UT to honor emeritus faculty member and trustee with endowed professorship

April 28, 2009 | News, UToday
By Tobin J. Klinger



The important role that Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, trustee and professor emeritus of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, has played during his years with the former Medical College of Ohio and now The University of Toledo is well-known. Now the University is preserving his legacy through the creation of a new endowed professorship.

The S. Amjad Hussain Endowed Professorship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery will be a valuable resource to bring a nationally renowned faculty member to campus who will focus on research and educational programs in cardiac surgery, bolstering an already strong department.

“The professorship that will bear Dr. Hussain’s name will be a pillar of excellence at The University of Toledo,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Health Science Campus provost, executive vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “We are proud to honor his legacy at the University in this way, and hope that others will want to be a part of this tribute by helping to grow the endowment for this professorship. We have here a man who could justifiably be called a renaissance man and a polymath.”

The Hussain family has made a foundational pledge of $500,000 to help start the endowment, which will require $1 million to fund it in perpetuity.

“Dr. Amjad Hussain has given so much of himself to this institution, as both an integral member of our College of Medicine faculty and a member of our board, that it is our pleasure to pay tribute to his accomplishments through the creation of this professorship,” said UT President Lloyd Jacobs. “Over his career, Amjad has redefined what it means to dedicate yourself to an institution, and this professorship will serve as a reminder to us all of what we should strive to be.

Born in the frontier town of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan, Hussain graduated with distinction from Khyber Medical College in 1962. He received general surgery training at MCO and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery training at Wayne State University. He returned to Peshawar in 1970 and taught at his alma mater for four years, before returning to Toledo to start a private practice in 1975.

Upon his return to Toledo, Hussain held a clinical appointment at MCO in the Department of Surgery and returned annually to teach at his alma mater in Peshawar for the past 35 years. He was named professor emeritus by MCO at the time of his retirement in 2004.

The author of more than 50 scientific papers, 10 books and an op-ed columnist for The Blade for nearly 20 years, Hussain is an accomplished surgeon, researcher and teacher who has held many leadership positions, including president of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County, the Toledo Surgical Society, the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America and Khyber Medical College Alumni Association. He’s also an internationally recognized explorer.

The University is also affirming Hussain’s legacy by introducing an annual lecture focused on the history of medicine. The inaugural S. Amjad Hussain Annual Lecture in the History of Medicine and Surgery will take place Aug. 24.

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