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Under the slogan "We Are Proud of You", King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrated the Administrative, Professionals and Technicians Day on Wednesday 26 April 2017 with the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz ben Ibrahim Al-Rajhi, General Executive Director and Dr. Saleh Al-Mesfer, Executive Medical Director. This celebration was held by the Hospital's administration in recognition of their positive and distinguished role encouraging them to increase their efforts and contributions   





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Conclusion of Saudi Ophthalmology Meeting Activities for 2017


With the Participation of Nineteen (19) International Speakers and Discussion of One Hundred Twenty (120) Scientific Paper

Conclusion of Saudi Ophthalmology Meeting Activities for 2017

          The Saudi Ophthalmology Meeting for the year 2017 which was organized by the Saudi Ophthalmological Society and King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in collaboration with the Ophthalmology Department at King Saud University and under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabiah  has concluded its activities. The meeting was held at Al Faisaliah Tower and lasted for three days.

On the last day, several scientific sessions organized by the Saudi Retina Group were held to discuss topics in: retina surgeries, retina interventions to treat retinal detachment, macular holes and treatment for vitreous hemorrhage due to diabetic retinopathy.

Retina sessions included a workshop for retinopathy of prematurity and its updates.

Moreover, there was a session held for junior ophthalmologists and there were discussions about the updates in ocular medications, glaucoma, uveitis, cornea, extraocular diseases and optometry. Some videos of surgical procedures were viewed and discussed.

It should be noted that the number of participants is more than One Thousand Five Hundred (1500 including ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, technicians and other medical staff. The meeting also included Forty One (41) scientific sessions, Fourteen (14) training courses and workshops with the participation of Nineteen (19) international speakers, One Hundred Twenty Three (123) local speakers and Forty Five (45) medical companies offering its recent products in ophthalmology.


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KKESH Celebrates the World Diabetes Day 2016 under the theme of “Eyes on Diabetes”

Dr. Mahmoud Abdul Jabbar Yamani, General Executive Director of KKESH, opened the exhibition of World Diabetes Day 2016 under the theme of “Eyes on Diabetes” in cooperation with the Saudi Ophthalmological Society (SOS) represented by Saudi Retina Group and Know your Eyes Team on Monday 14/02/1438 A.H, corresponding to 14/11/2016 in the main lobby of the hospital.

Dr. Yamani said that the hospital celebrates this Day every year due to the significance and influence of this disease on the body's organs in general, and on the retina in particular. Early detection of this disease can prevent a lot of potential retinal complications. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the common diseases in patients with diabetes and it is the main cause of vision loss. Retina test must be done on a regular basis to avoid the complications of diabetes. There is no doubt that this advance is the outcome of continuous support for the health sector by the Kingdom government, and the constant follow-up by Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, the Minister of Health. Such activities motivate the community to follow healthy behaviors and urge to take more preventive measures to prevent various diseases. Hence, the hospital is always interested to participate in awareness campaigns and their associated exhibitions. Such campaigns significantly contribute in raising health awareness in the community and help achieve the hospital goals in preventing blindness.

Ms. Nahla Al Sobki, the Director of KKESH Health Education Department said that the exhibition on this occasion included different awareness activities such as distribution of brochures and booklets on the symptoms and causes of diabetes and its impact on peoples' health. Symbolic gifts were distributed. There was an educational contest. She added that the exhibition, through KKESH ophthalmologists, provided a free retinal check, blood sugar and blood pressure tests, and other diabetes-related tests. All visitors' questions were also answered. The Ministry of Health represented by Nutrition General Department, the National Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, University Diabetes Center, the Charitable Society for Health Communication “HAYATONA”, and Saudi Charitable Association of Diabetes, in addition to some government agencies and related charitable societies participated effectively in the exhibition.                                                                                                                      

The hospital also provides "a doctor on the phone" service in order to answer the questions and enquiries of citizens and residents with regard to diabetes and its complications on the eye. Dr. Hassan Al Dhebi, Senior Academic Consultant/ Vitreoretinal Division, Chief of Uveitis Division, will answer  inquiries  on Tuesday 15 /02/1438 A.H, corresponding to 15 /11/2016 from 12:00 P.M. to 14:00 P.M. at the number: +011 4826421.

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AEC Grants Honorary Plaque to KKESH in Recognition of its Global Achievement

In the presence of Dr.Tawfeeq Al-Rabiah, Minister of Health, the Advanced Electronics Company granted an Honorary Plaque to King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in recognition of achieving stage (7) in the adoption of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in the United States. This achievement is the first of its kind in the Middle East.

Dr. Abdulelah bin Abad Al-Towerki, General Executive Director of KKESH, has appreciated this initiative of the Advanced Electronic Company and he spoke highly of the cooperation and partnership between the company and hospital. He considered this achievement as a national success that can be added to the country's achievements and that can also reflect the creative and competitive potentials of the national manpower. 

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King Khaled Eye Specialist hospital the first in the Middle East in HIMSS EMRAM Stage7

King Khaled Eye Specialist hospital has achieved the seventh stage (HIMSS Stage7) in the adoption of the Electronic Health record (EHR). This classification falls under the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), located in Chicago, United States.


This achievement is the first of its kind in the Middle East. It came in recognition of    KKESH compliance with the highest standards of quality in the implementation of Electronic Health Record System (EHR).

“This achievement is to be added to KKESH significant achievements in the past years. It has placed KKESH in the rank of globally advanced centers in using information technology for healthcare industry.  This accomplishment was the result of the staff cooperative efforts towards providing unique patient healthcare, and in compliance with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz directives which insist on providing the highest quality of patients services under the supervision of the  Health Minister and his deputy”, said The Executive Director Dr. Abdulelah bin Abbad Al-Towerki .


Mr. Ammar Hijazi, Director of Information Technology Department at KKESH, mentioned “by this international achievement, we reflect (Vision 2030) being a pioneer model in the world. It also reflects of the sense of responsibility and cooperation among all hospital staff including executive personnel, health practitioners and administrators.”

He added: " “HIMSS” organization developed Electronic Health Record System (EHR) to follow-up and evaluate the progress in the implementation of these systems, and to measure their role in the advance of the hospitals listed in their database.  By following up the implementation of stages starting from 0 to 7, hospitals can measure the level of advance toward the targeted stage (7) which is the ultimate stage in Electronic health record (EHR).

It is worth mentioning that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is on the list of the most advanced hospitals worldwide. It efficiently uses such high standard healthcare technologies. In the United States only 4.2% from a total of 5454 candidate hospitals were awarded Stage 7. Furthermore, Only 4 hospitals in Europe, one Korean hospital in Asia and 3 hospitals in China were awarded stage 7.

This achievement comes in addition to "My Chart" service. It is a secure website that enables patients to access their personal health information. It is available 24 hours and can be accessed anywhere with internet connection by using the medical record number as a username and a personal password. The service allows patients to review their medical information such as appointments, allergies, medications, tests, etc. It also facilitates communication between the patient and hospital through electronic channels.

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Dr. Al-Towerki Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Abdulelah ben Abad Al-Towerki received a letter from Prof. Paul Rothman, President of Johns Hopkins University, which includes the appointment of Dr. Al-Towerki as a part-time professor at Johns Hopkins University in U.S.A. This decision came after the meeting of the university board held in 28/10/2015.

Currently, Dr. Al-Towerki is the General Executive Director of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) and Deputy Chairman of Blindness Prevention Committee. He published 39 scientific researches in international peer-reviewed journals in addition to 3 medical researches still under completion. Some of these researches are about new therapeutic methods in ophthalmic surgery. He also published three medical books.         

Dr. Al Towerki is a senior academic consultant in anterior segment, corneal, and refractive medicine. He is also a member of the Saudi Society for Ophthalmology, a member of the American Ophthalmological Society and a member of the Federal Eye Bank Association of America. He performed the first Lasik surgery at KKESH and trained many ophthalmologists on Lasik, anterior segment and refractive surgeries. As a visiting professor, he initiated Lasik surgeries in many private hospitals several years ago and he was the first to implement stem cell culture in the Kingdom. In the first Conference for stem cells which was held in 12/4/2014 in the hospital, he was appointed as the President of the Middle East Cornea Association. 

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Riyadh Governor Opens Diabetes Center at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital

H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh, opened Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Eye Diabetic Center at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh yesterday with the presence of Health Minister Eng. Khalid Abdulaziz Al-Faleh. The construction of the building was funded by Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi endowments.

On that occasion, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz asserted that the collaboration of both private and public sectors establishes excellence of achievement in which the efforts of the private sector conform with the government's services. 


“The government spares no effort to provide the best services to citizens but they are also required to contribute to these areas. Sheikh Al-Rajhi took the initiative by establishing this center which aims to treat diabetic eye diseases” Prince Faisal stated.

He also added that as a Saudi citizen, he is proud of his country, leadership and people who made this country a shining example of the social work that supports the government's strategies.  Prince Faisal Bin Bandar expressed deepest gratitude to Bin Dayel contracting company describing it as a leading company that saved the project after a period of suspension.


Health Minister said: "the Kingdom is going through a large economic experience. The economic transformation program, which has been started recently and which will be launched soon will be a partnership with the private sector in investment. Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Center is a good example for the private sector to follow.  This project will benefit thousands of diabetic patients in the coming years.

Al-Faleh added: "the Ministry of Health can build hundreds of hospitals and chances are open to anyone who wants to contribute in this voluntary work.  

He pointed out that all country’s institutions are looking forward to improving their performance. KKESH is considered as one of the distinguished public institutions. It provides the best healthcare services worldwide. We know that some citizens complain about the poor quality of government projects. They hold government institutions and contracting companies accountable for such shortcomings. Therefore, we should be aware of our mutual responsibility and hope that the future governmental projects will be carried out by the Saudi contractor in a more professional and distinguished manner.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Dayel, the project director said: "Ben Dayel Company had the honor to be the main contracting company in the construction of this major center. We considered high standards in the construction of this center.

Dr. Abdulelah bin Abbad Al -Towerki , General Executive Director of KKESH, expressed his deepest thanks and appreciation to the Governor of Riyadh for the patronage of the opening ceremony, noting that the opening of the Diabetic Retinopathy center came  as part of  the keenness to improve health services and to cover the increasing number of patients. The center treats diabetic retinopathy in addition to other different retinal diseases. It was constructed inside the hospital’s campus at a total cost 40 million Riyals funded by Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Endowments. It was furnished with medical and non-medical equipment from the hospital budget.









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Dr. Al-Towerki Opens Pediatric Ophthalmology Seminar at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital

Dr. Abdulelah Al-Towerki, General Executive Director of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), opened the pediatric ophthalmology symposium which aims to introduce the latest advances in pediatric cataract and refractive Surgery.

In the opening speech, Dr. Al-Towerki welcomed the attendees and speakers. He mentioned that the hospital mission is to provide a specialized medical care in the field of ophthalmology. The cases treated in the hospital cannot be treated elsewhere in the kingdom. 


Dr. Al-Towerki added :" the hospital is considered as an educational and training center which trains Saudi medical staff to keep abreast with the global updates  in the field by providing different educational and training programs to its staff and other healthcare specialists in the Kingdom and Gulf countries in addition conducting  major researches and studies about eye diseases".


Dr. Edward Deepak, Executive Medical Director of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (from Johns Hopkins American University), started his speech by welcoming the attendees and international and local speakers. He asserted that KKESH is one of the international ophthalmic hospitals that is concerned with continuous medical education and patients' care. He ended his speech wishing for the symposium to be beneficial for patients and specialists.



 In his speech, Dr. Abdulaziz Awad,   Acting chief of pediatric ophthalmology, pointed out that the symposium aims to discuss the recent trends in pediatric refractive surgery, the challenges of using intraocular lenses for pediatric patients and the recent updates in pediatric cataract and refractive surgery. The symposium was presented by international and local speakers.

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Dr. Al-Towerki Opens the 3rd Symposium for Diagnostic Imaging at KKESH

Dr. Al-Towerki, General Executive Director of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH ) opened the 3rd symposium for ophthalmic Diagnostic Imaging on Tuesday. The symposium aims to introduce the latest technologies in the ophthalmic diagnostic imaging.


In the opening ceremony, Dr. Al—Towerki welcomed the attendees and mentioned that the role of the hospital is not only to treat patients, put also to organize activities, medical conferences and symposia to enhance the healthcare providers' competence and to exchange experience with specialists in the field. Due to the importance of the diagnostic equipment in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, the hospital continues to develop and update diagnostic and treatment methods by using up-to-date diagnostic equipment such as OCT, MRI, CT scan and ultrasound.

At the end of his speech, Dr. Al-Towerki thanked the attendees, international and local speakers for their participation and he hoped that the symposium would benefit specialists and patients.

Dr. Deepak Edward, Medical Director of KKESH, gave a speech in which he welcomed attendees. He mentioned that he was very proud of the achievements of the diagnostic imaging Department (DID) being one of the best imaging departments worldwide. The department has advanced equipment that help the patients and physicians achieve better and more accurate results in the diagnosis of diseases.


Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Qaeed, Acting chief of DID, mentioned that the symposium will discuss the latest technology in the diagnosis of eye tumors using ultrasound and the diagnosis of neuro-ophthalmic diseases, measurement of eye components using ultrasound in addition to the latest developments in OCT and MRI imaging systems. Mr. Qaeed added that the speakers of the symposium are both national and international coming from Italy, Austria and gulf countries in addition to local speaker from major health centers in the Kingdome and speakers from KKESH.

It is worth mentioning that the two-day symposium is accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.   

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American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence Welcomes KKESH as Its Newest Member

  The King Khaled Eye Specilaist hospital is proud to be invited to be the newest member of the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence. The organization has the among its members the best Eye and Ear hospitals globally known for their patient care, education and research.
We will be among the few hospitals outside the US to have exclusive membership of this organization. I thank all the hospital staff for your hard work, excellent patient care, education and research endeavors. It is the result of your efforts that has resulted in recognition of our hospital by a global organization.

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