Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prof. Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah, at an Investiture Ceremony-II, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 26, 2014.
Chennai, India
Died6 June 2023
OccupationIndian physician
ChildrenDr. Syed M. M. Ameen and Dr. Syed M. A. Iqbal and 3 daughters
AwardsPadma Shri

Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah is an Indian physician and the founder of Niamath Science Academy,[1] known for his scholarship[2] and expertise in the alternative medicine system of Unani.[3] He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award, for his contribution to the field of medicine.[4]


As the technical advancement in the field of medicine is often not affordable to the poor, cost-effective herbal medicinal systems have a great future in India and other countries says Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah[5]

Syed Khaleefathullah was born in 1938, in Chennai, the capital city of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He studied Unani in the traditional way, and started his medical practice in Chennai.[6] In 1985, he founded Niamath Science Academy,[7] an NGO in memory of the renowned Unani physician, Dr. Hakim Syed Niamathullah,[1] for promoting the Unani medicine system.[3][8]

Syed has published several books on Unani medicine. He has also attended many conferences and seminars in India and abroad, the International Conference on Eastern and Western Approaches to Healing, conducted at San Francisco, USA in 1985, The Second International Conference on Elements in Health and Diseases, held in Karachi, Pakistan in 1987, International Workshop on Health and Illness in Venice, Italy in 1988 and Parliament of World Religions at Chicago, USA in 1993 being some of them.[1]

Khaleefathullah's son, Dr. Syed M. M. Ameen, follows the foot steps of his father and is a locally known Unani physician.[1]


Hakim Khaleefathullah was the honorary physician to President of India from 1987 to 1991.[3] He serves as the member of the governing body of the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, New Delhi and is also the chairman of its Clinical Research subcommittee. He was a member of the Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani Drugs Technical Advisory Board, Government of India and holds many other positions.[1]

Awards and recognitions

The Government of India honoured Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah with the Padma Shri award, in 2014, in recognition of his services to the society.[4] The Tamil Nadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University has instituted a gold medal, in his honour, awarded to the best outgoing student in the discipline of the Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS).[10] The other awards and honours received by Dr. Khaleefathullah are:

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "NIAMATH RESEARCH FOUNDATION". 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ Unani medicine basic concepts and principles. Worldcat. 2014. OCLC 020702718. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Khaleefathullah Honoured". Islamic Voice. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Padma Awards Announced". Circular. Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Quote". Govt. Unani Medical College, Bengaloru. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  6. ^ "S.K.'s Herbal Medical Hospital & Research Centre". 27 September 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Certificate". NGO India. 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. ^ "NGO India". NGO India. 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  9. ^ "CCIM" (PDF). CCIM. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Gold Medal" (PDF). Tamil Nadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University. 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

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