Al-Azhar celebrates alumnus' election as President of Glasgow's Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Nov 2023

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayeb congratulated renowned cardiologist Dr Hany Eteiba on his election as the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow as the first Egyptian Al-Azhar University alumnus to hold such a position.

Hany Eteiba
A file photo of renowned Cardiologist Hany Eteiba. Photo : Al-Azhar


Eteiba is the first Al-Azhar graduate to hold this prestigious position at the historic institution, which dates back over 425 years.

"The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow is honoured by your assumption of this prestigious position. Undoubtedly, you represent a significant addition with your vast experience and capabilities, qualifying you to lead this historic and prestigious scientific institution towards broader horizons of success and prosperity," Sheikh El-Tayeb said in a statement from Al-Azhar.

Dr Hany Eteiba obtained his Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from Al-Azhar University in 1979.

He later served as a deputy in the Cardiology Department at Al-Azhar Medical School. After earning his Master's degree from the same faculty in 1983, he travelled on a scientific mission to the United Kingdom to pursue a PhD in Interventional Cardiology.

Eteiba has served the College for more than 20 years while holding posts including President of the Scottish Cardiac Society, Associate Medical Director of the Golden Jubilee, and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. 

He became one of the leading consultants in Interventional Cardiology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.

 Earlier in November, the College announced that Eteiba was elected as its president, making him the first Egyptian and Arab doctor to hold this position.

Professor Eteiba will take up his role as President-Elect for the next 12 months at the College's Annual General Meeting on 1 December, before succeeding current President Mike McKirdy in December 2024. 

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