Pioneering and celebrated surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub reflects on 50 years of saving lives in this special lecture, proceeds of which will go to our Building for Brighter Futures appeal and the Harefield Heart Science Centre.
Sir Magdi established heart transplantation in the UK through the Harefield Transplantation Programme, and pioneered several transformative techniques in the field. In 1983, the UK’s first combined heart and lung transplant was performed under his direction. Another of his remarkable achievements was establishing the ‘Ross Procedure’, a heart operation whereby a diseased aortic valve is replaced with the patient’s own pulmonary valve. He was knighted in 1992, and was awarded the prestigious Order of Merit from Her Majesty the Queen in 2014.