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.


2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

Updated 28 September 2020

2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

  • G20 presidency to build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March

RIYADH: The 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21 – 22 and will be chaired by the Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the G20 presidency said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Monday.

"The G20 presidency will build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March, and on the outcomes of over 100 virtual working groups and ministerial meetings," the statement said.

"The G20 is leading the fight against this global pandemic, taking swift and unprecedented actions to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable," it said. 

The G20 has contributed over $21 billion to support the production, distribution, and access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

It has also injected $11 trillion to safeguard the global economy.

It has further launched a debt suspension initiative for the least developed countries that would allow beneficiary countries to defer $14 billion in debt payments due this year and use these amounts instead for financing their health systems and social programs.

"The upcoming G20 Leaders’ Summit will focus on protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down the foundations for a better future," said the statement. 

"The Summit will also focus on fostering international action to realize opportunities of the 21st century for all, by empowering people and protecting our planet, whilst harnessing the potential of innovation to shape new frontiers."