Neurosciences Center


The Neurosciences Center is one of the core competencies of King Fahad Specialist Hospital - Dammam (KFSH-D). It was founded in 2011 with the concept of including all specialties relating to the nervous system under one umbrella. The center’s vision is to be recognized as a center of excellence in the field of Neuroscience.

Mission is to provide the highest quality of patient care, research, and education in specialized areas of Neuroscience Center

The Neurosciences Center includes seven departments: Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurology, Spine, Mental Health, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our main focus is in developing and enriching highly specialized multidisciplinary clinical programs that go side-by-side with full integration with research and training. The Center is working towards a big expansion in all services in our future hospital; King Khaled Medical City.

The Neurosciences Center established an international collaboration with the Neurosciences Department at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) for the following 5 years. This collaboration with the prestigious international center will offer faculty enrichment and opportunity for joint efforts in research.

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The Neurosciences Center established an international collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM), Detroit Medical Center. The effort will aim to establish the highest standards of comprehensive rehabilitation in the region.

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The comprehensive epilepsy program is our unique and only comprehensive epilepsy program in the Eastern Province provides advanced evaluation and care for children and adults with epilepsy. Our dedicated and highly-specialized team is comprised of: pediatric and adult epileptologists who were trained at well recognized international schools such as Harvard medical school and others, an epilepsy neurosurgeon, specialized nurses and nurse coordinator, neuro-psychologists, psychiatrist consultants, neuro-imaging physicians, skilled EEG technicians, social worker, and a dietician specialized in the treatment of epilepsy.

Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy through compassionate care and sophisticated medical treatment. We accomplish this through: comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis (including high sophisticated tools such as 3T MRI, fMRI, PET, ictal and interictal SPECT, and Wada test), individualized treatment plans (such as antiepileptic drugs, epilepsy surgery, vagal nerve stimulation, and Ketogenic diet), patient and family education, research initiatives and follow-up care. We have a 6-Bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit which is accredited by ABRET. We are looking forward to have our comprehensive epilepsy program recognized as level 4 Epilepsy Center which is the highest designation given by the National Association of Epilepsy Center (NAEC) in the near future.

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The complex spine program offers comprehensive surgical and non-surgical treatment options for patients with various spinal disorders. Our spinal team is specialized in treating complex spinal disorders such as degenerative conditions, oncological disorders including primary and metastatic tumors, and complex spinal deformity for adult and pediatric population. We specialize in providing new treatment options using both updated conventional and minimally-invasive surgery utilizing the latest technology as intra-operative neurophysiology monitoring, 2D and 3D imaging and navigation technology. 

The multiple sclerosis and autoimmune neurology program focuses on multidisciplinary care of patients with multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders of the nervous system. The multidisciplinary team includes neurology, specialized nursing, physical medicine and rehabilitation, clinical psychology, and clinical pharmacy. Neurologists in the program have expertise gained from training at Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. Special areas of interest and expertise include multiple sclerosis, pediatric multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, neuro-Behcet’s disease, and cerebral vasculitis. This program is one-of-a kind in the Kingdom.

The neuromuscular program serves adult and pediatric patients with hereditary or acquired neuromuscular disorders. Diagnostic testing includes advanced laboratory tests, electrodiagnostics, genetic studies, and muscle or nerve biopsies. This program is the only one of its kind in the Eastern Region.

The Neuro-oncology program is an active clinical program for adult and pediatric patients with brain and spinal cord tumors covering the whole of Eastern province.

The Neurosurgery Department leads the effort in coordinating care for patients with tumors of the nervous system together with neuroradiology, neuropathology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pediatric oncology, and palliative care teams. The neuro-oncology multidisciplinary meeting takes place every week to discuss all CNS tumor cases (new or follow up).  

All facets of diagnosis and treatment of CNS tumors are provided by the hospital including staging, surgical removal, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Molecular and genetic tests are used recently for better staging and defining more sub-group CNS tumors which can help in the management of these tumors.

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The Neurovascular Program provides management of patients with intra-cranial aneurysms and vascular malformations. Both facets of treatment (surgical and endovascular) are available. All cases are discussed jointly with the interventional neuro-radiologist and the best treatment option is discuss and given to the patient.  

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 patients with various disorders. Highly specialized neurologists carry out advanced electrodiagnostic studies as an integral part of the neuromuscular program. In addition, we are also members of the mobile organ transplant team where electroencephalography is done as an ancillary test for brain death. This service includes the entire Eastern Region. The department was recently accredited by the Saudi Council for Health Specialties for training Clinical Neurophysiology Technologists. 

The Neurosciences Center is active in clinical training with four accredited training programs: neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, and clinical neurophysiology. The center anticipated accreditation for training in pediatric neurology in the coming year. The center has an active scholarship program for all the specialties aiming to have a full team of subspecialists and leaders for our future hospital King Khalid Medical City.