Aligarh: Medical community has to bear a great loss as a noted vascular surgeon and the former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Prof Mohammad Hanif Beg passed away at the age of 69 in Moradabad.
Prof Beg served as the Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Chairperson, Department of Surgery, JNMC. He played a key role in the establishment and development of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and started the Open-Heart-Surgery procedure in 1988 at the JNMC.
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Extending condolences to the bereaved family of Prof Beg and the AMU fraternity, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Mohammad Gulrez said, “I offer my deepest condolences to Prof Beg’s family and AMU community and pray for the comfort for his loved ones at this difficult time. He was a selfless soul who earned admiration, respect and esteem as a distinguished surgeon and seasoned academic who anchored a number of developmental works at the J N Medical College and the university.”
“At this moment of sorrow and grief, we share the pain of Prof Beg’s family and pray to the Almighty for giving them strength and courage to bear this loss,” he added.
Prof Azam Haseen (Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery) expressed a deep sense of sorrow at his demise and prayed for solace to the bereaved family.
“Prof Beg mentored students with steadfast dedication, inspiring them to achieve their maximum potential. He also guided younger colleagues at key career moments for educational and professional strides,” he added.
Prof Beg established the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC).
He has published over 161 research papers in journals of national and international repute and attended more than 122 conferences in India and abroad. Prof Beg has supervised the thesis of 44 PG students. He serves as an editorial board member of fifteen journals acclaimed nationally and internationally and has been honoured with fellowships such as FICA, FIACS, FICS at national and international arenas.
Prof Beg is a recipient of many awards and fellowships at National and International levels such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Venus International Foundation and the prestigious Godrej S Karai Oration Award given by the Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of India.
He completed his MBBS from K G Medical College, Lucknow in 1976 and attended PGIMER Chandigarh for his MS (Surgery) and M Ch (CVTS) from 1980 to 1982. He joined JNMC as a lecturer in 1983 and became a reader in 1988 and Professor in 1993.
After retiring from AMU as it is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Prof Beg joined F H Medical College, Agra as the Director, Academic Program and Professor at the Department of Surgery.
Prof Beg is considered a pioneer in performing endoscopy and endoscopic removal of various foreign bodies from aero-digestive tracts since 1983. He has invented many new techniques such as designing of ‘Intercostal Tube drainage System’, which saves precious lives daily.
Prof Mohammad Hanif Beg also received the ‘Outstanding Scientist Award’ in the medicine category at VDGOOD International Scientist Awards in Trichy. Prof Beg was awarded for teaching, research and practice experience in cardiothoracic surgery with high achievements. He has invented many new techniques such as designing of ‘Intercostal Tube drainage System’, which saves precious lives daily. His death has created a void which can never be fulfilled.