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Date: Dr. Hamd Amin, Iraq’s Health Minister, and accompanying delegation who had been meeting with authorities in the Iranian Ministry of Health in the past few days and had visited Tehran Heart Center the day before, met with Dr. Bagher Larijani, the Chancellor for Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) to discuss cooperation in regards to health tourism, education and research in the evening of November 20, 2011.

Welcoming the Minister and the rest of the guests from the brother country Iraq, Dr. Larijani and hope the meeting would bear future cooperation in health and education. He then talked about the differences the Iranian health system and medical education had in the region including the responsibility of the health, education and research in each province with its relevant medical university and the education of medical and allied health students with the Ministry of Health instead of Ministry of Science which all helped a more integrated approach to the management of health issues in the country.

Then Dr. Larijani briefly introduced the University, its establishment in 1849, its 12 schools and two others which were going to be established soon, its virtual school, its international branch on Kish Island and Tehran, its over 75 research centers which some of them were unique in the region, capability of its 26 hospitals in some of which heart, liver, bone marrow and other transplantation were done on daily basis, its integration with Iran University of Medical Sciences to form the biggest medical university in Iran, its first rank in research and education among 50 state-run medical university in Iran in the past 9 years, its research festivals, its world rank in the world, etc.

About teaching hospitals with focus on one organ system, Dr. Larijani introduced Farabi Hospital, which is the largest ophthalmology hospital in the region with more than 50000 operations per year.

Chancellor Larijani said the Virtual School of the University could be a good point to start collaboration for education in both masters and PhD levels in the field of medical education and medical ethics regarding the common cultural backgrounds between the two countries.
He also introduced some research centers, which were in collaboration with the World Health Organization, were unique to the region such as the Endocrinology Research Institute, Addiction Studies and Hematology and Oncology Research Center, and said collaboration depended on the issues the Iraqi counterpart wished to address first in their health system.

The Iraq’s Health Minister. Dr. Hamd Amin, thanked the Chancellor and said Thank you very much for the nice presentation of this huge scientific university”. He then talked about the history of 21 medical universities in Iraq, oldes being established in 1937, and the national board exam, which was in joint cooperation among 7 neighboring countries. He added that they wished to send the national board committee to TUMS for further collaboration.

Dr. Ramsy Rasoul said, “We are happy to be here in this high level university with its huge research infrastructure and health sector”. He added that the Ministry of Health of Iraq needed collaboration and support of TUMS in many different aspects and directions such as health tourism in response to the urgent situation in four different categories, in research and education, e.g. nursing.

Dr. Moslem Asadi, the Medical Assistant in Iraq Embassy in Tehran, asked whether the university was active in bone marrow transplantation and Dr. Larjani explained that the University had done more than 3600 BMTs in the past few years and the rate of BMT was about [450] per year and Dr. Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh and his team were treating 40 diseases including thalassemia major by cell therapy in Hematology-Oncology Research Center and Stem Cell Transplantation and patients from Iraq could be arranged to be treated in this center.

Dr. Ramsy talked about a project in the Health Ministry of Iraq to send patients with thalassemia abroad for treatment.

Dr. Larijani responded that establishing similar centers were not very expensive and educating the medical staff for these services were more helpful [in the long-run].

On transplantation of other organs Dr. Larijani said the laws of the state did not allow organ donation to non-natives but the surgeries were open to foreign donors and recipients.

Then another the epidemiologist of the groups inquired Dr. Larijani on epidemiological studies in Iran and Schwann cell injections in spinal cord surgeries and the Chancellor said all the research articles in the 40 scholarly journals of the university and all the publications in world rank databases were by the consultation of the institute’s epidemiologists and on spinal cord injuries he said the patients differed greatly in their disease condition and results had been satisfactory in some of the patients.

Dr. Mohammad Niknam, the Acting Minister of Health and the head of International Relations Office summarized the meetings in the past few days and said some working groups and committees had been formed to take care of primary health care issues and transfer of patients. He said some detail about vaccines and other modalities were to be worked out.
Dr. Ramsy categorized the four domains of need for health tourism especially for children as they formed about 60% of the cases e.g. with congenital heart diseases,  secondly corneal transplantation and vitrectomy, thirdly BMT and partial liver transplantation (sending the donors too) and the last 10% for complicated surgical cases and traumatology. He said Iraq had been doing corneal transplantation and vitrectomy from 20 years ago but long waiting lists had been created. He added that the patients would be accompanied by the treating physicians to gain experience in the beginning and later as the first assistant of the surgeon as it had been the case by the friendly move of Turkey and in India.

TUMS Chancellor promised to create a focal point in the University for the coordination of patient transfer and education in epidemiology PhD courses to help the health system there and immunology or other fields of interest. He then talked on the 4-year efforts for adopting a national and an institutional scientific map.

The group will visit some other facilities of the university in the coming days.

Iraqi Health Minister Meets with TUMS Chancellor to Explore Collaboration

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