Senior Physician
Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Heart and Diabetes Center NRW
University Hospital of the Ruhr-University of Bochum
Georgstr. 11
32545 Bad Oeynhausen
Tel: +49 5731 / 97-1231
Fax: +49 5731 / 97-1820

16th July 1976, Damascus, Syria


Baccalaureate in Syria
Degree in Medicine (Faculty of Human Medicine), University of Damascus, Syria, final grade: 2

July 2000

Dissertation, Syria
Title: „Pathological changes to the coronary arteries“
Prof. Muien Aboud, MD (Faculty of Human Medicine, University of Damascus, Syria)

May 2007

Dissertation, Germany
Title: „Quality of life following aortic valve replacement – a comparative, retrospective analysis of patients two years after biological or mechanical aortic valve replacement“
U. Franke, MD (University Lecturer), University of Jena

October 2008

Specialist for cardiac surgery

Professional career:

General surgery, Al Salam Hospital, Prof. Ajaj, MD, Damascus, Syria
Instructor, Anatomical Laboratory, Prof. Moien Aboud, University of Damascus, Syria

Residency, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Jena, since October 2008 Specialist for Cardiac Surgery

Since 1st of February 2009:
Senior Physician, Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Prof. Jan Gummert, MD, Heart and Diabetes Center NRW, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany


  • German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • European Association for Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery EACTS
  • Syrian Society for Cardiosurgery
  • German-Syrian Society for Cardiosurgery

Main areas of work and research:

  • evaluation of the impact of negative pressures in the bloodstream using a new universal heart-lung machine in pigs to minimize intraoperative air embolisms (research sponsored by the German Heart Research Foundation DSHF)
  • quality of life following mechanical and biological aortic valve replacement