50. Mohammedabbas Khaki
Role model portfolio GP
Dr Mohammedabbas Khaki is based in north-west London, but practises in locations far beyond the city.
He takes the concept of a portfolio GP to a whole new level. Alongside sessional work in the capital, he is also a medical volunteer as well as being involved in education work.
This year, he has trained Iraqi schoolteachers and orphans in basic life support, and in how to detect mental health problems in children through art therapy. He has also run sessions for doctors in Bangladesh who are dealing with the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Back home, he has been taking part in media opportunities to explain the work of GPs – notably through his volunteer work following the Grenfell Tower fire in London last summer. His articles have appeared in The Guardian and The Independent.
Breaking the taboo of mental health is an important area for Dr Khaki and he has given talks on the issue to minority ethnic communities of 2,000-5,000 people.
He is also the founding chair of the Who is Hussain charity – a global movement with representatives in more than 60 cities worldwide – and has established the organisation’s relief branch, coordinating the treatment in India of Iraqi children with congenital heart defects.
A new project, aiming to provide underprivileged women and girls in Tanzania with sanitary products, is on the horizon for the organisation.
So is the development of an app in Pakistan that would allow patients to anonymously request blood safely and coordinate with local hospitals for testing and transfusion.
Meanwhile, Dr Khaki is also a medical finals examiner for University College London and Imperial College London, as well as a chief invigilator at the GMC, testing the language skills of international recruits.
In addition to all his other commitments he was also part of the medical team that worked with sports figures at last year’s International Association of Athletics Federations championships
‘Looking after and meeting Usain Bolt and Mo Farah in the process’ was a high point, he says.
Why influential: Inspiring others through combining sessional, education and volunteer work
What others say: ‘A role model for doctors who are looking to combine a portfolio career and provide dedicated service while avoiding burnout’
What he says: ‘Every opportunity to serve as a GP is a blessing I am thankful for’