|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 1538
General Professor Khalaf Al Moutaery (1948-2018)
Malla Bhaskara Rao
Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Date of Web Publication||17-Sep-2018|
Dr. Malla Bhaskara Rao
Dr. Malla Bhaskara Rao, Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Rao MB. General Professor Khalaf Al Moutaery (1948-2018). Neurol India 2018;66:1538
General Professor Khalaf Al Moutaery passed away on January 29, 2018 after a brave fight with his disease. Prof. Al Moutaery has played a major role in the establishment and progression of modern neurosurgery in Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Al Moutaery was born in Taif, Saudi Arabia in 1948. He did his medical school in Germany before completing his neurosurgical training in Hanover and obtained the FACHARZT degree. The 35-year old young neurosurgeon was the first qualified Saudi neurosurgeon when he came back home in 1983 to establish the neurosurgical department at Riyadh Military Hospital. The Saudi Board in Neurosurgery was established in 1994 after great personal efforts from his side. In 1997, he successfully founded and published bi- annual neurosurgical journal “Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery”. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the “Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery”.
Prof. Al Moutaery was an international neurosurgical figure. He founded the Pan Arab Neurosurgical Society. He joined and served in the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) till he became the first Vice President of the organization and played a key role in the establishment of the Military Neurosurgeons Committee within the WFNS and served as the Chairman of the committee.
He put his country on the map of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and became a board member of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN). He organized many courses and meetings including the WSSFN course in Riyadh. His support was endless in establishing the Middle Eastern Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (MSSFN) and he also served as an honorary president of the MSSFN.
At a personal level, I had the honour and privilege to work with Prof. Al Moutaery for a short period of time in between my stint at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum and National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore. He is the one who contacted Prof. J.S Chopra and appointed me at the Riyadh Military Hospital to perform epilepsy surgery. He was an extremely inspiring and fatherly figure, an embodiment of compassion and kindness. He attended many meetings in India and interacted with several senior members of the Neurological Society of India (NSI). On behalf of all members of NSI and the Indian Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, I would like to express my profoundcondolences to the family of Prof. Al Moutaery, his students, his colleagues and his friends all over the world.