Dr Al-Hazzaa was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, married to Mr. Abdulla Al Obaidalla, Executive Director of University Certificates Equivalency Ministry of Higher Education with 3 children:
Dr Meshaal 9/90 (Physician), Naif 8/91 (Business Administration), and Engineer Hala 9/92 (Architectural Engineering).
Dr Al-Hazzaa is a Consultant of Ophthalmology since 1993 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Head of Ophthalmology since 1997 (first Saudi female physician to hold this position), Chairman of Ophthalmology since 2015, and Chairman of Ophthalmology (March 2015-Present).
Dr. Al-Hazzaa ia an adjunct Clinical Professor in University of Southern California (June 2015- Present).
Dr Al-Hazzaa was appointed by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in January 11, 2013, among 30 women as a member to the Majlis Al-Shura (Saudi Parliament) in a historical move, allowing women for the first time to be part of the kingdoms formal advisory body.
Dr Al-Hazzaa is a Professor of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Al-Faisal University in 2011 (first female physician).
Dr Al-Hazzaa is a Senior Clinical Scientist, in Research Centre since 2008 and Consultant in Genetics in Research Center since 2009, at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center.
Dr Al-Hazzaa was an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD., U.S.A., in 2003-2009 (first Saudi Female Physician from the Middle East).
Dr Al-Hazzaa was appointed as Senior Advisor to Minister of Health 2007-2008, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In 1995, Dr Al-Hazzaa was The First Saudi Female Physcian appointed to the Medical Advisory Council, the strongest governing body of King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dr Al-Hazzaa was the first female physcian to join as a member of the Executive Board of the Saudi Ophthalmologic Society (SOS) in 1996. In 1997, she was nominated Chairman of Continuing Medical Education at SOS (first female physician). During this tenure, Dr Al-Hazzaa was Chairman (first female physician) of Saudi Ophthalmology in 1999, 2000, and 2001 (major annual meeting of SOS and King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH).
Dr Al-Hazzaa became a member of the Editorial Board of the Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology in 1997, and then became the Associate Editor in 1998-2008 (first female physcian). She was also a member of the Editorial Board of the prestigious "Ophthalmic Genetics" Journal in the USA in 1997-2005. Dr Al-Hazzaa was the Assistant Editor of the "Middle East Journal of Ophthalmology" from 1992-1996 (first female physcian). Dr Al-Hazzaa is on the Editorial Board of the "Archives of Ophthalmology," since 2005, & the "Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology" since 2006 representing the Middle East (first Saudi Female from Middle East).
Dr Al-Hazzaa was an Executive Board Member of the "Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology," representing Saudi Arabia (1999-2005). In addition, Dr Al-Hazzaa was a member of the Ministry of Health Central Committee in Riyadh (2001) and International Faculty in the "International Ocular Inflammation Society," representing the Middle East (2002).
Dr Al-Hazzaa was also the President of the "Woman Promotion Forum" at Prince Salman Disability and Research Center in Riyadh (2002-2004); and a member of the "Global Diabetic Retinopathy Task Force" in the U.S.A. representing the Middle East (2002).
Dr Al-Hazzaa was elected as an Executive Member of the "International Council of Ophthalmology" (ICO), the highest rank in ophthalmology worldwide, being the youngest member; the first female from the Middle East, and the only female ophthalmologist from the 5 continents in 2002-2006 and reappointed in 2006-2010.
Dr Al-Hazzaa is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in Edinburgh, England (1996) and Fellow of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, U.S.A. (1993). Dr Al-Hazzaa has completed a two-year Fellowship in Retina Vascular Center, Hereditary Eye Center and Eye Pathology Laboratory at the Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, U.S.A. (1990-1993). Dr Al-Hazzaa has also completed a one-year Fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed, in Washington DC, U.S.A. (1989-1990).
Dr Al-Hazzaa was the first Saudi physcian to receive the Best Research Award of the SOS in 1986, on Corneal Ulcers after PKP as the first research on PKP, and again in 1995 on Ocular Sickle Cell Disease, where the disease was categorized for the first time. Dr Al-Hazzaa was chosen as a "Resident of the Year" at KKESH (1986). Dr Al-Hazzaa also received numerous recognition awards from KFSHRC as well as various and numerous institutes in the Arab country.
Locally, Dr Al-Hazzaa received the prestigious "Gold Medal Award" of the SOS from HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Al-Saud, President of the SOS in 1999 (first Saudi). Dr Al-Hazzaa also received an award from Oom Al-Gura University for her medical, scientific, & humanitarian efforts in Saudi Arabia in year 2000.
Dr Al-Hazzaa was named Arab Woman of the Year in the field of Medicine & Community Services in 2005 from the Arab Women Studies Center in Paris, France.
Forbes International Magazine chose Dr Al-Hazzaa as one of The Most Powerful Arab Women for year 2005" and was again chosen as the "Arab Woman for year 2006".
Dr Al-Hazzaa was awarded as a "Distinguished Saudi Women in Medicine & Health for 2015" from Sayidaty Awards. Dr Al-Hazzaa was also awarded both the "Arab Women Award in Medical Field and the "Arab Women Life Award and Achievement Award" by Arab Women Award for 2015. Dr Al-Hazzaa was Honorary Guest Speaker at the King Abdulaziz Center for Gifted in 2007, the Honorary Guest at the Janadriya Heritage Annual Festival in 2007; awarded Sheikh Abdulmagsood Khoja award in 2008 and Al-Muftah award for scientific contribution by HRH P. Faisal bin Khalid in 2009 and 2010. Dr Al-Hazzaa was the first Guest of Honor for Cultural Attach in United Arab Emirates for 1st Creative Forum for Saudi Students in the UAE Universities in 2010. Dr Al-Hazzaa was the Honorary Guest at Empowering Woman, Saudi Women of Tomorrow Forum, Orbit of Development for Empowerment Consultants (ODEC), in Jeddah in 2011. Dr A Hazzaa was also a Guest speaker in the 29th Graduating Class of 2011, Striving for a Better Future, in Jeddah. Dr Al-Hazzaa was an invited Guest Speaker in the International Forum on Women in Science & Technology in Muslim Countries held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011 (first and only Saudi female). In addition, Dr Al- Hazzaa was a Guest Speaker in PROBE Forum on Women in Increasing Womens Interest in and Participation in Politics/ Public Policy South Carolina, USA, in 2011. Dr Al-Hazzaa was a Guest Speaker in US Saudi Business Opportunities Forum, Atlanta, USA, in 2011 and Los Angles; California in 2013. Since joining Alshura2013-2016) Dr Al-Hazzaa has attended various delegatory parliamentary meetings in States; Canada; Great Britian and Europe.
As for medical breakthrough; in 1993 Dr Al-Hazzaa introduced the Protocol for Retinopathy of Prematurity and adopted according to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions standard's. In 1994 Dr Al-Hazzaa was the first to treat Retinopathy of Prematurity using the Diode Laser in the Middle East. In 1995 the first Multi-Wavelength Laser was utilized to treat diabetic retinopathy in the Middle East by Dr Al-Hazzaa. In 1997 the first Intravitreal Ganciclovir Implant (Vitrasert) for AIDS patients was performed by Dr Al-Hazzaa in the Middle East. Dr Al-Hazzaa was the Attending Ophthalmologist to his late Majesty King Fahad bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 1999 - 2005. In 2000, Dr Al Hazzaa was the first to use Photodynamic Therapy to treat Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) in the Gulf Region. In 2005, Dr Al-Hazzaa was the first Physician to use Bevizumib (Avastin) for patients in Middle East. In 2006, Dr Al-Hazzaa was the first to use Ranibizumab (Lucentis) for ARMD patients in Middle East.
Dr Al-Hazzaa has organized numerous seminars on eye diseases nationally and internationally, and is a professional member of 16 international and national ophthalmic societies. Dr Al-Hazzaa is an Executive Board Member of the Saudi Committee for the Development of International Trade (CIT), of the Council of the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2001 and was the Executive Chairman of "Friends of Saudi Arabia" in 2004-2007 lecturing in various cities in the USA, Europe, and Middle East, bridging and promoting the image and relationships of Saudi Arabia internationally. Currently, Dr Al-Hazzaa is an executive member of Saudi British Council since 2012.
Dr Al-Hazzaa was an official advisor to the Majlis Al Shura (Consultative Council) in 2002-2004 and was the key factor in Majlis Al Shura Joining the Parliament in 2003.
Dr Al-Hazzaa has published 68 international papers, including 7 book chapters; the most important in Duanes International Ophthalmology, on Genetic Eye Diseases in Saudi Arabia (first ophthalmologist), and concluded 7 book reviews. Dr Al-Hazzaa attended 272 symposia and presented 86 lectures in the locally; nationally and internationally. She was an invited international guest speaker in 71 lectures and an invited local speaker in 86 lectures. Dr Al Hazzaa is currently undergoing 14 approved research projects and has had over 423 local; national and international television, radio & newspaper interviews.