Lives of the fellows

Sunil Inderraj Handa

b.28 January 1959 d.7 March 2016
BMedSc Leicester(1980) MB ChB(1982) MRCP(1986) MRCPath(1992) FRCP(1997) FRCP Edin(1998) MBA Wolverhampton(1999) FRCPath(2000)

Sunil Inderraj Handa was a consultant haematologist in Wolverhampton. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His father, Inderraj Kesholal Handa, was a civil servant and bursar of a high school; his mother, Nirmala Devi Handa, was a teacher. His two younger brothers also became doctors. He was educated in Nairobi, at Eastleigh Secondary School and Jamhuri High School, and then moved to the UK, where he initially studied at Basingstoke Technical College and subsequently at the University of Leicester. While at medical school he worked as a scientific officer in a haematology laboratory, an experience which set the course of his career. He gained a BMedSc with first class honours in 1980 and qualified in 1982.

He was a senior house officer at Hammersmith Hospital and went on to Edinburgh, where he was a registrar at the Royal Infirmary and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children from 1986 to 1987. He then spent two years as a Medical Research Council training fellow in the department of molecular biology, University of Edinburgh. From 1990 to 1993 he was a senior registrar in haematology at the North West Regional Health Authority.

He was subsequently appointed as a consultant haematologist at Sandwell Hospital and later moved to a larger unit at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, where he took part in national trials for haemato-oncology and developed his interests in haemoglobinopathies and paediatric haematology. He also gained an MBA from the University of Wolverhampton’s business school.

Outside medicine he was interested in walking, swimming, badminton, current affairs and bridge. After he retired he became a governor of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust.

Handa died from complications of oral cancer and was survived by his wife, Alka Shivani Handa, a civil servant.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2016 354 3908 – accessed 29 June 2018]

(Volume XII, page web)

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