Lives of the fellows

Musaad Ali Musaad

b.1 January 1944 d.? May 2003
MB BS Khartoum(1968) MRCP(1977) FRCP(1992)

Musaad Ali Musaad was a gastroenterologist based in New Zealand. He was born in Hayal, a small agricultural village near Medani, in the Sudan. One of ten children born to a wealthy landowning/farming family, he took it upon himself to enter higher education at a time when following his father's footsteps to manage the family's extensive agricultural lands would have been a more profitable option.

A brilliant student of mathematics, he spent a brief period in the mathematics department of Khartoum University, later changing to the biology department and then entering the medical school.

He married when a student and graduated in 1968 to pursue a career in medicine that started in the Khartoum Teaching Hospital and culminated in his attaining his membership of the College during his training in Bristol to become a gastroenterologist. He later established the endoscopy department in the Al-Jazeera Hospital, Abu Dhabi, and was actively involved in training students and doctors. He progressed to attain the Fellowship of the College in 1992.

Tireless in the pursuit of furthering his career, he emigrated to New Zealand in 1994, where he worked in the Hawera, Palmerston North and Middlemore Hospitals in Auckland.

Musaad was a person of great ambition and aspirations, continuously trying to better himself, a quality he endeavoured to instill into his children. He never lost an opportunity to learn something new to upgrade his medical skills, applying himself wholeheartedly to any development in his field. He was also blessed with an insight that much preceded his time. His enduring catchphrase was: "Intelligence isn't just attaining degrees, it's having enough commonsense to see the wider picture, rather than adopting a tunnel vision." He was extremely loyal to his close lifelong friends. He was an advocate of "perfecting" what one does, no matter how small the task. It was therefore not surprising that, professionally, he was held in high regard.

He loved to laugh and had a more accurate analysis of the idiosyncrasies of the British parliament than many of the political analysts of today! He was also a keen Leeds United fan in the 1970s. He was a huge fan of Diana Ross, ABBA and Ken Booth and had complete collections of their music.

He left behind his devoted wife of 37 years whom he loved dearly, and to whom to he was a friend and mentor. He was often described as a "mother hen" by his friends - disregarding the costs of travel, his children and wife accompanied him everywhere he went.

Sahar Musaad

(Volume XI, page 411)

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