Izzat Murayden (1908-2000) was born and raised in
Damascus. He studied at the Arab Medical School (renamed Damascus University
in 1923) and graduated in 1930. From 1932 to 1934, he underwent training in
France, then returned to open a clinic in Damascus. In 1947, Murayden became
private physician to President Shukri al-Quwatli and a professor of medicine at
When Quwatli was overthrew by a military
coup d'etat in March 1949, Murayden became private physician to Syria's new
president, Husni al-Za'im, and to his prime minister, Muhsen al-Barazi. In 1957, he became
dean of the Medical School and kept this post until 1965.
During Syria's union years with Egypt
(1958-1961), Murayden worked as a visiting professor at Cairo University. He
retained his teaching post until 1971. Then he retired from academics and
devoted the remainder of his years to his medical clinic.