Surgical services lab named in honor of physician Al Deeb

May 5, 2017

Al DeebTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 5, 2017)—The surgical services laboratory at the Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education has been named in honor of noted Tallahassee physician Al Elias Deeb.

New signage for the Al Elias Deeb, M.D., and Family Surgical Services Lab was unveiled after a pinning ceremony for graduates of the Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing Technology programs on the evening of May 3. Deeb was represented at the event by his son and daughter-in-law Rami and Sarah Deeb.

Rami and Sarah DeebAl Deeb is a board-certified general surgeon who has been in practice for more than 40 years. In 2014, he donated almost $260,000 in specialty surgical instruments to the Amy Lynette Bailey Surgical Technology Program. The gift gives TCC students practice with the precise instruments they will use in a surgical setting after graduation.

“This generous donation allows our students to learn to use the instruments critical for successful surgeries during classes rather than after they graduate and begin their careers,” said Jim Murdaugh, president of TCC. “Very few programs offer this level of experience to students. The fact that this donation was made by Dr. Al Deeb, a Tallahassee icon in the practice of medicine, makes this even more meaningful.”

Students in the program get experience with nearly 500 instruments, most of which were part of the gift.

In a statement after the event, Al Deeb noted that surgical technicians need to get the right instruments efficiently and quickly to the operating surgeon, thus decreasing errors and decreasing time under anesthesia.

Array of surgical instruments"As a surgeon, I know first hand that having a well-trained surgical technician is invaluable for patient care,” said Deeb. “A state-of-the-art lab where students learn and work with the instruments and equipment that they will later use in their careers is vital for their training, development and performance.

“A well-trained surgical technician impacts positively the intra-operative efficiency and overall quality of patient care. I am honored, and so is the Deeb family, to play a role in facilitating this all-important mission."

For information, contact Heather Mitchell at (850) 201-6067 or MITCHELH@tcc.fl.edu.