Dr. Abdulrahman Sabbagh

Visiting scientist and former Fellow at the Neurosurgical Simulation Research and Training Centre, MNI


Dr. Sabbagh, MBBS, FRCSC, is currently Director of the Neurosurgical Residency Training program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center and a member of the nationwide Neurosurgery Residency Training Committee at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. He was formerly an Assistant professor of Neurosurgery at King Saud University for Health Sciences, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, and a Pediatric and Epilepsy Neurosurgeon, at the National Neurosciences Institute (NNI), King Fahad Medical City (KFMC). He is collaborative researcher at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, Boucherville, Quebec, in addition to being a visiting scantest and fellow at Neurosurgical Simulation Research Centre. He is currently developing complex virtual reality simulation scenarios and related metrics and benchmarks with the help of the engineers, scientists and researchers in both institutions. Dr. Sabbagh coauthored and coedited four neurosurgery books: Neurosurgery Case Review (2009), Neurosurgery rounds (2011), Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade: Cranial (2013) and Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade: Spine and Peripheral Nerves (2014). He authored over forty articles and book chapters. Dr. Sabbagh has held several education and administrative positions in the past including; program director of neurosurgery residency training program at NNI, Chairman of the neurosurgery department at NNI. In addition he was an executive committee member and headed education and training in the Saudi Association of Neurological Surgeons. His latest responsibility was directing the scholarship and postgraduate administration at KFMC where he ran over 50 residency and fellowship programs. KFMC has an existing Neurosurgical Simulation Unit that he champions. The medical city is currently building a world-class simulation Institution, CRESNT (Center of Research on Education, Simulation and Training).

Areas of Interest: Health professions education, Virtual Reality Simulation for education aHealth professions education, Virtual Reality Simulation for education and assessment, epilepsy surgery and Pediatric and developmental Neurosurgery, History of Neurosurgery.

Virtual Reality Tumor Resection: The Force Pyramid Approach
Accepted in Operative Neurosurgery, 2017
Robin Sawaya, B.Sc. Abdulgadir Bugdadi, MD. Hamed Azarnoush, PhD. Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, MD. Fahad Eid Alotaibi, MD. MSc Khalid Bajunaid, MD, MSc. Gmaan AlZhrani, MD, MA. Ghusn Alsidieri, MD. Abdulrahman Jaffar Sabbagh, MBCHB, FRCSC et al.

Automaticity of Force Application during Simulated Brain Tumor Resection: Testing the Fitts and Posner Model
Journal of Surgical Education, 2017
Bugdadi A, Sawaya R, Olwi D, Al-Zhrani G, Azarnoush H, Sabbagh A et al.

The Force Pyramid: A Spatial Analysis of Force Application During Virtual Reality Brain Tumor Resection
Journal of Neurosurgery, 2016
Hamed Azarnoush, Samaneh Siar, BSc, Robin Sawaya, BSc, Gmaan Al Zhrani, MD, MSc, Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, MD, Fahad Eid Alotaibi, MD, MSc, Abdulgadir Bugdadi, MD, Khalid Bajunaid, MD, MSc, Ibrahim Marwa, MD, Abdulraham Jafar Sabbagh, MBCHB, FRCSC et al.

Impact of Acute Stress on Psychomotor Bimanual Performance during Simulated Tumor Resection Task
Journal of Neurosurgery, 2017
Khalid Bajunaid, MD, MSc, Muhammad Abu Shadeque Mullah, MSc, Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, MD, Fahad E. Alotaibi, MD, MSc, Jawad Fares, BSc, Marta Baggiani, Hamed Azarnoush, PhD, Sommer Christie, BSc, MHK, Gmaan Al-Zhrani, MD, MA, Ibrahim Marwa, MD, Abdulrahman Jafar Sabbagh, MBChB, FRCSC et al.

Bimanual Psychomotor Performance in Neurosurgical Resident Applicants Assessed Using NeuroTouch, a Virtual Reality Simulator
Journal of Surgical Education, 2016
Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, Khalid Bajunaid, Muhammad A.S Mullah, Ibrahim Marwa, Fahad Alotaibi, MSc, Jawad Fares, Marta Baggiani, Hamed Azarnoush, Gmaan Al Zharni, Sommer Christie, Abdulraham Sabbagh, Penny Werthner, Rolando F. Del Maestro.

Face, Content and Construct Validity of Brain Tumor Microsurgery Simulation using a Human Placental Model
Operative Neurosurgery, 2016
Oliveira, Marcelo Magaldi MD, PhD; Araujo, Audrey Beatriz MD, MSc; Nicolato, Arthur MD; Prosdocimi, Andre MD; Godinho, Joao Victor MD; Valle, Ana Luiza Martins MD; Santos, Marcilea MD; Reis, Augusto Barbosa MD, PhD; Ferreira, Mauro Tostes MD, PhD; Sabbagh, A et al.

Assessing Neurosurgical Psychomotor Performance: Role of Virtual Reality Simulators, Current and Future Potential
SOJ Neurology 2(1), 2015
Fahad E. AlOtaibi, Gmaan Al Zhrani, Khalid Bajunaid, Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, Hamed Azarnoush, Muhammad A.S. Mullah, Abdulraham Sabbagh et al.

Neurosurgical Assessment of Metrics including Judgment and Dexterity (NAJD) Using the Virtual Reality Simulator NeuroTouch
Surgical innovation, 2015
Alotaibi, F. E., AlZhrani, G. A., Sabbagh, A. J. et al.

Assessing bimanual performance in brain tumor resection with NeuroTouch, a virtual reality simulator
Operative Neurosurgery, 2015
Alotaibi, F. E., AlZhrani, G. A., Mullah, M. A., Sabbagh, A. J et al.

Proficiency Performance Benchmarks for Removal of Simulated Brain Tumors using NeuroTouch a Virtual Reality Simulator
Journal of Surgical Education, 2015
Gmaan AlZhrani, MD, Fahad Alotaibi, MD, Hamed Azarnoush, PhD, Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, MD, Abdulrahman Sabbagh, MD et al.