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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