World-renowned Transplant Surgeon Named Arab American of the Year
Marwan Abouljoud, director of the Transplant Institute at Henry Ford Hospital and an internationally recognized pioneer in transplant surgery, will be honored as Arab American of the Year at the prestigious 42nd Annual ACCESS anniversary dinner on April 27, at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center.
ACCESS confers to Arab American of the Year Awards annually to individuals or groups that exemplify the organization’s mission to empower and engage Arab Americans. The other awardee this year is National Public Radio journalist Diane Rehm.
As Arab American of the Year, Abouljoud will take his place among a distinguished group of past honorees that includes former White House correspondent Helen Thomas; U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham; entertainers Casey Kasem and Tony Shalhoub; U.A.W. International President Stephen Yokich; U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall; the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee; and St. Jude Hospital.
Abouljoud is the director of the Transplant Institute and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital. He serves as director of physician affairs for the Henry Ford Medical Group, a 1,200 physician academic group practice, and is the Benson Ford Chair in Transplantation and is associate professor of surgery at Wayne State University. He is also president of the Surgical Alumni Association for the American University of Beirut and is a past chair of the Henry Ford Medical Group Board of Governors, where he is currently a board member.
Abouljoud has led transplant surgery at Henry Ford to national and international recognition. He performed the first split liver transplant in Michigan in 1996, and in 2000 developed the first adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant program in Michigan. In 2005, Abouljoud developed the first active laparoscopic liver surgery program, and in 2008 was the first in Michigan to perform a laparoscopic live-liver donor procedure for transplantation.
Abouljoud was born in Beirut in 1960, one of seven children. During the civil war he was a medical volunteer to assist in caring for the wounded. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the American University of Beirut in Beirut and completed his surgical residency at the University of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital. He did his transplant fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Sponsorships and individual tickets to the ACCESS annual dinner are available online at www.accesscommunity.org.
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