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Professor Samii describes museum named after him as a source of honor


Photos by Ra'uf Mohseni, Mehr News Agency

Tehran, Feb 22, IRNA -- A museum named after noted Iranian neurosurgeon Professor Majid Samii was inaugurated at Tehran's Sa'dabad Cultural Complex on Sunday in a ceremony attended by the specialist himself and former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

Professor Majid Samii and former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
at the press conference

Addressing the ceremony, Samii said that the establishment of the museum is a source of honor for a person who was born in Iran and studies in its schools and is familiar with the great history of the country.

He hoped that the museum will help deepen friendship between Iran and Germany.

Samii was also optimistic that Schroeder's presence in Iran will help forge amicable ties between the two nations.

The museum showcases Samii's medals, national and international scientific certificates, a summary of his biography as well as his books and articles.

Professor Samii was announced as one of Iran's Eternal Figures in 2006.

Born in Rasht in 1937, Samii is considered the best neurosurgeon in the world. He is residing in Germany. He obtained his degree in neurosurgery at the age of 33.

He is the founder of Association of Skull Base Surgeons, which displays its latest scientific achievements in medical congresses each year.

He was president of the International Society for Neurosurgery and elected as the founding president of the Congress of International Neurosurgeons (MASCIN) in 2003.

Professor Samii received the "World Physician' award and was hailed by former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for his medical contribution to neuroscience as head of the world renowned International Neuroscience Institute (INI) which is based in the city of Hanover in northern Germany.

Shayeq said that the museum was set up to introduce to Iranians the scientific aspects of professor Samii's life as well as his achievements as an distinguished figure in the field of science.

"Various international scientific degrees and awards of professor Samii as well as certificates he has received for his achievements in the field of neurosurgery were transferred from his house to the museum to be put on public display,"
complex director Eshrat Shayeq said.

She added that one of the greatest achievements of the professor was his efforts to treat Iranian war veterans who were suffering from chemical injuries of the era of Iraq's eight years of imposed war against Iran (1980-1988).

Innovation of first microscopic brain surgery, compiling more than 200 articles and 13 books in the fields of brain and nerves are to his credit.

He was hailed in Iran as an eternal figure in the field of medicine in 2006.

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