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Biographical entry Thomas, Zachariah (1946 - 1997)

MRCS and FRCS 1978; MB BS Vellore 1969.

19 August 1997
General practitioner and Palliative care specialist


Zach Thomas was born in India and qualified from Vellore with a gold medal. After early medical posts in India and Tanzania, he went to England to train in surgery. After passing the FRCS, he emigrated to Canada in 1981 to do general practice in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was a founding member of the Canadian and Saskatchewan palliative care associations, and eventually became medical director of palliative care services in Saskatchewan. A committed Christian, he promoted health care programmes in India, for which he was awarded the United Nations global certificate in 1995.

He died of a myocardial infarction on 19 August 1997, leaving a wife, Elizabeth, a consultant microbiologist, and three daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1998 316 559, with portrait].

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