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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-3 Table of Contents     

In memory of two departed AER editors: Hilmi Hijazi and Mahmoud Keilani

Professor of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan

Date of Web Publication16-Sep-2010

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Izdiad Badran
Professor of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University, Amman
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DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.69296

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Anesthesia Essays and Researches resumed publication online on the 25th silver anniversary of the Pan Arab Anesthesia and Intensive Care. Many members of the editorial board have passed away since then. It would be on a personal level to many anesthesiologists and the author is one of them. With these editors, many bright things had happened to anesthesia and to anesthesiologists.

It would be a remembrance of their effort in upgrading to the status of anesthesiologists in the Arab World. Dr. Hilmi would pay his tribute to anesthesia quality and efforts to anesthesia more than the call of duty, people who contributed to scientific, social and professional

   Hilmi Hijazi (1932-2006) Top

Dr. Hilmi was born in Gaza district on 1 July 1932 and died on 1 July 2006 [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Hilmi Hijazi (1932-2006)

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He started dreaming of becoming a doctor at the age of seven, when he told his father about his dream and what he wanted to become when he grew up.

In 1950, he studied medicine in Cairo, Egypt, but due to family circumstances he left his studies to work in Kuwait as a teacher for 2 years, then he got a scholarship from Jordan to study medicine in Britain. He graduated in 1960. He got his DA from London in 1964, and in 1970 he passed the examination of the British fellowship in anesthesia (FFARCS) and he was the first candidate from Jordan to get this degree.

Since then, he had been considered as the father figure of anesthesia in Jordan. He stayed for four decades as a pioneer in anesthesia. As a fully qualified anesthesiologist, he attained the highest position in the military medical services . He was Chairman of Anesthesia Department in King Hussein Medical Center (KHMC). He was the private doctor for the Royal family of late King Hussein . He was the first and main anesthetist for cardiac and kidney transplantation in King Hussein Medical Center. He achieved a high rank in the army (General). In 1995, he retired and left KHMC and worked in private sector at Amman Surgical Hospital as a head of the department. He was the president of Anesthesia Society in Jordan and he pursued his efforts to make progress in his profession, with his colleagues.

One important development was to participate in the process of Jordan Medical Council project for anesthesia. He was elected by coworkers in the Anesthesia committee, Majed Hadadin, Mahmoud Keilani, Mohamad Takrouri and Izdiad Badran, to chair this committee which created the Jordan Board in Anesthesia.

The above group at Jordan Medical Council was fortunate enough to lead the sectors of anesthesiologists to conduct this magnificent undertaken. Also, he was elected the president of the first Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, which was held in Amman in November 1985. His leadership mobilized tens of anesthesiologists including Gamal Shareef Al Shanableh, the Secretary from AMS, and everyone from the Ministry of Health and private sector, and this was held in a great productive way. One example was the pioneering work to discuss about the Brain Death issue. Many scholars from different sectors of society participated in the discussion.

He worked on the adoption of brain death criteria presented in the symposium of brain death during the first Pan Arab congress and it was approved by the Fatwa Committee in Jordan and subsequently endorsed. The atmosphere after the first Pan Arab Congress under his leadership, led to conduct the second Pan Arab congress. He became member of Arab Scientific committee which was the nucleus of Arab Federation Society of Anesthetists and which was formed in Tunisia in 1989, and he was the first president.

Dr. Hilmi was a pacifier, mentor, father figure to all, good hearted, courteous, and loved to help others, especially the poor and vulnerable persons. He had a sense of national patriotism, which led him to shed tears for Iraq and Palestine.

His hobby was collecting plates and cups, ceramics from the countries he visited. Also, he was interested in poetry, drawing, calligraphy, and had some artists as his friends.

Some of the Lebanese Calligraphers and writers wrote about him when they heard about his death:
"I realized how the loss will be a friend and brother And how to lose humanitarian man who spent his life proving to people that humanity has the right to not just theory in the imagination of people sing them, but a reality achieved in big heart like his heart, and mind prudent like his mind, and the spirit that it is 'command of my Lord.'"

He is survived by his wife and one son and two daughters. David, his son, is a Captain pilot, and the two daughters are Yasmin and Janin.

Many of his Arab friends wrote about him as well.

It can be said that his death is a great loss to Arab anesthetists and friends.

   Mahmoud Keilani (1940-2009) Top

Dr. Mahmoud was the son of the late Sheikh Rashid Keilani. He was born in Maan on 29 February 1940 and died on 2 October 2009 [Figure 2].
Figure 2: Mahmoud Keilani (1940-2009)

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He was a prominent student in schools, especially good at mathematics.

Therefore, he was granted a scholarship to study Medicine in Baghdad in 1959. After the first year of his study, he went to Cairo to pursue his studies and graduated in 1964 from Ain Shams University. He got his DA from Dublin in 1967 and his fellowship of Royal College in 1976 from London.

He worked in KHMC for 22 years and left as a Brigadier General. In 1985, he worked in private sector Amman Al-Khalidi Hospital as a head of the department.

He was the president of Anesthesia Society in Jordan from 1993 to 1997, before which he was an active member of the Society. He was one of the founders of Arab Jordan Board for Anesthesia and ICU as mentioned earlier and he was the President of the board. He was the Chief Editor of Jordan Journal of Anaesthesia and he was the president of the first Jordanian Conference of Anesthesia and ICU.

He was one of the founders of Arab scientific committee established during the first Pan Arab congress, which was the nucleus of Arab Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists. It was founded in Tunisia in 1989. He was the Secretary General of the Federation between 1989 and 1991, and between 1996 and 2004.

He had a special interest in malignant hyperthermia and was the first to report this condition from Jordan. It was the subject of his several lectures, the last one was during the 9th Pan Arab Congress in Sharjah 2009.

He was honored by Medical Military services in the year 2007.

He loved poems and literary materials. His hobbies were writing and memorizing poems. He is survived by his wife and one son Zaid who is undergoing training in USA as a surgeon and three daughters; Rama, Rula and Razan, all of them graduated from Jordan universities.


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