World-class surgeon Nadey Hakim receives the Légion d’honneur
16 June 2016
British-Lebanese surgeon Nadey Hakim was decorated with the Légion d’honneur by the Ambassador at the French Residence in London, in the presence of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Dr Hakim has saved many lives around the world through his exceptional career in general, transplant and bariatric surgery – starting with London’s first pancreas transplant in 1995 – and through his contribution to research. He has performed over 2,000 transplants – including the world’s first double hand-and-forearm transplant, on a Frenchman who lost his hands in a firework accident in 2000. He has also published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and raised more than £3.5 million in research donations for the National Health Service. Moreover, Dr Hakim has held the posts of World President of the International College of Surgeons and President of the Transplantation Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr Hakim is both a Francophone and a Francophile, having completed some of his studies in France, at Paris Descartes University. He is a committed member of the Dispensaire Français, a non-profit organization that provides medical and social support to over 2,500 vulnerable members of the French-speaking community in London. Ambassador Bermann said: “Your whole life has been dedicated to the service of others, and your career and research have saved many lives around the world.”