In Memoriam: Mr Ali Bakran

Ali Bakran died unexpectedly while on holiday on Friday, 27th August. As a longstanding active member of the Renal Association, Ali, aged 61 years, was well known to many and had passionate views about many aspects of vascular access surgery and renal transplantation. He was a hugely dedicated surgeon and a tireless and forthright patient advocate. Ali was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Leeds University. Following Postgraduate training in Leeds and Manchester he was appointed as Consultant Transplant and Vascular Surgeon to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 1989. Although an eminent transplant surgeon it was in the field of vascular access that he established his International reputation. In addition to his active membership of the Renal Association, for many years he was Treasurer of the British Transplant Society and Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh where he was awarded the Rahima Dawood travelling Fellowship to East Africa in 2007. Amongst his many vascular access roles he was Founding President this year of the Vascular Access Society of Great Britain and Ireland and President of the Vascular Access Society from 2001 to 2003. His commitment extended to charitable roles including Chairman of the Trustees of Aequitas, a charity to help socio-economically disadvantaged students to study medicine in the U.K., as well as being a longstanding Trustee of Mersey Kidney Research.

Ali’s enthusiasm, dedication and commitment will be long remembered by his patients, colleagues and friends. He is survived by his wife Diane, son Adam and daughter Miriam.