In collaboration with other services of the Hospital, the Surgery Department treats and manages wide range of diseases and complex cases requiring tertiary care and surgical intervention. These include cancer cases (breast, colorectal cancer, thyroid, lung, gastric and esophageal carcinoma), vascular diseases, congenital diseases, pediatric surgical conditions and oncology, lung transplantation, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.  It performs almost 5,000 cases per year, mostly tertiary in nature, by highly-skilled surgical staff, accredited in accordance with the highest international standards. 

The Department pioneered cutting-edge treatment modalities, such as Laparoscopic Colorectal surgery, Pediatric morbid obesity surgery, different types of laparoscopic surgery, Lung Transplant & use of sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer staging. Well-established academic and teaching activities form a major component of our training programs.  Surgical staff actively participates in the Outreach Program, performing major surgeries throughout the different cities in the Kingdom. 

With all the modern changes in the practice of surgery at worldwide level, the Department of Surgery has adopted and committed to be at par with international standards and practice.  This effort required continuous hard work in training surgeons and adopting all newly-approved surgical practice, including minimally invasive procedures, implementing evidence-based medicine practice, and using day care surgery orchestra. 


Subsections:  It consists of seven sections with sub-specialties:

Breast and Endocrine Surgery

The Breast and Endocrine section at KFSH&RC is the main tertiary referral centre for the whole Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The majority of the cases treated are tertiary and complex surgical cases. We have the largest volume of both Breast and Endocrine cancer patients in the country.

The section provides the state-of-the-art surgery to all patients in a timely accepted manner. There are five experienced Breast and Endocrine surgeons at the section. They manage and treat more than 800 Breast and Endocrine patients every year. 

A short hospital stay is applied at our section and our patients are taken care of during admission by a group of highly experienced nursing staff. 


All types of surgeries are performed with excellent outcomes. This includes:

  • Breast conservative surgery and modified radical mastectomy. 
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy and axillary dissection. 
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. 
  • Skin Sparing Mastectomy and Nipple Sparing Mastectomy. 
  • Intra-operative radiotherapy as a sole therapy or as a boost. 
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Lymph node excional biopsy
  • Neck dissection
  • Re-do- thyroidectomy

There are six surgical clinics throughout the week and seven full day operative rooms per-week. Surgical ground rounds and a Breast tumor multidisciplinary conference is conducted every week. 


Colorectal Surgery

The goal of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center webpage is to offer vital information on our clinical, research and teaching programs for patients, physicians and prospective colorectal surgeons. Building on a successful history, the section continues its role as a leader in research and treatment in all aspects of colorectal surgery. Our colorectal surgeons are highly experienced and committed to providing the entire spectrum of care for their patients, dedicated to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus and large bowel (colon)  anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), diverticular disease, problems with fecal incontinence and prolapse, as well as rectocele and hereditary colorectal tumors.


Our colorectal surgeons are recognized nationally and internationally for their clinical and scientific contributions. They are recognized as educators in the medical community and they are actively involved in community education here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In addition to rotations as part of the general surgery residency program, the section offers a fellowship program in colorectal surgery that offers in-depth exposure to all aspects of colorectal diseases and surgery. Training allows the Colon & Rectal surgeons to teach future surgeons on the latest techniques. By leading the advances in colon and rectal surgery, our surgeons stay at the forefront of colorectal surgery.

We want our patients to be healthy and we aim to do everything in our power to help them achieve and sustain the highest quality of life possible. It is what makes us leaders in our field.


General & Oncology Surgery

The Section of General & Oncology Surgery at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center is a clinical and academic service which provides advanced expertise in all aspects of General Surgery, including oncology, trauma, critical care, and diseases related to the gastrointestinal tract.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care, conduct innovative medical research, and provide the best training to our surgeons and physicians.

This Section is the mainstay of Department of Surgery because General and Oncology Surgery is the bread-and-butter for surgical practice and major cases like cancer patients and tumors of various abdominal structures.

This Section is dealing with most of the surgical emergencies including acute appendicitis, bowel obstructions, acute ventral hernias and others including traumas and which is the cornerstone of Department of Surgery. The wide scale of the surgical domain in this Section includes minor procedures including muscle biopsies, acute appendicitis and small lymph node biopsies to major robotic resections of gastric tumors and laparoscopic procedures too.   This Section is the main part who practices laparoscopic surgery including laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic gastrectomy and small bowel resection for various kind of pathology including cancer.

We deal with consultations from other departments for all the types of tumors and cancers.  We also do intraabdominal malignancies including very highly sophisticated procedures such as HIPEC, gastrectomy and small bowel resections.

We are committed to provide innovative and safe alternatives to traditional open surgery. Whether we are using state-of-the-art robotic-assisted technology or endoscopic techniques, our surgeons can perform complex and delicate procedures through small incisions with unmatched precision. In addition, the Section is responsible for the training of undergraduate medical students and provides training for core residents in Surgical Sub-specialties. We have 4 Consultants, 1 Associate Consultant, 2 Assistant Consultants, and 3 Residents with 4 OR list a week and daily 24-hour on call service.

Training residents and medical students and publishing new articles were all part of the function of this important section in the Hospital. There are ongoing continuing medical education programs to keep the medical community updated in a variety of surgical problems.


The Section has been accredited internationally for Robotic Surgery practice as well as laparoscopic procedures.

Pediatric Surgery

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH & RC) is the referral center for high-risk pregnancy with antenatal diagnosis of surgical neonatal problems, oncological patients and for other complex congenital anomalies of pediatric age group, which all need a multidisciplinary teamwork action and advanced technology including Minimally Invasive/Robotic Surgery. 

The hospital is also a major referral center for a full range of complicated surgical pediatric cases including patients who had surgical procedures somewher else.

Total commitment to ensure that the needs of patients and their families always come first.  This will be achieved through the pursuit of continuous quality improvement of patient care through scientific knowledge, evidence-based research and clinical work, patient's education and integrated health care networks.

The Section of Pediatric Surgery supports the mission of KFSH&RC in providing the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the highest quality of tertiary medical care for all types of pediatric surgical diseases in a coordinated and balanced program through clinical practice, teaching and research, along with other related pediatric subspecialty.


The section performs around 1700 procedures annually with major emphasis on pediatric oncology and congenital anomalies.  Many process management activities have been employed over the last few years to widen the scope of service and increase capacity.  The section have shortened the waiting list significantly through a robust and comprehensive discharge planning process, high rate of operating room utilization, high rate of bed utilization, improvement of surgical techniques, active case management, and standardization of our consultation process.     

Our pain management scheme is exemplary and reviewed periodically to minimize suffering after surgical procedures. Inpatient care flow is a focus of improvement and followed closely to ensure the best care delivered in a safe environment. 

Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery is a major surgical specialty concerned with improving patients’ quality of life. Through plastic surgery procedures, both function and appearance are restored and improved. Plastic Surgery can involve surgery on most facial and body tissue defects resulting from illness, trauma, or congenital disorders.


Skilled plastic surgeons at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center provide a wide range of reconstructive surgery services. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is staffed by plastic surgeons with specialized training and skills in one or more of the following surgical subspecialties:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Reconstructive microsurgery
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
  • Hand surgery

There are four full time plastic surgeons along with two part time plastic surgeons practicing at KFSH Riyadh . The plastic surgeons work closely with physicians from other specialties to offer patients comprehensive medical care to meet their reconstructive and cosmetic surgical needs.


  • Breast reconstruction after cancer
  • Congenital defects
  • Cleft lip and palate repairs
  • Adult Craniofacial surgery
  • Pediatric and Adult Hand surgery
  • Head and neck reconstruction after cancer
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Repair of postoperative defects
  • Repair of post-traumatic defects
  • Removal and reconstruction for skin cancer
  • Burn reconstruction surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery Service at KFSH&RC receives Tertiary referrals from all provinces of the Kingdom and surrounding Gulf countries. All aspects of Thoracic Surgery are offered to our patient population including, Tracheal Surgery for tumors and stenosis pathologies, lung surgery for cancer and benign diseases, esophageal surgery, mediastinal tumor surgery and chest wall surgery for tumors and deformities, lung transplantation, surgery of diaphragm for pacing and hernias and thoracoscopic surgery for various procedures.  


Promoting Oncological Thoracic Malignancy Surgery, Lung Transplantation and pioneering a new technique for chest wall deformities.



Vascular Surgery

Our vascular surgeons are world-renowned leaders in vascular surgery and minimally invasive endovascular therapy. They provides comprehensive state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for the entire spectrum of circulatory disorders, from medical management to minimally invasive endovascular therapy to conventional open surgery.

Our team has extensive experience in managing complex aortic aneurysms as well as other rare aneurysms of the arterial branches. They perform a full range of vascular and endovascular procedures, including:


  • Endovascular and open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic aortic aneurysms, and thoracoabdominal aneurysms, including fenestrated and branched stent grafts, chimneys and debranching procedures.
  • Open surgical reconstructions and balloon angioplasty and stenting in all vascular areas
  • Carotid endarterectomyand carotid artery stenting
  • Bypass surgery and endovascular therapy for peripheral artery disease and gangrene of the limbs
  • Endovascular and open surgical treatment for peripheral artery aneurysms
  • Endovascular surgical intervention, such as angioplasty and stenting, in all vascular areas
  • Endovenous laser therapy treatment and radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins and venous ulcers
  • Endovascular and open surgical reconstruction for deep vein occlusions
  • Hemodialysis access and HERO grafts.
  • Treatment of vascular malformations, median arcuate ligament , nutcracker syndromes, lymphedema, and chylous effusions
  • Chemical and mechanical thrombectomy for DVT.
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome decompression and carotid body tumors resection.
  • HBO and Wound Care center


Each year our surgeons evaluate thousands of patients with circulatory conditions ranging from the common to the rare. Our commitment is to diagnose the patient's problem precisely, and to provide the most effective therapy specifically tailored for that individual's needs. Our goal is to optimize our patients' circulatory health.