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Dr. Sameeh Ghazal

Consultant Pediatrician
King Fahad Medical City
King Fahad Medical City

Brief Biography:

Consultant Pediatrician at KFMC Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, King Saud University Consultant Infection Control Surveyor for Health Care institutes at Central Board for Accredetation of Health Institute (CBAHI), SA Epidemiologist (Fellow) at MCV Health system (Fellow), VCU, Va Chairman of Infection Control Department, KFMC


Academic positions:

Present positions:

1. Consultant of Paediatrics  
2. Director of Research and Publication Center in KFMC
3. Clinical Assistant Professor of Paediatrics (KFMC Medical Collage) & (King Saud University)
4. CBAHI Infection control Surveyor
5. Webmed central reviewer
6. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases reviewer
7. Director of infection control & Environmental Health (1996-2011)
8. Chairman of infection control committee (1996-2011)
9. Leader of KFMC CBAHI Infection control chapter (2011)
10. Member of KFMC Accreditation steering committee (2011)
11. CBAHI surveyor (Infection control chapter)
12. Member of Patient safety committee (2010-2012)
13. Member of the Consultant Medical Council of KFMC (2006-2012)
14. Member of KFMC CPP revision task force
15. Member of the Safety committee of KFMC
16. Chairman of Vaccination Taskforce

Positions held since graduation:

1. March 1984 - March 1987: General practitioner; Primary Health care KSA
2. March 1987 - October 1993: Pediatric resident and PICU Intensivest Pediatric registrar; Sulaimania Children’s Hospital, KSA Sulaimania Children’s Hospital, KSA
3. October 1995 - October 1996: Pediatrics senior registrar & Pulmonologist & in-charge of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Sulaimania Children’s Hospital, KSA
4. November 1995 - July 1997: Consultant in pediatric, Pulmonologist, head of Infection Control Department; Sulaimania Children’s Hospital, KSA
5. July 1997 - May 2003: Consultant in Pediatrics& Pulmonologist, Head of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control Department; Sulaimania Children’s Hospital, KSA
6. 1998 – Today: Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; King Saud University


Research interests:

Epidemiology, Pediatrics Infectious Diseases


Any other information:


1. Monecke S, Skakni L, Hasan R, Ruppelt A, Ghazal SS, Hakawi A, Slickers P, Ehricht R. Characterisation of MRSA strains isolated from patients in a hospital in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. BMC Microbiol. 2012 Jul 23;12:146. PMID: 22823982
2. Rosenthal VD, Bijie H, Maki DG, Mehta Y, Apisarnthanarak A, Medeiros EA, Leblebicioglu H, Fisher D, Alvarez-Moreno C, Khader IA, Del Rocío González Martínez M, Cuellar LE, Navoa-Ng JA, Abouqal R, Guanche Garcell H, Mitrev Z, Pirez García MC, Hamdi A, Dueñas L, Cancel E, Gurskis V, Rasslan O, Ahmed A, Kanj SS, Ugalde OC, Mapp T, Raka L, Yuet Meng C, Thu le TA, Ghazal S, Gikas A, Narváez LP, Mejía N, Hadjieva N, Gamar Elanbya MO, Guzmán Siritt ME, Jayatilleke K; INICC members. International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) report, data summary of 36 countries, for 2004-2009. Am J Infect Control. 2012 Jun;40(5):396-407. Epub 2011 Sep 10. PubMed PMID: 21908073.
3. Ghazal SS, Hakawi AM, Demeter CV, Joseph MV, Mukahal MA. Intervention to reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Apr;32(4):411-3. PubMed PMID: 21460502.
4. Ghazal SS, Al-Mudaimeegh K, Al Fakihi EM, Asery AT. Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia bacteremia in immunocompetent children caused by contaminated nebulized sulbutamol in Saudi Arabia. Am J Infect Control. 2006 Aug;34(6):394-8. PubMed PMID: 16877110.
5. Ghazal SS, Al-Hawasi MN, Al-Mosallam SA, Ghazal YK, Al-Shammary AM. Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome in a small infant. Saudi Med J. 2002 Feb;23(2):229-31. PubMed PMID: 11938403.
6. Al-Eissa YA, Al-Sanie AM, Al-Alola SA, Al-Shaalan MA, Ghazal SS, Al-Harbi AH, Al-Wakeel AS. Parental perceptions of fever in children. Ann Saudi Med. 2000 May-July;20(3-4):202-5. PubMed PMID: 17322657.
7. Al-Odaidan N, Amu OD, Fahmy M, Al-Khalifa H, Ghazal SS. An unusual case of impacted esophageal foreign body. Saudi Med J. 2000 Feb;21(2):202-3. PubMed PMID: 11533783.
8. Ghazal S. Reply: Coarctation of the aorta: A call for early detection. Ann Saudi Med. 1999 Nov-Dec;19(6):567. PubMed PMID: 17277487.
9. Ghazal S. Reply: Coarctation of the aorta: A call for early detection. Sulaimania Children's Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ann Saudi Med. 1999 Nov-Dec;19(6):567. PMID: 17277487
10. Ghazal SS, Alhowasi M, el Samady MM. Kawasaki disease in a paediatric hospital in Riyadh. Ann Trop Paediatr. 1998 Dec;18(4):295-9. PubMed PMID: 9924585.
11. Ghazal SS, El Samady MM, Al Howasi M, Musallam S. Coarctation of the aorta: A call for early detection. Ann Saudi Med. 1998 Nov-Dec;18(6):514-7. PubMed PMID: 17344726.
12. Ghazal SS, Al Howasi M, Chowdhury D. Acute respiratory tract infections: Epidemiological data, guided case management and outcome in a pediatric hospital in Riyadh. Ann Saudi Med. 1998 Jan-Feb;18(1):75-8. PubMed PMID: 17341925.
13. Shuja M, Abanamy A, Khaleel M, Ghazal S, Salman H, Cherian M, Azim MA. The spectrum of acute Epstein-Barr virus infection in Saudi children. Ann Saudi Med. 1992 Sep;12(5):446-8. PubMed PMID: 17587019.
14. Abanamy A, Shuja M, Khaleel M, Ghazal S, Cherian M, Salman H, Abdul Alim S. Childhood bacterial meningitis in Riyadh. Ann Saudi Med. 1991 Nov;11(6):628-32. PubMed PMID: 17590813.
15. Shuja M, Abanamy A, Ghazal S, Khalil M, Cherian M, Salman H. Group B streptococcal meningitis in a children's hospital in Saudi Arabia. Ann Saudi Med. 1991 Sep;11(5):599-600. PubMed PMID: 17590806.
16. Bacterial meningitis & hearing impairment a prospective study. Annals of Saudi medicine. 1992, vol. 62, no. 5,480 83 (thanks)


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