Did you know that the death of a United States senator almost changed the course of Dr. François Abboud’s life? Or that a cardiovascular fellowship training grant he first applied for in the early 1970s has been funding fellows at the University of Iowa ever since? Members of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) now certainly know these things. A profile of Dr. Abboud was recently published in the ESC’s European Heart Journal.
The profile is brisk but dense with information. For example, in 1956, at the end of his residency at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Dr. Abboud and his wife, Doris, were set to return to his native Egypt, despite the ongoing Suez Canal crisis.
…Abboud’s father advised him to stay in the USA if possible. Meanwhile the Dean and faculty at Marquette decided to lobby their Senator from Wisconsin, Joe McCarthy, who introduced a private bill in…
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