Glen and Marilyn Nelson Award for Innovation and Translation in Cardiovascular Medicine

Established by the ISCTR Board of Directors, the Glen and Marilyn Nelson Award for Innovation and Translation in Cardiovascular Medicine honors leaders in translational cardiovascular medicine. This video provides more information about the award and its pioneering namesakes.

This Year’s Recipient

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, MD, FRS, FACC

Sir Magdi Yacoub is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Founder and Director of Research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute), overseeing more than 60 scientists and students in the areas of tissue engineering, myocardial regeneration, stem cell biology, end stage heart failure and transplant immunology. He is also Founder and Director of Magdi Yacoub Research Network, which has created the Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center in collaboration with Qatar Foundation and Hamad Medical Corporation. The International Liaison for ISCTR, Dr. Yacoub is reputed to have performed more heart transplants than anyone else in the world.

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 through 2001 and Royal Brompton Hospital from 1986 to 2001 in England. Professor Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation program 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 United Kingdom Secretary of State for Health in the same year. In 2012, the American College of Cardiology honored Dr. Yacoub as a Legend of Cardiovascular Medicine.

The author of more than 1,000 articles, Dr. Yacoub has led research that includes tissue engineering heart valves, myocardial regeneration, novel left ventricular assist devices, and wireless sensors with collaborations within Imperial College, in the United Kingdom, and internationally.

Dr. Yacoub has an active interest in global health care delivery with particular focus developing programs in Egypt, The Gulf Region, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Jamaica. He is Founder and President of the Chain of Hope charity, treating children with correctable cardiac conditions from war-torn and developing countries and establishing training and research programs in local cardiac units.