Hani Elkadi

Art to Author

During his career as College professor, he used his art to author -and contribute to- a number of medical textbooks and surgical atlases. In the world renowned surgical atlas “Bardach and Salyer Atlas of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery," Hani illustrated more than 2800 colored plates in two volumes of hand painted originals. The atlas was published in 27 countries and translated into 7 languages. During his tenure in the Royal Free Hospital in London, he wrote three volumes of illustrated notes in Human Anatomy.  In Iowa City, he shared with Professor Martin Cassell writing and illustrating two comprehensive dissector guides for the medical students.


As a writer, fluent in four languages, he translated several world renowned novels and poetic works into Arabic. His extensive translation of Stanley Kunitz poetry earned him a nomination from Kunitz to join Iowa International Writing Program in the fall of 1981.  Upon his return to Egypt he was detained and was put under house arrest by the Mubarak secret police for his peace efforts and for criticizing Mubarak’s dictatorship and for accepting a peace award from the Lions Club of San Francisco. In 1983 he was released and flew to the U.S. with his American wife.

Professor & Teacher

After a long career in academic and field surgery in many war zones overseas, Hani started to teach at the UI College of Medicine in 1984 and was selected as Faculty of the Year three times during the 1980. Upon his retirement from surgery in 1989, he enrolled in the College of Education and received his art teaching license in 1990 and then a ‘Master of Art’ six years later. He taught in Iowa City Schools for twenty years with emphasis on at-risk students. In an article about Hani’s retirement, veteran teacher Jan Smith wrote,

“To his students the degrees and publications and awards are not what matters. To them he is the consummate teacher. As colleagues, we appreciate him and the work he has done to further alternative education. We benefit from the legacy he is leaving behind – a beautiful building (of Tate High School) that was part of his vision and his daily example of patience and generosity.”