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2018
September 20, 2018

Due to his busy schedule, Mo Salah is not able to attend our event on October 27th, 2018. Telemed Foundation is rescheduling our event for next year on September 28th, 2019. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
2017
Telemed Foundation is pleased to announce that we have donated critically needed medical equipment to Abu el Reesh Children's Hospital in Cairo, Egypt!

Thank you to all the sponsors and donors who helped make this possible!
Abu el Reesh Children's Hospital in Cairo, Egypt

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017


It is a historic day for Egyptian-American doctors helping Egypt!


Telemed Foundation conducted its first Grand Round remotely through telemedicine. Dr. Hisham Abdel Azim from USC School of Medicine and Dr. Mona Hamdy and her team from Abu el-Reesh Children’s Hospital in Cairo, Egypt were able to discuss a pediatric hematology/oncology case. Dr. Abdel Azim was able to share his expertise with his colleagues in Egypt.


Today was a great success!

2016
Telemed Foundation Fundraising Gala benefiting the
Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

September 17, 2016
Newport Beach, California

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Professor Sir Magdi H Yacoub FRS, OM

Sir Magdi Yacoub is currently Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Founder 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.


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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 and Founder 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 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.

Qualifications/Honorary Degrees

·       MB BCh Cairo University, 1957
·       FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glas), 1961
·       MRCS, LRCP (Lond), 1966
·       DSc (Hon) Brunel University, 1985
·       DSc (Hon) University of Cardiff, 1986
·       MRCP, 1986
·       PhD (Hon) University of Lund, Sweden, 1988
·       DSc (Hon) American University in Cairo, 1989
·       FRCP, 1990
·       DSc (Hon) University of Loughborough, 1990
·       DSc (Hon) University of Middlesex, 2002
·       DSc Medicine (Hon) University of Padua (Anniversary of William Harvey), 2003
·       DSc (Hon) University College Buckinghamshire Chilterns, 2004
·       Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Liege, Belgium, 2008
·       DSc Medicine (Hon) University of London (175th Anniversary Foundation Day), 2011
·       Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Coimbra, 2013
·       Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Buckingham, 2015
·       Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Oxford, 2015
·       Doctor Honoris Causa, British University in Egypt, 2015

Civil Honours

·       KB for Services to Medicine (conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1991)
·       Order of Pakistan
·       Order of Lebanon
·       City of Parma
·       Medal of the City of Athens (conferred by the Mayor of Athens, May 1998)
·       Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile (Highest State Honour conferred by the President of Egypt, January, 2011)
·       Order of Merit for Services to Science (conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2014)

Current Positions

Founder and Director of Research                  The Magdi Yacoub Institute

(Formerly Harefield Research Foundation)

                                                                        Heart Science Centre, Harefield                               


Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery              National Heart & Lung Institute at

                                                                        Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine

 
Founder and President                                    The Chain of Hope charity, London

 
Founder and Director                                      The Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, Egypt

                                                                        The Aswan Heart Centre, Egypt

 
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery              University of Florence, Italy

 
Past Clinical and Academic Appointments


1968-1969                   Instructor & Assistant Professor, Section of Cardiovascular Surgery,

                                    University of Chicago, USA

 
1969-2001                   Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Harefield Hospital, London

 
1973-1989                   Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, National Heart Hospital, London

 
1986-2001                  Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, London

 
1986-2006                  British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery,

                                    National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College Faculty of Medicine

 
Committees/External Appointments

·       Member of the Egyptian Presidential Advisory Scientists and Experts Council
·       Ethics and Governance Council, European clinical study for the application of regenerative heart valves (ESPOIR).  EU 7th Framework Programme.
·       Project Committee, European Heart for Children (charity), France.
·       Scientific Advisory Board, United Therapeutics Corporation, Washington D.C., USA
·       International Scientific Advisory Board, Cluster of Excellence Regenerative Biology to Reconstructive Therapy (REBIRTH), Hannover, Germany.
·       External Scientific Advisory Board, Heart Repair Consortium, Dept of Embryology and Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Diseases, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam
·       Steering Committee, European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS).
·       Scientific Program Board Member, High Risk Plaque Initiative (HRP).
·       Steering Group, CardioCell Consortium. EU 7th Framework Programme.
·       Review Committee, Translational excellence in Regenerative Medicine (TERM) Consortium, The Netherlands.
·       Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board, Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI).
·       Evaluation Panel, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), Braunschweig, Germany. Quinquennial Evaluation of the Division of Molecular Biotechnology (MBIO) and the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis (MPAT).
·       Scientific Advisory Board, TransMedics Inc., Andover, Massachusetts, USA
·       Egyptian Council for Science & Technology (Health), (?2008-?2010)
·       Board of Trustees, Zewail City for Science and Technology, Cairo.
·       Board of Trustees, American University in Cairo.
·       Board of Trustees, British University in Egypt.
·       Executive Committee and Past President, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS)
·       British Standards Institute, Expert Reviewer, UK.
·       Chairman, Royal Society Role Models Project, UK.
·       Governor, The Harefield Academy, Harefield, UK.
·       Special Envoy to the NHS (2001-)
·       International Advisory Board, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Saudi Arabia. (2000-)
·       Board of Trustees – Library of Alexandria, Egypt (2013 – 2016)
·       European Heart for Children – Global Forum Project Committee
·       Steering Committee Newton Mosharafa Fund


Awards

2016    Ron Haddock AHA/ASA International Impact Award
2015    Lister Medal for contribution to surgical science
2012    Bakoulev Award for Cardiovascular Surgery, Bakoulev Scientific Centre for Cardiovascular        Surgery, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences
2012    Legend of Cardiovascular Medicine, American College of Cardiology
2011    Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain & Ireland.
2007    Medal of Merit, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences
2007    Pride of Britain Lifetime Achievement Award
2006    European Society of Cardiology Gold Medal
2006    Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian

Medical Services (Chain of Hope)

2004    International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation Lifetime Achievement Award
2003    Golden Hippocrates International Award for Excellence in Cardiac Surgery
            (Moscow)
2003    WHO Prize for Humanitarian Services (Geneva)
2003    Lifetime Achievement Award, Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference and
            Symposium on Aortic Valve Sparing Surgery
2001    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Heart Failure Summit: Kaufman Awardee
2000    The People’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (UK)
1999    Lifetime outstanding achievement award in recognition of contribution to medicine.

UK Secretary of State for Health.

1998   Texas Heart Institute “Ray C. Fish” Award for Scientific Achievement in CV
            Disease         

Fellowships/Member of Professional Bodies and Societies

·       Fellow of the Royal Society (UK) 1999
·       Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK)
·       Co-Founder and Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences (UK)
·       British Transplantation Society
·       Society of Thoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
·       British Cardiac Society
·       Co-Founder, Past President and Fellow of The Society for Heart Valve Disease
·       Foreign Member, Académie des sciences, Institut de France
·       Fellow, American College of Cardiology
·       American Association of Thoracic Surgeons
·       European Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons
·       German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons
·       German Cardiac Society
·       Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
·       Scandinavian Society of Thoracic Surgeons
·       Hon. Member, Japanese Society of Surgeons
·       Egyptian Society of Cardiology
·       Hon. Member, South African Society of Cardiology
·       Hon. Member, Pakistan Cardiac Society
·       Hon. Member, Indian Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons
·       Hon. Fellow, Academie Royale de Medecine de Belqique
·       Hon. Member, International Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons
·       Hon. Member, Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand
 
Editorial/Advisory Boards of Journals

Current:

·       Founding Co-Editor, Disease Models and Mechanisms
·       Founding Editor, Aswan Heart Centre Science & Practice
·       Nature Reviews Cardiology (formerly Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine)
·       Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
·       Clinical Cardiology
·       Journal of Heart Valve Disease
·       Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
·       Global Heart Journal
·       Global Cardiology Science and Practice
·       World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery


Past:

·       Circulation
·       European Heart Journal
·       Journal of Heart & Lung Transplantation
·       Current Opinion in Cardiology (Coronary Artery Surgery)
·       Coronary Artery Disease (Surgical Editor)
·       International Journal of Surgery
·       JTCVS
·       Annual of Cardiac Surgery


Overview of Achievements

Developed original operations for several complex heart conditions which include:


Transposition of the great arteries in babies.
Double outlet right ventricle (Taussig Bing Anomaly).
Single ventricle.
Valve conserving operation for aneurysms of the ascending aorta including patients with Marfan’s syndrome.
Mitral valve replacement using homograft or autograft aortic valve (the Top Hat operation).
Mobilisation of the right and left fibrous trigones for sub-aortic stenosis.
Trans-aortic repair of the syndrome of prolapsing aortic cusp and VSD.
Total heart transplantation with bi-caval anastomosis
En-block double lung transplantation with revascularisation of the bronchial arteries.
Valve conserving operation for aneurysm of the ascending aorta.


Established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world.  More than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed.  Developed the Domino operation in combination with heart and lung transplantation.  This is particularly useful for patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Developed a novel combination therapy utilising left ventricular assist devices and non-pharmacologic therapy to reverse end stage heart failure.  This technique is expected to have a major impact on patients with severe heart failure and could act as an alternative to transplantation in approximately 40% of patients who require heart transplant.

Established the Harefield Heart Science Centre (now known as The Magdi Yacoub Institute) which acts as a base for over 60 scientists dedicated to research in heart disease at molecular and cellular levels as well as clinical research.  The research is currently developing cell transplantation, gene therapy to the heart muscle as well as tissue engineering of a heart valve.

Established the Chain of Hope charity which is dedicated to the treatment of needy children in developing countries.  The charity operates by sending missions to the countries concerned where children are treated in collaboration with the local centre.  The Chain of Hope also helps to establish and/or equip new units to treat the children.  In addition, the Chain of Hope brings children to the UK where they are treated free of charge and are hosted by local families.  The Chain of Hope, in collaboration with The Magdi Yacoub Institute, are helping to establish a research institute in Mozambique dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating unique local heart diseases which affect children in Africa, such as endomyocardial fibrosis in addition to rheumatic fever.


Selected Publications (from over 1400)

MH. Yacoub et al. Taking Cardiac Surgery to the people. J Cardiovasc Transl Res, vol. 7, no.9, pp. 797-802, Dec. 2014.

MH. Yacoub. Establishing pediatric cardiovascular services in the developing world: a wake-up call. Circulation, vol. 116, no. 17, pp. 1876–8, Oct. 2007.

S. Yacoub, A. O. Mocumbi, and MH. Yacoub. Neglected tropical cardiomyopathies: I. Chagas disease: myocardial disease. Heart (British Cardiac Society), vol. 94, no. 2, pp. 244–8, Feb. 2008.

O. Mocumbi, S. Yacoub, and MH. Yacoub. Neglected tropical cardiomyopathies: II. Endomyocardial fibrosis: myocardial disease. Heart (British Cardiac Society), vol. 94, no. 3, pp. 384–90, Mar. 2008.

Krishnamoorthy N, Yacoub MH, Yaliraki SN. A computational modeling approach for enhancing self-assembly and biofunctionalisation of collagen biomimetic peptides. Biomaterials. 2011 Oct;32(30):7275-85

Yacoub MH, Terracciano CM. Bridge to recovery and the search for decision nodes. Circ Heart Fail. 2011 Jul 1;4(4):393-5.

El-Hamamsy I, Ibrahim M, Stevens LM, Witzke H, Clark L, Yacoub MH. Early and long-term results of reoperative total aortic root replacement with reimplantation of the coronary arteries. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 May 7.

El-Hamamsy I, Eryigit Z, Stevens LM, Sarang Z, George R, Clark L, Melina G, Takkenberg JJ, Yacoub MH. Long-term outcomes after autograft versus homograft aortic root replacement in adults with aortic valve disease: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2010 Aug 14;376(9740): 524-31.

Yacoub MH, El-Hamamsy I. Valvular disease: The private life of tissue valves. 2010 Aug. Nat Rev Cardiol. 7:424-426.

Yacoub MH. Intervention: LVADs - from an imaginative leap to clinical decision making. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2010 May;7(5):246-8.

El-Hamamsy I, Clark L, Stevens LM, Sarang Z, Melina G, Takkenberg JJ, Yacoub MH. Late outcomes following freestyle versus homograft aortic root replacement: results from a prospective randomized trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Jan 26;55(4):368-76.

Terracciano CM, Miller LW, Yacoub MH. Contemporary use of ventricular assist devices. Annu Rev Med. 2010;61:255-70. Review.

El-Hamamsy I, Yacoub MH. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of thoracic aortic aneurysms. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2009 Dec;6(12):771-86.

Tsang V, Yacoub M, Sridharan S, Burch M, Radley-Smith R, Khaghani A, Savoldo B, Amrolia PJ. Late donor cardiectomy after paediatric heterotopic cardiac transplantation. Lancet. 2009 Aug 1;374(9687):387-92.

Mocumbi AO, Ferreira MB, Sidi D, Yacoub MH.  A population study of endomyocardial fibrosis in a rural area of Mozambique.  N Engl J Med. 2008 Jul 3;359(1):43-9.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.  Bioengineering the Heart issue. Eds Magdi Yacoub and Robert Nerem. 2007 vol 362(1484): 1251-1518.

Birks EJ, Tansley PD, Hardy J, George RS, Bowles CT, Burke M, Banner NR, Khaghani A, Yacoub MH. Reversal of severe heart failure with left ventricular assist and pharmacologic therapy. N Engl J Med. 2006 Nov 2; 355(18):1873-84.

 






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