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After national service, Abdul Razzak Al-Sheikhli worked at the Republic Teaching Hospital in Baghdad until 1966, when he was awarded a scholarship from the Iraqi Ministry of Health to study for his fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.
Following posts in general and thoracic surgery in Ipswich, South Mimms, and Southampton, he returned to Iraq in 1970 to work as a consultant in general and thoracic surgery in Baghdad.
He relocated to the United Kingdom in 1973 and worked in Farnborough, Ipswich, London, and Aberdeen. In 1981 he moved to Croydon to work as a consultant ear, nose, and throat surgeon, a position he held for 20 years, until retiring in 2001.
He was diagnosed as having leukaemia in January 2007, and he died peacefully at home two weeks later. He leaves a wife, Sheila; two sons; and one grandson.