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Kelley Business of Medicine alum and former professor of surgery Yousuf Mahomed receives Sagamore of the Wabash award

November 29, 2016

Dr. Yousuf Mahomed, MBA'15 and professor emeritus, has been honored with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award after a decades-long career as a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor of surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Sagamore of the Wabash is Indiana's highest civilian honor bestowed by the governor. It is a tribute "usually given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or the governor," as stated on the Indiana government web page, which goes on to explain that the term "sagamore" was used by Native American tribes in the northeastern United States to describe a person to whom the true chief would look for wisdom and advice.

Congressman Larry Bucshon presented Dr. Yousuf Mahomed with the Sagamore of the Wabash

On behalf of Governor Pence, Congressman Larry Bucshon presented Dr. Yousuf Mahomed with the Sagamore of the Wabash award during a ceremony at the governor's office. | PHOTO COURTESY KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

On behalf of Gov. Mike Pence, Congressman Larry Bucshon, also a cardiothoracic surgeon, presented Mahomed with the award during a ceremony at the governor's office. Mahomed's family and friends were present for the occasion.

For more than three decades, Mahomed served as a professor of surgery and faculty member at the IU School of Medicine, where he was one of the principal members of the team that started the cardiac transplant program and an early pioneer in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, arrhythmia surgery and beating-heart surgery. He was responsible for training several generations of cardiothoracic surgical residents and mentoring medical students, many of whom are now leaders in their current roles. He also contributed to the cardiac surgical program at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, where he was dedicated to providing veterans the highest quality of cardiac care.

"Receiving this award is an incredible honor for me, and it takes on even greater significance because I was nominated by a peer. It is truly very humbling, and I am very grateful. I share this award with all those who have been my mentors, my advisors, my colleagues, my students, my patients and my family," said Mahomed.

"His lifelong mission for teaching has directly and indirectly impacted the care that hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have received," said Dr. David Hormuth, MBA'15, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville. Hormuth nominated Mahomed for the award.

"Dr. Mahomed has impacted the career choices of many surgical residents who represent our state in advanced surgical training programs throughout the United States. His charismatic leadership and personal dedication to quality patient care exemplify the meaning of 'surgical teacher,'" Hormuth added.

Mahomed remains actively involved with the School of Medicine. He also serves on many boards throughout the community and as a consultant. Mahomed recently received his MBA through the Kelley Business of Medicine MBA program, an experience he credits with transforming him both personally and professionally.

"As I look back at my career and continued education thus far, I take particular pride in the fact that I was given an opportunity to attend a top-ranked business school that provided a curriculum crafted for physicians. It gave me the opportunity to refocus the direction of my career," said Mahomed. "It also gave me the opportunity to develop critical, effective leadership skills and business skills to improve patient care while lowering costs, which is extremely helpful in the challenging environment of health care.

"It's given me great fulfillment and joy, and I know Indiana will continue to be richly served by the many excellent doctors I had a part in mentoring and training over the years. I feel honored to have been given that opportunity."

The Sagamore of the Wabash award was created during the term of Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949.

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