Aswan Heart Center - Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub FRS, OM

Honorary President
Professor 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 Magdi Yacoub
Heart Centre. Professor Yacoub is also the Founder and Director of Research at Harefield Heart Science Centre (The Magdi Yacoub Institute) overseeing over 60 scientists and students in the areas of tissue     
engineering heart valves, myocardial regeneration, novel left ventricular assist devices, stem cell biology,
end stage heart failure and transplant immunology.

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 2001-1969 and Royal Brompton Hospital from 2001-1986. 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.

A world pioneer in heart surgery, Professor Yacoub received the highest award possible from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2014, the Order of Merit, for his services to humanitarian work and the fight against 
cardiovascular disease. He was knighted for his services to medicine and surgery in 1991 and awarded 
the 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.

In Egypt, Professor Yacoub was awarded the order of the Nile in 2011, the highest state honour. 
Dedicated to global healthcare delivery, Sir Magdi founded the Chain of Hope in 1995 treating children 
with  correctable cardiac conditions from war-torn and developing countries and establishing training 
and  research programmes in local cardiac units.

Professor Magdy Ishak, FRCS, CCIM, FRSM

Vice Chairman And Acting CEO
Professor Magdy Ishak was born in Egypt in 1947, and currently lives in London, UK. He graduated from Ain Shams Medical School in Egypt and was trained as an Orthopaedic and Spinal surgeon in the 
United Kingdom. During his Medical career, he pioneered the work on lower limb graded pressure 
stockings which reduce the risk of DVT and Pulmonary Embolism, currently these stockings are used 
worldwide in all type of surgeries.

Professor Ishak was instrumental in the adaptation of the ISO 9001 in healthcare accreditation, he was  
chosen by his peers as an Honorary Companion Charter Institute of Management, he also teaches 
Healthcare Economics to MBA students and was made Freeman of the City of Glasgow for his Civic 
work.

He is a senior judicator in disputes between government and private healthcare providers in the
UK. Professor Ishak is one of the early participants in PPP and has three major projects with the British National health service including the Neuroscience Institute in Preston University. 

Professor Ishak is the Chairman of the Egyptian Medical Society-UK, Vice Chairman of the British 
Egyptian Society, he is member of the IOD, and the Supervisory Board of London Middle East Institute 
London University. Professor Ishak is one of the leading entrepreneurs in UK healthcare, his 
entrepreneurship has created a wealth of GBP 800 Million. He is the former founder and CEO of Scotcare group, Crestacare PLC, and Covenant Healthcare Group, and currently he is the Executive Chairman of Optive Group.

Dr. Ahmed El Gunidy MSC, MD, MRCP, FACC

Chief, Adult Cardiology Department
Dr. El Guindy is a Consultant Cardiologist and Chief of the Department of Cardiology at the Aswan Heart Centre. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London - UK and a visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Sciences and Engineering at the American University in Cairo. Dr. El Guindy studied at Cairo University where he also pursued his postgraduate training, acquiring both Master and Doctorate degrees in Cardiovascular Medicine. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom since 2007 and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology since 2015. He treats adult patients with various cardiac disorders and specializes
in Interventional Cardiology with special interest in coronary physiology, intracoronary imaging, chronic total occlusions, and trans-catheter heart valve interventions.

Dr. El Guindy currently serves as the Clinical Deputy Director of Research at the Aswan Research Centre and has over 30 publications in international peer-review journals, and is coauthor of a textbook on Cardiovascular Medicine. He serves on the Management Committee of the Aswan Heart Centre since 2010, and continues to be heavily involved in strategic planning, clinical 
 governance and quality improvement at the Centre.

Dr. Ahmed Afifi MD, FRCS (CTH), FACC

Chief, Cardiac Surgery Department
Dr. Afifi is a consultant cardiac surgeon at Aswan Heart Centre with a special interest in valve reconstructive surgery. Dr. Afifi is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of the United Kingdom and is certified from Egypt and the UK in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He has made valuable contributions in the establishment of the Aswan Heart Centre “Heart Team» which serves as the essence of medical practice at the centre. Currently Dr. Afifi heads the
cardiac surgery department and continues to be in charge of improving clinical outcomes through audit. Dr. Afifi is also interested in training, he has maintained an active surgical fellowship programme which involves trainees from all around Egypt.

Mr Ahmed Soliman

Chief Operating Officer And Director Of Finance
Mr. Soliman is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance at the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation. Mr. Soliman holds a Bachelor's degree from Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration – English, Helwan University. He is a certified and member of the Institute of Internal Control, New Jersey, USA.

Mr. Soliman served as an Audit and Business Advisory Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers were he provided audit, due diligence, valuation and internal control validation for more than 65 multinational and Egyptian companies including several stock exchange listed companies in various lines of business. He was a  member of the PwC Technical Consultation committee
and was selected as an Audit Manager and Instructor at PwC, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
Mr. Soliman got his training on Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) – a United States Federal Law- at PwC Beirut and was assigned to be the head of team ensuring compliance by US companies working in Egypt.

Mr. Soliman was a member of the USAID committee that created policies and procedures applied later on many of USAID programs, and was also responsible for the reporting on compliance of many institutions funded by USAID.

Mr. Soliman held the position of Finance Manager at Ideavelopers, a Venture Capital Firm subsidiary of EFG Hermes and was a member of the Investment Committee of Technology Development Fund – a 50$ million fund focused on early stage technology companies.

Dr. Mohamed Zakaria, MD, TQM, Msc

Hospital Director

Dr. Mohamed Zakaria is currently the Hospital Director; Dr. Zakaria started his career as an Intensive care physician dealing with patients who underwent complex cardiac procedures.

He joined Aswan Heart Centre in 2010 and became the head of the Adult intensive care unit. During his time at Aswan Heart Centre, Dr. Zakaria showed interest in managerial aspects; therefore, He joined the executive team as the hospital deputy director in 2015.

Dr. Zakaria became the Hospital Director in 2016; he finished his masters' degree in hospital logistics. He is leading a team of more than 700 employees to accomplish the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation's mission in providing world-class Treatment, Training, and Research.

Yasmine Aguib, DR. RER. NAT.

Deputy Director, Life Sciences & Molecular Research
Yasmine Aguib holds a Masters and a Doctoral Degree in Molecular Medicine and Biotechnology from the Technische Universität München (Germany) and is heading the Life Sciences Department at the Aswan Heart Centre – Magdi Yacoub Foundation. She holds an Honorary Research Fellowship at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London – UK, is Young Co-PI in the Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Networks of Excellence for ‘Redox Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Renewal’ and adjunct Professor at the American University in Cairo.

Dr. Aguib has received several awards, such as the DAAD Fellowship for Young Researchers, the Presidential Science & Engineering Research Fellowship and the Governor’s Award for Distinguished Research. She worked in the field of Protein Engineering, where she contributed to the design of bispecific antibodies for cancer therapy in collaboration with Pieris GmbH. Afterwards she focused on understanding molecular mechanisms of Proteinopathies and neurodegenerative diseases in frame of the Special National Research Program SFB 596 in collaboration with the LMU, Rocky Mountain Labs, Novartis, and the Mizushima Lab with a special focus on the role of Autophagy and related mechanisms. In frame of the German Excellence Initiative she was appointed scientific consultant to the TUM president in the fields of life sciences and international strategic alliances where she contributed to the establishment of the TUM.Global Strategy and the EuroTech Universities Alliance. She is also a member of the Advisory Board Member of the Biology Department at the American University in Cairo.

In her role as a Deputy Director for Life Sciences Research at the AHC, she is contributing to the implementation and execution of AHC Research Strategy. Together with the Life Sciences Team, she focuses on understanding the role of molecular determinants of Heart disease, its etiology and manifestation in the Egyptian and North African population and on contributing to the advancement of genomic CV medicine in Africa and globally.

Mrs. Zeina Tawakol

Executive Director

Mrs. Zeina Tawakol is the Executive Director of the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation. She has extensive experience in the fields of sustainable development and healthcare policy.


Mrs. Tawakol has been involved in the planning and structuring of both the world-renowned Aswan Heart Centre, and the new Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre – Cairo, working closely with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.


Mrs. Tawakol holds a master’s degree in health policy from Imperial College-London.

Dr. Emad Nasr

Associate consultant of pediatric cardiac intensive care

Dr. Emad Nasr is an associate consultant of pediatric cardiac intensive care.

Dr. Emad graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, and has his residency and Training at Abo El Reech children's hospital, Cairo University, joined the PCICU team in Aswan Heart Centre in 2011.

He established with Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla the PCICU at Aswan Heart Centre; he trained many intensivists in the field of post cardiothoracic surgery ICU in children.

Dr. Emad showed interest in the managerial aspect; since 2015 and in addition to his medical duties, he became Aswan Heart Centre vice director, and starting from 2019, he is deputizing prof. Yacoub as the medical director. 

Mahmoud Abdelhay, BSN, RN, CPHQ.

Director of Nursing at Magdi Yacoub Foundation (MYF) in Egypt

Mr. Mahmoud Abdelhay is the Director of Nursing at Magdi Yacoub Foundation (MYF) in Egypt.
Prior to joining MYF, Abdelhay began his career by working as a staff nurse for six years in a variety of intensive care units (neonatal, Post-operative, and medical) at government and private hospitals in Egypt.

In 2010, he started the journey to becoming a Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Nurse at Magdi Yacoub Foundation, completed the international course of Cardiothoracic Nursing, and progressed from a staff nurse to Head nurse for the Pediatric and the Adult ICU. His experience encompasses delivering quality, patient-centred care and specialized skills in intensive care, which strengthening his capacity to become the Director Of Nursing.

Mr. Abdelhay holds a bachelor of nursing practice from the University of Aswan. His passion for identifying ways to improve patient care quality allowed him to advance his career to be certified as an American Heart Association Instructor. As a professional leader in healthcare, he is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Currently, he joined ESLSCA University on Master of Business Administration program. He also had opportunities to be trained internationally at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, UK. At Istanbul, Turkey Medtronic Centre of Innovation, at Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and participated at Bremen, Germany in the International Medical Class Pediatric Critical Care Conference.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Abdelhay has focused on developing a professional practice culture through supporting work-based research and quality improvement projects to assure ongoing capacity building for the nursing leadership and professional clinical educators. He is also interested in developing evidence-based practice champions to guide clinical nursing practice to identify opportunities for continuous improvement in patient care quality.

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Dr. Abdelrahman El Afifi

Head of Pediatric cardiology department

Dr. Ahmed Afifi

Head of Cardiac surgery department

Dr. Ahmed El Dowaik

Head of Adult ICU department

Dr. Ahmed El Guindy

Head of Adult cardiology department

Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla

Head of Pediatric ICU department

Dr. Mohamed El Ashhat

Head of perfusion department

Dr. Mohamed El Gohary

Head of Anesthesia department

Dr. Wessam El Mozy

Head of Radiology department

Mr. Mahmoud Abdelhay

Nursing director

Dr. Hatem Hosny

Consultant of cardiac surgery

Dr. Mohamed Adel El Maghawry

Consultant of cardiology and EPS

Dr. Soha Romieh

Consultant of Pediatric cardiology Director of advanced cardiovascular lab

Dr. Ahmed Hassan

Associate consultant of Cardiology

Dr. Ahmed Mahgoub

Associate consultant of cardiac surgery

Dr. Ahmed Samir

Associate consultant of Cardiology

Dr. Amr Farrag

Associate consultant of adult ICU

Dr. Emad Nasr

Associate consultant of Pediatric ICU Deputy medical director / Hospital vice director

Dr. Faisal Saied

Associate consultant of Anesthesia

Dr. Fatma Ramadan

Associate consultant of Radiology

Dr. Hisham Bahaa

Associate consultant of Cardiology

Dr. Khaled Shams

Associate consultant of Cardiology

Dr. Mahmoud Nesim

Associate consultant of Cardiology

Dr. Michael Nagy

Associate consultant of Cardiology

Dr. Mohamed Abdelfattah

Associate consultant of Radiology

Dr. Mohamed Hosny

Associate consultant of Cardiology

Mr. Abdel Wahed Mohamed

Finance manager

Dr. Abeer Shenoda

Blood Bank manager

Eng. Ahmed Nabil

Head of Biomedical Engineering department

Mr. Alaa Shabaan

Infection control manager

Dr. Asmaa Ali

Quality improvement & Risk management manager

Dr. Doaa Al Ghonaimy

Pharmacy manager

Mr. Karam Mahmoud

Health & Professional safety manager

Eng. Khaled Farrag

IT manager

Mr. Mahmoud Nagdi

Public relations manager

Mr. Ramy Adel

Supply chain manager

Mr. Malak Aziz

Human resources manager

Eng. Mina Nader

Maintenance department manager

Eng. Mohamed Mahmoud

Maintenance department manager

Mrs. Sara Abdel Rahman

Patient experience and Secretary manager

Dr. Omar Ahmed

Associate consultant of adult ICU

Dr. Omnia Yousef

Associate consultant of Cardiology and EPS

Dr. Shady Haggag

Associate consultant of Pediatric ICU

Dr. Tamer Eldeeb

Associate consultant of Anesthesia

Dr. Walid Simry

Associate consultant of cardiac surgery

Dr. Nehal Gamal

Lab manager

Mrs. Dina Ghanem

Head Nurse

Mr. Ehab Mohamed

Head Nurse

Ms. Hadeer Khedr

Head Nurse

Mr. Hassan El Sayed

Head Nurse

Ms. Hedaya Abdallah

Head Nurse

Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed

Head Nurse

Mr. Mekhael Naeem

Head Nurse

Mr. Mina Samir

Head Nurse

Mr. Mohamed El Khateeb

Head Nurse

Mr. Mohamed El Sawy

Head Nurse

Mr. Mohamed Hossam

Head Nurse

Mr. Ahmed Arafat

Head Nurse

Mr. Mohamed Zoghly

Head Nurse

Mrs. Sara Ragab

Head Nurse

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