Introduction

Dr. Sayed Amjad Hussain is currently Emeritus Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Humanities in the College of Literature, Languages and

Dr. Sayed Amjad Hussain


Professional Achievements


Dr. Sayed Amjad Hussain is currently Emeritus Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Humanities in the College of Literature, Languages and Social Sciences at the University of Toledo.

He was born on 1st January, 1937 in Peshawar to Agha Sayed Gulbacha. He received his early education from Government High School No. 1, Peshawar, and Islamia College Peshawar. He graduated with distinction from Khyber Medical College Peshawar in 1962. He then received general surgery training at the Medical University of Ohio and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He was given a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1973 and made a diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in 1970.

Dr. Amjad Hussain is a cardiothoracic surgeon, inventor, writer, photographer, explorer, columnist and community leader. The inventor of two surgical devices, the pleuroperitoneal shunt and a special endotracheal tube, Dr. Hussain has to his credit 50 research papers on medical literature, 20 scholarly presentations to academic institutions, over 60 lectures and presentations to civic, service and other subjects and over four hundred articles on a variety of subjects published in various newspapers and magazines.

He was a member of Team Indus which covered the entire 2,000 miles of the river Indus in Pakistan from its source in Western Tibet. This trip is claimed to be the third expedition in history to reach that site. The achievements of the Team Indus were entered into Congressional Records of the US Congress in June 1997. While on humanitarian mission, he donated tons of supplies and equipment to the Dominican Republic, China and Pakistan. Also, his photographs have appeared on 35 magazine covers and in 8 calendars. The Herald Magazine August 2003, introduced Dr. Amjad Hussain as the jack-of-all-trades and master of many.

Dr. Amjad Hussain returned to Pakistan in 1970 and taught at his Alma Mater (Khyber Medical College Peshawar for four years. He came back to the United States in 1975 and began a private practice of cardiothoracic vascular surgery in Toledo. He worked as Chief, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Lock Haven Hospital, Lock Haven; as Chief, Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, and now works as the Professor Emeritus of the Medical University of Ohio, Toledo (now the University of Toledo).

He has been visiting Professor to Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, University of Garyounus, Benghazi, Libya, Government Medical College, Amritsar, India, University of Alberta, Canada, and University of Beijing, China.

Dr. Husssain is a multifaceted man and his contributions as a surgeon, researcher, explorer and photographer have been exemplary. He has authored 50 scientific papers in national and international medical journals.

Dr. Amjad is an award winning author who has written fourteen books on religion, culture, history and international relations. He has described a number of new surgical techniques and has invented two medical devices; the pleura-peritoneal shunt and a special endotracheal tube to supply oxygen during fiberoptic broncchoscopy in awake patients.

He has written over four hundred newspaper and magazine articles about history, politics, religion and culture in American and international publications like The Blade, Toledo Magazine, Explorers Journal, Weekly Pakistan Link, The Herald Magazine and various Pakistani News Papers. He is also an op-ed columnist for The Toledo Blade. At the community level, Dr. Hussain has helped build the Islamic Centre of Greater Toledo, one of the largest Islamic Centres in North America. While on humanitarian mission, he donated tons of supplies and equipment to the Dominican Republic, China and Pakistan. He endowed a visiting professorship for Khyber Medical College at The University of Toledo College of Medicine.

Dr. Hussain is a member of 17 professional organizations 16 hospitals, 10 administrative positions, and various committees. He is a visiting professor to 12 universities throughout the world and is a member of the editorial board of 6 medical journals. He gave 122 presentations at regional, national and international meetings, delivered 147 lectures in different colleges and universities of medicine around the world and appeared in 47 Television Talk shows, interviews and documentaries.

As an internationally recognized explorer, he founded the Team Indus exploration group which traversed and photographed the entire 2,000 miles of the river Indus in Pakistan during the first three expeditions (in 1987, 1992 and 1994) and the source of the river in western Tibet during the 1996 expedition. This expedition was chronicled as cover story in the fall 1997 issue of the Explorers Journal. He took part in a number of photography exhibitions and won 26 prizes. His photographs have appeared on 35 magazine covers and in 8 calendars. 16 of his medical photographs has been published in the Photo Clinic section of "Consultant Magazine". His photographs has also been published in text books.

In 1982, Dr. Hussain was appointed by the Government of Pakistan to serve on its Health Policy Panel to formulate the country's Five-Year Health Plan. After his retirement in 2004, he was elevated to the rank of Professor Emeritus by the University of Toledo. In recognition of his many achievements, The University of Toledo established the S. Amjad Hussain Endowed Professorship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 2009.

Dr. Hussain has been a member of 19 civic and religious organizations and 17 professional organizations and has held more than 20 leadership positions in other organizations of which some are listed below:

Member, Adventure Foundation of Pakistan 1987–present

Fellow, Explorers Club (USA), 1989–present

President Islamic Centre of Greater Toledo, 1985 to 1986 & 1995 to 1998

Chairman, board of directors WGTE Public Broadcasting, Toledo, OH 2010–present

Member, board of directors 1991–2002 Pakistan American Congress

Founding President 1988–1993 Friends of Pakistan, Toledo, OH

Editor, Toledo Medicine 1996–present

Editorial Board, Pakistan Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery 1999–present

President, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America 1982–1983

President, Toledo Surgical Society, Toledo, OH 1990–1991

Fellow, American College of Surgeons 1972–present

Member of International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery 1990–present

Member of International Surgical Society 1991–2002

For his many activities and accomplishments, Dr. Amjad Hussain has been recognized by his Alma Mater, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, the House and Senate of the State of Ohio, the Medical College of Ohio, the Toledo Surgical Society, the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America and many other organizations.

Following is the list of award and honours:

Roots of Diversity Art Exhibition Arts Commission of Greater Toledo “Midday Lunch in the Fields” First Prize 1993.

The Best Book of 1996–1997 Award and the Abasin Gold Medal for Yuk Shehre Arzoo – 1998.

Selection of his radio play Doctor as one of the seven best plays of the year Radio Pakistan, Peshawar, on 24 September, 1960.

Lifetime Achievement Award of Khyber Medical College Alumni Association of North America 1992.

Induction in the Medical Mission Hall of Fame. April 2012.

Lifetime Achievement Award of Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan for "Many contributions to his alma mater, his services to Peshawar and Pakistan, November, 2005.

Bestowed the title "Baba-e-Peshawar" (Father of Peshawar) by the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (NWFP) on behalf of the citizens of Peshawar, Pakistan on 14 December, 1998.

Honoured by Khyber Medical College with the title "Farzand-e-Khyber" (The Son of Khyber) in December 1993.

Distinguished Service and Excellence Award of the Association of International Physicians for "superb professional achievements", 1986.

Awarded Key to the Golden Door and inducted into the Heritage Hall of Fame of the International Institute for "superb professional achievements", 1986.

Dr. Hussain was married to the late Dottie Brown Hussain and has three children, Natasha Raabia Hussain, S. Waqaar (Qarie) Hussain and S. Osman (Monie) Hussain.