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Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy

Aortic surgery
Title(s), professional position(s) and university affiliation(s): 

Assistant Professor of Department of Surgery at Université de Montréal
Associate Researcher, Research Center, MHI

Dr Ismail El-Hamamsy

Dr. El-Hamamsy has been an assistant professor in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) since 2010. After obtaining degrees from Université de Montréal in 2000 (MD) and 2006 (Cardiac Surgery, FRCSC), Dr. El-Hamamsy continued his training in London, England under the mentorship of Sir Magdi Yacoub in the field of complex aortic surgery (2006 to 2010). During this time, Dr. El-Hamamsy developed cutting-edge expertise in repair procedures for aortic valves (tricuspid and bicuspid), valve-sparing aortic root replacement (Yacoub and David procedures) and the Ross procedure. His current practice mainly focuses on the development of these surgical techniques and the care of patients with aortic disease or aortic valve disease.

Dr. El-Hamamsy is also active in research. In addition to a master's degree in biomedical sciences (2005), he received his doctorate at Imperial College London, under the supervision of Sir Magdi Yacoub (2010), on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of aortic valve pathologies and the ascending aorta.

Dr. El-Hamamsy has published over 50 articles in scientific journals and given over 70 oral presentations at national and international conferences. He acts as a guest professor at many international forums in addition to demonstrating surgical techniques for these occasions. He has received a number of awards and distinctions, including honours from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the American Heart Association and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Dr. El-Hamamsy dedicates much of his time to humanitarian activities and joins a number of annual missions to various countries, such as Egypt, Ethiopia and Mozambique. 

Research interest(s) 

Aortic valve diseases
Aortic aneurysms
Surgical reconstruction of the aortic root
Ross procedure

Awards and Distinctions 

Medical Advisory Board, Canadian Marfan Association
Professional Advisory Board, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation 

2011 : Junior Clinical Research Scholar, Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
2009 - 2011 : Elected Member, AHA Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Young Leadership Committee
2007 - 2010 : Fellowship Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
2006 - 2007 : Detweiler Fellowship Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
2006 - 2007 : Neil Black Memorial Scholarship, London Goodenough Association of Canada
2006 - 08 : Bal du Cœur Research Fellowship Grant, Montreal Heart Institute Foundation
2005 : Resident of the Year Award in the Province of Quebec, Association des médecins de langue française du Canada
2005 : Resident Traveling Fellowship Award, American Association for Thoracic Surgery

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