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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-4  

In memory of departed editor of AER Burhan Adeen Alabed (1922-2014)

1 Department of Anesthesia, Alsafwah Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Faculty of Medicine, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria

Date of Web Publication11-Feb-2015

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Mohamad Said Maani Takrouri
Department of Anesthesia, Alsafwah Center, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.150678

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Professor Burhan Adeen Alabed was born on November 11, 1922 and died on September 30, 2014 in Damascus Syrian Arabic Republic.

Burhan Adeen was born to a prestigious family in one of the oldest region Al-Midan quarter. He started his primary education in Al-Midan Amiry Boys primary school and completed this stage in the same school. In 1934, he entered Frere Mary saint for secondary schooling and finished it in Laeec school in 1943 to get General Certificate of Education (Baccalaureate) in 1943. He entered medical school for 6 years to get graduation as a medical doctor in 1950. He was appointed as a lecturer in Damascus Medical School and started training in anesthesia under supervision of British Dr. Lesley Thomas Scott. In 1955, he was sent to Cleveland USA by the University of Damascus to continue training in Anesthesia at one of the teaching hospital in Western University in Cleveland Ohio - USA. In 1958 he returned from USA after finishing his training in 1962. Then he was appointed as an assistant professor then gradually promoted in academic positions to Chair Professor in 1971 in the Faculty of Medicine. Many scientific training visits were enriching that period so he visited United Kingdom and China for many interesting subspecialties training including Intensive care, blood banking, cardiac anesthesia and traditional Chinese medicine.

His leading position qualified him to initiate and to chair many important professional and government consultancy positions.

Since then, he had been considered as the father figure of anesthesia in Syria. He stayed for four decades as a pioneer in anesthesia. As a foundation anesthesiologist, he was the president of Syrian Anesthesia Society, and he pursued his efforts to make progress in his profession, with his colleagues.

One important development was to participate in the process of Pan Arab Scientific Committee initiated in 1980s. His efforts were culminated to the first Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care October 22, 1985, patronaged by Late King Hussein in Amman Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan.

He was an element who promoted Arabic language in medicine and translated many books in anesthesia and resuscitation and edited many lecture notes in Arabic. Also so many theses were written on anesthesia under his supervision. As one term president of PFSA, he presided the 4 th Pan Arab Congress in 1993 in Damascus Syria, which was patronaged by late president Hafez Al Assad.

He hold many advisory and professional positions in Syrian Ministry of Health and built a great foundation of medical practice and wrote to Arabic encyclopedia many chapters so he translated to WHO the simple English text anesthesia for region Hospital among many.

As postgraduate courses, he initiated in 1960s the training for residents and served in Arabian union of physicians representing his country. I would ascertain that there were many good deeds he participated in allowing the rise of modern anesthesia professionally and scientifically, one of his published photo with Professor Sir Robert Macintosh demonstrating his OME apparatus in medical school hospital to Syrian anesthesiologists in 1960s

He is survived by his wife he is survived by his lady wife Sabhat Al-Ajlani, his ladies daughters: Bareaa, Nada, Maria, and Azzah.

Many of his Arab friends, patients, students, nurses assistants; also many International Anesthesiologists will notice his passing away and our loss of great anesthesiologist, medical historian, teacher, editor, translator, and author.

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Marya Alabed helped in providing VV and images of her departed father.


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