Gastrointestinal Surgery is a recognised subspecialty of general surgery. Gastrointestinal surgeons deal with the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from various benign and malignant gastrointestinal pathologies. They work in a close collaboration with clinicians from multidisciplinary teams, including the gastroenterologists, oncologists and radiologists, to achieve the best outcome for the patients.
Department of Surgery started the fellowship in gastrointestinal oncological surgery in the year 2001 and this fellowship was restructured in the year 2011 as fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery. The introduction and development of the fellowship was based on recognition of the fact that there was significant shortage of trained gastrointestinal surgeons in the country. The department is pioneer in establishing such a well-structured and focused fellowship programme in Pakistan.
There have been many recent advances in the management of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. The traditional management of these patients by general surgeons has evolved over the years into the development of a major subspecialty, which requires specialised training and multidisciplinary input. The fellowship has been designed with a view to incorporate the recent developments to produce highly trained leaders of the future in the field of gastrointestinal surgery.
The purpose of the gastrointestinal surgery fellowship programme is to provide 2 years subspecialty level experience in the management of benign and malignant GI diseases.
At the end of fellowship training we expect that:
- The fellow should have acquired the knowledge, skills, experience, judgment and attitude necessary to provide optimal care to patients with gastrointestinal disorders, especially gastrointestinal malignancies.
- The fellow should be able to interpret complex diagnostic tools and be familiar with the therapeutic challenges encountered during management of gastrointestinal disorders.
- The fellow should have acquired sufficient teaching, research, administrative and leadership skills, necessary to develop into future leaders in the field of gastrointestinal surgery
The terminal objective of the programme is to produce an individual who is a competent and academically sound gastrointestinal surgeon. S/he must possess enough experience and confidence to develop and mature with time into an excellent clinician & academic surgeon in the field of Gastrointestinal Surgery. This would be achieved by developing a broad and in-depth knowledge base, skills commensurate with the future responsibility, with the attitude and attributes of a compassionate and caring surgeon.
Currently in Pakistan there is acute shortage of qualified gastrointestinal surgeons. There is no other center providing such formal fellowship training in Pakistan. Considering the rising need for qualified gastrointestinal surgeons, our graduates may lead many places to start or establish such highly demanding services.
Professor and Chairman
Dr Asad Jamil Raja
MBBS Karachi; FRCS Edinburgh
Dr Inam Pal
MBBS Karachi; MSc London; FRCS England
Dr Rizwan Azami
MBBS Karachi; MCPS, FCPS Pakistan
Dr Rizwan Khan
MBBS Punjab; FCPS Pakistan; FRCS Edinburgh and Glasgow
Dr Amir H. Shariff
MBBS Karachi; MD; FACS; USA
Dr Irfan Daudi
MBBS Karachi; FRCS Glasgow
Teaching faculty members from outside the Department of Surgery
Dr Nehal Masood
MBBS; Diplomat American Board of Internal Medicine; Diplomat American Board of Oncology
Dr Hasnain Ali Shah
MBBS (Karachi); FRCP; FACP
Dr Ahmed Nadeem Abbasi
MBBS (Karachi); RCSI; FFR, Radiotherapy and Oncology