Dr. Hazim Safi - Iraq, Training in the Wild West, Thoracoabdominal Aneurysms, and Everything Else

Dr. Hazim J. Safi earned his medical degree at the University of Baghdad and completed his general surgery internship at Medical City Teaching Hospital in Baghdad and St. James Hospital in London, England. He completed his general surgery followed by his cardiothoracic residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, studying under Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Stanley Crawford. Dr. Safi is a professor and the founding chairman of the department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston and chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute. Throughout his almost 50 year career, he has co-authored 30 book chapters and 200 scientific articles, and he is credited with the innovation and development of internationally recognized surgical techniques that have dramatically improved patient outcomes in aortic surgery. 


Dr. Bruce Tjaden Jr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and attended medical school at the University of Kansas. He then completed his surgery residency at the Department of Surgery at the University of Kansas Hospital, and a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center / Memorial Hermann Hospital under Dr. Hazim Safi and Dr. Ali Azizzadeh. Dr. Tjaden then joined Dr. Safi’s Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and practiced as an academic vascular surgeon at Memorial Hermann as well as surrounding Houston hospitals. He is now an Assistant Professor of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey and he has a particular interest in the management of aortic dissection and thoracic endovascular aortic repair.

A Time for All Things: The Life of Michael. E. Debakey https://www.amazon.com/Time-All-Things-Michael-DeBakey/dp/0190073942