Magdi Yacoub


Magdi Yacoub was born in Bilbeis, Al Sharqia Governorate, Egypt on November 16th, 1935 and is the Doctor. At the age of 87, Magdi Yacoub biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
November 16, 1935
Place of Birth
Bilbeis, Al Sharqia Governorate, Egypt
87 years old
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Professor, Surgeon, University Teacher
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Cairo University
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Magdi Yacoub Career

In 1957, Yacoub graduated in medicine from Cairo University and completed two years of residencies in surgery. In 1961 or 1962 he moved to Britain to study for his fellowship while working under Sir Russell Brock, consultant surgeon at Guy's Hospital.

In 1964, he was appointed rotating surgical senior registrar to the National Heart and Chest Hospitals, where he worked with cardiothoracic surgeon Donald Ross. Here, they worked on repairing heart valves in people with severe valvular heart disease and heart failure. Four of their cases, operated on between December 1965 and October 1967, were reported on in the British Medical Journal (1968) in an article titled "Too ill for cardiac surgery?". Three had severe aortic valve disease and one had rheumatic heart disease with multiple affected valves. All four had a poor prognosis with death expected within a few days and all four survived surgery. He carried out a number of Ross procedures, where the diseased aortic valve is replaced with the person's own pulmonary valve, particularly in growing children. It became a popular alternative to the surgical treatment of aortic valve disease in young adults and avoided the need for anticoagulation and repeated operations. Yacoub modified the operation by planning remodelling of the autograft root, the Ross-Yacoub procedure, performed in carefully selected people. At a time when cardiologists may have been reluctant to refer for surgery, Yacoub's search for operable people earned him the name "Magdi's midnight stars".

Later, his application for a job at the Royal Brompton Hospital was turned down. In 1968, he moved to the United States and the following year he became Instructor and then Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago.

Later career

He retired from the National Health Service in 2001 at the age of 65.

In 2006 he led a complex operation which required removing a transplant heart from a person whose own heart had recovered. The original heart had not been removed during transplant surgery nearly a decade earlier, in the hope it might recover.

In April 2007, it was reported that a British medical research team led by Yacoub had grown part of a human heart valve from stem cells.


Magdi Yacoub Awards
  • 1988: Bradshaw Lecture, Royal College of Physicians. It was held in Sheffield.
  • 1998: Texas Heart Institute Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement in Cardiovascular Disease.
  • 1998: Elected Fellow of the Royal Society.
  • 1999: Lifetime outstanding achievement award in recognition of contribution to medicine, Secretary of State for Health (UK).
  • 2003: Golden Hippocrates International Award for Excellence in Cardiac Surgery (Moscow).
  • WHO Prize for Humanitarian Services.
  • 2004: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 24th annual meeting in San Francisco.
  • 2006: European Society of Cardiology Gold Medal.
  • 2007: Pride of Britain Award.
  • 2007: Honorary citizenships of the city of Bergamo, Italy
  • 2007: Medal of Merit, President, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.
  • 2011: Order of the Nile for science and humanity.
  • 2012: American College of Cardiology Legend of Cardiovascular Medicine.
  • 2015: Lister Medal for contributions to surgical science, presented by Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • 2019: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Achievement Award (KAHAA).

UK's longest surviving heart transplant patient dies aged 80 as tributes are paid, August 19, 2022
Steve Syer (pictured with his wife Chris, 77), who died after a short illness, was one of the first people in the UK to receive the transplant back in 1984 from a young motorbike accident victim. Mr Syer, who lived in Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, with his wife Chris, devoted his life to promoting the benefits of organ donation after receiving his transplant 38 years ago. He received his new heart from a young man who had died in a motor accident - and the surgery was performed by surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and his team at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex. Following the transplant Mr and Mrs Syer also became committed to fundraising for the British Heart Foundation. Over the years, the couple helped to raise millions of pounds for the charity in Gloucestershire.