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Dr. Tofy Mussivand

As a young boy, growing up in the Kurdish region of northwest Iran, Tofy Mussivand tended goats and sheep. Sleeping under the stars, he wondered at the meaning of the universe. In 1965, Mussivand left the Shah's Iran for studies in engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

After working for Alberta Energy, making a fortune in real estate and then losing it, Mussivand followed his wife into medical school. His unique combination of skills in engineering and medicine led to his invention of the world's most sophisticated and practical artificial heart. Working with the University of Ottawa's Heart Institute, Mussivand partnered with high tech entrepreneur Rod Bryden in 1996 to create World Heart Corporation. Together they are developing and marketing Mussivand's artificial heart technology. The Heartsaver is destined to save thousands of lives around the world.

From humble shepherd to world-famous heart inventor, Mussivand's immigrant experience is a classic success story.