Former St George’s Transplant Surgeon - Mr Adil El Tayar has died of Covid-19

March 30 2020
We are sorry to announce the death of our former transplant surgeon, Dr Adil El Tayar from COVID-19. He had volunteered to work at Hereford hospital during the coronavirus outbreak but fell ill at his home in London. Dr El Tayar worked at St George's for many years over several periods of time. He also worked elsewhere in the NHS, in Saudi Arabia and set up a transplant programme in his native Sudan.

Adil El Tayar had worked around the world including in Saudi Arabia, Sudan as well as at St Mary's and St George's hospitals in London.

His family said Dr El Tayar died on 25 March at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London.

Dr El Tayar graduated from the University of Khartoum in 1982 and moved to the UK in 1996, where he then studied at the University of West London.

He worked as a transplant surgeon at St George's Hospital, Tooting, before moving to Saudi Arabia in 2007, where he spent three years working at the King Fahd General Hospital in Jeddah.

In 2011, Dr El Tayar moved back to his native Sudan to help establish a transplant program and worked at the Ibn Sina Hospital, Khartoum.

Following this, he worked again at St George's Hospital as a locum surgeon.

Consultant surgeon at St George's, Abbas Ghazanfar paid this tribute to his former colleague:

He was a noble human being ... Mr El Tayar was a very hard working and dedicated surgeon who gave the precious gift of life to so many people around the world by his excellent transplanting skills ... he was an excellent colleague, a truly humble soul.

You can read a much fuller article by the BBC here:

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