Coastweek-- On the 12th of December
2018, Prof. Rafique Parkar was bestowed the “Elder in the Second
Class of The Order of the Burning Spear” by HE President Uhuru
Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi for his dedication, selfless
and resounding efforts to encourage the uptake of Laparoscopic
Surgery in Kenya and the Continent of Africa as a whole.
Prof Rafique Parkar pioneered Minimal
Access Surgery in Africa 25 years ago and has recently
been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists, FRCOG “honoris causa”
to acknowledge the highest level of dedication and
achievements in Clinical care on the African Continent.
Prof. Rafique Parkar was born in
Mombasa on the 25th of December, where he
pursued his early education and spent much of his early
Having acquired his Nursery and early
Primary education in Mombasa, he completed his Primary
education in Nairobi where he was a border at The
Nairobi Primary School.
He completed his high school in Kisumu.
He subsequently pursued his
undergraduate Medical studies at the Kasturba Medical
College in Manipal, India.
Having returned to Kenya he served in
various Public Hospitals before his Masters in
Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi.
On completion, Prof. Parkar was posted
to the Coast General Provincial Hospital and later to
the Kilifi District Hospital where he served for seven
Rafique Parkar was bestowed the “Elder in the Second
Class of The Order of the Burning Spear” by HE President
Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
He later moved back to Mombasa and
ventured into Private Practice.
By the late 1990’s Prof. Parkar
developed an immense interest in Minimal Access Surgery and
initially acquired a Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery at the
Coimbatore Institute of Gastrointestinal Endosurgery (CIGES).
Subsequently he attended various
dedicated Workshops and additional training in Kiel, Hamburg
(Germany), Clermond Ferrand and Strasbourg (France) and various
Institutions in Asia and Europe.
All in all he has attended over 40
dedicated training programs and Workshops to include Advanced
Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic procedures such as Laparoscopic
Myomectomy and Hysterectomy (for Fibroids) treatment of
Infertility, Pelvic Endometriosis, Urogynecological procedures
and more recently Laparoscopic Surgery for Cancers of the female
In 2000, he moved his Practice to
Nairobi and worked at various Private Institutions in Nairobi.
Prof. Rafique B. Parkar is a seasoned
and immensely experienced Obstetrician and Gynecologist in
Africa with an immense passion to teach and has presented papers
at over 100 local and International Conferences.
This earned him a Merit award in 2010,
from the World Health Organization and The Kenya Society of
Obstetrics and Gynecology for pioneering and continuously
promoting Minimal Access Surgery in East, Central, South and
He has published close to 80 papers in
local and International Journals and enjoys being a reviewer for
several International Journals.
In addition, he has organized numerous
Workshops locally and has encouraged many Gynecologists and
General Surgeons in Kenya to embrace Laparoscopic Surgery.
His most recent achievement was being
the Conference Chair of the 3rd ISGE African
Conference, which was extremely successful with 97 International
speakers and close to 800 participants from 31 different
With over 25 years of experience in
Laparoscopic Surgery in Africa he has beyond any doubt been
pivotal in its acceptance on the Continent.
He has been a member of the Medical
Practitioners Board (205 to 2010), the Executive Board of The
International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE: 2010 to
2015) and the Chairman of the Kenya Society of Endoscopic
Specialities (2009 to 2011, 2014 to 2016).
He is an active member of the
International Urogynaecology Association, the International
Association of Gynecological Oncology and The American
Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL).
He has been appointed an Associate
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cape
Town, South Africa, where he continues to mentor Consultants and
Registrars in Laparoscopic Surgery at various Institutions
including the Groote Schuur and Somerset Hospitals.
He also regularly trains Surgeons in
several other African Countries including Zimbabwe, Zambia,
Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.
Prof. Parkar has been the Medical Co -
coordinator for the Round Table Week of Healing Project since
This is a charitable project where a
team of Surgeons performs free surgical procedures on mothers
and children at various Rural Hospitals twice a year have been
On an average between 100 to 150
operative procedures including Laparoscopic Surgeries, are
undertaken during each Camp.
Recently at the last Camp a record of
479 Gynecological Surgeries were performed over a period of 10
All in all Prof Parkar has undertaken
close to 10,000 surgical operations in rural Hospitals, free of
charge over the last 25 years.
Prof. Rafique Parkar continues to be
an inspiration and motivation for many younger Surgeons in the
region and Continent, and has been an excellent role model being
a tower of strength to his patients, colleagues and the
Community at large.