Abul Quasem Syed Mohammed Harun

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 24 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1255

Former professor of ophthalmology Dhaka, Bangladesh (b Chittagong, Bangladesh, 1936; q Dhaka Medical College 1957; FRCS, FRCOphth), died from a myocardial infarction on 1 June 2001.

He came to England in 1963 to pursue a career in ophthalmology. In 1978, at the invitation of the then minister for health, he returned to Bangladesh to help establish the National Institute of Ophthalmology in Dhaka, and went on to become its director. His main contribution was the introduction of modern ophthalmology to Bangladesh. In particular, he performed cataract surgery with intra-ocular lens implantation (now standard practice worldwide but a new technique at the time) and laser photocoagulation for diabetic retinopathy. He leaves a wife and a son.

[Shabbir Harun]

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