Dr. Samirah Ali Al-Ghamdi has been appointed as general director of the specialized health centers at the Ministry of Health (MoH).
Over the past three months, she was the acting general director of the health specialized centers at the MoH.
Al-Ghamdi received an MBBCH degree from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in 2002. Five years later, she passed the Arab board in psychiatry.
In 2009, she obtained a child and adolescent clinical psychiatry fellowship from Queen’s University, Canada, where she also completed a research fellowship in anxiety disorder and cognitive behavioral therapy in children and adolescents at the University of Toronto.
She has also been a representative of the MoH in the permanent committee of the Human Rights Commission since 2018. She has also been a representative of the ministry in the Family Affairs Council since 2020.
Al-Ghamdi, who is a consultant psychiatrist specializing in anxiety disorders in children and a cognitive behavior therapist, has also been the executive director of the National Program of Developmental and Behavioral Disorders at the MoH since 2018, and a program director of the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship since 2017.
Al-Ghamdi worked as a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist at Prince Sultan Military and Medical City (PSMMC) from 2012 to 2017.
She was the founder of the rehabilitation program of autism at PSMMC, where she was director between 2012 and 2016. Al-Ghamdi was also the head of the protection center against domestic violence and neglect at PSMMC from 2014 to 2016.
She was the deputy of the protection center against domestic violence and neglect at PSMMC from 2013 to 2014. Al-Ghamdi supervised the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Diploma at King Saud University, College of Medicine, Riyadh, from 2014 to 2015.