Kamal A. Mansour, MD, retired professor of cardiothoracic surgery in Emory School of Medicine, along with his wife, Cleo, has made a substantial gift to Emory, enabling the establishment of the Kamal A. Mansour Professorship of Thoracic Surgery. Mansour, who retired in 2004, is affectionately known to thousands of residents as "The Professor," because of his devotion to teaching and training and his unselfish regard for his students and patients.
During his 36-year tenure with the School of Medicine, Mansour pioneered lifesaving techniques in thoracic surgery and shared his knowledge and experience not only with Emory residents but also with physicians and surgeons in his native Egypt.
Mansour attended medical school in Cairo, Egypt, then completed his residency training at Emory University School of Medicine in 1968. Charles Hatcher, former chair of surgery and later director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, immediately invited Mansour to join Emory’s three-member section on cardiothoracic surgery.
Mansour has never forgotten the gesture of support that launched his career as a successful surgeon and dedicated teacher.
"I am deeply indebted to Emory for my many years of association here, including the freedom to practice surgery, teach residents, and help establish the section of general thoracic surgery, in addition to training residents and assisting physicians in Egypt," he said. "I wanted to express my gratitude to Emory, and I am proud to have my name associated with the general thoracic surgery section. I hope this professorship will encourage young surgeons who are interested in working in this field."