In collaboration with the Saudi Critical Care Society

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Over the past few decades approaches to delivering healthcare has undergone dramatic change. To function effectively in this complex environment, health care leaders require the ability to transform people, organizations, systems and their contexts. The Saudi Healthcare Leadership Institute aims to prepare healthcare leaders to lead their organization in this rapidly-changing healthcare environment, by providing them with business and leadership strategies which can improve patient care, operational efficiency, and the overall success of initiatives.



The Saudi Healthcare Leadership Institute is targeted at current and potential members of executive teams in the Saudi Health system.



The Saudi Healthcare Leadership Institute will be offered as a modular program as described in figure 1a & b. The full program will cover contents related to:

  • Health Care Leadership
  • Systems thinking
  • Leadership Skills
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Managing Transformation and Change
  • Organizational and Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management and Budget Planning
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Building High Performance Work Cultures
  • Health Information Management
  • Performance Measurement and Management
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution




Figure 1a.


Module Name Foundations of Leadership Transformational Leadership Advanced Leadership Fellowship

Expected course
objectives *

*objectives will be
finalized based on
module 1 feedback
and participation.

  • Uncover your personal leadership strengths
  • Develop an understanding of the demands and challenges of leadership
  • Explore the role of leaders and your own approach to leading
  • Identify practical next steps in your ongoing leadership journey
  • Deliver results for your organization through more effective personal leadership
  • Develop a deeper understanding of your unique leadership challenge through diverse organizational
  • Gain insight into your personal leadership style,
    strengths, and possible
    areas for development
  • Reflect on resources and opportunities to advance your capacity for decisionmaking and action 
  • Increase your capacity to create and communicate a plan for achieving powerful results
  • Apply strategic thinking to anticipate and solve problems before they happen
  • Employ the tools and processes of strategic analysis, strategy formulation, and implementation
  • Engage in the critical art of persuasion with key stakeholders
  • Cultivate a healthy, high-performing organizational culture
  • Identify and Tackle a current change challenge from your work
  • Clarify and define what is needed to increase the likelihood of achieving that result
  • Develop and implement a solution
  • Evaluate and disseminate the results.

 Figure 1b.


In each module, participants will be exposed to the thinking and practice of internationally recognized health care and business leadership experts as well as a broad array of tools, strategies, and methodologies. Each module will employ a variety of teaching techniques including lectures, small group learning to draw on personal experience in putting theory into practice and to develop a far deeper understanding of real-world challenges. In addition, participants will have access to an online peer learning network to help them apply the knowledge and skills they obtain to the organizational leadership challenges and opportunities they face in their work environment.



At the completion of each module, participants who complete all the requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Toronto. Options are available for participants who plan to complete a Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership.



mandourahCol. Dr. Yasser Mandourah currently serves as the Director of the Intensive Care Services at the Riyadh Military Hospital and is the President of the Saudi Critical Care Society (SCCS).

Dr. Mandourah established the Department of Intensive Care Services (RMH-ICS) taking over the RMH Intensive Care Unit management from the RMH Anaesthesia Department. Since the formation of RMH-ICS the intensive care units at RMH have grown by size four fold.

Dr. Mandourah implemented protocol based services and has worked hard at organizing the ICU's resources.

Dr. Mandourah is a strong believer in the "ICU Team" concept and has improved the onsite education to better support staff with a weekly lecture series, bedside teaching and courses such as the Fundamentals of Critical Care (FCCS).

Dr. Mandourah established the Center of Intensive Care Science and Research, which includes Critical Care Research and is recognized by the Saudi Council of Health Specialties as well as McGill University in Canada. Currently ICU Fellows can do part of his or her training at McGill University thanks to the work done by the Center of Intensive Care Science and Research.

Additionally, a Critical Care Nursing Diploma Program was started which is the first diploma program for critical care nurses in the region. This program is considered a bridge for diploma and certificate nurses to earn their bachelors degree in nursing from the College of Nursing at King Saud University.

Dr. Mandourah was instrumental in the formation of the RMH Respiratory Therapy School where graduates receive a Respiratory Therapy Diploma.

The Center of Intensive Care Science and Research carries out multiple clinical trials and epidemiological studies with national and international collaborations. Research conducted at the research center has resulted in multiple conference presentations and publications.

Dr. Mandourah is a strong supporter of improving intensive care throughout the country via the SCCS.

Dr. Mandourah is an American & Canadian board certified physician in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.


stewartDr. Thomas E. Stewart is the current Physician-in-Chief and Chief Clinical Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Anaesthesia, University of Toronto. Dr. Stewart is a Critical Care physician and previous Director of Critical Care Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network.

He was a key developer and implementer of Ontario's Critical Care Strategy, having served as Chair of the provincial LHIN Leader Table for several years.

Dr. Stewart has provided leadership training programs to physicians and health professionals across the Globe.

Dr. Stewart has received multiple honours, awards and grants and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.


yahya-shehabiDr. Yahya Shehabi is the Medical Director of the Acute Care Clinical Services Program and Director of Intensive Care Services and Research at the Prince of Wales Hospital campus in Sydney, a teaching tertiary referral hospital affiliated with the University of New South Wales.

Dr. Shehabi is a Senior Lecturer with the Clinical School of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and foundation fellow
of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (JFICM).

He graduated from the University of Jordan Medical School in 1979. Dr Shehabi is Chairman of the New South Wales Regional Committee, JFICM, and Chairman of the Practice & Economics Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS).

Dr. Shehabi has significant interest in leadership development for critical care clinicians and has convened many workshops in Australia and presented in many intercontinental workshops. He also holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from University Technology Sydney (EMBA). He is a foundation steering committee member for the International Collaboration for Excellence in Critical Care Medicine ICE-CCM, founded in Toronto in 2001.

The World Wide Bibliographic Society of the USA awarded Dr. Shehabi Distinguished Professor status in 2003 for his contribution to advancement of global solutions. He has been nominated International Health Professional of the Year, 2003, by Cambridge University Publishing.