Lives of the fellows

Siddig Ahmed Ismail

b.19 March 1936 d.13 September 2010
MB BS Khartoum(1959) MRCP FRCP(1981) FAAC(1982)

Siddig Ahmed Ismail was director of postgraduate medical studies at the University of Khartoum. Born in Sudan, he was the son of Ahmed Ismail Abbo, a civil servant, and his wife, Sakina Mustafa née Mohed . After attending Khor Taggat Secondary School, he studied medicine at the University of Khartoum and the Khartoum Teaching Hospital, winning the prestigious Lord Kitchener prize.

In 1965 he won a scholarship to the UK and trained at Bristol and the old St George’s Hospital at Hyde Park Corner. The following year he returned to the Sudan as a lecturer in medicine at the University of Khartoum where he stayed for three years. At the end of the 1960s he returned to the UK to undertake advanced training in cardiology at the Hammersmith and Middlesex hospitals and in Sweden. On completion he took a post as cardiologist with the Ministry of Health in the Sudan in 1969, coming back to London in 1972 to spend some time at the National Heart Hospital. He was promoted to senior consultant cardiologist in the Sudan in 1974, meanwhile continuing his teaching at Khartoum University faculty of medicine where he was appointed professor of medicine in 1981.

He had been on the council of the university from 1974 and, in 1986, was appointed assistant dean of the graduate college and director of the medical and pharmacy committee. The following year he took on the three year role of director of the medical postgraduate board and, after that, was dean of the medical college in 1990, becoming the longest serving dean by remaining in post until 2000. During his tenure he promoted a considerable expansion of the opportunities for medical postgraduates in his country. He retired as an emeritus professor in 2002.

One of the pioneers of cardiology in the Sudan, he was the first Sudanese to be elected a fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 1982. He was an examiner for the RCP and the Pakistan College of Physicians and Surgeons. From 1987 he chaired the Sudanese Cardiac Society and was president of the Association of Physicians of the Sudan from 1992 to 1994. A temporary advisor to the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a member of a consultative regional group for sharing experiences on graduate training, he was also a member of the WHO committee on rheumatic fever.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed football and tennis. A keen reader, he was extremely knowledgeable in the fields of politics, art, literature and music.

In 1975 he married Magda Abdel Moneim Abbas, who was the daughter of Abdel Moneim Abbas, a librarian. They had three daughters and a son, Two daughters, Azza and Rayan, qualified in medicine, as did his son, Ahmed. Their other daughter, Reem, was a French language graduate. His wife predeceased him in 2006, and he was survived by his children and granddaughter, Magda.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2010 341 6871; Sudan Med J; Prabook – all accessed 10 June 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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