b.15 February 1958 d.17 January 2002
MB BS Lond(1981) MRCP(1984) MD(1991) FRCP(1997)
Manjit Shahi, known as ‘Jim’, was a cardiologist at the Middlesex and Reading hospitals. As a small child he was brought to the UK, to Loughborough, from Kenya. He was brought up in Loughborough with his siblings and excelled at school. He went on to St Mary’s Hospital medical school, where by all accounts he was a very lively and amusing medical student. Some of his contemporaries were surprised at his subsequent distinguished career.
After training posts he returned to St Mary’s as a senior registrar and research worker. At St Mary’s Jim Shahi played a key role in the development of both coronary angioplasty and cardiac electrophysiology services. Without him it is difficult to imagine that either would have grown as quickly as they did.
His joint appointment to Reading and the Middlesex Hospital in 1994 was at a time of rapid development of cardiology in district general hospitals and he used his considerable political skills to help build a large integrated cardiac department at Reading. He was greatly helped by technical and radiology staff who followed him from St Mary’s.
At the Middlesex hospital his weekly angioplasty sessions were productive and provided a good teaching opportunity. He established the foundations of interventional electrophysiology in that department.
Jim enjoyed skiing and partying but always his overwhelming interests were family, work and his parents. Tragically he became seriously ill in August 2001. Despite chemotherapy and radiotherapy he died from his cancer a few months later.
He will be remembered as a very slick operator in the catheter lab, but overall he will be terribly missed by his many colleagues who feel richer for having known and worked with him. He leaves a wife, Babli, and two daughters.
John A Bell
(Volume XI, page 512)
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