CLEVELAND, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, recently underwent spinal surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America. He is in excellent condition and recovering well in his hospital suite. The surgery was performed by Iain Kalfas, M.D., Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery, at the hospital on Oct. 22. His medical care is being coordinated by a group of specialists at Cleveland Clinic, under the supervision of Martin Schreiber, M.D., Professor and Chairman of Nephrology. In his hospital room, His Holiness has started physical therapy and is expected to be released from the hospital soon, continuing physical therapy and returning to Egypt shortly. Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2005, there were 2.9 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were nearly 54,000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2005. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is www.clevelandclinic.org.
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