Safi, Hazim-2009 croppedDr.  Hazim Safi, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, was recently unanimously elected fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

“I am both flattered and humbled to be elected a Fellow to the Royal College of Surgeons of England,” Safi said.  “I’ve always considered the Royal College of Surgeons of England to be one of the most distinguished and respected organizations in our field, making this Fellowship is a true honor.”

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons is a professional qualification allowing surgeons to practice as a senior surgeon in Ireland or the United Kingdom. It is bestowed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Safi joined the Medical School in 1999 as professor and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. He is chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute.

He completed a fellowship at St. James’ Hospital in London, before joining the Baylor College of Medicine, where he was trained in the United States system for general surgery as well as cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Safi’s primary career interest is in complex aortic surgery, the field for which he is most renowned. His main contributions to the discipline have focused on detailed studies of multiple organ protection during aortic surgery and the development of protocols that have been widely adopted around the world.

He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the International Society for Heart Transplantation, and of the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organization and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.