Dr. Khawla Al-Kuraya is a senior cancer research scientist at King Faisal Specialized Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) and is currently directing the King Fahd National Center for Children’s Cancer and Research, which has been operating under King Faisal Specialized Hospital and the Research Center in Riyadh since 2005.
She is also a professor at the College of Medicine at King Faisal University in Riyadh. She became a consultant and the principal clinical scientist at the KFSHRC in 2002. She has also worked as the director of the Department of Human Cancer Genomic Research. She is widely respected as a translational scientist whose work bridges the laboratory and clinical settings. She has focused on identifying the molecular signature of common Saudi tumors utilizing new technologies in the genetic cancer field.
She also remained a member of the Saudi Shoura Council between 2013 and 2017. In 2010, King Abdullah granted the prestigious “First Rank King Abdul Aziz Medal” to Al-Kuraya.
After receiving a degree in medicine from King Saud University School of Medicine in Riyadh, she went to the US where she completed her residency and fellowship in pathology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She obtained her board certification in clinical pathology and completed her fellowship in molecular diagnostics at the National Cancer Institute in the US.