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Dr Faissal Shaheen
Dr Faissal A.M. Shaheen
Founder and Director of Jeddah Kidney Center, King Fahd Hospital, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Since the official inauguration of the “Jeddah Kidney Center” at the King Fahd Hospital on 10-Dec-1990, it has started functioning as the main referral center for patients with renal diseases from the western region of Saudi Arabia. All types of replacement therapy for renal failure patients are available. The hemodialysis unit contains 72 dialysis machines and at the moment over 600 patients are on schedule, getting hemodialysis treatment regularly. It is the largest unit in the Middle East at present. The outpatient department at the center follows up about 4500 patients with different renal diseases by conducting 15 OPD clinics per week. Over 1050 renal transplant recipients get their routine medication and advise for medical as well as social problems. Jeddah Kidney Center is the most active transplant center in the Kingdom doing around 72 kidney transplants yearly from living related and cadaveric source, to-date the center has successfully completed 550 renal transplantation. Director General, Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SCOT was established in 1985 as the central body to co-ordinate renal care facilities in the entire Kingdom. The main activities of SCOT include:
One) Co-ordination of diagnosis of brain death and cadaveric organ transplantation program.
Two) Organizing education programs for the general public as well as medical personnel on various aspects of brain death and organ donation. Three) Co-ordination of dialysis facilities in the Kingdom. Four) Co-ordination of medical supplies.
Five) Laying down the rules and regulations pertaining to all aspects of brain death and transplantation of various organs and ensuring that these regulations are being practiced.
Six) Participating in various research projects of relevance to the kidney and organ transplantation.
Seven) Publication of a quarterly Journal, “Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation” which has a readership of over 4,500 members.
Eight) Formation of scientific committees for evaluation of various activities including dialysis, transplantation of kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and cornea, and diagnosis, management and reporting of brain death.

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