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The Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Basrah was established in 1970. It teaches, and trains, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth year students the subject of General Surgery and surgical subspecialties (i.e. Orthopedic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology and Anesthesiology). In addition, fifth year students are separately lectured and trained in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Since its establishment, the Department was headed by nine of its staff, namely:

Mustafa A. Al-Khaddar.…………….. 1970-1977
Talal S. Al-Chalabi….………………. 1977-1978
Hikmet Abdul-Rasoul…………….… 1978-1985
Adnan Y. Abdul-Wahab….…………. 1985-1986
Ameen A. Ameen.………………..….. 1986-1990
Nezar D. Suleiman………….……….. 1990-1993
Thamir A. Hamdan.…….………..….. 1993-2000
Adnan Y. Abdul-Wahab…….………. 2000-2003
Mazin H. AL-Hawaz………………… 2003-2010
Zeki A. Al-Faddagh 2010-2014
Mazin H. AL-Hawaz………………… 2014-