Dr Nasrulla Abutaleb

Title: The necessity and feasibility of gradual introduction of every other day hemodialysis schedule

Biography

Current Title,

Consultant Nephrologist, Diaverum Hemodialysis centers, Jeddah

Date & place of Birth: November 13th, 1956; Cairo, Egypt

Nationality: Yemeni

Current Address: P. O. Box 15215, Dep. of Medicine, King Fahad Specialist

EDUCATION/ CERTIFICATION

The SCE in Nephrology (UK): March 2012 

The European Diploma in Transplant Medicine (Renal module): Sept 2011

Certificate of Jordanian Board on Nephrology: Feb 2000

Fellowship equivalent nephrology training, King Faisal Specialist-Research Center

Hospital, KFSH-RC, Riyadh: Feb 1994 - Dec 1997 (4 years carrying out same fellowship

rotations and activities; not setting for the fellowship exam for being restricted to Saudi

citizens at that stage)

MRCP (UK): October 1991 (Certified in March 1992 because of delayed mailing of the fees)

Internal Medicine Residency Program: Managed to join the formal residency training

program in Internal Medicine in Kuwait Teaching Hospitals in Jan 1989 but interrupted

because of the country crisis in August 1990. The four years of training were then completed

in King Abdulaziz Hospital, Jeddah. Recognized experience in King Abdulaziz Hospital (Sep. 

1990 - Jan. 1994), KAH, Jeddah. Passed of Arab Board in Medicine, 1st Part in Dec. 1993;

never attempted Part 2 because of getting the MRCP earlier and not recognizing the

importance of another certification in Internal Medicine (NB: All medical and non-medical

exams are passed from first attempt; never failed any exam test).

Internship in Kuwait teaching hospitals: with Distinction in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics & Surgery: Sep. 1983- Dec.1984 (Internship was started as two years program then reduced by MOH to the usual period of one year)

ECFMG Certification: September 1987

Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam for Foreign Medical Graduates: March 1985

Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, University of Kuwait/Faculty of Medicine (with very good

evaluation): 1976-1980

Bachelor of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Kuwait (with very good evaluation):

1980-1983

Pre-University Education:

Ranked third in the overall Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certification for the General Secondary

Education Certificate Examination (Average 98.2%): 1975

Ranked first in the overall Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certification for Preparatory Certification:

1972

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1st Nov. 2016- present               Consultant Nephrologist, Diaverum Hemodialysis centers, Jeddah

13th Feb.2007- 25th Oct. 2016   Consultant Internist & Nephrologist, KFSHD, Dammam.

                                                  Head of Nephrology section since August 2013

 

 June 1999 – 12th Feb. 2007.

Senior Consultant Nephrologist, King Abdulaziz Military Hospital,

Tabuk, K.S.A; Head of renal unit in the period between first of Aug

1999 and June 2005.

 Aug. 1999 – Aug 2004

Chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, King Abdulaziz

Hospital, Tabuk.

Dec.1997 - June 1999

Consultant Nephrologist and internist, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Tabuk.

Feb.  1994 - Dec. 1997

Assistant Nephrologist, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh (Four

Years period).

Sep.  1992 - Jan. 1994

Senior Registrar in Nephrology Department, King Abdul Aziz Hospital

- Jeddah.

May  1992 - Sep. 1992

Senior Registrar in Internal Medicine, KAH, Jeddah.

Sep.  1990 - May 1992

Registrar in Internal Medicine/Nephrology, KAH, Jeddah. The period

Oct 1991- Jan 1994 was also formally recognized as part of residency

training.

Jan.  1989 - Aug. 1990

Medical Resident (Kuwait Medical Board Program), Amiri Hospital,

Kuwait.

Jul.   1988 - Dec. 1988

Assistant Registrar, Amiri Hospital, Kuwait (Pre-residency practice)

Jun.  1985 - Aug. 1985

Assistant Registrar, Amiri Hospital, Kuwait. (Pre-residency practice)

Sep.  1983 - Dec. 1984

Internship, Hospital of Ministry of Health, Kuwait.

 

Publications AND  main  presentations *:

 Khalid Almeshari, Abutaleb Nasrulla, Alfurih Osman, Ashraf Moh.” Hepatitis C virus Infection

In Haemodialysis and Kidney transplant patient: An eight year follow up Report”. Saudi J Kidney

Dis Transplant 1995, 6(2):211-215.

Abutaleb Nasrulla, Alfuraih Osman, “Comparison of Cyclosporin levels as measured in whole

 Blood sample by monoclonal, polyclonal fluorescein polarization immunoassay and high

 performance liquid chromatography in renal transplant s with and without chronic liver disease”,

An abstract in “International Symposium on Advances in Renal Diseases and Transplantation”.

The article was not published because of losing technical information about the chromatography 1

(HPLC) after the closure of the concerned lab in Swizerland.

Alfuraih Osman, Abutaleb Nasrulla, Alshaibani Khalid, Qunibi. Wajeh. Oral presentation by

Abutaleb Nasrulla, " Comparative Phrmacokinetic Study of Sandimmun and Neoral in Renal

Transplant recipients with and without Hepatic Dysfunction-Preliminary Report. Presented in

Neoral Scientific Workshop “Saudi Experience”, Dubai 20-22, Sept., 1995;


Alfurih O, Abutaleb N, Alshaibani K, Qunibi W, Wais I. Oral Presentation by Abutaleb Nasrulla,

" Comparative Pharmacokinetic Study of Sandimmun and Neoral in Renal Transplant patients

 with and without hepatic dysfunction, in “International Symposium on Advances in Renal Disease

 and Transplantation” 8-9 October 1996.  (This presentation is different from the earlier one in

Dubai Sep. 1995 above).

Alfurayh O, Abutaleb N, Alshaibani K, Qunibi W, Wais I, Poster presentation by Abutaleb N

Comparative Pharmacokinetic (PK)Study of Sandimmun (SN) and Neoral (NL) in Renal Transplant

 patients with and without hepatic dysfunction. In the 16 th Annual Meeting of the American

Society of Transplant Physicians held in Chicago, IL, USA; May 10 – 14, 1997

N.B: The presentation is almost completely different from earlier two oral presentations carrying

 same title.

Abutaleb N, Alfurayh O, Almeshari K, Qunibi W, Shaibani K. Oral presentation by Abutaleb N

“Mechanisms of Improved Bioavailability of Cyclosporin Neoral in Renal Transplant Patients

 With and Without Hepatic Dysfunction “ by Presented as in the 16 Th Annual Meeting of the

American Society of Transplant Physicians held in Chicago, IL, USA; May 10 – 14, 1997

Qunibi W, Abutaleb N, Alfurayh O, Almeshari K, Lin S, Sun R, Heston L, Shepard J, Ross D,

Rigsby M, Miller G. "Post Renal Transplant Kaposi Sarcoma (KS): Association with Antibodies

 to Recombinant Capcid Antigen of Kaposi’s Sarcoma – Associated Herpes Virus (KSHV) in Saudi

Arabian (KSA) Renal Transplant Recipients (RTR)”. Poster presentation by Dr. Qunibi W., in the

16 th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Transplant Physicians held in Chicago, IL, USA;

May 10 – 14, 1997.

Al Harbi A, Chaudry T, Abutaleb N. “Renal Artery Stenosis in renal Transplantation”, Saudi J

Kidney Dis Transplant 1998, 9 (1): 22- 26.

Alfurayh O, Abutaleb N, Meshari K, Qunibi W; Oral presentation by Abutaleb N “CSA Metabolite

Pattern in Renal Transplant Patients with and without hepatic dysfunction On both Sandimmun and

 Neoral Formulations”, the 5th Congress of the Arab Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Society

 held in Lebanon 26-29 Nov 1997.

Alfuraih Osman, Abutaleb Nasrulla, Alshaibani Khalid, Qunibi. Wajeh. “Comparative

Phrmacokinetic Study of Sandimmun and Neoral in Renal Transplant recipients With and

without Hepatic Dysfunction” submitted to a Transplantation Journal.

Sabeel A, AlMeshari K, Abutaleb N, Shabani K,” Azathioprine Induced Fever in a Haemodialysis

patient undergoing Renal Transplantation”; Nephrology and Transplantation Journal, 1998 Apr ;13

(4):1004-5.

Alfurayh O, Abutaleb N, Meshari K, Shaibani K, Qunibi W; Oral presentation by Abutaleb N.

“Patterns of CSA Metabolites on both SM and NL in Renal Transplant Patients with and without

 hepatic dysfunction”, the First GCC Organ Transplantation Congress, held in Abu Dhabi – UAE,

February 17 – 19,1998.

Abutaleb N and Yaneza A, Poster “ Psuedohepatitis B infection among dialysis patients”, King

Saud University “ International Symposium on Nephrology “, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 20-22 January

2001.

[My paper] Ali S B Al-Harbi, Gulam Hassan Malik, Y Subaity, Hatem Mansy, N Abutaleb, “ Treatment of

Acute hepatitis C virus infection with alpha interferon in patients on hemodialysis”, Saudi J Kidney

Dis Transpl. ;16 (3):293-7 

Abutaleb N, M. Macoanovic, A. Asseiri, et al , oral presentation “ Standard of Treatment of

patient on hemodialysis at Prince Sultan Kidney Center, Tabuk”, King Saud University “International

Symposium on Nephrology “, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 20-22 January 2001.

Abutaleb N, Lessons from the AST meeting in May 2001, accepted initially by Saudi Journal

 of Kidney Diseases and transplantation, but not finally published as inappropriate delay for this

 timed article occurred as the journal is seasonal and references for the conference notes were later

 requested.

Hamza A, Abutaleb N, A. G. Obeidin, Y. Subaity " Emphysematous Pyelonephritis

Complicated With Extrarenal Abscesses", Saudi J Kidney Dis Transplant 2004, 15 (1): 61- 65.

  Abutaleb N, " ESRD epidemiology” a lecture given in the Hemodialysis Course, March 31-

April 1st , 2004, Jeddah- KFSH RC, KSA

Abutaleb N, " Hypertension in CKD", a lecture given in Renal Day on Chronic Kidney Disease, NWAFH- Tabuk, 2nd June, 2004.

Abutaleb N, "CKD and ESRD epidemiology", a lecture given in Renal Day on Chronic Kidney Disease,

 NWAFH- Tabuk, 2nd June, 2004.

Abutaleb N, " Metabolic Acidosis", a lecture given in the " Workshop on Acid Base and Electrolytes

  Disturbances ", NWAFH-Tabuk, on 25th June, 2005.

Abutaleb N, " Case Discussion on Potassium Disturbances", a 90 minutes case discussion given in

the " Workshop on Acid Base and Electrolytes Disturbances ", NWAFH-Tabuk, on 25th June, 2005.

Abutaleb N, " Integrated ESRD Care: Role of Peritoneal Dialysis", a 30 min leture given in

the " The First PD forum" that was arranged by KFSH- Jeddah with support of SSN and

Baxter, on 13 & 14th December 2005, Jeddah. 

Abutaleb N, “Hepatitis C Viral Disease is a Nosocomial Infection”, a 30 min leture given in the

 First Annual International Conference of Saudi Society of Nephrology, Jeddah, Feb 21- 23 2006.

Abutaleb N, " Emergency Hemodialysis Through Arterial Access: A Potential Controversy”,

Saudi J Kidney Diseases Transplant 2006, 17(2):231-232.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, Abdulmunaem Obaideen, Mahmoud Zakaria, Abdulwahab El-Jubab,

Abdulmajeed Hamza, Seddiq Younis, Muhalab Adem, |” Unusual Causes of Sudden Anuria

in Renal Transplant Patients|” accepted for publication in Saudi J  Kidney Diseases 

Transplant, June 2007.

Nasrulla Abutaleb & Abdulmunaem Obaideen, ‘Renal Tamponade’ Secondary to Subcapsular Hematoma'.,

Saudi J Kidney Diseases Transplant, 2007 August-September, Volume 18 :3 


Nasrulla Abutaleb, Abdulmajeed Hamza, Hisham Afifi, Abdulmunaem Obaideen, Seddiq

Younis, Muhalab Adem, Fatal hemorrhagic intracranial TB in a renal transplant despite INH

prophylaxis”, Saudi J Kidney Diseases Transplant, 2007 October-December, Volume 18 :4.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, Letter to the Editor: " Possible increased risk of pulmonary edema in

HRS patients on combining octreotide to albumin / noradrenaline therapies", Saudi J Kidney

Diseases Transplant, 2007 August-September, Volume 18 :3

Nasrulla Abutaleb, Notes on HCV- ELISA test results of the hemodialysis patients, Saudi J

 Kidney Diseases Transplant, 2008 August, Volume 19 :5. 817-819

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Heredofamilial Renal Diseases” lecture in ‘8th Update in Internal

Medicine: Nephrology Update ‘, held at KFU, Al-Khobar, 12- 13 November 2008.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, Is the omission of assessing split renal function from living kidney

donor’s work up justified? Saudi J Kidney Diseases Transplant, March 2010.


Nasrulla Abutaleb, ONTARGET should not be over interpreted, Nephrol Dial Transplant (2010) 25: 44–47, doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfp633, 23 November 2009.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Heredofamilial Renal Diseases” lecture in The Nephrology Club: Eastern Province, held at
 La Meridian, Al-Khobar, 23rd February 2010.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “ECD Kidneys lecture in The Organ Donation Mini Symposium in KFSHD, 24rd

March 2010.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, The elderly with advanced chronic kidney disease, Saudi  J  Kidney Diseases 

Transplant, 22(1), 156-159, 2011.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Cracks in the CKD model” Jubail International Kidney Conference held in Jubail

Industrial City, KSA. 5-6 April 2011.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Cracks in the CKD model”, 1st KFSHD International Chronic Kidney Disease

Conference, Dammam, KSA. 14-15 May 2011

Nasrulla Abutaleb, "Eliminating the chronic problem of false positive HCV testing from

hemodialysis units at lowest cost", Saudi J Kidney Diseases Transplant, 2012, Volume 23, Issue

1 [p. 138]

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Narrowing the margins of errors intrinsic to the estimations made from

uACR & uPCR by introducing simple correction factors” Saudi J Kidney Diseases Transplant, 2013,

Volume 24, Issue 4, p. 805-6

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “HCV infection in dialysis units” The 5th Saudi International Conference in Nephrology and Transplantation, Riyadh, KSA. 19- 22 February 2012

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Cracks in the CKD model” updated lecture, The 2nd NWAFH Conference on Nephrology, Tabuk, KSA. 3- 4th April 2012

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Why we need to incorporate available clinical knowledge about the CKD progression into its classification?”  accepted for publication in Saudi J Kidney Diseases Transplant.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “ Medications, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal complementary therapies in CKD” Nutrition & Kidney Diseases “A new era”, held in Dammam 3-4 December 2014

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Aging Kidneys”, Dammam Nephrology Journal Club, Dammam, 27th April 2015

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Lupus Nephritis Management Update”, Al Ahssa Nephrology Conference, September, 2nd, 2015

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Physiology of Peritoneal Dialysis”, Update on Peritoneal Dialysis, King Fahad University, 2-3rd

May 2016

Sarra E Mohamed, Mariam Alkhawaja, Amina Bukhamsin, Mohamed A. S. Idris, Muntasir M. Abdelrahman, Nasrulla Abutalib, Abdulrahman A Housawi, “Effect of Gum Arabic Supplementation on Butyrate, Uremic Retention Molecules and Inflammation in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients”, a study that was written but not submitted for suspected lab errors

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Pathogenesis of CKD-Mineral Bone Disease”, in a course about CKD-MBD arranged by Diaverum Co. Jeddah, December 14th, 2016

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Role of nPCR Vs. Serum Albumin in Nutritional Assessment for ESRD”, in Diaverum Physician Training Program, Jeddah, December 8th, 2017

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Time to liberate Hemodialysis from Thrice-weekly to Every Other Day Regimen”, International Journal of Nephrology and Kidney Failure, ISSN 2380-5498, July 2018.

Abutaleb N, Faysal Zeedan, "The Association of baseline nutritional parameters and Protein-Energy Wasting Syndrome Criteria With the three-year mortality in Saudi Hemodialysis patients at a PADC, Diaverum, Jeddah”. Poster presentation in the 6th Saudi International Congress of Nephrology & Transaplantation! (SICNT 2018), 28-30th November 2018.

Abutaleb N, Faysal Zeedan, " Risk Factors associated with mortality of the Hemodialysis patients at a PADC, Diaverum, Jeddah”. Poster presentation in the 6th Saudi International Congress of Nephrology & Transplantation! (SICNT 2018), 28-30th November 2018.

Nasrulla Abutaleb, “Alternate day outpatient hemodialysis schedule is the appropriate practical alternative schedule to improve patients’ outcomes”, J Clini Nephrol. 2019; 3: 107-110. https://doi.org/10.29328/journal.jcn.1001034

Other Hospital Activities

A member of the Formulary and Therapeutic and of the ethics committees in KFSH-D in addition to being a member of other less active committees: the ethical committee, religious committee and the patient advocate committee. I supervised KFSHD outreach renal care for several while it was active (inactive over last three years because of understaffing). I maintained a proactive attitude toward the Hospital development and wrote many ideas in this regard.

Examples of Other Past Hospital and Medical Activities:

Cared for pediatric renal patients (no pediatric nephrologist was available in KAH hospital, Tabuk for several years between 1997-2004).

Provision of medical coverage for burn patients for about a year at KAH, Tabuk

National Editorial Board member for the Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.

Shared in reviewing multiple KDIGO guidelines as those on CKD-MBD (2008), Transplantation (2009), CKD (2011) and others.

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Worked essentially only in University or teaching hospitals. Participated in teaching medical students, residents (rotating in nephrology services), fellows (within fellowship training) and nurses. In addition, lectured repeatedly to colleagues from other medical specialties on renal and non-renal subjects. Teaching remained an essential component of my practice (for both in and outpatients) equally directed to colleagues (physicians and nurses) and patients and patients relatives. 

I also participated actively in three six-month dialysis courses: The First and Second Renal Nursing Course at Northwest Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, 1st – 31st July 1998 & 1999 and the First Renal Technician Course at Northwest Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, 2000- 2002.

Organized the Renal Day on Chronic Kidney Disease, NWAFH- Tabuk, 2nd June, 2004.

Supervised, reviewed and rewrote most of the chapters of " the Transplant Patients Education Booklet".

Organized The " Workshop on Acid Base and Electrolytes Disturbances ", NWAFH-Tabuk, on 25th June, 2005. The course was recognized for 5 hours by the Saudi Medical Council.

Contributed (speaker) to: Internal Medicine Board Review Course, 11-15 th Oct 2008.

Contributed (speaker) to: Internal Medicine Review Course, 17-21Oct 2009.

One of the teaching staff for the medical residents and nephrology fellows at KFSH-Dammam in the period of 2009 till July, 2016.

In addition to giving lectures to GP colleagues and contributing to many medical activities as stated above.

Arranged and supervised seven education and discussion seminars with renal patients and their relatives.

Research Interest


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