Professor of Surgery, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan.
Prof. 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 the 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 then the University of Khartoum Academic Secretary.
He was the President of the Scientific Research and Innovation Agency,
Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Sudan and advisor to the
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific research, the Republic of Sudan.
He is presently the Vice-President of the Arab
Scientific Research Councils Federation.
Prof. Fahal is the founding Director of the Mycetoma
Research Centre (MRC), University of Khartoum. The MRC establishment's
efforts from scratch are 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 and has published and presented extensively his
original research in mycetoma has become a world reference. He published more
than 270 peer-reviewed articles and edited a book on mycetoma and many
textbooks' chapters, booklets and clinical guidelines on a number of themes in
surgery, mycetoma and medical education. His total citation count is 12525, his
h-index is 35, i10-index is 167 (Google
Scholar, 21 Fe. 2023). He is among the top 2% of global scientists
with high citation impact.
He is collaborating with more than 23 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 work environment
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.
In 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 region.
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
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 on 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 and NTDs Advisory Board, EMRO.
He established two Mycetoma satellite
centres at mycetoma endemic villages in Sudan, where patients are seen and
treated locally at their villages, artificial limb prostheses, 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.
He 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
Prof. Fahal received several awards and medals, to
mention but a 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,
He was 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