Muhammad Yunus Khan

Muhammad was born on 11 September 1944 in Tanga in Tanzania, East Africa where he went to primary school. His family moved to Nairobi in Kenya where he went to secondary school. After Kenya, the family went to India, then Pakistan before finally settling in the UK where Mohammed wished to apply for university. After spending some time improving his initial grades, he won a prize whilst at college which improved his chances of gaining access to a medical degree in Manchester. He worked as a locum in accident and emergency services in Kent and then undertook training in Birmingham, working for six months in gynaecology. He then did the first part of his fellowship exam, working at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London. Although a post became available in Birmingham he did not want to move his family again, so decided to remain in London, but his post there then ended. He found it difficult to find additional work, so he decided to leave the UK for the Middle East, remaining there for 10 years. Whilst he was there he achieved the rank of Advanced Life Support Adviser to the Royal Clinic at Riyadh Military Hospital, Saudi Arabia. He eventually returned to the UK to a post as Consultant Anaesthetist for the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust at the King George Hospital. He retired in 2009 and as a practising member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community holds regular seminars about faith at mosques across the country.

The persistence of a young student

From a very young age I was always interested in what doctors did and if any doctor came to our house, I would carry his bag! I had great difficulties, to get into university. The Kenyan student office, that look after the affairs of students in Kenya, realised that I wouldn’t get into medical school, and I didn’t get admitted that year. So I had to go to a college in Kent to repeat part of my A Levels. I was offered a place that would probably get me into a dental college, or to study a degree in another subject, but I wasn’t interested in that.

I attended the college, and at the college I won a prize, and I think that prize was one of the things that probably got me into the university. I told them and they were very impressed, and I got into medical college!

Muhammad Yunus Khan

Tanzania