Magdi Yacoub

Magdi Yacoub


Magdi Yacoub is a Coptic Egyptian-British cardiothoracic surgeon born on 16 November 1935, In Belbin, Ashraya, Egypt.

Family Background:

His father had been a general surgeon and inspired him to become a doctor.

Personal Life:

Magdi married Marianne. The couple has three children. Their oldest daughter, Lisa, who works as the UK coordinator for Chain of Hope, while his youngest daughter is a doctor specializing in tropical medicine.


He had entered the Cairo University College of Medicine at the age of 15 on a full scholarship and completed his graduation in 1957 and qualifying as a doctor.


In 1962, He had moved to London and worked in leading hospitals in cardiac surgery for the next 40 years. Considered a pioneer in his field, He is recognized as one of the world’s most respected cardiac surgeons. In 1968, He had taken a short break to teach in the United States. He had Spent a year as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago and after one year, He had returned to London to resume his work in the UK. Upon his return to the UK, He started work as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Harefield Hospital. He worked in this capacity from 1969 –2001. In 1986, While still working at Harefield Hospital, He had become a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital. In the same year, He had been appointed as a professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart & Lung Institute. In 1995, He had founded the UK-based children’s charity ‘Chain of Hope’ which treats children with correctible cardiac conditions from war-torn and developing countries. In 2008, He founded the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation. The foundation had been responsible to establish the Aswan Heart Centre in 2009 to provide free medical services for those in need.

Magdi Yacoub

Unknown Facts:

  • Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub is his real name.

Master Stroke:

  • He is one of the world’s leading cardiac surgeons, who had established techniques that include tissue engineering heart valves, the novel left ventricular assist devices and wireless sensors for heart patients. In addition, He had developed a system for switching heart vessels of babies born with congenital heart defects.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1992, He had been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to medicine and surgery.
  • In 1998, He had been awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • He received the Medal of Merit from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.
  • He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Magdi Yacoub, Do your work with full of concentrate, Never think about other people’s opinions. Believe in yourself.

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