Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics,
College of Medicine, King Saud University
Pediatric neurologist Mustafa Abdalla M. Salih was born in Kosti, White Nile Province, Sudan. Professor Salih earned an MBBS degree in 1974, an MPCH degree in 1980 (renamed MD in Clinical Pediatrics), a Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in 1982, all from the University of Khartoum. He also earned a Doctor of Medical Science in 1990 from Uppsala University in Sweden. In 2005, he was elected Fellow to The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH, UK). March 2015: Elected Fellow to the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN, USA). Currently, Prof. Salih serves as Professor of Pediatrics and Consultant Pediatric Neurologist at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He previously served as Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor of Pediatrics with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Khartoum in Sudan from 1980 to 1992. Form 1980-82 whilst in Newcastle Prof. Salih was Clinical Research Fellow, Regional Neurological Centre, Newcastle General Hospital (NGH) and Fellow to the Department of Child Health, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (15 months). This has been within a link program between the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the University of Khartoum, Sudan. The objectives were to get training in pediatric neurology with Dr David Gardner-Medwin and neuromuscular disorders with Lord Walton. Another objective was to develop an MD thesis, registered at the University of Khartoum, on severe childhood autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy. Dr David Gardner-Medwin was the External Supervisor. Muscle biopsy specimens were sent, in liquid nitrogen, from Khartoum to Newcastle and are still stored. 1986 : Fellow and Clinical Assistant, Department of Neurophysiology, Regional Neurological Centre, NGH and Fellow to the Department of Child Health, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (6 months). Publications Salih MAM, Omer MIA, Karrar O, Bayoumi RA, Johnson M. Severe autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy in an extended Sudanese kindred. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 1983 ; 25 : 43-52. Yes, this study is one of those pioneering in the field which paved the way (with others) to the establishment of sarcoglycanopathies.