&RC consultants which offers a high quality of health care to the patients in their regions.




  • Recognition of the Heart Transplant Center by the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) as a Heart Transplant and Assist Device Center.
  • Among the top 22% of transplant centers worldwide performing Heart transplantation.
  • Performed the first live transmission of Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization with stent and valve insertion to the Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium in Chicago June 8, 2014.
  • Installed the Heart Navigator System for structural heart disease.
  • Ranked one of the top 10 largest international transplant programs in the number and type of transplanted diseases and the top 4% of all centers reporting to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)
  • 1st in the volume of living donor liver transplant amongst 137 liver transplant centers in the USA
  • 1st in the volume of pediatric liver transplant amongst 54 liver transplant centers in the USA
  • 1st in the volume of pediatric living donor kidney transplant amongst 235 kidney transplant centers in the USA
  • 2nd in the volume of living donor kidney transplant amongst 235 kidney transplant centers in the USA
  • Installed the Operating Room Brain Suite thereby allowing for more precise treatment of complicated tumors in sensitive areas of the brain
  • Introduced the concept of ‘awake craniotomies’ for certain neurosurgical procedure enabling the neurosurgeons to do more radical tumor resections
  • Implemented the Intra-Operative Photon Radiation Therapy program in the surgical setting for Breast Cancer patients.
  • Established the first Genetic Counseling Master’s Program in the Middle East.
  • Established the Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacotherapy Specialty Residency Program, the first outside the USA and the first to be considered for ASHP accreditation
  • Introduced the electronic medication tracking system MedBoard© as the first site outside the USA.
  • Expanded the Tele-ICU services to cover 24 KFSH Regional Hospitals




  • Introduced the Hemipelvis Transplantation-Orthopedic Surgery
  • Introduced a new implant for deformity correction (Globus)
  • Introduced the performance of Minimally Invasive living donor Hepatectomy cases
  • Established the Temporomandibular & Myofacial Dysfunction Service
  • Implemented the Intraoperative Radiation Therapy program to deliver high doses of electron radiation in the surgical setting.
  • Introduced the Trans-sphenoidal and minimally invasive Neurosurgery




  • Performed 2 single lung transplants simultaneously from a single donor
  • Transplanted a whole left lobe of a liver of a living donor to a young adult recipient
  • Performed the first invasive procedure to treat Twin-Reversed Arterial Perfusion (TRAP) with radio frequency probe
  • Received three (3) excellence awards from the Cerner Regional User Group (RUG)
  • Introduced 25 new diseases or mutations for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
  • Recognized the Department of Physical Therapy as the centre of excellence for pelvic floor rehabilitation in the kingdom
  • Attained Children Oncology Group (COG) membership
  • Introduced the use of the Fibroscan to assess liver fibrosis, steatosis and cirrhosis without the need for liver biopsy
  • Installed the first truebeam linear accelerator
  • Installed the Brachytherapy Suite
  • Implemented the Temporomandibular &Myofacial Dysfunction Service
  • Implemented the Total Lab Automation (TLA)
  • Received accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Center
  • Selection of the Saudi Nurse Leadership Management Group as a recipient of the Clinical Partnership Award- Large Hospital by the Sigma Theta Tau International
  • The Patient Contact Centre project phase 1 went live
  • Implemented the ICIS phase III




  • Provided more than 16 new Molecular Genetics tests in-house
  • Established ICU without walls
  • Expanded the Polyclinic programs to 2 additional areas (Abha and Dammam)
  • Expanded the Tele-ICU services in all 21 KFSH Regional Hospitals
  • Expansion of the Home Mechanical Ventilation Program to accommodate more patients
  • Establishment of the Fetal diagnosis and therapy program, fetal therapy clinic and the combined fetal echocardiography clinic
  • Received accreditation by the Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)




  • Developed the Saudi Nurse Leadership Program.
  • Initiated the process towards being accredited as a Magnet Hospital.
  • Launched the Advance Medical Alliance Program, which is a joint commercial operation between KFSH&RC and Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City (SBAHC).
  • The Safety Reporting System was implemented.
  • LEAN Methodology was introduced.
  • Introduced the DAISY Recognition Program for all Nursing Staff.
  • The King Abdullah Center for Cancer and Liver Diseases began its design and development stage.
  • The design work for the National Biotechnology Center has been completed.
  • The North Tower building has been completed and is now functional.




  • State-of-the-art technologies namely Tomotherapy, Cyberknife and Rapid Arc were introduced in KFSH&RC, the first in the whole region.
  • The Percutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation Program was introduced.
  • Obtained membership with the US National Database Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), allowing international benchmarking by 2010.
  • Full, stand-alone implementation of the Oracle HRMS (Human Resources Management System).
  • Established a joint agreement with the Methodist International Hospital in Houston, Texas for quality improvement projects.




  • Council of Ministers issued a Royal Order for the amalgamation of King Faisal Specialist Hospital-Jeddah with King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre-Riyadh (General Organization) in May 2008.
  • Clinical Services was successfully re-accredited by the Joint Commission International Accreditation during the on-site survey in March 2008.
  • Inaugural publication of the KFSH&RC Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy Journal in January 2008.
  • KFCC awarded membership in the Canadian Bone Marrow Transplantation Group (CBMTG).
  • KFCC achieved institutional membership and collaborative studies with the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN).
  • KFCC established the Eastern Mediterranean Blood & Marrow Transplantation Group (EMBMT).
  • Established the first National Bone Bank that will serve the Ministry of Health and other hospitals.
  • Founding and developing the Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy Program, which began February 2008.




  • KFCC opened four disease specific database/registries for rectal cancer, Hodgkin’s, Non-Hodgkin’ s and lymphoma and five clinical protocols established in epithelial ovarian cancer, breast cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and myeloid leukemia.
  • KFCC launched the Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) Program.
  • KFHI’s Heart Transplant Program performed 12 heart transplants in 2007 with no deaths. The number of heart transplants performed in the last two years and heart transplant outcome results have become the most positive continuing story in the Kingdom about the programs offered at KFHI.
  • KFHI continued to perform the most complicated and repeat congenital heart surgeries in the Middle East making it one of the top 10 congenital heart centers in the world.
  • Medical Genetics’ Targeted Genetic Disease Prevention Program (TGDPP) – the first targeted prevention program to be launched in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Establishment of the Cardiovascular Genetics Program – the first program to address genetics of cardiovascular diseases.
  • The section of Neurosurgery was recognized by the World Federation of Neurosurgery as a training center for Interventional Skull Base Surgery.
  • The section of Pediatric Neurology established the ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders) National Program in collaboration with CHADD (Child & Adult with ADHD).
  • Established the Autism Program.
  • Development of the Epilepsy Registry to a national registry.
  • The Department of Orthopedic Surgery established the first Bone Bank in the Kingdom to replace resected bones following oncology surgery.
  • Implementation of the Navigation System for joint replacement and spinal surgery.





  • Implemented the Anesthesia PYXIS machine in the Operating Room. It streamlines management of medications and supplies for anesthesia, and securely stores anesthesia products
  • at the point of care.
  • Number of reported medication dispensing errors reduced by 35%.
  • Participated in 100,000 Lives Campaign, which includes the following projects: Rapid Response Team, which resulted in a 54% decrease in codes.
  • Central Line Infections
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
  • Adverse Drug Reactions


  • Implemented CBAY-FLO, a web-based transcription product. This has expedited the completion of patients’ medical records, making critical information available in a timely fashion.
  • Expanded installation of Q-Matic Calling System in the clinics which resulted in increased patient satisfaction.
  • Created a one-stop-shopping for patients in clinics.
  • Expanded the SMS appointment reminder system.


  • Through the Health Outreach Services, 2,058 KFSH&RC patients were seen and 358 laparoscopic and other surgical procedures were performed in the region.
  • Four-hundred thirty-four organ transplantations were performed.


  • Accreditation of all Nursing activities by the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education.
  • Signing of an agreement for educational affiliation and cooperation with Al Faisal University Medical College.




  • Establishment of Breast Cancer Program.
  • KFSH&RC won the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences in the category of "Best Medical Services in the Arab World".
  • Establishment of Adult Alternate Donor Stem Cell Transplantation Program.
  • The Life Support Training Center was designated by the Saudi Heart Association/American Heart Association as the International Training Organization for Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course in the region.
  • The Annals of Saudi Medicine was approved for inclusion in Index Medicus; therefore, articles published in the Annals now appear in PubMed, the internet interface for Index Medicus.
  • The American Academy of Continuing Medical Education granted KFSH&RC full accreditation with commendation due to its exemplary compliance as a CME provider for all healthcare professionals (for the period October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005).




  • Establishment of the Lung Transplant Unit.
  • Establishment of the King Faisal Cancer Center.
  • Establishment of the Department of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobilliary-Pancreatic Surgery.
  • Establishment of a Clinical Research Center.




  • Genetically modified food testing introduced.
  • Opening of the Sleep Medicine Unit.
  • Expansion of the Day Procedure Center to accommodate over 1,500 patients per month.
  • Gynecology/Minimally Invasive Surgery Clinic was opened.
  • Hemophilia Program was established.
  • Section of Colorectal Surgery was established.
  • Thermal balloon endometrial ablations were initiated.
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre becomes a corporation.
  • Celebration of the performance of 1,000 allogenic bone marrow transplantations.




  • Endoscopic Ultrasound Service (EUS) was developed.
  • Establishment of Department of Medical Genetics.
  • Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Clinic was initiated.
  • Establishment of Comprehensive Move-ment Disorders Program (CMDP) with a facility for stereotactic surgery for Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy Program was started.




  • Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology was established.
  • KFSH&RC awarded full accreditation by the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) for three years.
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre-Jeddah opened.




  • Cath and echo labs were upgraded and digitalized. A departmental server was installed and the department became networked.       
  • Upgrading of radiation equipment with a new state-of-the-art Varian 2300 EX accelerator, a CT simulator, two Selectron machines for treatment with radioactive sources.         
  • National Telemedicine Network with telera-diology in specific regions in the Kingdom.    
  • Endoanal ultrasound established for evaluation and staging of patients with renal cancer.



  • Establishment of the Telemedicine Program – a first in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • The OB Reproductive Medicine Ultrasound Service was created.
  • The Perinatology Laboratory for invasive procedures was established.


  • Newly formed Medical and Clinical Operations made up of Medical Staff, Nursing Services, Ancillary Services and Patient Services
  • Children’s Cancer Center was operational.



  • A Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Rehabilitation Clinic was initiated.
  • Kingdom-wide Anticoagulation Service network.
  • The new Oncology building became operational.
  • Accreditation of the major residency programs by the Saudi Council of Health Specialties (Saudi Board) took effect.



  • Integration of the Department of Neurosciences.
  • Establishment of an ultrasound unit for the purpose of fetal sonographic screening for anomalies and markers of chromosomal abnormalities.
  • Insertion of first electronic sphincter stimulator for anal incontinence (dynamic graciloplasty).


  • Telemedicine Center Network was established.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning was acquired.
  • First diagnostic electron microscopy laboratory and cytogenetic laboratory was established in the Middle East.


  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit was established.



  • Successful separation of Siamese twins was performed.
  • The Postgraduate Education Center was inaugurated.
  • The Cleft Lip and Palate Program became operational.
  • Establishment of a National Cancer Registry based at KFSH&RC.


  • The Dental Implant Program was started.
  • The Section of Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Oncology was established.


  • Introduction of Modular Replacement system for limb salvage surgery.
  • Implementation of the Home Health Care Program.
  • First dedicated colorectal service in the Kingdom.
  • First restorative proctocolectomy for mucosal ulcerative colitis.




  • Life Support Training Center established.


  • The Department of Cardiovascular Diseases was established. Service expanded to four cath labs, four ORs, nineteen CSICU beds and ten CCU beds.


  • Accreditation of the residency programs by the Arab Board for Medical Specialties.
  • Flow cytometry laboratory established.
  • In Vitro Fertilization Unit (IVF) was opened.


  • Baylor contract ends and a KFSH team is established consisting of cardiac surgery, adult cardiology and pediatric cardiology with one cath lab, one OR, four ICU beds and six CCU beds.
  • Outpatient Fetal Monitoring Unit was established.
  • The Orthognathic Combined Clinic was opened.
  • The first lithotripter was purchased in the Kingdom.
  • Immunohistochemistry laboratory started.


  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit was established.
  • KFSH&RC (Academic Affairs) was designated as the test center in the Kingdom of the Foreign Medical Graduate
  • Examination in the Medical Sciences and ECFMG English test, later changed to the USMLE.
  • Approval of CME Program accreditation through the Ohio State University.
  • Gynecology Oncology Section opened.



  • Cyclotron and Radiopharmaceuticals Department acquired major pieces of equipment.
  • Establishment of Academic and Research Affairs.
  • The Scholarship Program for physicians was established and a number of qualified physicians were sent abroad for training.
  • The Department of Oncology was established, which consisted of medical oncology, pediatric oncology, and radiation oncology.
  • Outpatient Fetal Monitoring Unit was established.



  • College of American Pathologists Accreditation–the first in Asia.
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Section (Perinatology) opened.
  • HLA testing for transplantation started.


  • The maiden issue of King Faisal Specialist Hospital Medical Journal (now Annals of Saudi Medicine) was published.


  • Cardiac surgery started as part of the Department of Surgery with a team from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • First Cardiac Surgical Center in Saudi Arabia.



First diagnostic electron microscopy laboratory and cytogenetic laboratory was established in the Middle East.



First fine needle aspiration biopsy was introduced.