Dr. Maha Abdullah Almuneef, MD, FAAP, CIC

P.O Box 63105, Riyadh 11516, Saudi Arabia

Mobile: +966 505461281

Email: mahamuneef@gmail.com


Head, Child Care Division

2015 – current

Department of Pediatrics

King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital (KASCH)



Executive Director (& Founder)  of the National Family Safety Program

2006 – 2018

King Abdul-Aziz Medical City,  Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs

Riyadh, KSA



Consultant  to the minister of Labor & social development


Responsible for the National Social Protection file

Ministry of labor and social development


       Professor of Pediatric infectious disease

2020- current

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Riyadh, KSA



Associate Professor of Pediatrics

2015- 2019  

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Riyadh, KSA


Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

2007 – 2015

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences0

Riyadh, KSA


Deputy Executive Director of Infection Prevention & Control & public health department

2000 – 2008

King Abdul-Aziz Medical City,  Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs

Riyadh, KSA


Director of Infection Prevention & Control and public health

2015 – 2017

King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs

Riyadh, KSA


Consultant, Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology 

1999 – current

King Abdul-Aziz Medical City,  Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs

Riyadh, KSA


Consultant, General Pediatrics 

1994 – current

King Abdul-Aziz Medical City,  Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs

Riyadh, KSA


Post Doctoral Fellowship in Infectious Disease and Epidemiology

 1996 – 1999

Yale University- Yale New Haven Hospital

New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Residency Training program in Pediatrics

1991 – 1994

University of Alabama at Birmingham- Children’s Hospital of Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama, USA


Medical Bachelor & Bachelor of Science (MBBS)

 King Saud University- Medical School

1979 – 1984

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Executive Training Courses

Executive Leadership and Multiple short course for three weeks to 3 months in Executive Leadership,  Management, and Public Health

Riyadh- Saudi Arabia


  • ABID- American Board certification of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology and Fellow of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of America (FPIDS), certified August 2001.

  • CIC- Certification Board in Infection Control (CIC) from the Association of Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)-Canada,  November 2000.

  • ABP- American Board certification of Pediatrics and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), since October 1994


  • Professional Registration as Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Consultant in the Saudi Council for Health Specialties, 1999-present
  • Professional registration as General Pediatric Consultant in the Saudi Council for Health Specialties, 1994- present
  • Connecticut Medical State Licensure (USA), 1996-1999
  • Alabama State Medical Licensure (USA), 1992-1996



  • Chair of child abuse and neglect committee and team leader of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team in king Abdullah Specialized children Hospital -2008-current
  • Chair of National Committee and National Registry on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in the Saudi Health Council , 2006 – 2019.
  • Chair of the national social protection committee in the Higher Family Affair Council –KSA.  2016-2019
  • Consultant in Al Shoura Council (Saudi Parliament), 2009-2014
  • Consultant and Member of Women’s Health Research Chair, 2009-present
  • Founder and Board Member of the Child Care Association, a charitable society advocating for child rights , 2011-present
  • Member of the national committee for women , children and adolescent in the Saudi center for disease control  (SCDC) from 2019-current
  • Member of the Consulting committee to the governor of Aseer province , 2020- current

Regional and International

  • Regional Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) for Policy and Clinical Guideline Development (CGD) on Injury and Violence Prevention, 2011-2017
  • Councilor and consultant in International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), 2009-2014,Re-elected for second term 2016-2022
  • Representative for the World Health Organization (WHO) on Multiple Studies and researches on Injury and violence Preventions, 2009-Present
  • President of the Arab Professional Society for Prevention of Violence Against

 Children (Arab-SPCAN), Registration# 8423/2012,  2012-2016

  • Secretary of the Arab Professional Society for Prevention of Violence Against

 Children (Arab-SPCAN), 2016- current


65 cited scientific publications concerning pediatric infectious disease, general pediatrics, public health, and social studies on child abuse and neglect, child rights,  and domestic violence. (see  Almuneef at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed)

Grants & Research Projects:



  • Research protocol: RR11/042: “Prevalence of Adverse childhood experiences and association with health risk behavior and co-morbidities among adults living in Saudi Arabia”.SR 1,003,500. PI.

  • Research protocol: RC17/259 Randomized controlled trial and process Evaluation of the Mother-Child Educational program (MOCEP) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. SR 470.000

  • Research protocol: RR11/008: “Prevalence of abuse of children and adolescents in Saudi Arabia: A National survey using ICAST-C”. SR 195,000. Co-PI.

  • Research protocol: RC15/082/R: “Child fatality review in Saudi Arabia”. SR 47,750. PI.

  • Research protocol: RC15/067: “Child maltreatment prevention readiness in Gulf Council Countries (GCC)”. SR 259,000. Co-PI.

  • Research protocol: RC/14/059/R: “Prevalence and determinants of spousal violence and women’s empowerment attending outpatient clinics of primary health care center at the National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh Saudi Arabia”. SR 78,000. Co-PI.

  • Women in Saudi Arabia Health Examination Survey (WISHES), National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (NPST) . Co-PI. Grant code: 12-MED2687-02. Externally Sponsored Research Projects.

  • Domestic Violence in Saudi Arabia: Risk factors and impacts, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Co-PI. Externally Sponsored Research Projects.



  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
  • Pediatrics Infectious Disease Society (PIDS)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN)
  • Women’s World Summit Foundations (WWSF)
  • Arab professionals Society for Prevention of Violence Against Children (Arab-SPCAN) )
  • Helfer Society for Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Helpline International (CHI)





Personal Achievement awards


  1. Received the international “Woman of Courage Award 2014” from the Secretary of State, United States of America for the Middle East Region.

  1. Prince Naif award for “women in excellence” -2017 in the field of social security

  1. Alithnainya Award 2014- a recognition award for my role in Social and Community Services for women and children from Abdulmaqsood Khoja.

  1. Ranked by Forbes Magazine in 2012 as one of Five Women who will change the world in the field of public policy.

  1. “Greatest women award” in the Middle East, 2012, (award for achievement in medicine and health care category). Petrochem and Indian Television Academy, February 2012.

  1. “Leaders in Medicine Award” , 2012, awarded by the students of King Saud University for the Health Sciences for lifetime achievements in medicine , February 2012.

  1. Ranked among 100 strong Arab Women in, Laha Magazine, January 2010. Re –ranked again in 2016, also ranked among famous achievable Saudi women, 2018.

  1. “Women in Leadership Award”, 2010 (Leading Women in Public Sector), Women in Leadership (WIL) Association and Effat University , Jeddah , December 2010.



Arabic and English – Fluent