Lives of the fellows

Hussein Kamal El-Shamy

b.31 May 1930 d.22 March 2018
MB BCh Ain Shams(1954) MRCP Edin(1962) LMSSA(1963) FRCP Edin(1976) FRCP(1994)

Hussein Kamal El-Shamy (generally known as Kamal Shamy in the UK) was a consultant dermatologist in York and Scarborough. He was born in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, the son of Sayed Ali El-Shamy, a headmaster, and Bahia Amin El-Shamy, a housewife. He was educated in Heliopolis and then studied medicine at Ain Shams University in Cairo.

He was a house physician, house surgeon and then a registrar in dermatology and venerology at Aims Shams Hospital. In 1957, he gained a diploma in dermatology and venereology from Ain Shams University, and from 1957 to 1959 he was a registrar in general medicine at Heliopolis General Hospital, Cairo.

In 1959, he moved to the UK and worked in Edinburgh and Peterborough before completing his dermatology training as a senior registrar in Sheffield. There he met another senior registrar, Margaret Sarson, who became his wife.

In 1964, he was appointed as a consultant dermatologist in York, also serving Scarborough district. This was a single-handed job until a second dermatologist was appointed in 1982. Kamal established an efficient and up-to-date service in both districts. This included ultraviolet phototherapy with the addition, in the 1970s, of photochemotherapy (mainly for psoriasis), and patch testing in the investigation of allergic contact dermatitis. He was one of the early practitioners of dermatological surgery.

Kamal regularly attended specialty meetings of the North of England Dermatological Society (of which he was president from 1990 to 1991), the dermatology section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and the British Association of Dermatologists. Patients with chronic conditions appreciated his clinical acumen and dedication. His clinical opinion was widely respected by colleagues. He retired from NHS practice in 1995.

Kamal and Margaret appreciated opera. They liked to attend performances in London after RSM meetings and would stay overnight in the Society’s Domus Medica. They enjoyed antiques, fine wine and travel.

Margaret, then Kamal, died in March 2018 within days of each other. They had no children. A joint humanist funeral in their former home village of Terrington was attended by many colleagues and friends.

Allan Highet

(Volume XII, page web)

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