The Heart Centre is a tertiary center for cardiovascular care with international standards of excellence. We lead the region in many of the most advanced cardiac care treatments and state of the art procedures.

Pediatric and adult patients are evaluated in highly specialized clinics by multidisciplinary staff who are uniquely trained and certified by either North American or European Boards in their respective medical subspecialties; patients are offered therapies consistent with disease-specific management guidelines in accordance with international standards.

Annually we admit over 2500 inpatients to our Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Intensive Care beds and perform thousands of surgeries, specialized procedures and diagnostic tests for our patients which are not done anywhere else in the Kingdom.

For over 30 years the Heart Centre has been caring for patients with many chronic and acute conditions such as hypertension, heart failure and cardiomyopathy and others. Patients are referred to us from all over the middle-east because of the specialty care we offer.

We are proud of our team of highly trained physicians, nurses and allied healthcare staff. We consistently deliver care and quality outcomes which have earned us designations and accreditations from the Joint Commission International, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence and European Laboratory Accreditation through the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

Heart Centre Milestones

  • 1978   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
  • 1985   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
  • 1986   First arterial switch operation for complex congenital heart performed
  • 1987   First homograft implanted
  • 1988   The Department of Cardiovascular Diseases was established. Service expanded to four cath labs, four ORs, nineteen CSICU beds and ten CCU beds
  • 1989   First heart transplant was performed
  • 1990   First Ross procedures was performed
  •  1991   First Cardiomyoplasty procedures was performed
  • 1998   The sequential bilateral lung transplantation done on Oct 15, 1998 is the first for the hospital
  •   Establishment of the Congenital Heart Defects Registry (CHDR)
  • 1999   Cath and echo labs were upgraded and digitalized. A departmental server was installed and the department became networked
  • 2001   Aortic vascular endo-stenting performed for aortic aneurysm
  • 2004   King Faisal Heart Institute was established
  • 2005   Started Surgical (MAZE) ablation for the treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation
  •   Introduced 3D Echocardiography in cardiac clinical practice
  •   Introduced new diagnostic contrast agent for enhancement during the echocardiography
  •   Established routine use of radial artery conduit during coronary bypass
  •   Established minimally invasive endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting during coronary bypass
  •   Successfully performed open heart/VSD closure as a hybrid procedure in the operating room
  •   Introduced Transcutaneous Fontan procedure for complex congenital heart disease
  •   Introduced biventricular pacing for treatment of congestive heart disease
  •   Introduced Cardiostim Flowmeter to measure coronary graft flows during coronary bypass


  • Heart Centre is renowned worldwide for its quality in the following areas of cardiac care:
  • The only center for heart transplantation in Saudi Arabia and in the Gulf States Region
  • Mechanical heart assists devices for bridge to transplant or recovery - one of the very few centers in the area
  • High-risk open heart surgery in hemodialysis patients
  • High-risk complicated repeat congenital open heart surgery in pediatric population
  • High-risk complicated repeat open heart surgery in adults, children and newborns
  • High-risk complicated repeat multi-valve procedures
  • Open heart surgery in patients with multiple chronic diseases


1.Adult Cardiology

2.Pediatric Cardiology


4.Cardiac Surgery

5.Adult Congenital Heart Disease

6.Adult Outpatient Clinic

7.Pediatric Outpatient Clinic

8.Non-Invasive Cardiology Lab

9.Cardiac Cath Lab (Invasive)