Ziad Memish

Ziad Memish

King Saud Medical City, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ziad Memish New photo Nov 2018

Ziad Memish is currently Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Director of Research & Innovation Center at King Saud Medical City, Ministry of Health. He is also a Professor at the College of Medicine in Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Adjunct Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Georgia, USA.

Professor Memish obtained his MD from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1987 and is Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Infectious Diseases as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada, Edinburgh and London) and the American College of Physicians. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in Mass Gathering Medicine and Infection Control and established the WHO collaborating center for mass gathering medicine in the Ministry of Health and WHO Collaborating Center for Infection Control in the Saudi Ministry of National Guard (Health Affairs). He was the first Deputy Minister of health for public health, KSA (2009-2014). He sits on many WHO advisory panels, including the WHO IHR Emergency Committee for COVID-19, WHO SAGE Working Group on COVID-19 vaccines, WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region Technical advisory group on COVID-19, and chair of the WHO Regional Technical Advisory Committee on vaccinations. On a national level, he is the Chair of the national scientific technical advisory group for COVID-19 and the Chair of the technical advisory group on COVID-19 vaccine under the Royal Court.

He has presented many abstracts and plenary talks internationally and published more than 800 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two journals: Journal of Epidemiology & Global Health & Dr. Sulaiman Alhabib Medical Journal both published by Springer-Nature. He is a recipient of the King Abdulaziz Medal from the First Degree, the highest National award in Saudi Arabia for achievements in the field of infectious diseases and infection control. He has been recognized as a “Highly Cited Researchers” for his exceptional research performance by production of multiple highly cited papers (those that rank in the top 1% by citation in the field) by the Web of Science (Clarivate analytics) four years in a row 2018-2021.