Sheik Humarr Khan, MBChB
Physician In-Charge, Lassa Fever Program, Kenema Government Hospital
Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan studied at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone (USL). He graduated with a Bachelors in Medicine and a Bachelors in Surgery (MBChB) in 2001. As a young Tropical Medicine/Infectious Disease Physician, Dr. Khan was recruited as a Medical Officer at the Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control, Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) where he served for almost two years until 2005. He was appointed by the MOHS as the Chief Physician to the Lassa Fever Program at the Kenema Government Hospital (KGH), Sierra Leone. Dr. Khan stepped into the shoes of his predecessor, the late Dr. Aniru Conteh who tragically died of Lassa fever. In his capacity as the Chief Physician of the Lassa Fever Program, KGH, Dr. Khan was concurrently contracted by then United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) as a contract physician and consultant for Lassa fever in Sierra Leone. From 2005 until 2010, Dr. Khan served as Physician In-charge of HIV/AIDS services at KGH, and from 2006-2010 as Physician Consultant for the Mano River Union Lassa Fever Network, WHO/Tulane University.
From 2010 until 2013 Dr. Khan conducted residency training in Internal Medicine at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Accra, Ghana and was awarded an MWACP. After completing his training he returned to his field of work as Physician In-Charge, Lassa Fever Program, KGH.
In January 2014, Dr. Khan was appointed Associate Lecturer at the Department of Medicine, COMAHS, USL.
In July 2014, Dr. Khan tragically passed away after contracting Ebola Virus Disease while administering care to infected patients. He was one of the world’s leading experts in the clinical care of viral hemorrhagic fevers.