Lives of the fellows

Muhammad Ziaullah

b.10 March 1912 d.21 June 1975
MB Punjab(1937) MRCP(1940) FCPS Pakistan(1964) FRCP(1967)

Born in Rawalpindi, the son of Maulvi Khuda Bakhsh of the Military Accounts Service, Muhammad Ziaullah was educated at the Islamia High School, Rawalpindi. He graduated MB BS of the Punjab University, from the King Edward Medical College, in 1937, with the added distinction of being first among all the candidates. He became MRCP in 1940, and on returning to India, joined the emergency cadre of the Indian Medical Service, in 1942. He saw active service in the Middle East and Europe, and was twice mentioned in despatches. In 1945, he was appointed a consulting physician to the Central Mediterranean Forces in the rank of a Colonel, and commanded a 1,000 bedded hospital.

After the war, he was appointed assistant professor of medicine at the newly-formed Glancy Medical College, Amritsar. He opted for Pakistan, and in 1954 was appointed professor of medicine at the Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore. In 1957, he was appointed professor of medicine at his alma mater, the KEM College in Lahore. He retired in 1964, but not before he was honoured with the FCPS (Pakistan). In 1967, he was elected FRCP.

Ziaullah was a gifted teacher, with an enormous sense of humour and a compassion that made him a beloved physician. He acted with charm and dignity towards his younger colleagues. His thirst for medical knowledge was insatiable, and this led to his voracious reading habits. He was as fluent in Arabic and Persian as he was in English.

Even after his retirement, he would always be present at medical meetings, with a smile for his younger colleagues, words of wisdom distilled from a wide experience, and still teaching a compassionate and kind approach to patients.

He married in 1933, and was blessed with a happy family of six children, the eldest becoming a distinguished gynaecologist.

RB Khambatta

[Lancet, 1975, 2, 331; J. Pakistan Med. Assoc., Sept 1975]

(Volume VI, page 490)

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