Professor of Surgery, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan.
Fahal trained in medicine at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He then pursued
his post-graduate surgical training in Khartoum and London, leading to a
consultant surgeon position at Soba University Hospital and a professor of
Surgery, University of Khartoum, Sudan. He is a general surgeon with a special
interest and tracks record in mycetoma and tropical surgery.
He has served as the Director of Educational
Development Centre for Medical & Health Professionals, University of Khartoum. He was the Founding Director of the
Self Evaluation and Quality Enhancement Administration, University of Khartoum,
and the University of Khartoum Academic Secretary.
currently the President of the Scientific
Research and Innovation Agency, Ministry of Higher Education &
Scientific Research, Sudan and advisor for the Minister of Higher Education and
Scientific research, the Republic of Sudan.
Fahal is the founding Director of the Mycetoma
Research Centre (MRC), University of Khartoum. The MRC establishment's effort from
scratch is a major success story as he recruited his own web of personal
contacts to generate funds for the project. Today, the centre is recognised
globally as a world leader and an authoritative advisor in Mycetoma management
and research, and it is the only WHO Collaborating Centre on Mycetoma.
He is a high volume researcher in mycetoma, has published and presented
extensively his original research in mycetoma has become a world reference. He
published more than 230 peer-reviewed articles and edited a book on mycetoma
and many textbooks' chapters, booklets and clinical guidelines in a number of
themes in surgery, mycetoma and medical education. His total citation count is
12525, and his h-index is 53, i10-index 204 (Google Scholar, 6 June 2021) and among the top 2% of scientists with high citation impact globally.
collaborating with more than 16 international research centres and institutes
on different research activities to promote science. He established the EL Hassan Centre for NTDs Clinical trials as its first
kind in the country. Having always been conscious of monetary constraints and the
need to advance, he spared no effort to use his personal influence to generate funds for various research and academic
establishments worth millions of dollars despite the meagre resources in his
He is a member of many national, regional, and
international academic and scientific associations and societies. He sits on
various curricula, research ethics, accreditations and administrative
committees at national and regional levels.
medical education, he is actively involved in teaching and organising national
and international workshops, training courses, and conferences to collaborate
with the WHO for medical and health professionals training. He has a special
interest in E-Learning, medical informatics and teaching and learning
innovation. He is a temporal WHO Consultant to develop medical education in the
Prof. Fahal has a strong commitment to
research, training and education.
He is actively involved in the teaching and research supervision of
undergraduates and post-graduates. He is an external examiner in surgery for
many national and regional medical schools and the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.
One of his major achievements, he in
collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Sudan and other organisations, has
managed to include Mycetoma as Neglected Tropical Disease at the WHO/NTD list
in 2016; Resolution no. 69:21. He is currently a Member of the WHO/NTD
Diagnostic Technical Advisory Group (DTAG), Skin NTDs subgroup, Geneva.
established two Mycetoma satellite centres at mycetoma endemic villages in Sudan,
where patients are seen and treated locally at their villages, artificial limb
prosthesis, health education and community support activities are conducted by
mobile teams from the MRC. All these activities are done free of charge. More
than 1000 patients were surgically treated in these villages.
established the Mycetoma Vocational and Entrepreneurship
Training Centre (SAA’ID) recently. It is a hub for vocational training,
business development, and entertainment, located at the Mycetoma Research
Centre, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan. It aims to create an enabling
environment for the mycetoma amputees and disabled persons to learn and develop
income-generating skills, perform and upgrade their talents, and be prepared to
lead a new life of being productive, self-reliant and confident.
Fahal received several awards and medals, to mention but few, the State of the
Sudan Golden Medal for Excellence and the Promotion of Scientific Innovation,
the University of Khartoum Award for Long-Standing Excellence in Scientific
Research, The Donald Mackay Medal, The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and
Hygiene, London, The Knighthood of Palmes Académiques, The Republic of France,
The Knighthood of Merit, The Republic of Italy, The Third World Academy of
Science Fellowship, and The University of Khartoum Award for Excellence in
Administrative Achievements, Sudan, 2019.
also awarded the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London, for his
distinctive achievements in scientific research. Recently, he was elected a
fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London, for his basic,
experimental and implementation research work.