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Biographical entry Husain, Imtiaz (1943 - 2016)

MB BS Lahore; FRCS 1973.

18 September 1943
19 November 2016
Urological surgeon


Imtiaz Husain, known as 'Tazi', was a consultant urological surgeon at Bedford Hospital. Educated at King Edward's Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he obtained his medical degree, Tazi went to Oldham in 1965 for a house post. He was then a registrar at Northampton General in 1969.

After locums at Bedford Hospital, Tazi moved to Abu Dhabi to work at the Central Hospital. Here his planning skills came to the fore when he set up the urology department, edited a book Tropical urology (Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 1984) and was the founder of the Emirates Medical Journal. After a decade, he moved to King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to teach medical students at the hospital.

Another decade later he returned to the UK to join Bedford Hospital as a consultant urological surgeon. Here he made an enormous contribution to the development of urology services as well as taking on the role of divisional clinical director for surgery and anaesthetic services for some time.

Tazi had many interests outside of work. He was instrumental in setting up the Tempsford Memorial to honour the women secret agents who were flown out of RAF Tempsford to aid the Resistance in Europe during the Second World War. This was unveiled by the Prince of Wales in 2013.

He was also working on another project which he set up in January 2016 called the World Wars Muslim Memorial Trust. He made the mosaic for the memorial monument (just as he had done for the memorial in Tempsford), which he hoped would be set up at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to remember Muslim soldiers who fought for the UK in both world wars. He had met the Prince of Wales about this issue. Two weeks after he passed away the National Memorial Arboretum agreed to this proposal.

Tazi enjoyed life to the full. In the last few years he wrote a blog about his activities and anything that came to his mind. He travelled to his bolt hole in Paphos and to France regularly. He enjoyed fly fishing and carpentry, and was a self-taught portrait painter and cook. With so many pastimes he used to say he had been in the wrong profession! He enjoyed being with his family and grandchildren, with friends and colleagues especially over a glass or two of prosecco! In 1972 Tazi married Shama. They had two children, a daughter (Mishal) and a son (Haider).

Tazi Husain died peacefully at home in London surrounded by his family on 19 November 2016. He was 73.

Liaqat Chowoo

Sources used to compile this entry: [Tempsford Times Issue 61 Jan/Feb 2017 pp16-17 - accessed 27 July 2017].

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