At the Queens Birthday 2017 honours announcements made on Monday 12 June, Professor Mohamed Hasan Khadra was made an officer (AO) in the General Division in recognition of his distinguished service to medicine in the field of urology as a surgeon, clinician and mentor, to rural and remote medical education, and to literature as an author and playwright.
He will receive the Order of Australia AO award formally in the ceremony to be held in September later this year.
Following a highly unique career path, Mohamed first studied a couple of years of Dentistry at the University of Sydney and then medicine at the University of Newcastle before undertaking a Master of Education at the University of Sydney in 1994, continuing with a PhD on the neurophysiology of the bladder in 1999.
A fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 1995 and winner of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Inaugural Fellowship in 1997, Mohamed went on to found the School of Rural Health at the University of New South Wales.
In 2002, Mohamed was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor for Health, Design and Science at the University of Canberra. He then founded and became the CEO of the Institute of Technology Australia, a private university with a social justice cause.
While Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney, he published his first book, Making the Cut (2009). It was quickly followed by The Patient (2010) and Terminal Decline (2010). Non-fiction with an autobiographical edge, one of his books drew on his own experience of making the transition from doctor to patient.
His fourth book, Honour, Duty, Courage, which honours the humanitarian work of doctors and nurses who serve in the military, was published in 2015.
His passion for writing led on to another career avenue, co-writing a play with renowned playwright David Williamson (Don’s Party; The Club) after meeting him at the Brisbane Writers’ Centre. Their play, ‘At any cost?,’ was performed at the Ensemble Theatre in Kirribilli.
Mohamed currently serves as Head of Urology at Nepean Hospital and Professor and Head of Surgery at the University of Sydney. He is also a member of the Board of the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University and the Bureau of Health Information in the NSW Department of Health.
Before taking up medicine Mohamed spent two years at the University of Sydney, where he was very active member of the Muslim Students’ movement., He served as President of Sydney University Muslim Students Association (SUMSA), Public Relation Officer of the Australian Federation of Muslim Students’ Associations (AFMSA) and was an active member of Senior Usrah (Islamic Unity Forum).