A statue to honour the achievements of the research team at Harefield Hospital's heart science centre was unveiled by the Prime Minister last Friday.
Gordon Brown was guest of honour at the Magdi Yacoub Institute (MYI), in Rickmansworth Road, Harefield, as the work of art was revealed.
Sir Magdi was also on hand to see the statue of Greek god Prometheus unveiled on the lawn facing the MYI, where it is expected to serve as a symbol of the advancement of man's knowledge.
It is a gift to the centre from the doctors and scientists of Praxiteleion, Athens, who are involved in similar work and have a great respect for everyone connected with Harefield.
Mr Brown is a close friend of Sir Magdi and said: "He has done tremendous work, not just for heart patients but also for the NHS.
"He has an incredible ability to oversee the development of some of the most cutting edge medical technology in existence."
He then joked: "Of course, he still struggles to use a mobile phone."
Before he took the Prime Minister on a tour of the institute, Sir Magdi said: "He has been a great supporter of the centre for many years and also my charity Chain of Hope.
"He has made it possible to keep bringing science and medicine closer together and I thank him for all he has done for us."
The tour included the tissue culture labs where stem cell research is carried out by scientists from Italy, Egypt, America and the UK.
Mr Brown met and chatted to many of the key figures, including meeting a patient who is benefitting from the latest in artificial hearts.
The statue's sculptor is Pavlos Angelos Kougioumtzis, who said: "The work took me around six months to complete.
"I am inspired by Greek philosophy, and Prometheus gave fire to mankind, bringing light into their lives and creating the spark of knowledge which burns to this day.
"Having this work here at Harefield represents the struggle of man to reach the limits of the impossible. The fact it was unveiled by the Prime Minister makes me very proud and hugely honoured."
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, who is both leader of Hillingdon Council and chief executive of the MYI, said: "Prometheus is the God who gave people the ability to use knowledge.
"From that point we have developed this centre where some truly amazing breakthroughs are being made.
"Today is a celebration of all that we have achieved so far."