Prof. Abdullah AlShimemeri, FRCP(C)

Consultant Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Medicine

Prof. Abdullah AlShimemeri, FRCP(C)

Consultant Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Medicine

About Me

Hello! I’m Abdullah AlShimemeri, MD, FRCP(C)
professor of  Medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for health Sciences in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. I have over 25 years of experience working in the clinical realm from medical consulting and administrative roles to professorial positions in the medical sciences.

I consider myself to be a disciplined leader able to guide both students and colleagues towards a common goal. Collaboration is another strong suit of mine, which I find inspiring as well as vital to the medical community. I enjoy strategic planning and working with others to build projects and realize ideas from the ground up on through completion.

  • Age: 59
  • Nationality: Saudi Arabia
  • Place of Birth: Makkah, Saudi Arabia
  • Religion: Muslim
  • website

  • Leadership quality
  • Strategic planner
  • Good administrator and organizer
  • Excellent negotiator
  • Flexible
  • Motivated
  • Good coach
  • Good presenter
  • Able to manage changes in any organization
  • Good english and arabic
  • Team work
  • Punctual and discipline

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Award for life-time achievment in Intensive Care Medicine.


Outstanding Employee – King Fahad National Guard Hospital, Riyadh


The Saudi Thoracic Society guidelines for diagnosis and management of noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis


The Saudi Thoracic Society pneumococcal vaccination guidelines


The Saudi Thoracic Society guidelines for influenza vaccinations


The Saudi Initiative for Chronic Airway Disease (SICAD). Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of COPD.


Guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia in Saudi Arabia: a model for the Middle East region


The Saudi COPD Guidelines


the national asthma protocol

Jan/1995- Mar/1999


FRCP(C) - Respiratory Medicine
MONTRAL - Canada
McGill UniverSITY
FRCP(C) - Internal Medicine
MONTRAL - Canada

McGill  UniverSITY

American Board - Pulmonary Medicine
MONTRAL - Canada

McGill UniverSITY

American Board - Internal Medicine
MONTRAL - Canada
Dec 2016
College of Medicine
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Oct 2010
Associate professor
College of Medicine

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

June 2006
Associate professor
College of Medicine

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

June 2011 – 2020
Executive Director

Center of Community Health Promotion King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

10/2005 – 06/2011
Postgraduate Education & Academic Affairs King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
2000 – 06/2006

Intensive Care Department, KFNGH, Riyadh

1997 – 2000

Ambulatory Care Services, KFNGH, Riyadh

10/1996 – 2006
Medical Director

Respiratory Therapy, KFNGH, Riyadh

10/1996 – 2000

Pulmonary Section, Department of Medicine, KFNGH, Riydah

07/1995 – 01/1996
(A) Director

Pulmonary Section, Department of Medicine, KFNGH, Riydah


Pulmonary Section, Department of Medicine, KFNGH, Riydah

04/1994 – 09/1994
Department of Medicine, King Fahad Specialist Hospital Buraidah, Saudi Arabia

Corona Virus
by Abdullah Alshimemeri(Author)

Paperback: 168 pages

Publisher: Al Homaidhi

Publishing (January 2014)

Language: Arabic

How to launch a successful medical business: Medical entrepreneurship.

by Abdullah Alshimemeri(Author)

Paperback: 168 pages

Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (September 5, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3659222658

Your Stay in Intensive Care Unit

by Abdullah Alshimemeri(Author)

Paperback: 168 pages

Publisher: Al Homaidhi Publishing (September  2013)

Language: Arabic


by Abdullah Alshimemeri (Author)

Paperback: 88 pages

Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (October 6, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-3-659-48119-2

الجمعية السعودية لطب وجراحة الصدر ، ١٤٤٠هـ ح

فهرسة مكتبة الملك فهد الوطنية أثناء النشر

الشميمري ، عبدالله بن عبدالرحمن

أمراض الإنسداد الرئوي المزمن. / عبدالله بن عبدالرحمن

الشميمري .- الرياض ، ١٤٤٠هـ

٦٩ ص ؛ سم A5

ردمك: ٣-٤-٩٠٧٨٠-٦٠٣-٩٧٨

١الرئتان – امراض ٢ -الثقافة الصحية أ.العنوان

ديوي ٦١٦٫٢٤ ٩٤٩٦/١٤٤٠

رقم الإيداع: ٩٤٩٦/١٤٤٠

ردمك: ٣-٤-٩٠٧٨٠-٦٠٣-٩


“Non-invasive ventilation” in the APACCM publication “Evidence based review of Core topics in Critical Care 2019”



  1. Abdullah Alshimemeri, Farhan Alenezi, Luay Alyamani, Osama Alsumari,  Feras Alsulaiman,  Karam Basham,  and Fahad Alnafisah, Impact of critical care medicine publications from intensive care department at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh in the last two decades J Family Med Prim Care. 2020 Jul; 9(7): 3669–3672
  2. Al-Jahdali H, Alshimemeri A, Mobeireek A, Albanna AS, Al Shirawi NN, Wali S, Alkattan K, Alrajhi AA, Mobaireek K, Alorainy HS, Al-Hajjaj MS, Chang AB, Aliberti S. The Saudi Thoracic Society Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Noncystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis. Ann Thorac Med. 2017 Jul-Sep;12(3):135-161. doi: 10.4103/atm.ATM_171_17.
  3. Alharbi NS1, Al-Barrak AM2, Al-Moamary MS3, Zeitouni MO4, Idrees MM2, Al-Ghobain MO3, Al-Shimemeri AA3, Al-Hajjaj MS5. The Saudi Thoracic Society pneumococcal vaccination guidelines-2016. Ann Thorac Med. 2016 Apr-Jun;11(2):93-102. doi: 10.4103/1817-1737.177470.
  4. Zeitouni MO, Al Barrak AM, Al-Moamary MS, Alharbi NS, Idrees MM, Al Shimemeri AA, Al-Hajjaj MS. The Saudi Thoracic Society guidelines for influenza vaccinations. Ann Thorac Med 2015;10:223-30
  5. Al-Dorzi HM, Asiri AM, Shimemri A, Tamim HM, Al Johani SM, Dabbagh TA, et al. Impact of empirical antimicrobial therapy on the outcome of critically ill patients with Acinetobacter bacteremia. Ann Thorac Med 2015;10:256-62.
  6. Al-Zahrani JM, Ahmad A, AL-Harbi A, Khan AM, Al-Bader B, Baharoon S, Shememeri AA, AL-Jahdali H. Factors associated with poor asthma control in the outpatient clinic setting. Ann Thorac Med 2015;10:100-4
  7. Hamdan AL-Jahdali, Abdullah Al Enezi, Ahmed E. Anwar†, Abdullah AL-Harbi, Salim Baharoon, Abdulrahman Aljumah, Abdullah Shimemeri and Khaleid Abdullah, Prevalence of Insomnia and Sleep Patterns among Liver Cirrhosis Patients.

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    1. Abdullah Al Shimemri. Therapeutic Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest. Ann Card Anaesth 2014; 17:285-91.
    2. Ahmed, A. E., AL-Jahdali, H., AL-Harbi, A., Khan, M., Ali, Y., Al Shimemeri, A., AL-Muhsen, S. and Halwani, R. (2014), Factors associated with poor asthma control among asthmatic patient visiting emergency department. Clin Respir J. 2014 Oct;8(4):431-6
    3. Hamdan AL-Jahdali, Turki Alqarni, Sarah AL-Jahdali, Salim A Baharoon, Abdullah S AL-Harbi, Salih A Binsalih, Abdulah Alshimemeri, Abdullah A Al sayyari. Socioeconomic Characteristics and Motivations for Entering a Medical College – Differences between Graduate and Undergraduate Saudi Medical Students. International Journal of Higher Education Vol. 3, No. 1; 2014 p. 1-6
    4. Al Shimemeri A Infections in Asthma, International Journal of Immunology. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, pp. 1-5.
    5. Javed H. Khan, Hani M. S. Lababidi1, Mohamed S. Al-Moamary2, Mohammed O. Zeitouni3, Hamdan H. AL-Jahdali2, Omar S. Al-Amoudi4, Siraj O. Wali4, Majdy M. Idrees5, Abdullah A. Al-Shimemri, Mohammed O. Al Ghobain2, Hassan S. Alorainy3, Mohamed S. Al-Hajjaj6 The Saudi guidelines for the diagnosis and management of copd. Ann Thorac Med 2014;9:55-76.
    6. Al Shimemeri A Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: An evidence-based update. Saudi J Health Sci 2013;2:75-80
    7. Al Shimemeri A How to initiate noninvasive ventilation program in your hospital. Crit Care & Shock (2013) 16:104-112
    8. Al Shimemeri A, Mustafa Itani, Hamdan Al-Jahdali RESPIRATORY PATTERNS THROUGHOUT INCREMENTAL EXERCISE IN INDIVIDUALS WITH SARCOIDOSIS. Innovative Journal of Medical and Health Science 3 : 4 July – August. (2013) 149 – 15
    9. Abdullah Al-Shimemeri, Itani M, Alghadeer Hend, Al-Jahdali Hamdan, Al-Moamary Mohamed, A. Al-Duhaim Ahmad3, Mobeireek Abdullah A comparison of pattern of breathing during incrementalexercise in patients with pulmonary fibrosis and primary pulmonary hypertension AJIM 2013; 1(4): 31-35
    10. Abdulah Alshimemeri, Abdulmajeed Al Abdulkareem HEALTH PROMOTION TOOLKIT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN SAUDI ARABIA IJMHS 2013 (3 : 5): 209 – 214
    12. Asgar H Rishu, Abdulaziz S Aldawood, Samir H Haddad, Hani M Tamim, Hasan M Al-Dorzi, Ahmed Al-Jabbary, Abdullah Al-Shimemeri, Muhammad R Sohail, and Yaseen M Arabi Demographics and outcomes of critically ill patients transferred from other hospitals to a tertiary care academic referral center in Saudi Arabia. Ann Intensive Care. 2013; 3: 26-33
    13. Factors Associated With Poor Asthma Control Among Asthmatic Patient Visiting Emergency Department. Ahmed AE, Al-Jahdali H, Al-Harbi A, Khan M, Ali Y, Shimemeri AA, Al-Muhssen S, Halwani R. Clin Respir J. 2013 Dec 6 [Epub ahead of print].
    14. Hamdan AL-Jahdali, Ahmed Anwar, Abdullah AL-Harbi, Salim Baharoon, Rabih Halwani, Abdullah Al Shimemeri, and Saleh Al-Muhsen Factors associated with patient visits to the emergency department for asthma therapy BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2012, 12:80
    15. Al Shimemeri A, Arabi Y. A review of large animal vehicle accidents with special focus on Arabian camels. Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma & Acute Care 2012:21
    16. AL SHIMEMERI, Abdullah, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IN HAJJ PILGRIMS. J Saudi Heart Assoc 2012; 24:123–127
    17. AL SHIMEMERI, Abdullah, Sakkijha, Maram, Haddad, Samir, Arabi, Yaseen The value of bowel sound assessment in predicting feeding intolerance in critically ill patients. Crit Care & Shock (2011) 14:65-69
    18. Al Shimemeri A, Al Ghadeer H, Memish Z Antibiotic Utilization Pattern in a General Medical Ward of a Tertiary Medical Center in Saudi Arabia. Avicenna J Med 2011;1:8-11
    19. Alaa Gouda, Al-Shimemeri A, Arabi Y. Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) Syndrome. Crit Care & Shock 2009; 12: 5-15.
    20. Arabi Y, Alhashemi J, Tamim H, Esteban A, Haddad S, Dawood A, Shirawi N, Alshimemeri The impact of time to tracheostomy on mechanical ventilation duration, length of stay, and mortality in intensive care unit patients. Journal of Critical Care 2009;
    21. Arabi Y, Dabbagh O, Tamim H, Alshimemeri A, Memish Z, Haddad S, Syed S, Giridhar H, Rishu A, Al-Daker M, Kahoul S, Britts R, Sakkijha M. Intensive versus conventional insulin therapy: a randomized controlled trial in medical and surgical critically ill patients. Crit Care Med 2008; 36 (12): 3190-3197.
    22. Mobeireek AF, Al-Kassimi F, Al-Shimemeri A, Al-Damegh S, Al-Amoudi O, Al-Eithan S, Al-Ghamdi B, Gamal-Eldin M. Information disclosure and decision-making: the Middle East versus the Far East and the West. J Med Ethics 2008, Apr; 34 (4):225-9.
    23. Cherfan A, Arabi Y, Al Askar A, Al-Shimemeri Recombinant Activated Factor VII Treatment of Retropertonial Hematoma in a Patient with Renal Failure Receiving Enoxaparin and Clopidogrel. Pharmacotherapy 2007; 27(5):755-759.
    24. Arabi Y, Haddad S, Hawes R, Moore T, Pillay M, Naidu B, Issa A, Yeni B, Grant C, Al-Shimemeri Changing Sedation Practices in the Intensive Care Unit – Protocol Implementation, Education and Teamwork. Middle East J Anesth 2007; 19 (2): 429-449.
    25. Al-Jahdali HH, Al-Zahrani AI, Al-Otaibi ST, Hassan IS, Al-Moamary MS, Al-Duhaim AS, Al-Shimemeri A, Al-Dawood AS. Perception of the role of inhaled corticosteroids and factors affecting compliance among asthmatic adult patients. Saudi Med J. 2007 Apr;28(4):569-573.
    26. Al Shirawi N, Memish ZA, Cherfan A, Al Shimemeri Post-neurosurgical meningitis due to multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii treated with intrathecal colistin: case report and review of the literature. J Chemother 2006 Oct; 18 (5):554-8. Review.
    27. Arabi Y, Al-Shimemeri Critical Care Medicine in Saudi Arabia. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 2006; 12 (1-2):225-230.
    28. Arabi Y, Al-Shimemeri A, Taher S. Weekend and weeknight admissions have the same outcome of weekday admissions to an intensive care unit with onsite intensivist coverage. Crit Care Med 2006; 34 (3): 605-611.
    29. Arabi Y, Al-Shimemeri A, Taher S. Intensive Care Admissions During Weekends And Weeknights Have The Same Outcome of Weekday Admissions with On-site Intensivist Coverage. Letters to the Editor. Crit Care Med 2006; 34 (9): 2510-2513.
    30. Adhami N, Arabi Y, Raees A, Al-Shimemeri A, Ur-Rahman M, Memish Z. Effect of Corticosteroids on Adult Varicella Pneumonia: A cohort study and literature review. Respirology 2006; 11: 437-441.
    31. Al-Shirawi N, Al-Jahdali H, Al-Shimemeri Pathogenesis, etiology and treatment of bronchiectasis. Annals of Thoracic Medicine June 2006; 1 (1): 41-51.
    32. Al- Shimemeri A, Al-Ghadeer H, Giridhar H, Al-Jahdali H, Al-Moamary M, Khan J, Al-Mobeireek A, Al Wazzan A. Impact of an extensive asthma education campaign for physicians on their drug prescription practices. Annals of Thoracic Medicine 2006; 1 (1): 20-25.
    33. Arabi Y, Memish Z, Balkhy H, Francis C, Ferayan A, Al-Shimemeri A, Almuneef M. Ventriculostomy-associated infections: Incidence and risk factors. Am J Infect Control 2005; 33 (3):137-43.
    34. Haddad S, Arabi Y, and Al-Shimemeri. Intensive Care Management of Traumatic Brain Injury. M.E.J. ANESTH 2005; 1 (1): 69-76.
    35. Arabi Y, Haddad S, Al-Shirawi N, Al-Shimemeri Early Tracheostomy in Intensive Care Trauma Patients Improves Resource Utilization: A Cohort Study and Literature Review. Letter to the editor. Critical Care August 2005; 9 (4): 414-416.
    36. Haddad S, Arabi Y, Al Shimemeri Initial management of traumatic brain injury. Middle East J Anethesiol. 2005 Feb;18(1):45-68. Review.
    37. Arabi Y, Haddad S, Al-Shirawi N, Al-Shimemeri Early Tracheostomy in Intensive Care Trauma Patients Improves Resource Utilization: A Cohort Study and Literature Review. 2005 Aug, Crit Care 9(4): 414-416. Author’s Response.
    38. Haddad S, Arabi Y, Al-Shimemeri Intensive Care Management of Traumatic Brain Injury. 2005 Middle East Journal of Anesthesia 1(1), 69-84.
    39. Arabi Y, Ahmed Q, Haddad S, Al-Jumah A, Al-Shimemeri Outcome Predictors of Cirrhosis Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Eur J Gastro Hepat 2004, 16: 333-9.
    40. Arabi Y, Venkatesh S, Haddad S, Al-Malik S, Al-Shimemeri Very Short-Stay ICU Admissions & Implications For Optimizing ICU Resource Utilization: A Prospective Cohort Study. Int J Qual Health Care 2004, Apr; 16(2): 149-55.
    41. Haddad S, Arabi Y, Al-Shimemeri Hypokalemic Paralysis Mimicking Guillain Barré Syndrome and Causing Acute Respiratory Failure. Middle East Journal of Anesthesiology 2004, Jun; 17(5): 891-897.
    42. Haddad S, ArabiY, Memish Z, Al-Shimemeri Nosocomial Infective Endocarditis in Critically Ill Patients: Review of Three Cases and Review of the Literature. Int’l J of Infec Dis 2004(8): 210-216.
    43. Haddad S, Arabi Y, Sakkijha M, Al-Shimemeri Feed Your Patients in the Intensive Care Unit, But Not Too Much. Anesthesiology News 2004, Apr; 30(4): 48-64.
    44. Arabi Y, Haddad S, Shirawi N, Al-Shimemeri Early Tracheostomy in Intensive Care Trauma Patients Improves Resource Utilization: A Cohort Study and Literature Review. Crit Care 2004, 8: R347-R352.
    45. Rahman MU, Arabi Y, Adhami NA, Parker B, Al-Shimemeri The Practice of Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Experience of a Tertiary Care Center. Saudi Med J 2004, Sep; 25(9): 1278-9.
    46. Arabi Y, Al Shirawi, N, Memish Z, Venkatesh S, Al-Shimemeri Assessment of six mortality prediction models in patients admitted with severe sepsis and septic shock to the intensive care unit: a prospective cohort study. Critical Care October 2003. Vol. 7 No. 5.
    47. Arabi Y, Al-Shimemeri Improving resource utilization in the intensive care units – a challenge for saudi hospitals. Saudi Med J. 2003 February; Vol. 21 (2): 131-137. (Leading Article)
    48. Al-Shimemeri A, Al Ghadeer H, Giridhar H. Diagnostic yield of closed pleural biopsy in exudative pleural effusion – a retrospective study. Saudi Med J. 2003; Vol. 24 (3): 282-286.
    49. Arabi Y, Haddad S, Venkatesh S, Al-Shimemeri A, Al-Malik S. A prospective study of predictors of prolonged stay in ICU and impact on resource utilization. Int J Qual Health Care 2002, 2002 Oct;14(5):403-10.
    50. Arabi Y, Haddad S, Goraj R, Al-Shimemeri A, Al-Malik S. Assessment of performance of four mortality prediction systems in a saudi arabian intensive care unit. Critical Care 2002,6:166-174.
    51. Arabi Y, Abbasi A, Goraj R, Al-Abdulkareem A, Al-Shimemeri A, Kalayoglu M, Wood K. External validation of a modified model of acute physiology and chronic health evaluation (APACHE) II for orthotopic liver transplant patients. Crit Care Med 2002, 6:245-250.
    52. Al-Moamary MS, Gorka T, Al-Traif IH, Al-Jahdali HH, Al-Shimemeri A, Al-Knawy B, Abdulkareeem A. Pulmonary changes in liver transplant candidates with hepatitis C cirrhosis. Saudi Medical Journal 2001; 22:1069-72.
    53. Rahman M, Arabi Y, Adhami N, Parker B, Al Malik S, Al-Shimemeri Current practice of do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders in a saudi arabian tertiary care centre. Critical Care Medicine Vol. 5. (supp) 1 (S121) 2001.
    54. Al-Jahdali H, Al-Shimemeri A, Al-Moamary M, Memish Z. Clinical aspects of military tuberculosis in saudi arabia. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 4(3): 1-4, 2000.
    55. Al-Moamary M, Al-Shammary A, Al-Shimemeri A, Ali M, Awada A. Sources and outcome of carbon monoxide poisoning in saudi arabia. Saudi Medical Journal 2000, 21(41): 447-448.
    56. Al-Moamary M, Daniel D, Batwa F, Al-Shimemeri Appropriateness of arterial blood gases measurements in adult acute care wards. Ann Saudi Med, 1999, 19 (2).
    57. Wali S.O., Krayem A.B., Samman Y.S., Mirdad S., Al-Shimemeri Almobaireek Sleep disorders in saudi health care workers. Annals of Saudi Medicine Vol 19. No 5 1999.
    58. Al-Jahdali H, Al-Shimemeri A, Bamefleh H, Al-Moamary M. Pulmonary Histocytosis X. Annals of Saudi Medicine, Vol 18. No 5, 1998.
    59. Mobeireek A, Al-Qassimi F, Al-Majid S, Al-Shimemeri “Communication with the seriously iII: physician’s attitude in saudi arabia”, Journal of Medical Ethics, 1996, 22: 282-285.
    60. Mobeireek A, Gee J, Al-Majid S, Al-Mobeireek K, Abba A, Al-Shimemeri “Prescribing for asthma in the outpatient clinics in riyadh: Does it follow the Guidelines” Annals of Saudi Medicine, November 1996, Vol. 16 – No. 5: 497-500
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