Funding research at the heart
of medical progress

Essam and Dalal Obaid Center
for reconstructive transplant surgery



The Mayo Clinic is one of the premier hospitals in the world, having been named by US News and World Report for over 20 years to its Best Hospitals list. In the field of reconstructive transplantation surgery, the staff at the Mayo Clinic have expertise and experience that can be matched by few organizations anywhere in the world.


With transplant services in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, the clinic performs more transplants than any other medical center in the world. Mayo Clinic has pre-eminent adult and pediatric transplant programs, offering cardiac, liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow transplant services. Since performing the first clinical transplant in 1963, Mayo's efforts to continually improve and expand organ transplantation have placed Mayo at the leading edge of clinical and basic transplant research worldwide. Research activities in the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic have contributed significantly to the current successful outcomes of organ transplantation.

This is why, in 2010, EDOF gave a substantial donation to the Mayo Clinic to support reconstructive transplantation at the clinic. The gift helped establish the Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery, which includes an honored scholar position, named after Essam’s father, Sayyid Ahmad Obaid, an endowed program fund, and an operating fund.

The Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery has two branches: Face transplantation and Hand transplantation.

The clinic aids patients in preparing for the transplant and then assists them in leading a healthy life afterwards. Through research in pretransplant screening, immunosuppressive medications, regenerative medicine, multidisciplinary teams, and experts in microsurgery, EDOF has helped the Mayo Clinic be able to offer patients one of the finest reconstructive transplant surgery facilities in the world.

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The International Committee of The Red Cross

The International Red Cross is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies. It is present in every country and supported by millions of volunteers. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with which EDOF is partnering, is one branch of the International Red Cross.

“The Red Cross works hard to assist people separated from loved ones both in emergencies, ensurgin they are treated with dignity, respect and compassion”

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In honor of its excellence and to promote its further expansion, EDOF has provided funding to the ICRC to support the research, policy, and regional networking activities of the Office of the ICRC President.

EDOF will expand upon this partnership with the ICRC by contributing funds to its War Trauma Hospital in Tripoli (Lebanon). EDOF’s efforts will help the ICRC continue to serve those who are suffering and be ready for an expansion of services should they be needed.

EDOF will be contributing to the efforts of two important projects led by the ICRC:

- Provide medical care to the victims of the Syrian war and establish a center of knowledge and expertise in the field of traumatology in Lebanon

- Help families who were separated during wars and natural disasters locate their loved ones and get back together (Restoring Family Links)

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