Dr. Attum received his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the Al Azhar University in Cairo, Eqypt. He completed his residency and fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.
He is board certified by the American Board in Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Attum specializes in open heart procedures, off-pump bypass, valve surgery, lung and chest wall resections and complex cardiac procedures.
He said, “I decided to be a cardiothoracic surgeon in 1967. I was sitting in the lab when I heard about Christiaan Barnard performing the world’s first human heart transplant operation and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life.”
When asked why he chose to work at PMC, Dr. Attum said, “It is the infrastructure. Everything is well organized and in order. Everything from anesthesia to intensive care and cardiology, everything is extremely well put together.”
He said he has been to Mayo Clinic on various occasions for meetings and conferences and that PMC mirrors the world-renowned clinic.
Dr. Attum’s philosophy is that every patient is the most important patient. He sees each person as someone who has a family and wants a good quality of life.
“I want my patients to know I will work my heart out to take care of them,” said Dr. Attum. “I will do everything possible to treat them as if they were a member of my family. I work hard for each patient with the goal of giving them the best outcomes I can.”
Dr. Attum enjoys spending time with his wife Mervat, their four children and four granddaughters.
Dr. Attum is located on the 2nd floor of the PMC Clinic. To schedule a physician appointment call 606-430-2202.