The Department of Orthopedic Surgery was established in 1982.  During the first decade, most of the work focused on patient service, teaching and research. In a young institution it is reasonable that most of the research consisted of clinical and epidemiological studies. Areas given special interest were spinal injuries and disorders, orthopedic complications in sickle cell disease, osteoarthritis of the knee and congenital dislocation of the hip. Many of the papers were published in reputable international journals and have received attention inside and outside the Kingdom. Articles were also published in local journals and newspapers for education and information for the Saudi population. The department has been the regional center for postgraduate training over the past 10 years and has been involved in structural training for all trainees in the Saudi board program for Orthopedic Surgery.


  • To provide excellent clinical care to patients in the Department of Orthopedics. 
  • To engage in research and the development of new technology in order to help patients reach new levels of function and recovery.
  • To further improve the quality of research and publications and to include more prospective controlled clinical investigations and experimental studies.
  • To teach the medical students the basics of orthopedic surgery to enable them to provide the needed clinical care as general physicians.


  • To provide patients with the most advanced general and specialized orthopedic care available in order to diminish pain, and to enhance mobility and overall quality of life.
  • To enhance and strengthen undergraduate medical education for medical students.
  • To conduct research activities in the investigation of medical, surgical and physical problems involving musculoskeletal, neurovascular lesions, the spine, total joint replacement, sports medicine, foot and ankle, pediatric trauma and musculoskeletal oncology.

Undergraduate Course

Surgical Specialties (MDSG 502)

This course enables the medical students to acquire the basics of orthopedics through significant responsibilities in patient care and a broad exposure in orthopedic operating room techniques. Students will become familiar with the principles of orthopedics and clinical pathologic correlation.

Published on: 12 May 2014
Last update on: 01 April 2024
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