Tarek Obaid, founder of EDOF, (the Essam and Dalal Obaid Foundation) and CEO of PetroSaudi Oil Services Ltd, was the benefactor of a $10 million donation to the Mayo Clinic.
Tarek Obaid‘s gift established the Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery, which gives patients the tools and support to prepare for hand and face transplants and to live healthy lives afterwards.
Ties to the Mayo Clinic
Tarek Obaid, originally from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was once a patient at the Mayo Clinic and is thus familiar with the American hospital’s excellent level of care. He is also a close friend of Samir Mardini, M.D., a Mayo Clinic facial reconstructive surgeon and professor of surgery. Mr. Obaid and Dr. Mardini grew up together, Mardini’s father having given Obaid and his brother their very first vaccinations.
Mr. Obaid’s generous donation was inspired as much by his links to the Clinic as by his compassion for trauma patients disfigured by catastrophic events.
“Traumatic injury changes the way people live their lives.” said Mr. Obaid.
“If people have a disability that everyone sees when they go outside, eventually they stop wanting to leave their home, and that’s horrible. I wanted to do what I could to help these people in despair.”
For over 20 years, the Mayo Clinic has been on US News and World Report’s list of best hospitals. Their expertise and experience in the field of reconstructive transplantation surgery are among the best in the world.
The donation given by EDOF‘s founder allowed the Mayo Clinic to expand their ability to offer reconstructive surgeries in the areas of face and hand transplantation.
“Tarek and the Obaid family are dear to my heart, and knowing them and how much they enjoy helping others in need is a tremendous inspiration,” said Dr. Mardini. “Through their gift, we will advance scientific discoveries and provide clinical care to so many who will now have the chance to live normal lives.”
The Seeds of Generosity
The gift of giving comes naturally to Mr. Obaid, having been born into a family that emphasized how this simple act can positively change the lives of people in extraordinary ways.
“When I was growing up, our family always believed that it’s important to give,” said Mr. Obaid. “And if we found ourselves in a position to give, we wanted to give to a place that could save lives.”
Tarek Obaid watched his own father battle a serious illness, which motivated the young entrepreneur even more to help people regain life.
“My father died of cancer,” he explained. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to help him. So now I want to know about everything that’s new in medicine. I’m driven to do this.”
The $10 million gift that established the Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery also includes an honored scholar position named after Mr. Obaid’s grandfather, Ahmad Obaid, as well as an endowed program fund and an operating fund, also named in honor of the Obaid family.
“We make this gift in honor of the Obaid family values, particularly hope,” Tarek Obaid said. “My family considers hope the most powerful emotion. It’s hope that provides the fortitude to persevere, and it’s hope that gives people strength.”
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