b.1 August 1922 d.6 January 2004
MB Punjab(1944) MRCP Edin(1955) FRCP(1997)
Mohammad Bashir Azami was a consultant physician in Karachi, Pakistan. He studied medicine at King Edward Medical College, Lahore, qualifying in 1944, and immediately took up a commission in the Indian Medical Service. He served in the Middle East with the Indian Army Medical Corps until the end of the Second World War.
At the time of Indian independence in 1947 and partition, Azami opted to serve in the Pakistan Army. He gained his MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1955 with neurology as his special subject. He left the Army in 1965 with the rank of lieutenant colonel and set up in private practice.
Azami was an honorary registrar of the College of Surgeons and Physicians of Pakistan for 10 years until June 1988. During this period he developed links with the World Health Organization and with educational institutions in the US and UK. He was a founder member of the Pakistan Cardiac Society. He was awarded a gold medal by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in recognition for his services representing the College overseas.
Azami spent the last few years of his life with restricted mobility, following a hip fracture. Largely confined to his home, he was able to indulge his passion for reading on a variety of subjects, including Urdu poetry, history, philosophy and religion. His wife died in 2004. Azami himself died after a short illness. He was survived by his six children and 10 grandchildren
[J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2004; 34:333-4]
(Volume XII, page web)
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