Designation: Heart Surgeon
Country: UK (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, 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.
Dr Yacoub also established the Chain of Hope Charity which provides cardiothoracic surgical care to the developing world.