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Biographical entry Shaeena, Petrous Roufa (1935 - 2011)

MB ChB Baghdad 1959; LMSSA 1968; FRCS Edin 1969; FRCS 1970; DMJ 1980.

13 October 1935
Baghdad, Iraq
23 April 2011
General practitioner and Police surgeon


Petrous Roufa 'Peter' Shaeena was a general practitioner in Coventry and a police surgeon. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, on 13 October 1935, the son of Roufa Shaeena, professor of woodcraft and cabinet making at Baghdad Technical College and a lecturer at the Engineering College, Baghdad, and Sabiha Shaeena née Jacob, a housewife. One uncle was a doctor and several of his cousins became doctors and pharmacists. He was educated at an elementary Catholic school, an intermediate school in Rasafa, and then at Al-Markazia Secondary School, where he gained his baccalaureate with distinction. He then studied medicine in Baghdad, gaining his MB ChB in 1959, as one of the top six graduates.

He held junior posts in Iraq, at the Children's and Republic teaching hospitals in Baghdad and at Kut Hospital.

He then went to the UK. He held senior house officer posts at Albert Dock Hospital, London, Harold Wood Hospital, London, Leicester Royal Infirmary and Coventry and Warwick Hospital. He then became a registrar at St Cross Hospital, Rugby, in orthopaedics and general surgery, and was subsequently a registrar at Coventry and Warwick Hospital in orthopaedics.

In 1973 he became a general practitioner in Coventry and a clinical forensic examiner for the West Midlands police. He resigned from the NHS in 1990, in protest at the imposition of new contracts by the Government, which he felt were not in the interests of patients or doctors. He continued with his police work until January 1999, when he stopped working due to ill health. He officially retired in April 1999.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed sports, including cycling, walking, swimming and ballroom dancing. He was also interested in drawing and painting, including watercolours and oils, and car mechanics. He owned several cars.

In 1968 he married Madeline Rita, a radiographer, whom he had met at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital. They had one son, James William Edward. Peter Shaeena died on 23 April 2011, at the age of 75, from long-standing complications associated with diabetes.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [Coventry Evening Telegraph no date,+75%3B+Doctor+also+worked+as...-a0255011979 - accessed 30 April 2014].

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