Vijay Modgill - Eastleigh Secondary School Alumni Students, Nairobi, Kenya
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Vijay Modgill (1956 - 1959)

I left Eastleigh Secondary School in 1959 and after my A-Levels in England I was awarded a Kenya Government Open Scholarship to study Medicine. In 1967 I became the first overseas born medical student to qualify in Medicine with First Class Honours from Leeds University.

I trained as a Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and passed FRCS Edinburgh and FRCS London in 1972. I was appointed a Consultant General, Vascular and Breast Surgeon to Halifax Hospitals in 1976. At 33 years old I became one of the youngest Consultant General Surgeons in England, and the first Asian General Surgeon in the country. I held a number of high profile roles during my career, like Regional Advisor in Surgery for the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Leeds Medical School. In December 2015 I retired after 40 years as a Consultant Surgeon, and 49 years in the NHS.

My whole life has revolved around cricket and having played at school, I captained the University 1st team and played cricket for combined English universities. After graduation I played in the Yorkshire Senior Leagues for a long time.

I married Margaret, a Consultant Anaesthetist in 1974 and have three children, a Doctor, a Barrister and an NHS Manager, plus five young grandchildren who ensure retirement is never a bore!

I still have vivid memories of the long early morning walk, from home at Forest Road, near Nairobi Gymkhana to school through the racecourse. Happy days indeed!

- As of May 2017

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