Nadey Hakim

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Nadey S. Hakim
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BornApril 9, 1958
NationalityBritish, Lebanese
EducationParis Descartes University (MD), University of London (PhD)
Years active1984–present
Medical career
Sub-specialtiesOrgan transplantation
AwardsLauréat de la Faculté de Médecine de Paris, J. Wesley Alexander Prize, Makhzoumi Foundation Prize for Medicine, Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur

Nadey S. Hakim is a British-Lebanese transplant surgeon and author.[1] With over 30 years as a surgeon, Hakim has performed over 2,000 transplants.[2][3] He was part of the team of surgeons that performed the world's first hand transplant in France.[4][5]


Hakim received his MD from Paris Descartes University in 1984. He did his surgical training at Guy's Hospital, and received his PhD in small bowel transplantation from University College London. His Gastrointestinal Fellowship was at the Mayo Clinic and his Multi-organ Transplant Fellowship was at the University of Minnesota.[6]


Hakim began the first Pancreas Transplant Program in South East England.[6]

In 1995, Hakim performed the first ever pancreas transplant in London at St Mary's Hospital.[7][8][9]

The world's first hand transplant was performed in September 1998 by a team of surgeons including Hakim, who then worked for St Mary's Hospital, London. The operation, done in Lyon, France, took 14 hours. The patient, Clint Hallam, failed to follow aftercare directions and later asked that the hand be removed. Hakim amputated the hand in February 2001 in London.[4][5][10] Hakim also took part in the first double arm transplant.[11]

He was awarded Honorary Professorships from Lyon University (2005), Ricardo Palma University, Başkent University, University of São Paulo (2007) and was visiting professor at several institutions worldwide including Harvard University and the Cleveland Clinic. Hakim was also appointed the first recipient of the Max Thorek Professorship of Surgery. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Transplantation Surgery at Imperial College London.[citation needed]

Hakim was appointed as surgical director of the West London Renal and Transplant Centre at Hammersmith Hospital.[12][1] There, he pioneered a kidney transplant technique using a record breaking 2.5 cm cut.

Hakim scheduled a kidney transplant at the Cromwell Hospital, a private hospital, at the same time as a woman needing a kidney and pancreas transplant at the NHS Hammersmith Hospital on October 18, 2013. After his methods were called into question by surgeon Jeremy Crane (Hakim delayed the NHS patient by over 15.5 hours, favoring to treat private patients at the Cromwell Hospital first), he was suspended in September 2014. Hakim was dismissed from his post at Hammersmith Hospital in February 2015 after a disciplinary process. After a week-long trial, Judge Sarah Goodman ruled in Hakim's favor against Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, deciding that he had been unfairly dismissed because Imperial did not investigate the incident properly.[7][8] The Employment Judge concluded that the dismissal was unfair because the investigation into the incident was incomplete, it did not set out the full facts and various important matters were not even put to Professor Hakim before a decision was made. She further found that information given by those raising the initial concern was biased. The disciplinary panel reached a view without testing whether the facts confirmed or disproved the conclusion and the actual risk to the patient had been overestimated. The Employment Judge referred to the decision as “on the face of it a hard decision to understand an employer making about an employee who is particularly productive, not easy to replace, with a long unblemished record of service, for running a risk that did not in fact materialise. At the Remedy Trial, Imperial College Healthcare was ordered to reinstate Hakim and to pay over £100,000 in compensation for loss of income. He is in addition a Consultant Vascular Access Surgeon at Harefield and the Brompton Hospital NHS Trust seeing NHS patients.

Hakim performed the first kidney transplant at the Garki Hospital in Abuja in November 2013.

Hakim runs a private practice in Harley Street.[12][1] Additionally, he is an advisor on transplant issues to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence[1] and an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England.[13] Hakim has edited 23 surgical textbooks[9] and served as the 35th World President of the International College of Surgeons. He was awarded the Bailiff Grand Cross Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2010.[citation needed] Hakim is vice president of the Royal Society of Medicine.[9] In January 2016, President Francois Hollande appointed Professor Hakim to the rank of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. He was elected Vice President of Conservative Health April 2016.[citation needed] Hakim was appointed Vice-President of the International Medical Sciences Academy.[citation needed] In June 2017 Hakim was appointed as President's Envoy of Imperial College London.[14] In March 2018, Hakim was appointed as Visiting Professor of Surgery at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.[15] In addition to his surgical role, he was appointed Responsible Officer at the Medicare Francais, a London-based French medical centre.[16]

In April 2018, Professor Hakim was appointed as Ambassador to the All-party parliamentary group by the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP.

Personal life[edit]

Hakim has four children.[8] Plays the clarinet and records his music.[17] Portrait sculptor and winner of the Baron's Prize, Medical Art Society 2016.[18] In addition, Hakim reproduced Michelangelo Buonarroti’s David which is part of the Madonna del Parto Museum collection;[19] in 2013 made a bust of Queen Elizabeth II;[20] in 2014 unveiled a bronze bust he sculpted of Prime Minister David Cameron at the Carlton Club in London. The sculpture had been sold at an auction to Alexander Temerko, a British-Ukrainian businessman, for £90,000, which was donated to the Carlton Club.[1]

He has also created a bust of the world renowned Greek composer and multi-instrumentalist Vangelis , after having met him at a function in London sometime during 2016;.[21] Vangelis is said to have been very surprised that Hakim should want to do this, but was delighted to accept the end result.

Selected works[edit]

  • Sarr MG, Hakim NS. "Physiology of the Transplanted Intestine". (Landes). 1994
  • Hakim N, Danovitch G. "Transplantation Surgery". (Springer). 2001
  • Hakim N, Stratta R, Gray D. "Pancreas and Islet Transplantation". (Oxford University Press). 2002
  • Hakim NS, Papalois VE. "Surgical Complications: Diagnosis and Treatment". (Imperial College Press). 2007
  • Hakim NS, Favretti F, Segato G, Dilemans B. "Bariatric Surgery". (Imperial College Press). 2011


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  2. ^ Emily Kent Smith, Richard Marsden (March 10, 2016). "NHS ordered to reinstate surgeon who performed the world's first hand transplant after employment tribunal rules he was unfairly dismissed". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Pioneering transplant surgeon, 57, fights for his job after getting sacked for delaying surgery to an NHS patient in favour of a private client, tribunal hears". Daily Mail. December 2, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
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  6. ^ a b "Medicsight, Inc. Appoints 2 New Directors". SEC. December 20, 2002. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
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  8. ^ a b c Ross Lydall (December 10, 2015). "Sacked surgeon: my name's been cleared... now I want my job back". Evening Standard. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Mark Duell (December 2, 2015). "Pioneering transplant surgeon, 57, fights for his job after getting sacked for delaying surgery to an NHS patient in favour of a private client, tribunal hears". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  10. ^ Lawrence K. Altman (February 27, 2001). "THE DOCTOR'S WORLD; A Short, Speckled History Of a Transplanted Hand". The New York Times. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  11. ^ Jessica Hamzelou (July 12, 2011). "World's first double leg transplant performed in Spain". New Scientist. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Euan Stretch (February 26, 2015). "World-renowned surgeon sacked for 'delaying NHS transplant to treat private patient first'". Mirror. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
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  21. ^ "Bronze Bust Sculpture". Elsewhere Vangelis Fan Site, News Section. 2 November 2016.

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