Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 272-273
Dr. Mohammed El Gammal MD 8th November 1951–25th January 2022
Ali Al Shoaiby
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, KSA
Ali Al Shoaiby
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|Date of Submission||02-Feb-2022|
|Date of Decision||03-Feb-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||03-Feb-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||17-Mar-2022|
|How to cite this article:|
Shoaiby AA. Dr. Mohammed El Gammal MD 8th November 1951–25th January 2022. Saudi J Anaesth 2022;16:272-3
It is with great sorrow that the Saudi Anesthesia Community has received the news of the passing away of Dr. Mohammed El Gammal, a prominent figure in the field of Anesthesiology in Saudi Arabia. The sad news of his demise came with shock and sadness to his colleagues, friends, students, and patients.
Dr. El Gammal's name has been closely linked to the development of anesthesia for conjoined twins' separation in Saudi Arabia.
He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Al Azhr University, Cairo, in 1976, then he completed his residency in Anesthesia at Johannes Gutenberg University Hospital in Mainz, Germany, and received his Fachartzt degree in Anesthesia in 1985.
Dr. El Gammal moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1986, where he worked at King Khalid University Hospital until 1997. He then worked at the Department of Anesthesia–King Abdul Aziz Medical City (KAMC), Ministry of National Guard in Riyadh from 1997 till 2011. He chaired the Department of Anesthesia at KAMC from 2006 until 2011.
Pediatric Anesthesia was his passion. He was a member of the Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship committee at the Saudi Council for Health Specialties, where he worked tirelessly in laying the foundation for a successful local program in Pediatric Anesthesia.
He pioneered the program of Conjoined twin separation at KAMC. His efforts in making this program successful were honored by bestowing on him the King Abdul Aziz honor medal (first degree) by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the late King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in 2003.
Dr. El Gammal moved to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia in 2011, where he became the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at King Fahad Specialist Hospital from 2011 till 2018.
He published many articles in the field of pediatric anesthesia nationally and internationally and was an active attendant in many international anesthesia congresses.
In 2019, he decided to retire from clinical work and go back to Egypt to enjoy his family and grandchildren.
I have known Mohammed El Gammal as a colleague, mentor, and boss. I have also known him as a dear friend. He was close to everybody who knew him, and was a great gentleman; his smile never separated from him, and was helpful to all who knew him.
Mohammed will certainly be missed. His work in the field of Anesthesia in Saudi Arabia will never be forgotten.
Mohammed is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
The Saudi Anesthesia Society (SAS) extends its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the Anesthesia community in Saudi Arabia, who have missed a man with rare qualities. May the Mighty God shower his mercy and forgiveness on his soul.
“Mohammed will never be forgotten.”