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Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub FRS, OM

Sir Magdi Yacoub is currently Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London andFounder and Director of Research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute) overseeing over 60 scientists and students in the areas of tissue engineering, myocardial regeneration, stem cell biology, end stage heart failure and transplant immunology. He is also Founder and Director of Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation which has created the Aswan Heart Center. Aswan Heart Centre is dedicated to: 1) Offering state-of-the art medical services free of charge to all patients regardless of color, religion, or gender; 2) Training a generation of young Egyptian doctors, nurses, scientists, and technicians at the highest international standards; 3) Advancing basic science and applied research as an integral component of the program and promoting biomedical research in Egypt.

Professor Yacoub was born in Egypt and graduated from Cairo University Medical School in 1957, trained in London and held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Chicago.  He is a former BHF Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery for over 20 years and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Harefield Hospital from 1969-2001 and Royal Brompton Hospital from 1986-2001.  Professor Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed.  He has also developed novel operations for a number of complex congenital heart anomalies. He was knighted for his services to medicine and surgery in 1991, and awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list. He has also been awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and Fellowship of The Royal Society in 1999.  A lifetime outstanding achievement award in recognition of his contribution to medicine was presented to Professor Yacoub by the Secretary of State for Health in the same year. In March 2012 he was recognised as a Legend of Cardiovascular Medicine by the ACC and in October 2015 received the Lister Medal for his contribution to surgical science.

Research led by Professor Yacoub include tissue engineering heart valves, myocardial regeneration, novel left ventricular assist devices and wireless sensors with collaborations within Imperial College, nationally and internationally.  He has also supervised over 18 higher degree (PhD/MD) students and published over 1,000 articles.

Sir Magdi has an active interest in global healthcare delivery with particular focus on developing programmes in Egypt, The Gulf Region, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Burundi and Jamaica.  He is Founder and President of the Chain of Hope charity, treating children with correctable cardiac conditions from war-torn and developing countries and establishing training and research programmes in local cardiac units.