Dr. Kamal Mansour Receives 2010 STSA Inspiration Award

November 2010

Dr. Kamal Mansour received the 2010 Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Inspiration Award for exceptional efforts in motivating, inspiring and cultivating the clinical and research efforts of upcoming generations of cardiothoracic surgeons. The STSA established the Inspiration Award in 2007 to acknowledge the crucial importance of mentorship in developing CT surgeons and to recognize and positively reinforce STSA members who have excelled in their mentorship roles. Dr. Mansour was only the second person to receive the award.

Surgery faculty member Dr. Vinod Thourani, who first met Dr. Mansour 18 years ago as a medical student at Emory, said: "With Dr. Mansour planning to retire from surgical practice by the end of the year, my only regret is that future Emory residents will be robbed of learning from one of the giants of thoracic surgery. Not only will they miss working with a consummate surgeon and masterful anatomist, they won't get the chance to experience the contagious fervor of one of the most humanistic individuals that I have had the privilege of working with."

Dr. Mansour has been at Emory since 1971 and currently practices at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He is widely known for perfecting a technique replacing the esophagus with a section of bowel. He was awarded the 2001 Shield of Medicine by the Medical Scientific Society of Egypt for being one of the ten most outstanding Egyptian doctors in the world and received the prestigious Emory Medal for distinguished service and notable professional and academic achievement in 2008.