Magdi Yacoub


1935 –


Who is Magdi Yacoub?

Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub, OM, FRS is an Egyptian-born British cardiothoracic surgeon. He is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Imperial College London.

Yacoub's major achievements may be summarised:

establishing heart transplantation in UK and becoming the world's leading transplant surgeon

establishing and becoming a master of the "Ross Procedure" or pulmonary autograft, including a randomised control trial

pioneering the modern arterial switch operation

promoting the use of left ventricular assist devices for the 'Bridge to Recovery' and establishing the largest experience in the world

establishing the Heart Science Centre, Magdi Yacoub Institute for research into the causes and treatment of cardiac disease

establishing the Chain of Hope Charity which provides cardiothoracic surgical care to the developing world

championing academic medicine, humanitarian surgery and becoming an example of a minority surgeon who has flourished in an institution-dominated field.

He was involved in the restart of British heart transplantion in 1980, carried out the first British live lobe lung transplant and went on to perform more transplants than any other surgeon in the world. A 1980 patient, Derrick Morris, was Europe's longest surviving heart transplant recipient until his death in July 2005. A March 1978 heart by-pass patient continues to live a very active and fruitful life.

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Nov 16, 1935
Also known as
  • Dr. Magdi Yacoub
  • Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub
  • Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub, FRS
  • Egypt
  • United Kingdom
  • Bachelor's degree, Faculty of Medicine Cairo University
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England

on July 23, 2013


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