Berlin, Dec 17, IRNA - German-based Iranian neurosurgeon Majid Samii received the "World Physician' award by the north German city of Hanover, news reports said Monday.
Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder hailed the 70-year-old Samii for his medical contribution to neuroscience as head of the world renowned International Neuroscience Institute (INI), based in Hanover.
"You have brought more internationality to the city. People from all over the world are coming to be treated by you," added Schroeder in his speech to a high-profile crowd, among them ex-Indonesian president Jusuf Habibie and former German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel.
The ceremony was also attended by ambassadors and top diplomats from several countries, including Iran, Indonesia and Uruguay.
Schroeder stressed that Samii has not only brought the world to Hanover but has also made the city world-famous.
Deeply touched by the award ceremony, Samii said, "I am only a simple doctor, a great honor was bestowed upon me."
Samii invited Schroeder to China in 2008 for laying the foundation of the planned neuroscience clinic.
Last October, the Iranian neurosurgeon received China's highest award for his contribution to the medical progress of the Asian country, the Iranian Embassy announced here Monday.
Samii was selected among 75 candidates for the so-called 'Friendship Award'.
One of Germany's most renowned neurosurgeons, Samii was elected as Founding President for the Congress of International Neurosurgeons (MASCIN) in early 2003.
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