Guests who joined Admiral Travel's 2014 CME river cruise, "Passage to Eastern Europe" with Viking River Cruises, were invited to join in a very special ceremony in Vienna, honoring Dr. Mahfouz El Shahawy, medical director of the Cardiovascular Health Assessment Center in Sarasota and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Universities of Florida and South Florida, was honored by the University Of Vienna, Austria. Dr. El Shahawy has served as the director of the traveling educational Cardiology Symposium Update, organizing dynamic educational courses in prevention of heart disease in some of the world's most engaging travel destinations.
On June 4, 2014, Dr. Shahawy was awarded the Golden Doctor Diploma for his achievements in the area of early cardiovascular disease prevention, including more than 100 discoveries, publications, and lectures. A special celebration ceremony was held in Dr. Shahawy’s honor at the University of Vienna. to award Dr Shahawy “The Golden Doctor Diploma of the University of Vienna.” Many distinguished guests from around the world were in attendance, including the Egyptian ambassador to Austria, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation President Alex Quarles and Cardiology professors and clinical directors from the United States and Austria.
“I am very pleased to receive this honor and share it with you and would like to thank everyone who has contributed and supported our efforts in the area of early cardiovascular health assessment and disease prevention at the Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota,” said Dr. Shahawy.
Dr. Shahawy’s work has resulted in over 100 publications, recognition by many national and international organizations including the University of Vienna [ Dr El Shahawy’s Alma Mater], and most recently by the President of the World Heart Federation following Dr. Shahawy’s presentations at the World Congress of Cardiology meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Shahawy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Vienna/ Austria in 1962 and received the Ring of Honor directly from the President of Austria during a special graduation ceremony. Dr. El Shahawy was the first non-Austrian in the history of the University of Vienna till today to achieve this honor,” said Professor Steinbach, president of the Austrian Heart Foundation.
Dr. Shahawy's next educational Cardiology Symposium will take place July 2015 in South America with options to visit the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and the Amazon River. Click to view the 2015 Symposium details.