King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) is a modern state-of-the-art 985 bed (inclusive of 170 day beds) academic medical facility located in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. KFSH&RC is the national referral center for Oncology, Organ Transplantation, Cardiovascular Diseases, Neurosciences and Genetic Diseases. A full range of tertiary, secondary and primary health care services are provided. The hospital's postgraduate education programs support both Residency and Fellowship training. The Research Centre focuses on basic and translational research primarily in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, transplant immunology, genetics, molecular diagnostics and proteomics.

In the Middle East, the KFSHRC has been a pioneer in kidney and bone marrow transplantation, oncology, IVF, and orthopedic and cardiovascular surgery. The hospital performs over 2,000 open-hearts and 6,500 cardiac catheterizations per year. It offers chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow transplant, treating over 2,800 new adult patients per year. Pediatric oncology/hematology patients are treated at a 40 bed, state-of-the-art facility, the King Fahad National Centre for Children's Cancer and Research that opened in 1997. Seventy to 80 pediatric stem cell transplants are performed per year.

Housing for women and single men is on the hospital site. It is located within walking distance of a large modern supermarket, two pharmacies, McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Body Shop, Benetton, and other shopping opportunities.

Housing for families is located either on the hospital campus, or up to 20 minutes drive away.

The KFSHRC has a number of recreational facilities open to staff, including swimming pools, tennis courts, a bowling alley and amenities centre. In addition, the Employee Social Club & Recreation Services offer a number of recreational courses, exercise programs and trips and a variety of other benefits to the employees.

New Developments

Construction is well underway on the new King Abdullah Centre for Cancer and Liver Diseases (KACCLD).

The KACCLD consists of 23 floors (21 floors and 2 basement levels). The Tower includes:

  • Kitchen/Dining, Logistics, Housekeeping, Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology on the basement floors
  • Reception, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy, Apheresis, and a Discharge Lounge
  • Surgery, Endoscopy Suite, PACU, Pre- and Post-
  • Infusion Center
  • Mechanical floor
  • Radiology
  • Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, and other various Clinics
  • ICU and Nursing Units (Liver ICU and HDU, 34 beds; MSICU, 31 beds)
  • Nursing Units (including Liver Transplant, 16 beds; Surgical Oncology, 20 beds; Palliative Care, 30 beds; Medical Oncology, 25 beds)
  • BMT (15 beds) and Hematology (20 beds) wards

The project includes a connecting bridge between the new KACCLD Tower and the existing North Tower at Levels 2 and 3. The adjacent 19,210 meters squared underground parking garage will accommodate 450 cars. There is also an underground medical services building (ANNEX) of 9,276 meters squared.

Currently, there are approximately 54 liver transplant cases performed per year at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital.

There is a real need for increased oncology services. The number of new cancer cases in Saudi Arabia has increased by more than 25% in the past 15 years, and is expected to rise considerably in the future. At 15% of the total number of cancers, breast cancer is the most common, followed by colorectal cancer at 10.4%.

The expected opening date of KACCLD will be in mid-2016.

Some statistics retrieved from the KFHSRC website on August 13, 2012:

Nursing Staff: Total of 1,942, of which 29% are from the USA/Canada (specifically, 18% from Canada and 11% from the USA), and the remainder are from the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, etc.

Medical Staff: Including Saudi Residents and Fellows, there are 703 medical staff, of whom 46% are expatriates (including 16% US/Canadian and 11% European) and 54% are Saudis.

Medical Departments & Subspecialties

  • Department of Anesthesiology: subspecialties in Cardiovascular-Thoracic, General, Liver Transplant, Obstetrics, Pain, Pediatrics
  • Department of Critical Care Medicine: subspecialties in Adult ICU and PICU
  • Department of Dentistry: subspecialties in Endodontics, General, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Department of Emergency Medicine: subspecialties in Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Department of Family Medicine & Polyclinics
  • Department of Heart Center: subspecialties in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Critical Care, Cardiac Surgery, and Pediatric Cardiology
  • Department of Medical Genetics
  • Department of Liver Transplantation & Hepatobiliary: subspecialties in Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Transplant Hepatology
  • Department of Medicine: subspecialties in Allergy/Immunology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Pulmonary Medicine, Rheumatology
  • Department of Neurosciences: subspecialties in Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurology
  • Department of Mental Health: subspecialties in Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology: subspecialties in Gynecologic Oncology, Perinatology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • Department of Oncology: subspecialties in Adult Hematology and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care Medicine, Radiation Oncology
  • Department of Orthopedic Surgery: subspecialties in Adult Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
  • Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery: subspecialties in Head & Neck Surgery, and Otology & Communication Disorders
  • Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: subspecialties in Anatomic, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Blood Bank & Transfusion Services, Clinical Biochemistry, Cytogenetics/Molecular Genetics, Hematopathology, Immunopathology, Microbiology, Specimen Collection & Processing, Toxicology & Bioanalysis
  • Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: subspecialties in Hematology, Leukemia/Lymphoma, Solid Tumors, Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Department of Pediatrics: subspecialties in General Pediatrics, Neonatology, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Endocrinology/Diabetes, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Department of Radiology: subspecialties in Abdominal, Interventional, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatric Radiology, Thoracic/Chest
  • Department of Surgery: subspecialties in Breast & Endocrine, Colorectal, General & Minimally Invasive, Ophthalmology, Pediatric, Plastic, Thoracic, Vascular
  • Department of Urology: subpecialties in Adult and Pediatric Urology
  • Department of Organ Transplant Center

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The capital city, population about 5 million and expanding into the surrounding desert at a rapid pace. Has extravagantly fanciful buildings, malls, and towers.

The social life for Westerners is enriched by events at the foreign embassies in the city. After people acclimatize to the heat, they play sports: golf, tennis, hockey, soccer, sand-board.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, population of almost 27 million, with mountains and the Red Sea on the west coast, the Arabian Gulf on the east coast, and the Empty Quarter in the middle.

Mecca and Medina, the two most holy cities in Islam, are located north of Jeddah. The country's majority religion is Sunni Islam. Common recreational activities pursued by Westerners: desert camping, swimming and diving in the Red Sea, running, tennis, hiking in the mountains. more

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