Assistant Agency for Preventive Health

Assistant Deputy Minister's CV
Dr. Abdullah bin Mifreh Assiri
Current Position: Assistant Deputy Minister for Preventive Health
Personal Information:
Place of Birth: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Nationality: Saudi
Place of Work:
Ministry of Health, Building 3 (A), Third Floor
Riyadh 011176
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Contact Details:
Telephone of Work: 2124265-1-00966
Fax: 2124255-1-00966
  •  Dalhousie University Fellowship on the Adults' Infectious Diseases 2003
  • Saudi Board of the Internal Medicine  2000
  •  Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, King Saud University 1994


  • Assistant Professor of Hubert Global Health College, Emory University in the United States, from July, 2012.
  •  Director of the Prevention and Infection Control General Department of the Saudi MOH from 2011.
  • Consultant of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Medical Section of the King Fahad Medical City, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 2006 to 2007.
  • Consultant of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases for Adults and Epidemiology specialist, the Medical Department of the National Guard  Hospital, Eastern Region, the Kingdom of Saud Arabia, from 2003 to 2006.
  •  Clinical Fellow of the Infectious Disease Section, Dalhousie University, Canadian city of Halifax, from 2000 to 2003.  
  •  Assistant consultant of the medical section of the King Faisal Specialized Hospital and Riyadh Research Center, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 1994 to 1999.
  • Student of the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Abha, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, between 1987 and 1994.
Other Experiences
King Abdulaziz Hospital of the National Guard Health Affairs, the Eastern Region the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia:
  •  Chairman of the Hospitals' Safety Committee
  •  Chairman of the Regional Medication and Pharmacology Committee
  • Chairman of the Patients' Complaints Committee
  • Coordinators of the recalled researches of the Committee overseeing the researches 
Military Hospital in the Southern Region, KSA:  
  •  Chairman of the Safety and Raising the Hospitals Efficiency.
  •  Chairman of the Infection Control Committee.
  • King Fahad Medical City the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Director of the Interns' Training Program (Internal Medicine)
  • Chairman of the Administrative Performance Upgrading Committee
  •  Supervisory Committee of Creating the Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions.
  • Principal team leader for controlling infection in the hospitals
  • Professor of the Infection Control Committee for the students of the College of Medicine (member).
  •  Member of subcommittee for Benefiting from the vaccines and antibiotics 
  •  Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  •  Chairman of the Scholarship and Public Health Committee
  • Coordinator of the National Committee for the Infection Prevention and Control
  •  Coordinators of the National Committee for the Central Sterilization and Disinfection Services.

Courses and Conferences:

  • Molecular virology winter course, Dalhousie University, 2003
  • Molecular biology summer training course, 2003
  •  Bacterial pathogenesis summer training course, Dalhousie University, 2003
  • 3rd International AIDS symposium, Abha, Saudi Arabia, 1999
  • CACMID (Canadian association of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases) conference, Halifax, Canada, 2002
  •  CIDS (Canadian Infectious Diseases Society) meeting, Quebec, Canada, 2003
  •  First Middle East infection control conference, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (coordinator), 2005
  • First Arab intensive care congress, Military hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia (speaker), 2005
  • Recent advances in infection control symposium (speaker), King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), 2007
  • 11th European AIDS clinical society meeting, Spain, 2007
  • 2nd annual research day, KFMC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2007
  •  CBAHI accreditation standards review and self- assessment, KFMC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2007
  • 4th annual AIDS workshop, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH-RC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2007
  •  Therapeutic approaches against invasive fungal infections, Cairo, Egypt, 2008
  • 3rd annual research symposium, KFMC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (supervisor), 2008
  •  International symposium on infections in immunocompromised host, KFSH-RC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2008
  •  International infection control symposium, military hospital, southern region (speaker), 2009
  • 19th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Helsinki, Finland, 2009
  •  Clinical teaching method course and workshop, KFMC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2009
  •  Raising the standard of education and care symposium (organized by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and KFMC), 2010
  •  Meningococcal leadership forum, Dubai, UAE, 2010
  • First national medical trainee research conference, KFMC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2010
  • 3rd recent advances in infection control symposium, KFMC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2010

Professional membership and activities:

  •  Editorial board; Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health (member), July 2011 to present
  •  National AIDS committee (member), 2010 to present
  •  National immunization committee (member), 2010 to present
  • National tuberculosis committee (member), 2010 to present 
  •  National infection control committee (chairman), 2010 to present
  •  National decontamination services committee (member), 2010 to present
  • Scientific committee for international conference on mass gathering (member), 2010


  •  A National Guard outbreak of Burkholderiacepacia infection and colonization secondary to intrinsic contamination of albuterol nebulization solution. Balkhy HH, Cunningham G, Francis C, Almuneef MA, Stevens G, AkkadN, Elgammal A, Alassiri A, Furukawa E, Chew FK, Sobh M, DanielD, Poff G, Memish ZA. AmJ Infect Control. 2005 Apr;33(3):182-8.
  •  Corticosteroid administration and outcome of adolescents and adults with acute bacterial meningitis: a meta-analysis. Assiri AM, Alasmari FA, ZimmermanVA, BaddourLM, ErwinPJ, Tleyjeh IM. Mayo Clin Proc. 2009May;84(5):403-9.
  •  Seroprevalence of alkhurma and other hemorrhagic Fever viruses, Saudi Arabia, Memish ZA, Albarrak A, Almazroa MA, Al-Omar I, Alhakeem R, Assiri A, Fagbo S, Macneil A, Rollin PE, Abdullah N, Stephens G. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Dec;17(12):2316-8.
  •  Pandemic H1N1 influenza at the 2009 Hajj: understanding the unexpectedly low H1N1 burden, Memish ZA, Ebrahim SH, Ahmed QA, Deming M, Assiri A. J R Soc Med. 2010 Oct;103(10):386
  •  The prevalence of respiratory viruses among healthcare workers serving pilgrims in Makkah during the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. Memish ZA, Assiri AM, Alshehri M, Hussain R, Alomar I. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2011 Dec 22
  •  Occupational Exposure to Blood-Borne Pathogens in a Tertiary Hospital: Benchmarking Using Patient Days. Waleed Mazi, Abiola C Senok, Abdullah M Assiri, NajlaKazem, Avigail Tan Abato. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 1.06). 06/2012; DOI:10.1177/1010539512450608
  •  Hospital Outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, Abdullah Assiri, M.D., Allison McGeer, M.D., Trish M. Perl, M.D., Connie S. Price, M.D., Abdullah A. Al Rabeeah, M.D., Derek A.T. Cummings, Ph.D., Zaki N. Alabdullatif, M.D., Maher Assad, M.D., Abdulmohsen Almulhim, M.D., HatemMakhdoom, Ph.D., HossamMadani, Ph.D., RafatAlhakeem, M.D., Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, M.D., Matthew Cotten, Ph.D., Simon J. Watson, Ph.D., Paul Kellam, Ph.D., Alimuddin I. Zumla, M.D., and Ziad A. Memish, M.D., for the KSA MERS-CoV Investigation Team DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1306742
  • Risk analysis of needlestick and sharp object injuries among healthcare workers in a tertiary care hospital (Saudi Arabia), Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, Ziad A. Memish, Abdullah M. Assiri *, Mervat M. Eldalatony 1, Hanan M. Hathout 2, HendAlzoman, MonabaeUndaya, Journal of epidemiology and global health 09/2013; 3(3):123-9. DOI:10.1016/j.jegh.2013.03.004
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infections in Health Care Workers، Ziad A Memish, Alimuddin I Zumla, Abdullah Assiri, New England Journal of Medicine. 08/2013; DOI:10.1056/NEJMc1308698
  •  Epidemiological, demographic, and clinical characteristics of 47 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease from Saudi Arabia: a descriptive study, Abdullah Assiri, The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 07/2013; DOI:10.101 6/S1473-3099 (13)70204-4
  •   Transmission and evolution of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: a descriptive genomic study. Matthew Cotten, Simon J Watson, Paul Kellam, Abdullah A Al-Rabeeah,Hatem Q Makhdoom, Abdullah Assiri, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq, Rafat F Alhakeemو The Lancet. 09/2013; DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61887-5
  •  The emergence of OXA-48- and NDM-1-positive Klebsiellapneumoniae in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AtefShibl, Mohamed Al-Agamy, Ziad Memish, AbiolaSenok, Shamshad Abdul Khader, Abdullah Assiri. International journal of infectious diseases: IJID: official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 2.17). 08/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.ijid.2013.06.016
  •  Middle East respiratory syndrome novel corona (MERS-CoV) infection Epidemiology and outcome update Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq, Abdullah Assiri, Ziad A Memish. Saudi Med J 2013; Vol. 34 (10) 
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