Pediatric neurologist Mustafa Abdalla M. Salih was born in Kosti, White Nile Province, Sudan. Professor Salih earned an MBBS degree in 1974, an MPCH degree in 1980 (renamed MD in Clinical Pediatrics), a Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in 1982, all from the University of Khartoum. He also earned a Doctor of Medical Science in 1990 from Uppsala University in Sweden. In 2005, he was elected Fellow to The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH, UK). March 2015: Elected Fellow to the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN, USA). Currently, Prof. Salih serves as Professor of Pediatrics and Consultant Pediatric Neurologist at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He previously served as Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor of Pediatrics with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Khartoum in Sudan from 1980 to 1992.
He has published (as of November 2016) 213 scientific articles in peerreviewed medical journals, one supplement in the Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases and two supplements in the Saudi Medical Journal. He also authored two chapters in the textbook, Genetic Disorders Among Arab Populations (two editions: 1997 and 2010), one chapter in the textbook, Diseases of DNA Repair (2010) and seven chapters on pediatric neurology in the Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics (2012). His publications were highlighted by Nature (Nature Index): http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v532/n7600_supp_ni/full/532S19a.html
He is a former editor of the Sudanese Journal of Pediatrics (1985-91), a former member of the editorial board of the Sudan Medical Journal (1983-86) and Guest Editor to two Saudi Medical Journal Supplements (March 2006 and December 2014). Currently, he is the International Editor of Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics and Sudan Medical Journal. He is also a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Pediatric Neurology, The Open Neurology Journal and The International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences.
He holds a United States patent on a diagnostic method for congenital muscular dystrophy, and has evaluated new techniques for the rapid diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.
Prof. Salih was awarded the President of Sudan Prize for Distinguished Students in 1964, 2 awards from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Khartoum, the Riyadh Neuroscience Award in 1996, the Medal of Excellence by the President of Sudan in 2007, and The Saudi Neurosciences Society Award for Pioneers and Promoters of Neurosciences in Saudi Arabia in 2008, King Saud University Gold Medal in 2010, and King Saud University Life-time Scientific Achievement Award in 2014. His biography is listed in numerous International Biographical Centre, American Biographical Institute, and Marquis’ Who’s Who publications.