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Referring to Male Physicians

Q:

Salams ,

i want to ask that if a woman is recommended nose and throat surgery by the doctors as it may aggravate in the future , and she takes hijab , but her doctor is male as well as there can be other male staff members in the operation theatre which cannot be avoided as its not a Muslim country so it doesn't matter to them .

Please advise if that can be done or not .

Many thanks and regards

A:

Alaykum Salaam.

If the doctor of the same gender is able to cure the patient then it is impermissible to refer to a doctor of the opposite gender.

Laila Habib