Professor Selwa A. F.
Al-Hazzaa is a Saudi Ophthalmologist at King Faisal
Specialist Hospital & Research Center and is
Chairman / Head of the Ophthalmology Department
since1997. She is considered as one of the most
influential personalities in Saudi Arabia, and the
Arab World in general. She is also considered to be
a pioneer for Saudi Women, as she is one of the
first Saudi women to acheive international success
academically; professionally; and politically. She
has been an active advocate in empowering Saudi
women with the support of the Royal Family after
being appointed to be the first female physcian to
enter the royal palace to treat the late King Fahad
1997 - 2005.
In January 2007, Dr. Al-Hazzaa was appointed as
Senior Advisor to the Minister of Health, in Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia. In 2003 she was the first female
advisor to Majlis Al-Shura"Saudi Parliament". In
January 11th 2013, in a historical move and per
Royal Decree from late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
Al-Saud, Dr. Al-Hazzaa became one of the first
ever-female members of Majlis Al-Shura"Saudi
Parliament" allowing women for the first time to be
part of the Kingdom’s formal advisory body.
Dr. Al-Hazzaa was named "Arab Women of the Year" in
the field of Medicine and community services in 2005
from the Arab Women Studies Center in Paris. In
addition, Forbs International Magazine chose her as
one of " The Most Powerful Arab Women for Year 2005"
and was again chosen as the "Arab Woman for year
2006". Most Recently, she was the recipient of two
awards from Arab Women Award 2015 , in the field of
Medicine and for Lifetime Acheivement. Dr Al-Hazzaa
was awarded as a "Distinguished Saudi Women in
Medicine & Health for 2015" from ‘Sayidaty Awards’.
Dr. Al-Hazzaa was granted the degree of Doctor of
Humanities, Honoris Causa the highest honor of the
Franklin University in Switzerland in 2017.
Dr. Al-Hazzaa was elected as an Executive Member of
the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO),
the highest rank in Ophthalmology worldwide, being
the youngest member; the first female from the
Middle East, and the only female ophthalmologist
from the 5 continents. Currently Dr. Al-Hazzaa is a
professor; college of medicine Al-Faisal university;
Saudi Arabia and Adjunct Professor at Keck college
of Medicine; University of Southern California, USA.
Dr. Al-Hazzaa is an author of 68 articles;
editorials; review articles; book chapters the most
important in Duane’s International Ophthalmology, on
"Genetic Eye Diseases in Saudi Arabia".