- About Head
KAIMRC and the National Guard Health Affairs have made history by launching the first Stem Cell Donor Registry in the Arab world. The Stem Cell Registry Program works closely with our Cord Blood Bank and stem cell research remains a top priority for KAIMRC.
In Saudi Arabia, 30% of adult patients and 60% of pediatrics patients cannot find a matching family donor. Therefore, the establishment of the first Saudi Stem Cell Donor Registry for unrelated donors is of utmost need. Stem cell transplantation is used to treat many life-threatening diseases such as Leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
This registry is a KAIMRC national project launched in line with international standards, and is currently in the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) accreditation and is already part of the World Wide Bone Marrow Registry.
SSCDR offers another chance for patients who cannot find a family donor, by providing a rich database of potential unrelated donors.
Our life-saving registry plans to recruit 100,000 donors in its first five years through nationwide public awareness campaigns, an ambassador program, marathons, and educational campaigns.
Today, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the first in the Arab world with over 10,000 stem cell donors.
Graduated with a MBChB in November 1999 from King Abdulaziz University, Medical School and finished his Medical Residency at KAMC-R in 2004. He completed his Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant Training at Dalhousie University, Halifax and the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada from November 2007 to August 2011. Currently, he is the Deputy Chairman of the Oncology Department for quality and safety, Consultant of Hematology and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant, King Abdulaziz Medical City, and also an Assistant Professor in King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh. In addition, Dr. Zahrani has been active in publishing in various research and peer-reviewed journals.