Pain management, a subspecialty of anaesthesia, deals with evaluation and treatment of a variety of patients suffering from acute and chronic pain problems. Pain physicians provide effective relief for all these patients regardless of the source of pain and its location. They use interventional pain management techniques, pharmacological methods and multiple other approaches to address difficult pain problems, with the help of multidisciplinary teams working in close coordination.
The Department of Anaesthesiology started pain management services with one pain physician in 1998. The department is a pioneer in establishing the Advance Pain Management Centre in Pakistan.
Considering the extraordinary growth in pain management and shortage of trained pain physicians in Pakistan, a pain fellowship training programme was put in place in 2005. Currently there are five full-time anaesthesia faculty offering training in both common and advanced interventional pain management modalities. The purpose of the pain fellowship programme is to provide 12 months subspecialty level experience in the management of acute and chronic pain.
At the end of the fellowship training, the fellow should have:
- acquired the knowledge, skills, experience, judgment and attitude necessary to provide optimal care to patients with acute and chronic pain
- the ability to interpret complex diagnostic tools and be familiar with the therapeutic challenges encountered during chronic pain management
- acquired teaching, administrative and leadership skills, necessary for proficiency in clinical pain management and establishment of a pain centre
Educating physicians is one of the primary goals of our fellowship programme. The programme is designed in a way that training aspects are given equal attention as to clinical service, through provision of protected teaching time. The fellow is required to participate in all mandatory teaching sessions.
Only two or three university hospitals in Pakistan offer pain management services. Considering this shortage, and a rising need for pain physicians, our graduates have the potential to establish formal pain management services across the country and help fullfill this gap.
Dr Gauhar Afshan
Associate Professor & Chairperson
Dr Aliya Ahmad
MBBS; FFARCSI Ireland
Dr Robyna Irshad Khan
MBBS; FCPS; MHSc (Bioethics)
Director, Pain Fellowship Programme
Dr Naveed Latif
Coordinator, Pain Fellowship Programme
Dr Mohammad Yasir
Teaching faculty members from outside the Department of Anaesthesiology
Dr Naila Nadeem
Department of Radiology
Dr Aziz Sonawala
Department of Neurology
Dr Zaki Hussain
Consultant Pain Physician, UK
Dr Mansoor Khan
Dr Aziza Hussain
Dr Mueen Ullah Khan
Consultant Anaesthetist, UAE