Fadia AlBuhairan, MD, MPH

Al'Dara Hospital and Medical Center - Saudi Arabia

Dr. Fadia AlBuhairan is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at AlDara Hospital and Medical Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.   She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, President of the Arab Coalition for Adolescent Medicine, and Vice President of the Saudi Society for Adolescent Health. Dr. AlBuhairan is a Pediatrician, subspecialized in Adolescent Medicine.  She completed her Clinical Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at SickKids Hospital and University of Toronto and obtained her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. AlBuhairan established the first specialized Adolescent Health Clinic in the Arab Region at the Ministry of National Guard in 2018.  She also established and led the Adolescent Health Research Program at the King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) in Saudi Arabia, where she conceived and led the landmark national study ‘Jeeluna’, which addresses the health status and health needs of adolescents in the country. This study has generated the evidence base for translation into the necessary health policy, services, and programs to address adolescents’ health needs in Saudi Arabia. Additional prior appointments for Dr. AlBuhairan include Head of Population Health Research at KAIMRC and Head of the Center of Excellence at the National Family Safety Program in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. AlBuhairan combines her clinical and population health background to bridge improving individual health to overall population health and wellbeing. She focuses on the life course lens to health emphasizing the importance of health promotion and protective factors that impact a child or adolescent’s life and positively impact future adult health. She also focuses on the intersectoral approach to health that is necessary to optimize overall population health. She is an advocate of child and adolescent health and serves on numerous committees nationally and internationally to promote advancing the needed care for this population, including building capacity and establishing widespread dedicated adolescent health services and resources regionally and globally.  She aspires for strategically planning and developing the needed health policies addressing children and adolescents’ needs at country and systems’ levels. She has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications, one book, and two book chapters. Her research interests include adolescent health risk behaviors, protective factors, health policy, health services, and chronic illness.

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