Egyptians have always shone internationally in several fields and professions. From renowned footballer Mohamed Salah, to film directors like Youssef Chahine, to actors like Omar El Sherif, to scientists like Ahmed Zewial, to doctors like Magdy Ya’coub. The list could drag on and on. Today we talk about one such great Egyptian, who has passed away just a few days ago: Dr. Adel Mahmoud. Dr. Mahmoud played a central role in the development of several life-saving vaccines for various illnesses, including measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.
All his work earned him the presidency of Merck Vaccines from 1998 until 2006, where Dr. Mahmoud supervised the creation, marketing, and distribution of several important vaccines. For example, during his presidency, Dr. Mahmoud oversaw the creation and distribution of a vaccine for the rotavirus infection, and a vaccine which protects individuals against HPV. As such, one can safely say that Dr. Mahhmoud was truly able to revolutionise the field of public health, and will likely go down in history as a great man.
Dr. Mahmoud died at the age of 76 in Manhattan’s Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital due to a brain hemorrhage. Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. Rest in Peace Dr. Mahmoud, your contributions will continue to be remembered, and your groundbreaking work will live on forever.