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NAME:                                 FAISAL ABDULLAH ALI AL-KASSIMI

Date of Birth:             13 July 1951

Nationality:                Saudi

Qualifications:            MBBCh (Cairo)                           1976

                                MRCPI (Royal College of Physicians of Ireland) 1983

                                FRCP (Royal College of Physicians of London)   2000


Current Position:         Professor and Consultant 

                                in General and Pulmonary Medicine

                                Department of Medicine

                                College of Medicine and King

                                Khalid University Hospital

                                King Saud University

                                P O Box 2925, Riyadh 11461

                                Saudi Arabia


Address for:               Department of Medicine (38)

Correspondence:        College of Medicine

                                King Saud University

                                P O Box 2925, Riyadh 11461

                                Saudi Arabia


Office Tel number       966 1 467 2386

Secretary                   966 1 467 1521

Fax number               966 1 467 2431

E-mail address 





1995 to present date   Professor and Consultant

                                General and Pulmonary Medicine

                                      King Saud University

                                      King Khalid University Hospital

                                      P O Box 2925, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia


1989 to 1995            Associate Professor and Consultant

                                General and Pulmonary Medicine

                                      King Saud University

                                      King Khalid University Hospital

                                      P O Box 2925, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia


1989 to 1992              Head, Pulmonology Division

                                Department of Medicine

                                      King Khalid University Hospital

                                      P O Box 2925, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia


1985 to 1989           Assistant Professor and Consultant

                                General and Pulmonary Medicine

                                      King Khalid University Hospital

                                      P O Box 2925, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia


1983 to 1985              Senior Registrar

                                General and Pulmonary Medicine

                                      King Khalid University Hospital

                                      P O Box 2925, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia


Oct 1981 to Aug 1983  Registrar

                                Medicine and Pulmonology

                                      St Mary's Hospital, Newport, England


Feb 1979 to Oct 1981  Senior House Officer

(Medical Rotation:  Cardiology, Chest Medicine, Coronary Care Medicine, General Medicine, and Hematology,


                                Sunderland Royal Infirmary, England


Jan 1978 to Jan 1979  Senior House Officer


                                      West Suffork General Hospital, England


Jan 1977 to Dec 1977  House Officer

                                      Cairo University Teaching Hospital, Egypt




1.         Coordinator, Residency Training Program, Department of Medicine, 1985 to 1986.


2.         Member, Residency Training Committee, 1985 to 1998.


3.         Head, Pulmonology Division, 1989 to 1992.


4.         Representative, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine Research Center, 1996 to 1998.


5.         Member, Medical Ethics Committee at the Research Center, 2005 to present date.


6.         Organizer of several courses and conferences.





        King Khalid University Hospital is the main teaching hospital in Saudi Arabia with 800-beds and a large expansion program.  The four areas of emphasis are:  General medical care with a large attachment and a busy accident and emergency department, tertiary referral care, undergraduate and postgraduate training, and research. 


The undergraduate is offered through two (2) courses:  Med 341 which offers each student six (6) hours of bedside hands-on presentation and Course 441 which is delivered as an eight (8) week internship divided between the university hospital, and another four (4) selected hospitals in Riyadh region. 


In addition, both courses offer interactive tutorials and student presentations.  This has replaced the old didactic teaching and covers about 80 medical topics.  The shift from printed sources to internet based information about 2005.  All academic staff have individual access to internet and staff and students have free access to several restricted sites like,, and  The latest circular from the library lists the password for twenty restricted medical sites.  Part of the student presentation is compulsorily internet-based and serves at assessing their ability to derive information from peer-reviewed articles.


The undergraduate examinations have dispensed with essay-type questions are currently either MCQ's or clinical scenario-type.  The clinical cases are now increased at the expense of the "oral" type of exams.  This has been replace with ten (10) OSCE stations which ensures infirmity of cases and marking.


The residency training program offers daily admission rounds, a weekly grand round, a weekly consultant update, and frequent exam-oriented activities like reviews in subspecialty, MCQs and data interpretation.  The pulmonology fellowship offers weekly a clinico-radiological conference, a journal club, and a teaching presentation alternately presented by a fellow and a consultant.  The undergraduate exams have dispensed with essay-type questions for a long time.  These are either MC



        Research used to be organized on an individual basis; a member of staff; alone or in conjunction with a few members, would present a research project for approval by the Ethics Committee and Scientific Committee.


        This had resulted, in most cases, in fragmented research achievements.  Funding for large projects of national interest were funded by the King Abdulaziz National City for Science and Technology.  The latter is an independent body which grants funds under competition to researchers in any university.  The defects in the old system were addressed after the creation, this year, of 17 research chairs.


        The new chairs are funded jointly by King Saud University and corporate and private sponsorships.  They aim at streamlining research in one direction and to create centers of excellence linked with research centers in other Asian and Western Universities and centers of research. 


        I am not a holder of a chair position but I won – against competition – a large grant to conduct a national survey of the epidemiology of tuberculosis in Saudi Arabia.  Also, I am currently on sabbatical dedicated entirely to research into the differentiation between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  My sabbatical is spent entirely at King Saud University.





1.      Cartwright BJ, Gerlis LS, Owens C, Baksi AK, AL-Kassimi FA.  Will the change to U100 insulin affect diabetic control?  Lancet 1983; I(2): 829 – 9.

2.      Davidson BL, Al-Kassimi FA, UZ-Zaman A, Pillai K.  The lung shift in treated schistosomiasis-Bronchoalveolar lavage evidence of eosinophilic pneumonia .  chest 1986; 89: 455-7.

3.      Al-Kassimi FA, Al-Mashhandani S, Abdullah AK, Akhtar J.  Adult respiratory distress syndrome and disseminated intravascular coagulation complicating heat stroke.  Chest 1986; 90: 571 – 4.

4.      Al-Kassimi FA.  Adult pleuritic chest pain with pleural effusion and plate atelectasis (case report).  Chest 1987; 91: 265 – 6.

5.      Al-Kassimi FA.  "Aerosol-in-bag" administration of inhaler bronchodilators.  European Journal of Respiratory Diseases, 1987; 70: 234 – 8.

6.      Patel PJ, Al-Suhaibani H, Al-Aska AK, Kolawole TM, Al-Kassimi FA.  The chest radiography in brucellosis.  Clinical Radiology, 1988; 39: 39 – 41.

7.       Al-Kassimi FA, Warsy AS, UZ-Zaman, Pillai DK.  Alpha 1-antitrypsin serum levels in widespread bronchiectasis.  Respiratory Medicine, 1989; 83: 119 - 121.

8.      Al-Orainey IO, Saeed ES, Al-Kassimi FA, Al-Shareef N.  Resistance to antituberculosis drugs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Tubercle 1989; 70: 207 – 210.

9.      Al-Kassimi FA, Warsy AS.  Elevated levels of alpha-2-macroglobulin in bronchiectasis.  Saudi Medical Journal, 1990; 11: 283-285.

10.   Azher M, Al-Kassimi FA, Mufti A, Wright ST.  Exudative polyserositis and acute respiratory failure following prazinquantel therapy (case report).  Chest 1990; 98: 241 – 243.

11.   Al-Kassimi FA, Ashour M, Vijayaraghavan R.  Sarcoidosis presenting as left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy (cases report).  Thorax, 1990; 45: 565 – 6.

12.   Abdullah AK, Al-Kassimi FA, Al_orainey IO, Lambourne A, Al-Hajjaj MS.  Tuberculosis Epidemiology survery:  Mantoux test results from Central Region of Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Medical Journal, 1991; 12: 107 – 10.

13.   Al-Kassimi FA, Abdullah AK, Al-Orainey IO, Al-Hajjaj MS, Baghee EA, Bamgboye E.  High prevalence of tuberculin sensitivity in non-Saudi in the Southern Region:  Role of sociogeographic factors.  Saudi Medical Journal, 1991; 12: 326 – 9.

14.   Al-Kassimi FA, Abdullah AK, Al-Orainey IO,  Lambourne A, Brener AB, Al-Hajjaj MS.  Tuberculin survey in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.  Respiratory Medicine, 1991; 85: 111 – 6.

15.   Al-Kassimi FA, Abdullah AK, Al-Orainey IO, Al-Hajjaj MS, Baghee EAE, Baner A.  Mantoux reaction survey conducted in the Northern Region of Saudi Arabia.  Annals of Saudi Medicine, 1991; 11: 315 – 21.

16.   Al-Kassimi FA, Al Majed SA,  Al-Hajjaj MS, Hawass NE.  Silicosis in a Himalayan village population:  role of environmental dust.  Thorax,  Nov 1991; 46 (11): 861 – 2.

17.   Azher M, Al-Kassimi FA, Chagla A. Pneumonia due to Salmonella typhimurium (Case report).  Annals of Saudi Medicine, 1991; 11: 341 – 2.

18.   Abdullah AK, Al-Kassimi FA.  The lungs in heatstroke.  J Assoc Physicians India, Nov 1992; 40(11): 849 – 50. (Review)

19.   Al-Hajjaj MS, Al-Kassimi FA, Al_Orainey IO, Abdullah AK, Bener AB.  Prevalence of tuberculosis in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia.  Journal of King Abdul Aziz University Medical Sciences, 1992; V2:  59 – 69.

20.   Al-Majed S, Sulimani R, Al-Kassimi FA, Vijay R, Pandya L, Huraib S, Al-Sharif N.  Hypercalcemia in active pulmonary tuberculosis.  Annals of Saudi Medicine, 1991; 11: 289-92.

21.   Al-Majed SA,  Ashour M,  Al-Kassimi FA, Joharjy I, Al-Wazzan AD, Al-Hajjaj MS.  Management of post-tuberculous complex aspergilloma of the lung.  Thorax, 1990; 45: 846 – 50.

22.   Al-Kassimi FA, Abdullah AK, Al_Orainey IO, Bener AB, Al-Hajjaj MS, Al-Majed SA, Al-Wazzan A.  The significance of positive Manthoux reactions in BCG-vaccinated children.  Tubercule, 1991; 72: 101 – 104.

23.   Al-Kassimi FA, Azhar M, Al-Majed SA, Al-Wazzan, AD Al-Hajjaj MS, Malibary T.  Diagnostic role of fibreoptic bronchoscopy in tuberculosis in the presence of typical x-ray pictures.  Tubercle, 1991; 72: 145 – 148.

24.   Al-Kassimi FA.  Pleural effusion in silicosis of the lung (case report).  British Journal of Industrial Medicine, 1992; 49: 448 – 50.

25.   Al-Kassimi FA, Hawass N, Mahmoud K, Al-Majed SAA, Al- Hajjaj MS.  Silicosis of the lung in Saudi Arabia – role of traditional occupations and environmental factors.  Saudi Medical Journal, 1991; 12: 384 – 388.

26.   Al-Majed SAA,  Al-Kassimi FA, Ashour M, Mekki MO, Sadiq Q.  Removal of endobronchial mucormycosis lesion through a rigid bronchoscope (case report).  Thorax, 1992; 47: 203 – 4.

27.   Al-Kassimi FA, Abdullah AK, Al- Hajjaj MS, Al_Orainey IO, Bamgboye EA, Chowdhury MNH.  Nationwide survey of tuberculosis in Saudi Arabia.  Tubercle and lung disease, 1993; 74: 254 – 260.

28.   Al- Hajjaj MS, Al-Nasser MN, Huraib SM, Al-Kassimi FA.  Effect of moderately high altitude on the pattern of lung disease.  Ann Saudi Med, 1994; 14(4): 297 – 299.

29.    Al-Kassimi FA.  Review of tuberculosis in Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Medical J, 1994; 15: 192 – 195.

30.   Al-Kassimi FA.  The annual risk of tuberculosis infection used as predictor of the future incidence of smear-positive cases.  Respiratory medicine, 1994; 88: 589 – 92.

31.   Al-Majed SAA, Al-Momen AK,  Al-Kassimi FA,  Al-Zeer AH, Kambal AM, Baaqil H.  Tuberculosis presenting as immune thrombocytopenic purpura.  Acta Haematol, 1995; 94(3): 135 – 8.

32.   Al-Kassimi FA,  Al- Hajjaj MS, Orainey IO, Bamgboye EA.  Does the protective effect of neonatal BCG-vaccination correlate with vaccine-induced tuberculin reaction?  Am J Respir and Crit Care M, 1995; 152: 1575 – 8.

33.   Mobeireek AF, Al-Kassimi FA, Al-Majed SA, Al-Shimemry A.  Communication with the seriously-ill:  physicians' attitudes in Saudi Arabia.  Journal of Medical Ethics, 1996; 22: 282 – 285.

34.   Al-Kassimi FA.  Bronchiectasis and homozygous (PIZZ) alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.  Thorax, Feb 1996; 51(2):  228.

35.   Ashour M,  Kattan K, Jain SK, Al-Majed S, Al-Kassimi FA, Mobeireek AF, Al-Hajjaj M.  Surgery for unilateral bronchiectasis:  results and prognostic factors.  Tubercle and lung disease, 1996; 77: 168 – 172.

36.   Al-Majed SA, Huraib SO,  Al-Kassimi FA, Al-Wakeel J, Al-Mobeireek AF, Al-Rasheed SA.  The effect of abdominal distention on lung function in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.  Med Sci Res, 1996; 24: 323 - 324.

37.   Al-Hajjaj M, Gad-el-Rab MO, Al-Orainey IO, Al-Kassimi FA.  Improved sensitivity for detection of tuberculosis cases by a modified Anda-TB ELISA test.  Tuber Lung Dis, 1999; 79(3): 181 – 5.

38.   Al-Mobeireek AF,  Al-Kassimi FA, Al-Majed SA, Al-Hajjaj MS, BaHammam A, Sultan I.  Clinical profile of sleep apnea syndrome at a university hospital.  Saudi Med J, 2001; 21(2): 180 – 183.

39.   Al-Kassimi FA, Al-Hajjaj MS,  Al-Mobeireek AF, Al-Zeer AH.  Progressive rise of mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance to Rifampicin and Streptomycin in the Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia.  Respirology, 2001; 6(3/4).

40.   Al-Kassimi FA.  Differentiating asthma and COPD patients.  Chest, Aug 2004; 126(2): 653 – 4.

41.   Al-Mobeireek AF,  Al-Kassimi FA, Al-Zahrani K, Al-Shimemeri A, Al Damegh S, Al-Amoudi O, Al-Eithan S, Al-Ghamdi B, Gamal-Eldin M.  Information disclosure and decision-making:  the Middle East versus the Far East and the West.  J Med Ethics, Apr 2008; 34(4):  225 – 9.



Al-Kassimi FA.  Medical Writing:  A prescription for clarity.  N W Goodman, MB Edwards, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991.  Saudi med J, 1993:  14:366.



Al-Kassimi FA.  Pulmonary problems during Makkah pilgrimage (Hajj) in: Lenfant C, ed.  Lung biology in Health and disease.  New York:  Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1991,  Vol 51, pp 177 – 191.




1.      Fishman AP, eds.  Pulmonary diseases and disorders.  New York:  McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987, Vol III, p 2208.

2.      Fraser RG, Peter Par'e PD, Fraser RS, Genereux GP, eds.  Diagnosis of diseases of the chest.  Philadelphia:  W B Saunders Company, 1990, Vol III, p 1932.



ý Coordinator, Residency Training Program, Department of Medicine, 1985 to 1986

ý Member, Residency Training Committee, Department of Medicine, 1985 to 1998.

ý Head, Pulmonology Division, Department of Medicine, 1989 to 1992.

ý Representative of the Department at the College of Medicine Research Center, 1996 to 1998.

ý Member,  Medical Ethics Committee, College of Medicine Research Center, 2005 to present date.

ý Organizer, several courses and conferences.

ý Principal Administrator and research in a nationwide community-based survey of tuberculosis.

ý Representative of King Saud University in the National Committee for Tuberculosis Control of the Ministry of Health.


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