About Prof. Aayed Alqahtani

Professor Aayed Alqahtani is Consultant of MIS and Obesity Surgery at King Saud University.

He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of New You Medical Center.

He is the Director of King Saud University Obesity Chair and is a prominent bariatric surgeon.
Prof. Alqahtani graduated with an honors degree in medicine and surgery from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

He completed general surgery training programs in McGill University and Université de Montréal where he was featured on the Dean’s Honors List of Excellent Results in Postdoctoral Training.

After receiving additional laparoscopy training in USA, Prof. Alqahtani returned to Saudi Arabia where he performed advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic interventions in adult and pediatric patients.

Prof. Alqahtani headed the postgraduate training program in KSU, where he is credited with revolutionizing apprenticeship and skill transfer
methods at King Saud University College of Medicine postgraduate program.

Prof. Alqahtani transferred his skills and knowledge to hundreds of surgeons across the country and worldwide.
Prof. Alqahtani is a pioneer of endoscopic weight loss strategies to treat obesity.

His personalized multidisciplinary approach includes endoscopy and surgery for patients from all age groups,
including children.

Prof. Alqahtani’s paper on endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty was among the top ten most read bariatric news articles in 2019, and it was the most mentioned, discussed, and cisted paper in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Prof. Alqahtani is credited with publishing studies that shaped national and international guidelines.

His work on interventional weight loss in children and adolescents addressed many of the prevailing concerns including durability of weight loss, degree of co-morbidity resolution, and impact on growth and skeletal maturity.
Prof. Alqahtani has published many research articles, chapters and books. He has been the guest speaker in more than 500 international events and has served as faculty of many national and international training courses and workshops in MIS, robotic surgery and obesity. He is active in numerous national and international societies, and he is on the editorial board of well-known medical journals.
Prof. Alqahtani was a founding member of the Pan Arab Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (PASMBS) and the President of the Society in 2018. He is also a founding member of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity – Middle East and North Africa Chapter (IFSO-MENAC).

He is the chair of the membership committee of the Saudi Arabia Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SASMBS) and the member of society board. He was elected President of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) in 2019 and currently a member of the Executive Committee of the society.

Moreover, he founded the Middle East Chapter of IPEG in 2015.

CURRENT POSITIONS

» Professor and Consultant of Minimally Invasive and Obesity Surgery at College of Medicine King Saud University
& King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH), Riyadh
» Director of Obesity Chair at King Saud University
» Founder and Supervisor of King Saud University Multidisciplinary Obesity Clinic
» Former Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at King Fahad Medical City
» Past President – Pan Arab Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (PASMBS)
» Immediate Past President – International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG)
» Founder and Past President Middle East Chapter International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

»Professor of Surgery at College of Medicine King Saud University, Riyadh, April 2014 – present
»Associate Professor of Surgery at College of Medicine King Saud University and King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) Riyadh 2007- 2014
»Assistant Professor of Surgery at College of Medicine King Saud University and King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) Riyadh 2002-2007
»Deputy Residency Training Program Director at KSU Department of Surgery Oct 2002-May2004.
»Vice Chairman Department of Surgery for Academic Affair 2003-2005
»Director of Postgraduate Training at KSU College of Medicine 2002-2007
»Director of Pediatric Surgery Training Program, King Saud University 2003-2009
»Chair of the Saudi Council Examination Board in Pediatric Surgery 2003- 2012
»Representative of all Saudi Doctors at McGill University, Canada 1998-2000.
»Founder and Supervisor of Health Student Club at KSU,
»Founder and Supervisor of Volunteer Hayat Student Club at KSU,
»Founder and Supervisor of Innovative Student Club at KSU, Riyadh.

HONORS AND AWARDS

»Referee at King Faisal International Price for Medical Sector 2013
»KACTS Grants ($ 2 Million) on Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Bariatric Surgery
»Surgeon of the Year Award, University of Gaze 2010
»Best Research Paper in General Surgery 1998 (Investigative Modalities of Massive Lower GI Bleeding).
»Best 30 Operations from IRCAD (European Institute of Tele-Surgery)
»The Dean’s Honors List of Excellent Results in Postdoctoral Training 2002 at Montreal University,
MB, BS honors

EDUCATION AND POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

»American Board of General Surgery 2000.
»American Board of Pediatric Surgery
»Fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeon of Canada FRCSC 2001 – General Surgery,
»Fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeon of Canada FRCSC 2003 – Pediatric Surgery
»Minimally Invasive Surgery, Denver Colorado, 2000
»Residency in General and MIS Surgery, 1995 – 2000 McGill University, Montreal,

COMMITTEE

» Member of the Medical Education Board at the College of Medicine.
» Member of the Disaster committee at the KKUH & College of Medicine.
» Head of Organizing Committee of the 5th North American Saudi Medical Conference.
» Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Laparoscopic Course in Pediatric Surgery, Annual Course.
» Chairman of the Membership Council of IPEG Annual Congress of Endosurgery in Children, 2013 – present
» Program & Executive Committee at IPEG of Endosurgery in Children, 2013 – present
» Member of the Executive Board of the International Pediatric Endoscopic Group 2009-present
» Member of the Scientific Committee of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgery 2005-2009
» Member of the Skill Lab Committee at the College of Medicine 2002-2007.
» Member of the Communication Skill Committee at the College of Medicine 2002-2007.
» Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Pediatric Endoscopic Group 2006-present
» Chairman of the Surgical Department Educational Committee for Student Affairs 2003-2005
» Member of the Internet Committee at the College of Medicine 2003-2006.
» Members of the Pediatric Surgery Fellow’s selection Committee at Montreal University, Department of Surgery,
Sainte-Justine Hospital, 2001-2002.
» Member of the Education Committee of the Department of General Surgery, Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal
University 2001-2002
» Student Instructor and Examiner McGill School of Medicine, Canada 1999-2000.
» Member of the Saudi Council Evaluation and Accreditation Committee in Pediatric Surgery
» Member of the Saudi Council Local Training Committee in Pediatric Surgery.
» Member of the Saudi Council Scientific Board in Pediatric Surgery.
» Member of the Royal College Evaluation Committee, Pediatric ICU McGill University 1999

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIE

1. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 2014 – present
2. The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
3. The Pan Arab Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (PASMBS)
4. The American Obesity Society 2007-present.
5. SAGES: Society of American Endoscopic Surgeons 2007-present.
6. Royal College of Physician and Surgeon of Canada 2001-Present.
7. American College of Surgeons, Fellow 2001- present.
8. International pediatric endoscopy group (IPEG) 1999-Present.
9. American College of Surgeons, Candidate Group 1996 – 2002