Dr. Francois Abboud On 60 Years At University Of Iowa

Mar 12, 2020

Dr. Francois Abboud describes his coming to the United States as serendipitous.

In 1955, as a young up and coming doctor in Egypt, he had little knowledge of the United States' medical offerings. But after a family friend filled out an application for a fellowship at the University of Milwaukee, without his knowledge, he received an acceptance letter. He soon got married and within a few short months was on his way to America. This was the beginning of a medical career that has spanned more than six decades in the midwest

Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe speaks with Abboud about his journey to the United States and his career in medicine as a cardiologist, researcher and educator. Abboud has been with the University of Iowa since 1960, making him the senior most professor on campus. On a daily basis, Abboud tends to his research and teaching with enthusiasm and a sense of discovery.


Dr. Francois Abboud, founding director, Francois M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center, associate vice president for research, professor of internal medicine, molecular physiology and biophysics