Our Team

Hazem Barmada, MD, FRCSEd, FRCSEd (CTh), FRCS (CTh)

GCSC Dr. Hazem BarmadaLong before he became a serious stem cell research doctor on the Gulf Coast, Dr. Hazem Barmada began his medical career in 1974, when he graduated from Manchester University Medical School in the UK. After finishing his internship in ENT surgery and hematology, Dr. Barmada held a two-year residency in pathology and internal medicine. He believed that such experience would make him a better surgeon. In 1977, Dr. Barmada started a general and pediatric surgical residency, followed by a residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, working with two of the giants of cardiac surgery: Donald Ross and Sir Magdy Yacoub. Over the next several years, Dr. Barmada acquired extensive experience in cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery.

In 1991, he joined the Heart Institute at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon, as a chief fellow working alongside the world-renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr. Albert Starr (the first surgeon in the world to insert a valve in a heart). He later became an associate in cardiac surgery at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Hospital.

In 2000, he settled on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he operated extensively at several coastal hospitals, performing thoracic, cardiac and vascular (including endovascular and dialysis access) surgery. Over the years, he developed a special interest in renal dialysis access work and in venous and lymphatic disorders. In summer 2011, Dr. Barmada decided to dedicate more time to his expanding venous practice; in addition to developing an interest in aesthetics; then, interest in the use of stem cells for the investigational deployment in inoperable conditions he encountered quite frequently over decades, including vascular ischemic occlusions, severe COPD and heart conditions.

Dr. Barmada’s prestigious awards and associations include membership of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society for Vascular Ultrasound, the American Venous Forum and the American College of Phlebology, a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, England, a fellow of the British Boards in Cardiothoracic Surgery and previous membership of the editorial board of the Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants. Dr. Barmada possesses two active medical licenses in Mississippi and Louisiana, and he has two US patents.

Suzanne Rinno, Ph.D., Director of Stem Cell TechnologyGCSC Suzanne Rinno, Ph.D.

Dr. Suzanne Rinno is a Medical Biochemist.

Dr. Rinno received her Ph.D. from Manchester Medical School in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rinno worked as a research assistant and as a postdoctoral fellow at Manchester University Medical School in England. More recently she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Oregon Science University in Portland, OR.

She is currently the director of stem cell technology at the Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center in Ocean Springs, MS.

Our Extended Team

Our external team includes medical providers of various specialties who refer patients for stem cell therapy and may participate to varying degrees in consultation, preparation, and deployment of SVF and after-care of patients. These include specialists in Interventional Radiology, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology, Pain Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Urology. Our stem cell doctor and staff who regularly collaborate to achieve our mission of “excellence with a human touch.”

At the Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, we also emphasize close cooperation with affiliates of the Cell Surgical Network, benefiting from the innovations and findings of other stem cell doctors. We also collaborate specifically the staff and stem cell doctors at the California Stem Cell Therapy Center: Dr. Mark Berman, Dr. Elliot Lander, Dr. Jackie See and Dr. Jon Braslow. Learn more about the power of stem cells currently being researched by stem cell doctors, or contact us to meet our accomplished medical team.