Morsani Center: Leading International Initiatives with Middle East

From L to R: Dr. Linda Whiteford, Associate VP, Global Strategies, Office of President; Dr. John Sinnott, Associate Dean of International Affairs, College of Medicine; Dr. Ashley Ansara, CEO of Regency Holding, Florida; USF President Judy Genshaft and Provost Ralph Wilcox.

On August 24, 2008, the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare on the campus of USF Health welcomed a delegation of dignitaries from the Middle East in a special event to foster collaboration. The group of dignitaries was hosted by USF President Judy Genshaft, Senior Vice President & Dean Dr. Stephen Klasko, Provost Ralph Wilcox, Associate Vice President of Global Strategies and International Affairs Dr. Linda Whiteford, and the Associate Dean of International Affairs for the College of Medicine Dr. John Sinnott. Visitors included Ashraf El-Ghamrawy, CEO and Managing Director of the Egyptian Saudi Finance Bank, Cairo, Egypt and Dr. Ashley Ansara, CEO of Regency Holding, Florida, and other Egyptian dignitaries.

Under the auspices of a new exploratory initiative, USF Health and Regency Holding are in discussions to initiate a collaborative health project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Ashraf Al-Ghamrawy and Dr. Ansara toured the Morsani Center. Mr. Ghamrawy was impressed by the state-of-art Morsani Center and said that it would be valuable to replicate parts of this model in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Faculty from several departments including the department of obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, neurosurgery, infectious disease, allergy and immunology and orthopedics, were on hand to represent USF Health’s investment and leadership in state-of-the-art healthcare. Dr. Ansara’s leadership and experience in clinical research, healthcare, and real estate development will add tremendous value to the proposed program.

Collaborative Projects with Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
In a separate project, discussions for the development of an international medical student exchange are underway with Ain Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt. Discussions were led by Sinnott, who is also the Director of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, USF College of Medicine, and Dr. Lynette Menezes, Director of International Affairs for the College of Medicine, with Dr. Ashley Ansara, CEO of Regency Holding and Dr. Magdy Osman, Professor of Neurosurgery, Ain Shams. Dr. Ansara and Dr. Osman pledged $50,000 each from the Ansara and Osman Foundations respectively to establish this exchange program for medical students from Ain Shams University. As an initial step a collaborative agreement has been signed between Ain Shams and USF.

The collaboration proposal
• Establishing an International Student Exchange Center for students from a developing country participating in a clinical rotation at USF
• An online medical curriculum certificate program
• Two 4th year medical students/interns visiting USF for one month of clinical rotation with approximately 10 – 12 students per year
• Collaborative interdisciplinary research projects between faculty from USF and Ain Shams
• Exchange of faculty, faculty training in research
• Training of nurses, laboratory personnel, and other technicians
• Hospital infection control protocol

Other links:
International Programs, USF College of Medicine.

Carol & Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare.

Newsbrief by Julian Corvin, USF Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
Photos by Julian Corvin, Karina D’Souza, Office of International Affairs, College of Medicine

PHOTO GALLERY:

From L to R: USF President Judy Genshaft and Dr. Madgy Osman, Professor of Neurosurgery, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

From L to R: Dr. Ashley Ansara, CEO of Regency Holding, Florida; Mr. Medhat and Mr. Ashraf El Ghamrawy, CEO and Managing Director of the Egyptian Saudi Finance Bank, Cairo, Egypt.

From L to R: Dr. Nagwa El-Badri (Dajani), Director of Women’s Health Graduate Program & Asst. Professor, Neurosurgery, USF College of Medicine and Dr. Ashley Ansara, CEO of Regency Holding, Florida.

At bottom left: Richard Green, Chief Operating Officer, USF Health Centers for Advanced Healthcare, conducting the tour of the Morsani Center for the delegation from Egypt and joined by faculty members from USF Health.

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