Prof. Wael Al-Kattan

Vice Dean, Head of Surgery Department



Prof. Wael AlKattan is currently part of Alfasial University leadership, in the role of the Executive Director of Sustainability and Strategic Planning, and a member of the university Council of Deans.


He has extensive knowledge developing and implementing continuing education and training programs, and wide view related to academic, clinical and research affairs, with both local and international experience.


Prof. AlKattan joined Alfaisal in 2007 as a founding faculty. Since then, he contributed immensely to the place Alfaisal has reached today serving as Professor and Consultant of Surgery, Executive Director of Continuous Medical Education Center, Head of Surgery department, Vice Dean for Admin.


Prof. Wael AlKattan played an essential role in the development and accreditation of the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) program at the College of Medicine. His dedicated efforts and expertise in medical education were crucial in ensuring that the program met and exceeded rigorous accreditation standards. Prof. AlKattan's commitment to excellence in medical education has not only benefited the institution but has also contributed significantly to the preparation of future healthcare professionals who are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the medical field.


Prof. Wael AlKattan played a main role in the planning and design of the College of Medicine's facilities, including lecture halls and state-of-the-art laboratories. His insights and vision contributed to creating an optimal learning environment that fosters cutting-edge medical education and research, ensuring that students have access to modern, well-equipped spaces that facilitate their academic and scientific pursuits.


Prof. Wael AlKattan is an accomplished leader and visionary in the field of strategic planning. With a lifelong commitment to shaping a more environmentally conscious and socially responsible world. In his assignment as the first Executive Director of Sustainability and Strategic Planning for Alfaisal University since its inception, Prof. AlKattan has dedicated his efforts to catalyzing positive transformations within organizations and communities alike. Possessing a profound understanding of the complex issues surrounding sustainability, Prof. AlKattan has spearheaded innovative strategies that not only mitigate environmental impact but also enhance overall business viability.


One of his most notable achievements is the establishment of the Department of Sustainability and Strategic Planning at Alfaisal University. Prof. AlKattan's visionary leadership and strategic prowess were instrumental in creating a dedicated hub for sustainability education and strategic planning within the university. This pioneering department serves as a cornerstone for fostering sustainability-minded leaders, promoting research, and implementing sustainable practices, both within the academic institution as well as activities and initiatives that extend outside the immediate boundaries of the academic institution and beyond, while also ensuring that the Alfaisal campus embraces and incorporates principles of sustainability in its development and operations. The department’s role extends to include efforts to promote sustainability, research, and sustainable practices in the broader community or industry, as well as collaborations and partnerships with external organizations, businesses, and stakeholders that share similar sustainability goals and values.


Furthermore, Prof. AlKattan played a pivotal role in reviewing Alfaisal University's Strategic Plan. His meticulous evaluation and strategic insights aim to ensure that sustainability is integrated seamlessly into the university's overarching strategy, setting a clear course for sustainable growth and development.


In Addition, Prof. Wael held multiple other managerial posts at different academic and clinical institutions (including; King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh-KSA. Prof. Sulaiman Al- Habib Medical Group in Riyadh-KSA. King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh-KSA. King Saud Medical City in Riyadh-KSA. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital in Riyadh-KSA) developing strong analytical, organizational, and project management skills with attention to detail and ability to lead cross functional teams to create optimized product solutions and thorough strategies.




Prof. Wael AlKattan earned his MBBS degree from the College of Medicine at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He furthered his medical education by completing clinical training in surgery in Canada, followed by several clinical fellowships. These fellowships encompassed Minimal Invasive Surgery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as well as a Laparoscopic Surgery Diploma from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. Additionally, Prof. AlKattan pursued specialized training in Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery and Liver Transplantation at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. To enhance his educational expertise, he also completed the Macy Program, a Diploma Program for Educators and Health Care Professionals, offered by the Harvard Macy Institute in Boston, USA.



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