Established in 2010

The KING KHALED EYE SPECIALIST HOSPITAL (KKESH) is the largest eye hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is one of the top-ranked medical facilities in the Middle East. KKESH’s mission is to serve as the center of excellence for tertiary eye care, educate and train professionals, conduct research, enhance community awareness of ophthalmic diseases and their causes through health education, and develop outreach programs. KKESH prides itself in offering the highest standards of ophthalmic patient care to the people of Saudi Arabia. KKESH has played a major role in starting and developing the first residency program in ophthalmology in the country. It has provided training for all the Saudi ophthalmologists who graduated from this program (an average of 11 ophthalmologists per year) every year since 1988. Moreover, KKESH’s subspecialty fellowship, which started in 1995, has graduated most of the Saudi ophthalmic subspecialists who are presently delivering care to the Saudi population. These activities have changed the landscape of eye care delivery in the country. (Pictured at the dedication are, L to R (first row): Abdulaziz Alssagher, Khalid Al-Gharzi, (second row): Mohammed Alomar, Abdul-Elah Abad Al-Towerki, Mansour bin Nasser Al-Hawasi, Amal Sharbatly, Suliman Alshuaibi, Ashley Behrens, M.D., Basil Al-Abbasi, (third row): Patricia McLean, Lloyd Minor, MD, Peter McDonnell, MD, Edward Miller, MD, Ibrahim Al-Musaitir, Ronald Peterson, (fourth row): Richard Thomas)


ASHLEY BEHRENS, MD, the inaugural KKESH/Wilmer Professor in International Ophthalmology, is a cornea, refractive surgery, and external diseases specialist. Before joining the Wilmer Eye Institute, he completed extensive subspecialty training in South America (Venezuela), Germany, and the United States, and became the chairman of one of the largest ophthalmology departments in his home country of Venezuela. Dr. Behrens is a surgical innovator and has developed novel therapeutic approaches that have helped many patients regain their vision worldwide. He has devoted his career to the cure of corneal diseases and the surgical correction of refractive errors. He is the recipient of several national and international awards for his contributions to ophthalmology, most notably from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology. In recognition of his meritorious career, Dr. Behrens is included in the famous publications Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in America.