About the Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs, headed by Dr. Abdulrazack Amir, is responsible for providing medical resources and opportunities for JHAH clinicians and allied health professionals to contribute to and remain current, licensed and accredited in their fields of specialization.

In addition, the Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for numerous programs designed to advance health professions throughout the kingdom, including residency, fellowship and internship programs.

Contact Details

Phone: +966-13-877-8268 / +966-13-877-3239

Fax: +966-13-877-8706

Chief: Dr. Abdulrazack Amir

Secretary: Mona Bakhsh

Interview with:

Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Professor of Medicine

What aspect excites you the most personally about working with Hopkins’ affiliates, such as JHAH?

I get to see firsthand new approaches to treating patients and how health systems can be organized. Every health system has areas of excellence and deficiencies that need to be addressed. At Johns Hopkins we think that bringing a researcher’s approach to understanding health systems is exciting and effective for developing the best methods for patient care.

What personal characteristics tend to define someone who excels in the field of research?

Clinicians are effective in research if they are curious, perceptive and committed to improving patient outcomes. The most important quality of a researcher is the ability to analyze a problem and come up with a research question that can be answered with the resources available.

What benefit does the patient experience as a result of an organization being engaged in research?

Patients get to be treated by clinicians who are engaged in looking for better treatments and who may have early experience with promising treatments. Also, patients in clinical research studies report very high levels of satisfaction with the experience generally related to receiving more attention from their treatment teams.



Oldest Reported Case in the Literature

Renal-Limited Lupus-Like Nephritis, a fairly rare disease, mostly affects younger women. A 63 year old female patient diagnosed and successfully treated at JHAH is the oldest reported case in the literature and contributes to a better understanding and treatment of the disease.


Living with an Ostomy Made Easier

It can be traumatic when you’ve had an opening cut into you so your body’s digestive system can pass waste when disease prevents it. This opening, called an ostomy, requires a person to prepare not only physically but psychosocially as it can cause depression, low self-esteem, anger and other issues that negatively affect the patient as well as loved ones.

A recent JHAH study determined that procedures adopted pre-operatively, during hospitalization, and at the Outpatient Stoma Clinic improved not only the quality of care provided to ostomy patients but improved the quality of life for them and their families.

Home Care for the Elderly

A More Thorough Analysis

Hospitals are institutional caregivers, releasing patients to go home as soon as they are able. Many patients, however, require home care, and some elderly patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension require long-term home care. An award winning pilot study conducted recently by JHAH found home care can last many years though the caregivers, who were most frequently female, had no formal training, and the added responsibility increases caregiver load due to the added responsibilities. JHAH determined the results warranted a more thorough analysis and is now conducting a larger study.