b.23 October 1902 d.2 January 1982
MB ChB Cairo(1925) MRCP(1931) MD(1932) FRCP(1963)
Mohammad Gaafar was born in Zifta, Egypt, the son of Mohammad Ahmed Gaafar, a merchant, and his wife Zeinab Abd El-Rayek, daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Saidia School, Cairo, and the University of Cairo, pursuing his clinical studies at the Kasr El Eini Hospital. Following graduation in 1925 he held various house appointments at the hospital and, from 1927 to 1928, was medical officer to the Egyptian Ministry of Public Health. In 1930 he joined the Egyptian Education Mission to London, spending a year on postgraduate work at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and obtaining his membership of the College in 1931. He then returned to Egypt and took his MD (Cairo) the following year. In 1935 he was appointed physician and medical tutor to the Kasr El Aini Hospital, and became assistant professor of general medicine in the faculty of medicine, University of Cairo, in 1939. He was promoted to professor in 1943, becoming head of the medical department in 1957. He wrote numerous papers, published in the Journal of the Egyptian Medical Association, and was elected president of the Egyptian Society of Endocrinology in 1960.
Mohammad Gaafar married Samaâ Mohamad Ahmad, daughter of a government official, and they had three sons and two daughters. One of his sons, MA Gaafar, is presently professor of medicine and endocrinology at the University of Cairo. Outside medicine, his interests included tennis, fishing and gardening. He was also a member of the Egyptian Shooting Club. Sadly, his later years were clouded by ill health, and he died after four years of a prolonged illness.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
(Volume VII, page 197)
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