Dr. Hani Najm, US-based Saudi congenital cardiac surgery specialist in Cleveland

Dr. Hani Najm
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Updated 09 August 2020

Dr. Hani Najm, US-based Saudi congenital cardiac surgery specialist in Cleveland

Dr. Hani Najm is a US-based Saudi congenital cardiac surgery specialist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been chairman of the pediatric and congenital heart surgery department at Cleveland Clinic since 2016, where he served as a visiting surgeon since 2014.

Najm was recently chosen among new officers for the American College of Cardiology (ACC) board of trustees between 2021 and 2024. “Privileged to join the officers of the ACC as a member of the board of trustees, it is an honor. I look forward to my position in the ACC and taking this esteemed society to the next level,” he said on Twitter.

Najm has been in practice for 31 years in Saudi Arabia and abroad. During his career, he has performed more than 5,000 open-heart operations and provided surgical care for patients ranging from newborns to the elderly. He has been deputy chairman and head of cardiac surgery at King Abdul Aziz Medical City since 2008. He also served as vice president of the Saudi Heart Association from 2008 to 2011. Najm also served as an associate professor at King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences.

He received his medical degree from King Saud University’s College of Medicine. He also studied general surgery at the University of Ottawa, Canada, as well as cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Toronto.

Najm completed the fellowship program at the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He holds a master’s degree in cardiovascular sciences from the University of Toronto.

Najm has received awards for his contributions to his field, including the Order of King Abdul Aziz of the First Degree in 2008.


Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

Updated 01 October 2020

Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

  • The move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system

RIYADH: The minister of industry and mineral resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim Alkhorayef, launched a service on Thursday giving people access to the Taadin (mining) electronic platform that will include all electronically submitted applications for licenses, the registry of all licenses issued by the platform and their procedures, and the registry of mining complexes and mining reserves.

This move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system, which was recently approved by the government and will come into effect at the beginning of 2021.

The launch of these services comes in respect with Article 4 of the new mining investment system, as it seeks to promote transparency in the sector and provide all relevant parties with access to information about licenses and mining areas.

“The ministry has tirelessly worked, in cooperation with numerous consultancy firms specialized in the field of mining, to develop the new mining investment system, which is now aligned with the best international practices in the relevant field,” said Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, deputy minister of industry and mineral resources.

 “We are currently working on preparing the executive regulations, conditions and necessary electronic models to deal with all kinds of license applications. We are also working to further develop the Taadin platform, which will be receiving and rapidly dealing with applications after all the requirements become available soon.

“When the regulations, conditions and models are completed, it will be possible, through this platform, to clarify and facilitate the requirements for licenses and businesses and receive the investors’ new applications,” he added, noting “this development in terms of mining-related legislations in the Kingdom is an important part of the Kingdom’s mining strategy, which is an integral part of the ambitious 2030 Vision and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, that aim at developing the mining sector, turning it into the third pillar of the Saudi industrial sector.”

The ministry invites all those interested in acquiring further information to visit the following website: https://www.dmmr.gov.sa/mop/pages/home.aspx.