Born and educated in Cairo, Sir Magdi Yacoub is recognised as being one of the best cardiothoracic surgeons in the world.
He initially came to the UK in 1961 after graduating from Cairo University Medical School in 1957 and returned in 1968 after a stint as a junior assistant professor at the University of Chicago. He’s performed bypass surgery on Egyptian actor Omar Sharif and Saudi Arabia’s Adnan Khashoggi. Yacoub is the founder of the Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute) and oversees over 60 scientists and students in the areas of tissue engineering, myocardial regeneration, stem cell biology, end stage heart failure and transplant immunology. Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1991.