Daoud Hanania has several firsts under his belt; he performed the first heart transplant in the Arab world at the King Hussein Medical Centre in Jordan in 1985 and the first kidney transplant in the Arab world in 1973.
He was director of the King Hussein Medical centre between 1973 and 1976 and then served as head of the Royal Medical Services of the Jordanian Armed Forces until 1988. He has served as a senator in the country’s parliament for five terms, and was elected for a sixth term in 2011. Hanania played a key role in the founding of the Arab Centre for Heart and Special Surgery.
Today, Hanania has a private practice. He sees patients regularly at the new Hanania Centre in Amman and performs cardiovascular surgery operations mostly at the Arab Medical Centre and the Khalidi Medical Centre and occasionally at the Islamic Hospital and the Amman Surgical Hospital.
He was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Foundation in 1999 and elected President for Life of the Jordan Cardiothoracic Society in 2005. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Al Quds University and a member of both the Denton A Cooley Cardiovascular Society and the Michael E DeBakey International Cardiovascular Society.
On 23 November 2011, he delivered the Annual Memorial Lecture for the sixteenth Pan-Arab and eighth Jordanian Orthopedic Associations Congress. The lecture, held in Amman, was attended by close to 700 medical professionals.