Scalpel in the Sand

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When friends and colleagues learn that I had worked in Arabia for ten years, they throw up their hands in horror. This book will change their minds and hopefully will contribute towards better understanding between the West and Muslims and Arabs . More

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About Rene Chang

Name: René Wen Suen Chang
Address: 7 College Gardens
London SE21 7BE
Telephone: 081-693-3714
Degrees and Qualifications:
BSc (Special) Physiology, King's College, University of London
MB BS, Westminster Medical School, University of London
F.R.C.S. (England), Royal College of Surgeons (England)
Master of Surgery, University of London
Awards: Entrance Scholarship to Westminster Medical School
Federal Scholarship (Malaysian Government)
Bernard Sunley Research Fellowship, RCS (England)
Present Appointment:
Director, Useful and Fun Things Limited
Past Appointments:
1. Founding Director of Transplantation, St George’s Hospital, London
2. Lecturer/Senior Registrar, Academic Surgical Unit, St Mary's Hospital, London
3. Consultant Surgeon, Riyadh Military Hospital, Saudi Arabia
4. Clinical Tutor (Postgraduate/undergraduate), King Faisal University, Damman, King Saud University, College of Medicine, Riyadh
5. Consultant Transplant Surgeon, St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey
6. Scientific Advisor/Consultant to 2nd Consensus Conference of the European Society of Intensive Care, Fujisawa GmbH, Eli Lilly, Hoffman La Roche, Glaxo-Wellcome, Qinetiq, Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre, UK,
7. Chairman, South Thames Transplant Group - 1992-1994
8. Visiting Professor, George Washington University, Washington DC
Teaching Experience (Undergraduate and Postgraduate):
King’s College, Strand, University of London
St Bartholomew's, Westminster, St Mary’s Hospitals Medical Schools, London, UK
King Saud University Medical School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
King Faisal University Colleges of Medicine, Al Khobar, Damman, Saudi Arabia
Conferences and Workshops (Organised):
Monthly Nutrition Support Service Workshop 1980-89
International Symposium on Intensive Care. Riyadh 1982
2nd International Middle East Symposium on Organ Transplantation Riyadh, 1984
Nutritional Care of the Critically Ill Patient. International Symposium at Riyadh 1987
Symposium on End-stage Renal Disease and Renal Transplantation at Riyadh 1988
Symposium - Practical Problems in Transplantation, St George’s Hospital, London, 1996
Societies: British Transplantation Society
British Medical Association
Intensive Care Society (U.K.)
European Society of Intensive Care
Society of Critical Care Medicine
American Federation for Clinical Research

Publications and presentations:
Peer reviewed articles and chapters in books on tumour immunology, renal transplantation, surgical nutrition, surgical audit, intensive care, and disaster response planning.
Interviewed by international (Germany, Austria, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, USA, Canada), national (UK) and local radio (London, Scotland), television stations (BBC Today, GMTV, BBC News 24, Cologne TV) and newspapers (Times, Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily and Sunday Express, Daily Mail, Sun, Stern, Frankfurt Zeitung, Straits Times, Sydney Morning Herald).
Educational Videos:
I scripted, directed, and produced the following educational videos:
“A day in the life of a Nutrition Support Service”.
“Renal transplantation in Saudi Arabia”.
“Carry On Feeding”.
Computer Programs:
I designed and wrote the following computer software programs:-
Editorial Office Manager Version 1.0. 1984.
Nutrition Support Service Manager Version 2.0. 1986.
Riyadh ICU Program Version 2.30 2004
Renal Data Manager Version 3.0 2009

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Vicki Julian reviewed on April 17, 2013

It is a pleasant and rare discovery to find a book that not only entertains, but also educates. Such is the case with Dr. Chang’s thoroughly engaging work, Scalpel in the Sand, which primarily focuses on his memoirs of being a surgeon in Saudi Arabia. While I expected to learn something of the middle eastern culture, I was additionally treated to a wealth of easy to understand medical procedures and processes ranging from transplants to diagnostics. As a bonus, Dr. Chang includes his personal family background, his experiences in pursuit of a medical degree in London, and the circumstances that enabled him to spend a decade in Saudi Arabia to become a gifted surgeon and physician. I highly recommend this to others to read it for enjoyment and to learn something new!
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