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Fadia S. Albuhairan, MBBS

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2017
MBBS, King Saud University, 1999


2017- Current Chairperson, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Aldara Hospital and Medical Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

July 2016- Current Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA

June 2016- Current President, Arab Coalition for Adolescent Medicine (Elected)

2014- Current Vice President, Saudi Society for Adolescent Health (Elected)

Dr. Fadia AlBuhairan is an expert in the field of Child and Adolescent Health. She is a pioneer of Adolescent Medicine in the Arab world where she established the first specialty adolescent health service and adolescent health research program in the region. Dr. AlBuhairan is the lead researcher of the population based, national study ‘Jeeluna’ which addresses the health status and needs of a nationally representative sample of adolescents (over 12,500 participants) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This landmark study has generated the evidence base for translation into the necessary health policy, services, and programs to address adolescents’ health needs.

By viewing health in a holistic way, Dr. AlBuhairan recognizes that in order to achieve the wellbeing of children and adolescents, a multi-sectoral approach is essential. Through her combined medical and population health background and her life course approach to health, she aspires to strategically plan and inform the necessary public health policies that aim at advancing the well-being of populations at country and systems’ levels. This includes establishing the necessary health services, programs, and capacity building in adolescent health. Dr. AlBuhairan’s research interests include adolescent health risk behaviors, bullying and violence, adolescent health promotion, health policy, health services, and chronic illness.

Honors and Awards

2007 Saudi Cultural Mission in Canada Excellence Award

2013-2016 Dean’s Scholarship, The Johns Hopkins University, USA

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent health risk behaviors
  • Adolescence bullying and violence
  • Adolescent health promotion
  • Adolescent health policy
  • Adolescent health services
  • Adolescent chronic illness

Most recent peer reviewed publications

  • Alhalal, E., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wong, C., AlBuhairan, F. Reliability and validity of the Arabic PTSD Checklist Civilian Version (PCL-C) in women survivors of intimate partner violence. Research in Nursing & Health, 2017;40(6):575–585.
  • AlBuhairan, F. Abou Abbas, O. Predictors of adolescents’ mental health problems in Saudi Arabia: findings from the Jeeluna® national study. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2017. 10.1186/s13034-017-0188-x
  • AlBuhairan, F., Abou Abbas, O., El Sayed, D., Badri, M. Alshahri, S., de Vries, N. The relationship of bullying and physical violence to mental health and academic performance: A cross-sectional study among adolescents in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2017;4:61-65.
  • AlBuhairan, F., Al Eissa, M., Alkufeidy, N., Almuneef, M. Bullying in early adolescence: An exploratory study in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2016 March 4 (Online).
  • AlBuhairan, F., Naseem, M., Alotibi, A., Jasser, S., Al Alwan, I. Health related quality of life and family impact of Type 1 Diabetes among adolescents in Saudi Arabia. Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2016;114:173-179.