Paediatrician puts his life into words

A Walsall paediatrician, well known for both his health and charity work, has now written his autobiography “Moments in Time.”

Consultant Paediatrician Professor Abdul Gatrad OBE has worked in the NHS for 45 years, holds a National award for Clinical Excellence, has written two textbooks and published more than 80 papers on paediatric issues in International journals. For having halved the mortality of new-born babies in Walsall and for improving paediatric services he was made Freeman of the Borough of Walsall.

His book, entitled: “From Postman to Professor and Beyond” chronicles his family’s history as well as his own early life and career path. Proceeds from the book, which costs £20, will help refugees in Bangladesh who have fled Burma. More than 20 acres of land has been made available to build homes for the refugees through Professor Gatrad’s Midland International Aid Trust charity.

Professor Gatrad, who is also a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, said: “It is a personal achievement for me to have managed to get my life story down in words because – as anyone writing a book knows – memories and events keep coming back to you and need to be included!

“The book is dedicated to my dear parents Jubaida and Mahomed Gatrad as well as my wife Valerie and our children Sabina, Adam, Soraya and Raffi. My parents’ words still resonate with me today. My father used to say: “What good you can do today – do it now.” How true that has turned out to be both in my professional work and my charity work.”

The Midland International Aid Trust has provided humanitarian aid to more than 15 countries and set up many medical projects abroad, including Cleft lip/palate, cataract, limb prosthesis and breast operations. For his humanitarian work, Professor Gatrad was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (DSc) by the University of Wolverhampton.

Professor Gatrad added: “I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with some inspirational people through the years and hope that I may have inspired others too.”

The book can be purchased directly from the author by emailing him at

Posted by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Monday, December 4, 2017 3:39:00 PM