My name is Dr Mandar Marathe. I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine based in Leicester, UK.

Born in India but raised in the UK, I went to medical school in Southampton, and qualified as a doctor in 1999. After 4 years of surgical training, I decided to specialise in Emergency Medicine in 2003.

I have worked almost exclusively in Emergency Medicine since 2003, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (MRCEM) in 2004. I did part of my specialist training in Brisbane, Australia. I have additional qualifications in Medical Toxicology, and experience in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. In 2009 I became a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (FRCEM).

Between 2010 and 2012 I worked as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary – in one of the largest Emergency Departments in the UK. During 2011 – 2012 I was an Associate Clinical Lead in this department. In 2012 – 2014 I was a Senior Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Qatar. My main interests were Clinical Leadership (in particular Quality Improvement & Service Development) and Resuscitation.

During 2015 – 2016 I was a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Kettering General Hospital. I returned to Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2016 as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and have since held the posts of Clinical Governance Lead, and Interim Head of Service for Emergency Medicine.

I was the Course Organiser of the Central FCEM Course and MCEM International OSCE Course. I also taught on the Sheffield MCEM Course. I am the author of The Successful Speaker: 273 Tips for Powerful Presentations.

Outside of clinical medicine, my main interest is the study of proselytic religions. These are religions such as Christianity and Islam which, at their core, have a mission to invite all people to convert to them. For example, the Qur’ān (the Islamic holy book) proposes that its inimitability – the inability of mankind to produce something like it – is verifiable and testable evidence for its divine authorship.

In order to access source texts in this field, during 2017 – 2021 I completed a BA (Hons) degree in Arabic at SOAS University of London. My “Year Abroad” dissertation at Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan in 2020 was an examination of the Arabic-language literary devices present in Surah 11, Verse 44 of the Qur’ān.

My final-year dissertation was a translation project involving the translation from Classical Arabic into English of a chapter from the book “I‘jāz al-Qur’ān” (“The Inimitability of the Qur’ān”) written by the Islamic theologian al-Bāqillānī (c.940–1013 CE) where he outlined a methodology for investigating this inimitability of the Qur’ān.

I am presently studying for an MA degree in Arabic at Exeter University.