Lives of the fellows

Shujja-Ud Din

b.19 September 1933 d.3 July 2006
MB BS Karachi(1956) DIM&H(1959) MRCP Glasg(1968) MRCP(1968) FRCP Glasg(1981) FRCP(1992)

Shujja-Ud-Din, affectionately known as ‘Dr Din’, was a consultant in geriatric medicine in York. He was born in Lahore, the son of Shah Din, an accountant in the Indian Audit Service, and Rashida Shah Din. In 1947, on the partition of India, the family moved to Karachi in Pakistan, where he was educated. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College, Karachi, and graduated in 1956. He completed his junior house physician posts in general medicine and neurology at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, Karachi.

In 1959 Shujja-Ud-Din emigrated to the UK to further enhance his knowledge of medicine. He worked as a house officer in medicine and surgery at Kent, North Devon and Alton general hospitals. For his senior house officer and registrar posts he worked in north Devon and Hartlepool. He was later appointed as a specialist in general medicine at Newark. In 1972 he became a senior registrar in geriatric medicine in the west Cornwall clinical area.

Shujja-Ud-Din joined the York hospitals in 1974 as a consultant in geriatric medicine. He served the elderly community of York with extreme compassion and devotion, giving 24 years of loyal service. He retired in 1998.

The seventies and eighties were challenging years for elderly medicine. There was a shift from mainly long-term to more acute and rehabilitative care. The care of the elderly department had over 400 beds in six hospitals in York and the surrounding area. Shujja-Ud-Din, along with his colleagues, helped to commission two 32-bedded wards at the newly built York District Hospital for acutely ill elderly patients. Gradually, over 15 years, all the old long-stay cottage hospitals were closed and replaced by community units for the elderly (CUEs), scattered in and around the York area. Each CUE unit had 20 rehabilitation beds and a 20-place day hospital. Din put much time and energy in bringing about this modernisation. He was also instrumental in setting up the stroke unit at St Mary’s Hospital, the former workhouse, providing investigations, treatment and rehabilitation to stroke patients.

Shujja-Ud-Din was a good-hearted, humble and intellectual man. He was a generous mentor, very much liked and appreciated by his junior staff and patients alike. He was very particular about doing daily ward-rounds, irrespective of his other duties.

Shujja-Ud-Din played an active part in the local Muslim community in York, including assisting in the establishment of a school for children to learn Urdu and other religious teachings. In 1983, the York Muslim Association was set up by a small group of Muslims. Shujja-Ud-Din was one of the most influential founders of this organisation who inspired and motivated many members of the community. As a result of his dedication and progressive ideas, he became a highly respected member of the community and was subsequently elected chairman of the York Muslim Association in 1984, serving until his death. His efforts contributed to the organisation establishing a Sunday school for children and a place of worship. Shujja-Ud-Din was always there to help and advise the local community. He will certainly be remembered as an important pillar of the York Muslim Association.

He leaves a devoted wife, Farzana, two sons and a grandson.

N S Palta

(Volume XII, page web)

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