Lives of the fellows

Sharif Mohamed Anwar Hussain

b.30 October 1938 d.21 December 2009
MB BS Dhaka(1962) MRCP(1970) FRCP Glasg(1981) FRCP Edin(1987) FRCP(1993)

Anwar Hussain was a consultant geriatrician at Bassetlaw Hospital, Nottinghamshire. He was born in the Narail district, in what is now Bangladesh, the son of Mohamed Sayem Sharif, a police inspector, and Khatun Zannat Sharif. He studied medicine in Dhaka, qualifying in 1962, and was then selected as a state scholar for higher medical training. He went to the UK in 1965.

He worked in a number of London hospitals, before commencing his specialist training in geriatrics. He was a senior registrar at King’s College Hospital from 1971 to 1975. He was then a locum consultant at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and in Hackney, before being appointed to Nottinghamshire. He served in the same hospital for nearly 20 years.

When he arrived, the geriatric services in the hospital were rudimentary. To a large extent, he built up the service on his own, including overseeing the building of a dedicated elderly ward and the setting up of a day hospital. As a single-handed consultant in elderly services, he was often on call, but took this onerous responsibility without reluctance or hesitation.

His special interests were Parkinson’s disease and hypothermia in the elderly, and he ran a special Parkinson’s clinic long before these became the norm in geriatric units.

During the many years of his tenure he served on local and regional geriatric bodies, and was at the forefront of the campaign to improve fledgling units in the smaller district hospitals.

He served his local hospital in many different ways, notably as clinical tutor for many years. This brought him into contact with many distinguished academics who were invited by him as guest speakers to the hospital postgraduate meetings. He maintained a good rapport with the local general practitioners who regularly attended these events.

Anwar was known for his care of and concern for trainee doctors, who received a great deal of counsel and practical help from him.

Anwar took early retirement owing to ill health, but remained active until a year before he died. Being a devoted Muslim, he spent the latter part of his life in religious service, often being available to expound on the Koran in the local mosque. He was a moderate, staunchly advocating peace and harmony at all times between religious and racial divides.

Anwar’s other passion was cooking, in particular Bengali dishes, fish curry being his favourite. He delighted in inviting his friends and colleagues to taste his culinary skills.

He was noted both for his plain speaking and for his sincerity. He was survived by his wife, Fatima, whom he married in 1963, one son and one daughter, and a grandchild.

Moses Mahen Muthiah

[References:, 2010 340 1289; The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh – accessed 14 November 2011]

(Volume XII, page web)

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