Abdel Halim Mohammed Abdel Halim

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 10 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2311
  1. Farouk Fadl

    Distinguished physician before and after Sudan’s independence

    Abdel Halim Mohammed Abdel Halim was born in colonial Sudan and became the first Sudanese doctor to occupy senior medical roles at home and abroad. He was a senior physician before and after Sudan gained independence from Great Britain, and he was the first Sudanese doctor to become a member of the Royal College of Physicians, in London, in 1948, and 14 years later its first Sudanese fellow. He maintained his friendship with his British teachers and colleagues long after their retirement to the United Kingdom, after Sudan’s independence in 1956, and he rarely missed his annual visits to Britain.

    Father of medicine

    Halim was one of few Sudanese people to occupy senior positions in Sudan during British rule. He was the first Sudanese person to become director of Omdurman Hospital, the second largest hospital in Sudan, in 1953. A year later, under British rule, he became the first Sudanese person to hold the post of …

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