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Biographical entry Nassar, Wadi Yusuf (1932 - 2011)

MD American University of Beirut 1956; MCh Liverpool 1967; LAH Dublin 1967; FRCS 1969; DLO 1984; OBE 2005.

2 March 1932
Jifna, Palestine
6 November 2011
ENT surgeon


Wadi Yusuf Nassar was an ENT surgeon at Wythenshawe and Withington hospitals, Manchester. He was born in Jifna, a small village near Jerusalem, in the then Palestine, the fourth child and second son of Yousif Nassar, a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church, and Zakia née Samara, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated in Jerusalem at Beir Zeit College and Rashedya College, and then went on to the American University of Beirut to study medicine, graduating in 1956 with an MD. He then joined the Jordanian Army as a major, commanding the 4th field ambulance.

He went to the UK to train in ENT surgery, initially in London, and gained his MCh from Liverpool. He fully intended to return to his homeland, but was encouraged to remain by his consultant when he was at Stockport, Kenneth Harrison. He then took the primary and final FRCS within six months and joined the Manchester training circuit as a registrar and senior registrar in ENT. He also lectured at Manchester University.

In 1970 he obtained his consultant post at Wythenshaw and Withington hospitals, later the University Hospital of South Manchester. He also had sessions at Stretford Memorial Hospital and Trafford General Hospital.

He was an invited speaker at international conferences. He helped develop tympanometry and Teflon paste augmentation of the vocal cord, and established training schemes for junior doctors in the Middle East.

Outside medicine, he was a justice of the peace, an active Rotarian, and a trustee of Manchester Council for Community Relations. He was awarded an OBE in 2005.

While working as a registrar at Stockport Royal Infirmary he met Gwen Wood, a theatre nurse. They married in 1968 and had two children: Victoria and Greg, who became head of clinical audiology at Trafford General Hospital. Gwen died of a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 1985. Wadi Nassar died in Wythenshawe Hospital on 6 November 2011, aged 79.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2011 343 7511].

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