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Prof. Rafique B. Parkar Bestowed “Elder
In The Order Of The Burning Spear”

Coastweek-- On the 12th of December 2018, Prof. Rafique Parkar was bestowed the “Elder in the Second Class of The Order of the Burning Spear” by HE President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi for his dedication, selfless and resounding efforts to encourage the uptake of Laparoscopic Surgery in Kenya and the Continent of Africa as a whole.

Prof Rafique Parkar pioneered Minimal Access Surgery in Africa 25 years ago and has recently been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians  and Gynecologists, FRCOG “honoris causa” to acknowledge the highest level of dedication and achievements in Clinical care on the African Continent.

Prof. Rafique Parkar was born in Mombasa on the 25th of December, where he pursued his early education and spent much of his early years.

Having acquired his Nursery and early Primary education in Mombasa, he completed his Primary education in Nairobi where he was a border at The Nairobi Primary School.

He completed his high school in Kisumu.

He subsequently pursued his undergraduate Medical studies at the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India.

Having returned to Kenya he served in various Public Hospitals before his Masters in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi.

On completion, Prof. Parkar was posted to the Coast General Provincial Hospital and later to the Kilifi District Hospital where he served for seven years.

  The Order of the Burning Spear | Coastweek
 
  Coastweek-- Prof. Rafique Parkar was bestowed the “Elder in the Second Class of The Order of the Burning Spear” by HE President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

He later moved back to Mombasa and ventured into Private Practice.

By the late 1990’s Prof. Parkar developed an immense interest in Minimal Access Surgery and initially acquired a Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery at the Coimbatore Institute of Gastrointestinal Endosurgery (CIGES).

Subsequently he attended various dedicated Workshops and additional training in Kiel, Hamburg (Germany), Clermond Ferrand and Strasbourg (France) and various Institutions in Asia and Europe.

All in all he has attended over 40 dedicated training programs and Workshops to include Advanced Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic procedures such as Laparoscopic Myomectomy and Hysterectomy (for Fibroids) treatment of Infertility, Pelvic Endometriosis, Urogynecological procedures and more recently Laparoscopic Surgery for Cancers of the female genital tract.

In 2000, he moved his Practice to Nairobi and worked at various Private Institutions in Nairobi.

Prof. Rafique B. Parkar is a seasoned and immensely experienced Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Africa with an immense passion to teach and has presented papers at over 100 local and International Conferences.

This earned him a Merit award in 2010, from the World Health Organization and The Kenya Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology for pioneering and continuously promoting Minimal Access Surgery in East, Central, South and West Africa.

He has published close to 80 papers in local and International Journals and enjoys being a reviewer for several International Journals.

In addition, he has organized numerous Workshops locally and has encouraged many Gynecologists and General Surgeons in Kenya to embrace Laparoscopic Surgery.

His most recent achievement was being the Conference Chair of the 3rd ISGE African Conference, which was extremely successful with 97 International speakers and close to 800 participants from 31 different Countries.

With over 25 years of experience in Laparoscopic Surgery in Africa he has beyond any doubt been pivotal in its acceptance on the Continent.

He has been a member of the Medical Practitioners Board (205 to 2010), the Executive Board of The International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE: 2010 to 2015) and the Chairman of the Kenya Society of Endoscopic Specialities (2009 to 2011, 2014 to 2016).

He is an active member of the International Urogynaecology Association, the International Association of Gynecological Oncology and The American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL).

He has been appointed an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he continues to mentor Consultants and Registrars in Laparoscopic Surgery at various Institutions including the Groote Schuur and Somerset Hospitals.

He also regularly trains Surgeons in several other African Countries including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

Prof. Parkar has been the Medical Co - coordinator for the Round Table Week of Healing Project since 1994.

This is a charitable project where a team of Surgeons performs free surgical procedures on mothers and children at various Rural Hospitals twice a year have been hugely successful.

On an average between 100 to 150 operative procedures including Laparoscopic Surgeries, are undertaken during each Camp.

Recently at the last Camp a record of 479 Gynecological Surgeries were performed over a period of 10 days.

All in all Prof Parkar has undertaken close to 10,000 surgical operations in rural Hospitals, free of charge over the last 25 years.

Prof. Rafique Parkar continues to be an inspiration and motivation for many younger Surgeons in the region and Continent, and has been an excellent role model being a tower of strength to his patients, colleagues and the Community at large.

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