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Dr. Hazim Safi Joins UT-Houston Medical School and Hermann Hospital


by SANDRA HENRY
The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center

Dr. Hazim J. Safi has been appointed the chairman designate of the new department of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery being created at The University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Dr. Safi has been recruited to enhance research programs and to develop a significant teaching effort for medical students, residents and fellows at UT-Houston while serving as chief of the cardiothoracic and vascular surgery service at Hermann Hospital.

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UT-Houston Medical School Dean L. Maximillian Buja, Dr. Hazim Safi and Dan Wilford, president and chief executive officer of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, at a recent reception to announce Dr. Safi's new position.

"Both institutions are deeply committed to working with Dr. Safi to develop a cardiothoracic center of excellence," said L. Maximilian Buja, dean of UT-Houston Medical School. "With his experience at the helm of the cardiothoracic and vascular surgery program and with our existing strengths in cardiology, I am certain our endeavor to create a cohesive cardiovascular disease program will be a success."

"I want to build a department that is second to none, including both the clinical aspect and basic research," said Dr. Safi. "One of my goals is to establish sections that are spearheaded by the leaders in the field."

Dr. Safi has spent almost 22 years at Baylor College of Medicine, most recently as professor in the department of surgery and head of the division of vascular surgery from where he will relocate his laboratory to UT-Houston.

His research interests include clinical protocols as well as basic laboratory investigations. Of particular research interest to Dr. Safi are the impact of surgery on the life expectancy of patients with Marfan's syndrome, improved patient outcome during aneurysm repair requiring hypothermia and circulatory arrest, and the use of cerebral spinal fluid drainage and distal aortic perfusion during thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm surgery.

Trained by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, and an associate of the late Dr. E. Stanley Crawford, his clinical interests focus on aortic (ascending arch and thoracoabdominal) aneurysm surgery. Announcing Dr. Safi's appointment Hermann Hospital CEO James Eastham said, "We are fortunate to have Dr. Safi joining our organization. His arrival brings a new dimension to the comprehensive scope of services available to Hermann Hospital and significantly enhances our ability to offer patients the latest treatments and innovations."

"UT-Houston is fast becoming a leader in the field of preventing, diagnosing and reversing cardiovascular disease in people of all ages," said Dr. M. David Low, president of UT-Houston Health Science Center. "Dr. Safi's breadth of knowledge, experience and clinical credentials will enrich our cardiovascular efforts on many levels."

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