11/01/1961 to 03/01/2020
Adel Aziz, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Southampton General Hospital, sadly died on 3 January 2020. Former RCEM President, Dr John Heyworth pays tribute.
Adel Aziz, Associate Specialist in the Emergency Department at University Hospital Southampton, died on 3 January 2020 following a brief illness borne with immense courage and characteristic dignity.
Adel is survived by his wife Amany and his children Sarah and Ahmed. He also leaves a legacy of truly remarkable achievement in Emergency Medicine in the UK and internationally, particularly in Egypt.
Adel’s outstanding contribution to Emergency Medicine was reflected in the award in 2019 of both the Royal College of Emergency Medicine medal and Honorary Fellowship of RCEM – an indication of the highest level of esteem in which Adel is held by his friends and colleagues in Emergency Medicine.
In November 2019 Adel was presented with the College medal in a ceremony held in the Emergency Department in Southampton with an audience of over 200 friends and colleagues from the hospital – it was a quite extraordinary outpouring of emotion and affection for Adel. In December 2019 the certificate of Honorary Fellowship was presented to Sarah and Ahmed Aziz by the President at the RCEM Diploma ceremony in London. Adel was profoundly moved by these important acknowledgements of his work in Emergency Medicine. The two ceremonies illustrated the level of gratitude for Adel’s work but also the love and respect for Adel’s personal support for colleagues over many years. It was typical of Adel’s modest and understated approach that much of the work he undertook supporting SAS doc-tors in Wessex and in the UK only became more generally known in recent months indicated by the astonishing numbers of visitors wishing to convey their thanks.
Adel’s impressive portfolio included work locally, nationally and internationally. In Wessex, Adel was the first Training Programme Director for SAS doctors, the SAS clinical tutor and led the Associate Specialist Forum. Nationally, Adel was chair of FASSGEM from 2014 – 2017 and organised a series of highly successful FASSGEM conferences. Internationally, Adel led on the development of Emergency Medicine and trauma care in Egypt and organised the International Trauma Series conferences in Cairo attracting celebrity Emergency Medicine speakers from around the world.
Adel encouraged, supported and mentored trainees and Consultant colleagues in all special-ties and many of us owe him a great debt for his generous and unselfish guidance. His gracious, patient and inclusive style has been an example to us all; in potentially challenging conversations we ask each other ‘what would Adel say?’ His courtesy in all situations remains legendary. His legacy of compassionate kindness will live on in all of us who have had the gift of working with him.
He is greatly missed.
John Heyworth and the UHS ED team