Forty for 40: Mashael Faisal Al Saud, PhD, MS-SLP ’02, CCC-SLP
Mashael Faisal Al Saud has played a major role in improving the lives of thousands of people in Saudi Arabia with communication and swallowing difficulties.
After graduating from the IHP, Dr. Al Saud was hired as just the third speech-language pathologist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Riyadh. Soon she became acting head of the speech language pathology service, where her efforts led to a quadrupling of SLPs at the hospital. She was also a founding member of the Saudi Society of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology as well as the first ALS multidisciplinary team in the Gulf region.
After earning a PhD in communication disorders, she returned to the hospital as head of the speech department overseeing a staff of 15 SLPs covering various specialties, and advisor to the director of clinical services overseeing more than 1,200 staff members.