Emory Surgeon Invests in Academic Excellence
Kamal Mansour 68MR began his career in 1966 as chief resident in cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University Hospital. An international pioneer of lifesaving techniques, he has shared his passion for medicine with thousands of students, faculty members, and patients for more than four decades. His residents dubbed him "the Tasmanian devil" for his speed in surgery and "the professor" for his devotion to teaching.
Now Mansour is making an endless contribution to thoracic surgery at Emory: He and his wife, Cleo, are establishing the Kamal A. Mansour Chair in Thoracic Surgery through a provision in their wills. An endowed academic position, the chair will help Emory attract and retain leading surgeons who specialize in the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest.
"Emory took me in, educated me, offered me my first job in academia, supported me all the way, and offered me the chance to excel," he says, explaining why the couple decided to support Emory in this way.
Currently a professor of surgery emeritus in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, Mansour is widely known for perfecting a technique that replaces the esophagus with a section of bowel. At Emory, he has been honored with the Emory Medal and included among the university's 175 Makers of History. He returns to his native Egypt several times a year to care for patients in Egyptian teaching and university hospitals. He was awarded the 2001 Shield of Medicine by the Medical Scientific Society of Egypt for being one of the ten most outstanding Egyptian doctors in the world.
His memoir, A Passion for Healing: The Life and Work of Dr. Kamal Mansour, is being published by AuthorHouse in winter 2015 and will be available through Barnes & Noble, amazon.com, and other booksellers.
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