The year 1933 witnessed the birth of a medical icon in Kadugli, exactly on Wednesday 28th of June, when Professor El Hadi Ahmed El Sheik was born. Then 30 years later he graduated in medicine from Ein Shams University, Cairo.
Most of his post graduate studies in Ophthalmology were conducted in the University of London between 1964 until 1990. There he was climbing the stairs toward being a leader in his field, in which he became later a professor in Ophthalmology.
Sudan was the foundation of which he started his professional career. Here in his beloved country he started as medical officer in a city nearby his hometown ‘Atbara’. Afterword he started to recognize his passion of Ophthalmology. This led him to work in this specialty for the rest of his life in which he spent the rest of that decade travelling around the country, reaching far and near patients in all over Sudan. The provinces he had worked include :Blue Nile, Equatoria, Upper Nile, Bahar Al-Gazal and Khartoum.
• Published more than 40 article and textbooks-chapter
• Initiated and supervised good number of Undergraduate & Post-Graduate Students
• Conducted many filed research works
• Participant in many conferences and meetings around the globe.
• Honorary Senior Register
• Lecturer then professor in Ophthalmology
• W.H.O Research Fellow at the institute of Ophthalmology
• Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, (UK)
• Field Work on "Prevention of Blindness from trachoma" in Southern Iran
• contributed to the improvement of general ophthalmic surgery in the Sudan
• Established the ophthalmic unit at the Department of Surgery and the Ophthalmic Centre, University of Khartoum.
After about 40 years o fruitful endowment to the medical academic field this donor had to let his seeds grown. That is the year 1998 was the last year. His retirement was a huge loss to the whole medical academic world not only to the faculty and the students and all who knew him from the smallest employee to the biggest professor.
The last days of this productive life sadly ended in 2009. He died in his way to help his patients. In that morning Sudanese medical board and the whole community lost one of great pillars in the field of Ophthalmologyand humanitarian care, that is he left an unforgettable touches in science as well as humans themselves.