Khawla S. Al-Kuraya

Khawla S. Al-Kuraya

MD FCAP : Director, Research Centre at KFNCCCKing Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Khawla Al-Kuraya, a distinguished physician-scientist, is the Director of the Research Centre at King Fahad National Centre for Children’s Cancer, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research (KFSH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

After receiving her Medical Degree from King Saud University School of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, she completed her Residency and Fellowship in Pathology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C.

Dr Al-Kuraya is a leader in the field of genomic cancer research. She is widely respected as Translational Scientist whose work bridges the laboratory and clinical settings.

She has focused on identifying molecular signature of common Saudi tumors utilizing the recent technologies in the cancer genetic field.

Under Dr Al-Kuraya’s leadership, Research Centre at KFSH has become a member in International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) which aims to identify the molecular abnormalities more than 50 types of cancers.

An author of over 100 original research articles, editorials, review articles and book chapters. Dr Al-Kuraya’s professional memberships include the American Association for Cancer Research, College of American Pathologist and the American Society of Human Genetics. She is also on the Executive Committee of ICGC. She also serves on numerous editorial boards.

Dr Al-Kuraya is first Saudi female recipient of the prestigious “First Rank King Abdulaziz Medal” for her pioneering initiatives in cancer research. In 2013, Dr Khawla Al-Kuraya was appointed by His Royal Highness King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia as one of the first women to be a member of the Majlis Al Shura Council (Inter-Parliamentary Union) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.