Farewell to the People's Doctor: Egyptians mourn Hany El-Nazer

Ingy Deif, Thursday 22 Feb 2024

At the age of 74, Dr. Hany El-Nazer, former head of the National Research Centre, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Hany El-Nazer
Hany El-Nazer


El-Nazer passed away in the early hours of 22nd February, as announced by his son, Mohamed. 

Egyptians took to social media platforms to mourn the passing of El-Nazer, known for his profound love for humanitarian work, volunteering to answer patients' questions through his personal Facebook account, and providing individualized treatment and free medications for each patient.

Patients would send him photographs of their ailing body parts through WhatsApp or Facebook. He would then use these photographs to diagnose the disease, prescribe medication, write a prescription, and send it to the patient.

Considered one of Egypt's most prominent dermatologists, El-Nazer was the first to discover and initiate a program for treating psoriasis patients in the sands of Safaga in the Red Sea in 1993.

He held several positions at the National Research Centre throughout his career, eventually becoming the president from 2001 to 2009. 

Furthermore, he received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions; in 1994, El-Nazer received the Scientific Excellence Award in Medical Sciences from the Supreme Council of Culture in Egypt; he also received the shield of the National Defense College and the Nasser Higher Military Academy in 2002; and the shield of Ain Shams University in 2004.

Further recognition came when he received the Kasr Al-Aini Faculty of Medicine shield from Cairo University in 2005 and the Academy of Scientific Research shield on Science Day in 2007.

The Association of Egyptian Scientists in the United States and Canada presented him with the Year Award in 2008, and he also received the Scientific Appreciation Award from the National Research Centre in 2009.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis in Egypt, El-Nazer continued to provide free services to those in need at his private clinic and through online consultations via social media. Despite the overwhelming number of requests and questions he received, he never expressed any resentment or distress.

A few months ago, news of his illness caused widespread sadness among his followers.

Finally, El-Nazer shall always be remembered as a compassionate and dedicated doctor for the masses who selflessly helped many people. 

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