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Born in the frontier town of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan, Dr. Sayed Amjad Hussain graduated with distinction from Khyber Medical College in 1962. He received general surgery training at the Medical College of Ohio (now The University of Toledo College of Medicine) and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery training at Wayne State University, Detroit. He returned to Peshawar in 1970 and taught at his alma matter for four years. In 1975 he began a private practice of cardiothoracic and peripheral vascular surgery in Toledo and held a clinical appointment in the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Ohio. Upon his retirement in 2004, Dr. Hussain was named professor emeritus by the institution.
His contributions as a surgeon, researcher and teacher have been exemplary. He has authored 50 scientific papers in national and international medical journals. He has described a number of new surgical techniques and has invented two medical devices. While practicing in the United States, every year since 1976, he has returned to teach at his alma mater in Peshawar. Dr. Hussain also endowed a visiting professorship between his alma mater, Khyber Medical College, and The University of Toledo College of Medicine, enabling Khyber faculty members to come to Toledo to learn new techniques in teaching and research. He has also sponsored research projects at his alma mater as well as the University of Peshawar.
During Dr. Hussain’s career he has held many leadership positions, including President of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County, Toledo Surgical Society, The Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America and Khyber Medical College Alumni Association.
Dr. Hussain has been recognized by local, national and international organizations. He received the Distinguished Citizenship Award of the Medical College of Ohio, Award of Distinction of the Toledo Surgical Society, Lifetime Achievement Award of Khyber Medical College, Meritorious Gold Medal Award of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America and induction into the Heritage Hall of Fame of the International Institute of Greater Toledo, among other accolades. Most recently, The University of Toledo has named an annual lectureship in the history of medicine in his honor.
In1998, the citizens of Peshawar, Pakistan bestowed on him the title of Baba-e-Peshawar (Father of the City) and the University of Peshawar included him in a list of 36 personalities who had made significant contributions to the people of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
Currently, Dr. Hussain serves on the Board of Trustees of The University of Toledo and the Board of WGTE Public Broadcasting in northwest Ohio.