•First female Professor of Cardio-Surgery in Middle East.
• Chose as one of the most famous 50 characters around the world.
•Awarded King Faisal Al-Saud Award for her unique contribution to her field.
"From 1977 to 1983, Dr. Howaida Al-Qethamy attended the Faculty of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, where she earned her M.B. and Ch.B. degrees. In 1986, she earned her Primary fellowship (F.R.C.S.) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland. Her Final F.R.C.S.E. was obtained from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1987.
In 1993, Dr. Al-Qethamy received a Clinical Fellowship of Pediatric Surgery from the University of Toronto (Canada) Hospital for Sick Children.
Since 1984, Dr. Al-Qethamy has had a number of high-profile academic and professional appointments -- in the Armed Forces Hospital and in the Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre in Riyadh, in the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, and in Broussais Hospital in Paris, France.
During her distinguished career, Dr. Al-Qethamy has attended numerous courses and symposia worldwide, and she is a member of numerous societies and associations related to her profession. She has given many presentations in a number of countries, and has been published in a number of well-known medical journals.
Currently, Dr. Al-Qethamy is the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Riyadh, where she has been working for the past twenty years. Her responsibilities include the care and management of babies and children in the intensive care units and surgical wards. Her current caseload involves three to four cases of congenital heart diseases a day.
Dr. Al-Qethamy is the first female in the Middle East to head a cardiac surgery department. In addition, she has pioneered a method of implanting a valve into the heart while it is still pumping."