Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub(1935-), Cardiothoracic surgeon
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Born into a Coptic Christian family in Egypt. Yacoub studied at Cairo University, qualifying as a doctor (1957). Moving to Britain in 1962, he later became a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Harefield Hospital (1973). As a visiting professor, he was amongst a team that performed the first open heart surgery at the University of Nigeria (1974). Under his leadership, the Harefield Hospital transplant programme began in 1980, by the end of the decade and after over 1000 procedures being performed by his team, the hospital had become a leading UK transplant centre. Appointed professor at the National Heart and Lung Institute (1986), he was involved in the development of the techniques of heart and heart-lung transplantation. Following retirement from the NHS he continues to operate on children through his charity Chain of Hope.