Chairman of the Board of Directors & CEO,
International Medical Center,
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Walid Fitaihi is the founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the International Medical Center (IMC, www.imc.med.sa) based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and inaugurated in October 2006 under the patronage of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and late Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz bringing to life the dream of Dr. Fitaihi.
Dr. Fitaihi completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering and received his Medical Degree (MD) from The George Washington University, USA. Dr. Fitaihi also has a Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA. Dr. Fitaihi is an American Board Certified physician, specialized in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.
In March 2010, Dr. Fitaihi was chosen as the CEO of the year in healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the year 2009 by the ITP group, and in 2012, Dr. Fitaihi was among the top influential people in Saudi Arabia in the survey published by Arabian Business Magazine. His mission in life is to bring a breath of a new vision that would enhance the quality of healthcare and to ensure that the IMC truly represents a major paradigm shift in health care delivery in the region.
For more about Dr. Fitaihi: http://www.walidfitaihi.com/
Abstract: Physicians of the future ... from the clinic to the community
“There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo
Physicians have long lived in a paradigm fix, one that concentrates on development of systems, machines and products. Terms such as: time management, efficiency and cost containment dominated our professional vocabulary. Health-care providers, unwilling to change the paradigm, allowed themselves to be confined inside clinics and hospitals, partially because of the demands of seeing as many patients as possible and working long hours. Overworked caregivers lack the energy and drive to get involved with preventative programs or to get involved in decision-making processes. Many believe that the next stage of civilization has started and we refer to it as the “Wisdom age”; the pivotal point of this age is to deal with the person he whole person paradigm (Mind, Body, Heart and Spirit), where physicians’ roles should be redefined to extend beyond the walls of their clinics clinic and hospital walls and look at the bigger picture. Every physician should be expected to identify the contributing factors of the ills of their societies that he or she sees in their clinics. We can truly change the health of humanity by influencing the epigenetic factors (the environmental factors); and our life style. We, as health care providers, have not yet fully realized our true potential to heal the illnesses of our patients and our societies.