Seyed Ali Malek Hosseini, MD, Shiraz, Iran, is president of the Iranian Society for Organ Transplantation, director of the Shiraz Organ Transplant Center, and founder of the Abu Ali Sina Charity Center. His acclaim as an exemplary member of the field of transplantation, providing relief to hundreds of patients every year, extends from the Middle East all over the world.
Professor Malek Hosseini, after graduating from Tehran University School of Medicine in Iran, completed his residency in surgery at the Shiraz University School of Medicine and his fellowship in kidney transplantation at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran. He then traveled to the U.S. to complete a research fellowship program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania, with Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, FACS.
After returning to Iran, Professor Malek Hosseini built from scratch what is now the largest liver transplant program in a middle-income country. Professor Malek Hosseini developed and organized the organ procurement program in Iran and performed the first cadaveric kidney transplant in 1992, the first liver transplant in 1993, the first partial liver transplant in 1998, and the first right lobe liver transplant in 2002. His numerous contributions to the field and to the region include the training of young surgeons.