Deputy Minister Health for Therapeutic Services
Deputy Minister’s CV
​Dr. Tareef Yusuf Al-Aama
​​FACP FRCPC CPE
H: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia ■ W: Riyadh
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-tareef-alaama-b44a68104/

​DEPUTY MINISTER: MINISTRY OF HEALTH, SAUDI ARABIA
Highly trusted strategic executive leader in the Health sector in Saudi Arabia with 20+ years of experience in the health profession. In charge of the curative services provided by over 60,000 healthcare professionals. 

Seeking to help lay down the foundations for establishing an outstanding, sustainable and world-class health system;  achieving this in an extremely challenging environment through building and inspiring cross-functional high performing teams; using advanced influencing and communication tools; effective problem solving and innovative thinking for engaging large numbers of stakeholders and employees to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030.

CORE COMPETENCIES:
  • Strategic Leadership & Development
  • Innovation, Turnaround & Change, Continuous Improvement, Thought Leader 
  • Strategy Implementation – Saudi Vision 2030 
  • Improving quality & efficiency through performance indicators & lean processes
  • Education, training, & research
  • Stakeholder Management to Minister level & engagement of all levels of staff
  • Team building & top talent recruitment & retention
  • Strong Clinical Background and vast experience in internal medicine, geriatrics, home health care, rehabilitation, palliative care, and healthy aging & wellness. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
MINISTRY OF HEALTH (MOH); Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
240,000 employees.  Provides healthcare to 60% + of the 30 million inhabitants of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).  

DEPUTY MINISTER FOR THERAPEUTIC SERVICES, RIYADH NOV 2014 TO PRESENT

  • Responsible for 270+ public MOH hospitals (with a total capacity of 40,000 beds), Rehabilitation Services, Home Healthcare serving 50,000+ patients, Mental Health Services, Radiology, Pharmaceutical Services, Nurses (90,000+), Forensic Medicine, Nutrition, and the Emergency & Disaster Planning Readiness.  
  • Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine that oversees all the practice of alternative and complimentary medicine in both public and private sectors in the Kingdom.  
  • ​Head of the Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Committee, in charge of all medication and therapeutic purchasing and credentialing in MOH.  
  • Board member, the National Health Endowment fund. 
  • Board member, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah.  (2017 - 2018)
  • Board member, First western healthcare cluster (W1). (2018 - 2021)
  • ​Member of the 2020 G20 logistics executive committee. (2019 - present) 
  • Regional Health Director of the Makkah Region (a temporary post, additional to Deputyship duties, April - May 2015), in charge of all the operational healthcare responsibilities in the Makkah, Jeddah, Taif & Al-Qunudah regions.  
  • Board member, Board of Trustees of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, the body in charge of all training, licensing, registering and credentialing all healthcare workers in the Kingdom. 
  • Head of Selection Committee of the General Secretariat of Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. (2016)
  • Head of the home health care digital strategy committee. (2019 – present) 
  • Member, Ministry of Health Budget Committee.
  • Chairman, Ministry of Health Hospital Commissioning Committee, in charge of opening new hospitals across the Kingdom. 
  • Vice Chairman, Ministry of Health Emergency and Disasters Committee. 
  • Head of the MOH Committee for Rewarding Excellence and Achievements. 
  • Member of the Health Nudge Team, headed by HE the Minister of Health, and in charge of incorporating cutting edge behavioral psychology and nudging techniques in influencing consumer and health practitioners behavior. 

COMMAND & CONTROL CENTRE; MINISTRY OF HEALTH, KSA.  
CAPACITY PLATFORM LEADER AUG – NOV 2014
In charge of capacity issues in the ministry (manpower, supplies, and structure)  
  • Successfully achieved the operation of multiple hospitals and units.  
  • Initiated multiple projects and task forces to improve essential health services in the Kingdom. These included Home Care, Rehabilitation, Blood Banks, Emergency Care, Maternal & Infant Mortality.  
  • Heavily involved in building the Ministry of Health Capability & Talent pipeline through Leadership recruitment, Talent Management & Succession Planning and Talent Acquisition.  

ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY, RIYADH, KSA  
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, INTERNAL MEDICINE & GERIATRICS, FACULTY OF MEDICINE        2018 – PRESENT

KING ABDULAZIZ UNIVERSITY, JEDDAH, KSA  
CONSULTANT & ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, INTERNAL MEDICINE & GERIATRICS, FACULTY OF MEDICINE        2011 - 2018                              
  • Transformed the Medical Care Services into a Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU) meeting the most up-to-date international standards. Used negotiation, influencing & team engagement to overcome resistance in place for many years.  A CTU provides superior patient outcomes and training & educational standards. 
  • Treated complex patients in both inpatient and outpatient units with excellent outcomes. 
  • Trained medical residents and Fellows and supervised research and quality improvement projects in different phases of their training. Educated medical students in all levels of Medical school. 

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO, LONDON, ON. CANADA  

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR & CONSULTANT INTERNIST/GERIATRICIAN    2009 –2011​                                             
ST JOSEPH/LONDON HEALTH CENTRES/PARKWOOD REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
DEPARTMENT OF GERIATRIC MEDICINE – CLINICAL FELLOW DEMENTIA & OSTEOPOROSIS    2008 –2009                      
DEPARTMENT OF GERIATRIC MEDICINE – SUB-SPECIALTY RESIDENT  2006 –2008                                         
DEPARTMENT OF GERIATRICS - CHIEF RESIDENT     2007                                                                                                            
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE - CHIEF RESIDENT        2006                                                                                        
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE – RESIDENT      2003 –2006                                                                           

PART TIME & LOCUM POSITIONS:
  • King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh- part-time consultant of internal medicine & geriatrics. 2017 - present
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Science, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada - Locum Consultant Internist    2014
  • King Fahad Medical Research Centre, Jeddah, KSA - Head of Geriatrics Research Unit 2012 – 2013
  • Medicine Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA - Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU) Coordinator & Head, CTU Committee
  • Medicine Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA - Head of Documentation Quality Control Committee 
  • Saudi Geriatrics Society – Board member
 2020-
  • Makkah Region Geriatrics Society (non-profit organization) – Member, Board of Directors & Head of Scientific Committee 2013 - 2014
  • North East Specialized Geriatric Services: Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada – Locum Consultant Geriatrician       2012
  • National Guard Hospital, Jeddah, KSA - Locum Consultant, Internal Medicine
    2012, 2013
  • Private Sector Health Care Part Time Consultant 2011-2014

CREDENTIALS:

MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS AND AWARDS:

  • Global Sepsis Award: Represented the MOH (and lead the efforts) in receiving this prestigious international award.   
  • Management Consultancies Association Awards: Received by MOH & GE in recognition of the MOH ADAA program, lead by Tareef Alaama. London, UK. (2018)Future Workplace Awards: the MOH in collaboration the University of Michigan were shortlisted for the category of “Best Learning and Organizational Development Strategy”, for the work done in positive leadership; the collaboration and the work were spearheaded by Tareef Alaama. (2019)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine  (ABIM) – Geriatrics recertification (2018)
  • International Society of Clinical Densomitry - Certified Clinical Densomitrist (CCD) (2009)        
  • Fellowship in Dementia & memory disorders (2009)
  • Fellowship in Osteoporosis (2009)                                                                                                                                                         
  • Canadian Geriatric Society - Canadian Kaufman Award in outstanding Research for the best scientific presentation by a resident or fellow at the annual meeting. Toronto, On.  (2009) 
  • Medical Council of Canada qualification examination I &II. Score: 671. (Pass=447) (2008 – 2009)         
  • Research Award - Geriatric Medicine Tri-City (Toronto- Hamilton-London) Research Day, Hamilton, ON. (2008)
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada - Geriatric Medicine Board (2008)                                                            
  • American Board of Geriatric Medicine – scored at top 10% (10th decile) (2008)
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada - Internal Medicine Board (2007)
  • American & Canadian Boards of Internal Medicine (2006)          
  • Harvard Medical School: Geriatrics review course. Boston, MA (2008)                                                                                           Internal Medicine in-training examination.  Achieved 97th percentile for PGY3sacross North America, (2005)
  • Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization, Dhahran - Appreciation for Excellent Performance (1999)     
  • King Abdulaziz University Medical School, Jeddah, KSA – MBBS Graduated & ranked first/top of class  (1999 – 2000)
  • Selected as the Exemplary Student of the Faculty of Medicine.  Also Exceptional Achievement in English: English Language Centre.         

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING:
  • American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) – Certified Physician Executive (CPE) – (2020)
  • Finance for Non-Finance Professionals - Finance and Accounting – Board Directors Institute- (2020)
  • General Electric (GE) Leadership, innovation,  & strategy (LIS) – (2019)
  • The leadership in an era of transformation - International Medical Center in association with the Mayo clinic- (2019)   
  • Understanding Board Committees – Board Directors Institute- Riyadh, KSA (2019)
  • London Business School - Senior Executive Leadership Program. (2018)
  • Six Sigma: Black belt certified. (2018)
  • Intermountain Healthcare Study tour- Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. (2018)
  • Foundation of Directorship – Board Directors Institute- Riyadh, KSA (2017)          
  • Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Leadership: Positive Leadership program. (2017)
  • Healthcare mini-masters – McKinsey & Co. – Riyadh, KSA (2017)
  • American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) Spring Institute 2017- NY, NY. (Strategic thinking, Planning & Decision making, Resilient Leadership, Leadership 301: Seasoned Leaders Workshop). 
  • General Electric (GE) Global Customer Summit – Crotonville, NY. Intensive training in leadership & innovation.  2017     
  • Canadian Physician Management Institute: Level I. Leadership Skills & Level II. Leadership Skills Development.  (2006)
  • Canadian Physician Management Institute: Level III. Conflict Management & Negotiation Skills & Level IV. Planning & Managing Change. (2006)                                                                                                                                           
 MEMBERSHIPS:
Fellow:  
  • Royal College of Physicians of Canada
  • American College of Physicians
  • Member:
  • American Association for Physician Leadership.
  • Saudi Council for Health Specialties
  • Saudi Society of Internal Medicine
  • Saudi Geriatrics Society
  • Saudi Makkah Region Geriatrics Society (non-profit organization)
  • College of Physicians & Surgeons, Ontario
  • Board Directors Institute.
Appendix to CV - Research:
  • Melatonin Decreases Delirium in Elderly Patient. A Randomized, Placebo- controlled Trial: Submitted and presented as an oral presentation and a poster in multiple meetings and conferences. 
  • The Evolution of Clinical Trials in Dementia and cognitive impairment. Alaama T, WoolmoreGoodwin S, Smith M, Borrie M. Presented in the Clinical Trials in Alzheimer’s Disease Conference. Las Vegas, NV. 2008. 
  • A phase 2 multicentre, randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study of the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of multiple doses of PF04360365 in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. (Pfizer). Sub-investigator. 2008
  • Borrie MJ, Wells JL, AlAama TY, et al. A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group, Efficacy and Safety Trial of Bapineuzumab (AAB-001, ELN115727) in Subjects with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease who are Apolipoprotein Eε4 Non-Carriers. JANSSEN Alzheimer Immunotherapy. 2008
  • Wells JL, Borrie MJ, AlAama TY. A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Ranging, Safety and Efficacy Study of Oral ELND005 (AZD-103) in Alzheimer’s Disease. Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2008
  • Wells JL, Borrie MJ, AlAama TY. Phase III, Parallel, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, dose-response, delayed-start 88 week Study for the Effect of LY450139, a γ-Secretase Inhibitor, on the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease as Compared with Placebo. Eli Lilly and Company. 2009
  • Effect of Different Doses of SAR110894D on Cognition in Patients with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease on Donepezil. A phase 2 randomized controlled trial. (Sanofi-Aventis) Sub-investigator. 2011 
  • The prevalence of Delirium in King Abdulaziz University Hospital. Principle investigator (PI). 2012
  • The prevalence and risk factors of cognitive impairment in diabetics in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (PI). Presented in the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2014. Supported by a grant from KACST. 
  • Prescription practices and their associated difficulties in the outpatient department in KAUH. 2012
  • The causes and prevalence of falls in KAUH. (PI) 2013
  • The causes and prevalence of urinary incontinence in KAUH. (PI) 2013
  • Association studies of cytochrome 4503A genotypers and the response to statins metabolism in hypercholesterolemia.2013
  • Budget impact analysis of Golimumab in adult rheumatoid arthritis patients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. AlJedai et al. 
  • Throughput optimization using Lean Six Sigma decreases emergency department’s patient length of stay, reduces crowding and increases capacity (under review)

Editorial Activities: 
Reviewer for:
  • The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • The Canadian Family Physician Journal.
  • The American Journal of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • The Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 
  • Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 

Bibliography: 
  • Falls in the elderly: spectrum and prevention. Review article. Can Fam Physician. 2011 Jul; 57(7): 771-6. 
  • Melatonin decreases delirium in elderly patients: a randomized, placebo- controlled trial. Al-Aama T, Brymer C, Gutmanis I, Woolmore-Goodwin SM, Esbaugh J, Dasgupta M. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2011 Jul; 26(7). 
  • An Unusual Case of Recurrent Falls. Al-Aama T, Basharat P, Nicolle M. Can Fam Physician. 2012 Nov;58(11). 
  • Basic Geriatrics Knowledge Among Internal Medicine Trainees in a Teaching Hospital in Saudi Arabia. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2016 Apr 1. 
  • Determinants of Intensive Care Unit Transfer in Patients Admitted to the Medical Ward of an Academic Hospital in Jeddah. Saudi Journal of Internal Medicine. Vol 5, No 1 (2015). 
  • Diabetes status is associated with poor cognitive performance in Saudi population at high metabolic risk. Alaama et al.  Journal of aging research & clinical practice. July 2016.
  • Risk factors associated with body injuries due to falls in a teaching hospital in Saudi Arabia. Yamani F, Alaama T. Saudi Journal of Internal Medicine, 8(1), 5-12.  (2018)
  • Potentially inappropriate medications in elderly patients based on the Beers criteria at a large family practice in Saudi Arabia. Alturki A, Alaama T, Alomran Y et al. British Journal for General practice. 4 February 2020; bjgpopen20X101009. 
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: One more reason to strengthen public health (editorial). Alaama T. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2018; 24:199-200
  • Two phase 3 trials of bapineuzumab in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. Salloway S et al. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jan 23;370(4). (Collaborator). 
  • Monitoring hospitals in the Kingdom of Sausi Arabia: an approach based on KPIs and SMAA-2. Alaama T, Alabdulaali, Ayach A et al. Proceedings IFKAD 2019. Knowledge ecosystems and growth. 
  • National Approach to Standardize and Improve Mechanical Ventilation. Arabi YM, Al Aseri Z, Alaama T, et al. Ann Thorac Med 2019; 14:101-5
  • Public Hospital Service Reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia guided by Health Vision 2030. Nasr M, Alabdulaali M, Alaama T. (2019).  World hospitals and health services: the official journal of the International Hospital Federation. 55. 19 - 23.




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