Muhammad Shafiq

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 12 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f918
  1. John Clegg

Muhammad Shafiq was a surgeon in Manchester for nearly 40 years and worked for the North Manchester Health Authority from 1974 until the last few years. His repertoire included gastrointestinal and vascular surgery. He worked as a demonstrator in anatomy at his medical college for two years, finishing in February 1961, and then as a registrar in the department of surgery until 1964, when he came to England.

After studying at the postgraduate medical school at Hammersmith for a few months he became a senior house officer in trauma and surgery at the Princess Beatrice Hospital in Earls Court, London. He obtained the Hallet prize from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Lilly prize as a joint author in 1983. After several other posts, he became a senior registrar in cardiothoracic surgery at the Western Hospital, University of Southampton, in 1967, with further posts at the Harefield and London Chest hospitals. He had spells as a senior registrar in general surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and locum consultant surgeon at Plymouth General Hospital before becoming a senior surgical registrar on the Manchester rotation in 1973.

Apart from a busy life in a general hospital, he went to numerous international conferences during his career. His interests included academic talks on varicose veins and, even after he retired, computers and bridge. He enjoyed visiting his holiday home in southwest France, in between having various abdominal operations. For many decades, he enjoyed skiing, and this led to much exercise. While on holiday in France, he had an accident. He leaves his wife, Fay, and four children—Alexander, Johann, Naveeda, and Sarfraz—none of whom work in medicine.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f918


  • Consultant general surgeon (b 1935; q Nishtar Medical College, Multan, Pakistan 1957; FRCS Edin), d 10 September 2012.

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