Harb Ata Harfi, M.D.
Business Address:

1) MBC 58
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine
Riyadh 11211, Saudi Arabia
Phone:     +966-1-442-7272
Fax:     +966-1-44217784
E-Mail:    harb@kfshrc.edu.sa
P.O.Box: 68639




2) National Center of allergy , Asthma & Immunology (NCAAI )
Takhassussi Road , Riyadh , 11537 , KSA
Phone :    +966-1-480-3333
Fax :    +966-1-480-0480
E-mail : harfi@allergyarabia.com


High School: Scientific Islamic College Secondary General
  (Jordan) Certificate (Honor)1962

Medical School:

Graduate: 1) Medical College, University of Cairo, Egypt     1962-1966
  2) Iraqi Medical College 1966-1969 University of Baghdad, Iraq Graduated: 30 June 1969     MB.Ch.B
Postgraduate: 1)    St. John HospitalWayne State, University Affiliate Detroit, Michigan        Internship 1971-1972
  2)Charity Hospital of Louisiana Tulane Medical SchoolTulane University     Pediatric Residency 1972-1974
  3) University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences     Fellowship
Allergy/Immunology Memphis, Tennessee     (Peds/Adult)1974-1976


1980-PRESENT King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Consultant Allergy and clinical Immunology (Peds/Medicine)
1986-1996 King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Head , Division of Allergy and clinical Immunology Departments of Pediatrics/ Medicine
1976-1980 Fort Worth, Texas Consultant Allergist Private Practice
1976-1980 Cook's Children Hospital Fort Worth, Texas Director, Cystic Fibrosis and Chest Clinic Cystic Fibrosis
1976-1980 St. Peter Smith Hospital South Western University Fort Worth, Texas Staff Member


Specialty Certification 1)Diplomat American Board of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ABAI) A Conjoint Board the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics Certificate (No. 1495) 1977
  2)Diplomat American Board of Pediatrics Certificate (No. 19603) 19764)  
General Certification 1)ECFMG Certificate (No. 1280304) 19712)
  2)FLEX Certificate (No. 13360) 19733)
Medical Licensure 1)State of Washington (No. 13360)
  2)Sate of Mississipp
  3)State of Texas (No. E5535)


1976-1980    -    Tarrant County Medical society , Member
1976-1980    -    Texas Medical Association ,Member
1977-present    -    American Academy of Pediatrics , Member
1978-1980    -    American Academy of allergy and Immunology , Member
1980-present    -    American Academy of allergy and Immunology , Fellow
1977-1980    -    American College of Allergy , Member
1980-present    -    American College of Allergy and Immunology , Fellow
1984-present    - European academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , Affiliate Member
1993 -present    -    New York Academy of Sciences , Member


INTERNATIONAL Member, In-Training Exam Committee, TPDs, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - 200-2002.-    Chairman, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology International Committee for Africa and the Middle East - 1994-1998.
  Member, Grant - In-Aid Subcommittee of the International Committee, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology (AAAI) - 1994 - 1996.
  Chairman, Grant - In-Aid Subcommittee, International Committee, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology (AAAI) - 1998 - present.


Member, National AIDS Committee, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia 1985-1994.
Local (KFSH&RC)
  Member, Morbidity and Mortality Committee, KFSH&RC 1985-1988.
  Coordinator, Morbidity and Mortality Committee, Department of Pediatrics 1985-1989.
  Chairman , Quality Assurance Committee . 1985 -1989
  Chairman, Bed Utilization Review Committee 1984-1987.
  Chairman, Resident Committee 1982-1987.
  Member, Blood Transfusion Committee 1983-1985.
  Chairman, fellowship Committee, Department of Medicine January 1992-June 1992.
  Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Implications of AIDS at KFSH & RC 1988.
  Acting Chairman, Bone Marrow Transplant Committee 1990-1992.
  Chairman, Pediatric Research Committee 1994-2000.
  Deputy Chairman , Pediatric Fellowship Directors Committee 1991 -2000
  Member, Pediatric Research Committee 2001-present.


Chairman, Chairmen Search Committee, KFSH & RC May 1994-November 1997.
Head, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine 1986-1996.
Member, Medical Executive Council, KFSH & RC May 1994-present.
Associate Chief of Staff for Outpatient Affairs, KFSH & RC 1985-1988,
Chairman, Employee Retention Advisory Committee, KFSH &RC 1990-1992.
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Fort Worth Chapter 1976-1980.
President, Saudi Society of Allergy and Immunology 1993-present founder of Allergy and Immunology as a       specialty at KFSH & RC.


Director, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Fellowship Program, KFSH & RC (1989-January 2000)
Fellows trained and years of graduation:

1    Dr. Nasser Al-Haddad January 1996-December 1997
2    Dr. Saad Al-Nuaim January 1996-December 1997
3    Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ghonaium 1992-1994
4    Dr. Salem Al Malik 1990-1992
5    Dr. Husni Qari 1990-1992
6    Dr. Abdulaziz Niaz 1989-1990
7    Dr. Kamal Al Abbad 1998-2000

In addition, I have been actively participating in Residents' teaching and nursing education and I have organized and participated in many courses, symposia and lectures, both to physicians and the public. Several lectures on health issues to postgraduate students and scholarships abroad.


1962 UN Scholarship Award to Study Medicine for Top Ten Students
1962-1969 Honor for the following subjects:
  • Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Histology
  • Parasitology
  • Physiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
1978 T-Circuit, Girl Scouts of Texas Awards Presented for Resolving a Mysterious Illness.
1991/1992 Citation - Who's who in Medicine
1995-present Honorary Assistant Clinical Professor, King Faisal University Teaching Hospital, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
1980-1983 1993-1996 AMA Physician Recognition Award
1998 Who's Who in the World (15th Edition)
1999 Recipient of Travel Grant, International Training Program Directors, by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
2000 Recipient of Travel Grant, International Training Program Directors by AAAAI.



1.    Co-Editor: Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, USA 2001.
2.    Advisory Board: Pediatrics in Review since January 1996.
3.    Advisory Board: Pediatrics: Arab World Edition since 1994.
4.     International Reviewer: Allergy (European Journal of Allergy) since 1993
5.    Reviewer: Annals of Saudi Medicine since 1985.
6.    International Editor: Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, USA since 2000.


1.    Epidemiology of Allergic Diseases in Saudi Arabia, jointly with King Saud University.
2.    Allergens in Saudi Arabia.
3.    Date Pollen Allergy
4.    Prosopis and its importance in Allergy (Completed)
5.    Latex Allergy in Health Care Workers at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Completed:
       funded by research centre)
6.    Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in Healthy Saudi Arabian Children Living in Riyadh, KFSH & RC Grant SR
       45,000,00. Concluded 1992.
7.    Immunological Abnormalities and Infections in G-6-PD Deficient Saudi Infants, (KACST Grant No.
       Ar-12-24) Funded: Sr400,000.00. Completed 1996.
8.    Primary Immunodeficiency in Saudi Arabia.
9.    Gene Mapping for Partial Albinism, Immunodeficiency Syndrome (PAID or Harfi): A newly recognized primary
       immunodeficiency. Jointly with Professor R.S. Geha, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston USA (Active).
10.    Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome: A Primary Immunodeficiency.
11.    Organizer and Coordinator of Research Activities in Department of Pediatrics.


1. Patterns of Immunodeficiency in Saudi Arabia. Lectures given by invitation to College of Medicine staff in King
       Saud University, Abha, 28 Dec. 1989.
2. Guest Speaker , Educational lecture to Al-Aasima Institute in Riyadh,November1989.
3. Guest Speaker, King Saud University Symposium on Essential Immunology in Clinical Medicine:
    A - Anti-inflammatory Treatment of Severe Asthma. 6-7 March, 1990.
4.Guest Speaker, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh. 11 October 1990.
5.Guest Speaker, Military Forces Hospital, Riyadh 12-26 November, 1990, A series of Post Graduate Course
    Lectures in Immunology.
6.Guest Speaker to Post Graduate Scholarship Students. College of Journalism, Modn Bin Saud Islamic University.
    24 November 1990.
7. Invited Guest Speaker, King Saud University, Qassim, 1991.
8. External Examiner at College of Medicine, King Saud University, 8 December 1991.
9. Visiting guest speaker and Consultant at Military Hospital in Northwest (Tabuk), 10 December 1991.
10. Guest speaker at Sports Medicine, HTV infection and danger to Athletes, 16 December 1991.
11. Invited guest speaker, Pediatric Symposium in Medina, 30-31 October 1992.
12. Workshop Organizer and participant: "Workshop on Pediatric and Adult Allergy" - 4 presentation:
    a) Acute Asthma
    b) Anaphylaxis;
    c) Intrainflammatory drugs in treatment of Asthma;
    d) In vivo tests and diagnosis of allergic diseases,18-19 February 1992.
13. Invited guest speaker in XII Congress of Egyptians Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Alexandria,
      Egypt, 30 April to 1 May 1992.
14. Guest Speaker, College of Public Administration (AIDS: its health & social implications).
15. Guest Speaker, Pediatric Symposium "Child's Health is a real Wealth", Jeddah 15-17 February 1993.
      1) Childhood Bronchial Asthma
      2) Primary Immunodeficiency.
16. Guest Speaker: Maternity & Children's Hospital, Jeddah. - Series of 6 lectures on Allergy and Immunology for
      Arab Board Candidates. Oct 1993.
17. King Fahd University Hospital: Special Lecture on "Pediatric Aids" Outreach Clinic - Dec 1993.
18. Guest Speaker: Ministry of Industry & Electricity (International Aids Day) - Dec 1993.
19. Guest Speaker: Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University- Dec. 1993.
20. Chairman: Organizing Committee: 1st Annual Symposium of Saudi Society6 of
Allergy & Immunology: King Faisal Foundation 10-12 July 1994.
21.Chairman: 2 Sessions at the above symposium
22.Key Note Speaker: First Annual Symposium of Saudi Society of
      Allergy & Immunology (10-12 Jan 94).
23.5 Presentations at above Symposium (3 post graduate and 2 abstracts)
24.Scientific Presentation entitled: "Neurological abnormalities of PAID Syndrome" presented at the Annual Meeting
    of Trans-Pacific Allergy & Immunological Society Meeting in Hawai - 21 Jan 1994.
25.Invited Guest Speaker: King Abdulaziz Hospital & Cancer Center, Jeddah - Symposium "
    Mediators of Inflammation - Allergic Disease"- April 1994.
26.Series of Seven (7) Lectures to the nurses in medical clinics on Basic Immunology and Allergy Diseases".
27.Pediatric Teaching Sessions: Management of the Child with Recurrent Infections March 1994.
28.Invited Guest Speaker: International Conference on AIDS in Kuwait - March 1994.
29.Invited Guest Speaker: Military Hospital, Riyadh - 18-19 April 1994.
30.Member of Organizing Committee: International Symposium on AIDS - KFSH & RC, 1994.
31.Overview of Allergic Disorders. Guest speaker, Pakistani Doctors Group, Riyadh. 9th Medical Symposium,
    18 November 1994.
32.Chairman: Organizing Committee - Allergy Symposium - "Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Management of
     Allergic Diseases", KFSH & RC, 9-11 January 1995.
33.Common Allergic Diseases in Saudi Arabia, Conference in "Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Management of
    Allergic Diseases", Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 9-11 January 1995.
34.Malignancy in primary immunodeficiency. Conference on: "Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of
    Allergic Diseases", Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 9-11 January 1995.
35.Infections and Immunological abnormalities in G6PD deficient Saudi infants. 51st International Conference of the
    AAA&I. New York, New York, 24 February-1 March 1995.
36.Invited guest speaker: Division of Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center,
    Durham, North Carolina, 6-7 March 1995.
37.Partial albinism, immunodeficiency and progressive white matter disease (PAID syndrome): a new primary
    immunodeficiency among Arab children. The 5th Conference of the Union of the Arab Pediatric Societies and 5th
    Jordan Pediatric Society, Amman, Jordan, 12-14 April 1995.
38.Invited guest speaker: Maternity and Children's Hospital, Madina, KSA, 20 July 1995.
39.Chairman: Session on Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis. Annual Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and
     Clinical Immunology, Madrid, Spain, 25 June - 1 July 1995.
40.Invited Guest Speaker: The Child with Recurrent Infections. Presented in Pediatrics Review Course, Organized by the Health Development International, 4-10 November 1995, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
41.Invited Guest Speaker: The Allergic Child. Presented in Pediatrics Review Course, Organized by
     the Health Development International, 4-10 November 1995, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
42.Invited Guest Speaker: Immunodeficiency and BMT Outcome: the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research
     Centre Experience. Khamis Mshait Military Hospital, Saudi Arabia, December 1995.
43.Invited guest Speaker: The Role of Immunotherapy in Treatment of Allergic Disease. King Abdulaziz University
     Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 1995.
44.Invited Guest Speaker: Primary Immunodeficiency and the Role of BMT in Treatment. Dhahran Health Center,
     Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, March 1996.
45.Organizer and Chairman: First Research Day, Department of Pediatrics, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and
     Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 1996.
46.Invited Guest Speaker: Sensitization to proposes and Date Pollen in Saudi Patients, First Pan Arab Allergy
     Meeting, Cairo, Egypt, 28 November 1996.
47.Chairman, Session on Asthma, Diagnosis and Management. First Pan Arab Allergy Meeting, Cairo, Egypt,
     28 November 1996.
48.Organizer and Chairman: 2nd Annual Pediatric Research Day, Department of Pediatrics. 10 December 1996.
49.Chairman, Workshop on Allergic Diseases in the Middle East and Africa. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma
     and Immunology. Annual Meeting, San Francisco, February 1997.
50.To be presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 54th Annual Meeting in
     Washington, D.C., 13-18 March 1998 - Sensitization to Fruits of Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in an Atopic
     Population in Saudi Arabia.
51.Common Allergic Diseases in the Middle East (Oral Presentation) at the American Academy of Allergy,
     Asthma and Immunology 54th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., 13-18 March 1998: Common Allergic
     Diseases in the Middle East.
52.Harfi HA, Kwaasi AAA, Parhar RS, et al. Skin test reactivates to 18 date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L) cultivar
     extracts: correlation with Immunoglobulin-E (IgE) bind epitopes. Allergy (Supplement) 1999; 54:65.
53.Kwaasi AAA, Harfi HA, Collison KS et al. Major allergens of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L) fruits. Allergy
     (Supplement) 1999; 54:56.


1.Crawford LV, Lieberman P, Harfi HA et al, A double-blind study of subcutaneous food testing sponsored by
   the Food Committee of the American Academy of Allergy (Abst.) J Allergy Clin Immun 57 (3):236, 1976.
2.Harfi HA, Hanissian AS, Crawford L. Treatment of status asthmaticus in children with high doses and
   conventional doses of Methylprednisolone. Pediatrics 61:829, 1978.
3.Crawford LV and Harifi HA. Duration of action of subcutaneous epinephrine aqueous suspension.,
   Childhood Asthma 1:200, Angi