Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

Residency training in Cardiac Surgery has been reviewed and approved by the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee of Aga Khan University and commenced in January 2010.  The programme is designed to develop fully trained cardiac surgeons who would be able to complete the requirements for FCPS in cardiac surgery.

Training at AKU in this discipline offers a unique experience in adult cardiac surgery with exposure to congenital cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery.  Facilities for comprehensive management of cardiac trauma exist at the University hospital.


The objective of the programme is to produce competent and skilled academic cardiac surgeons.  The graduates of this programme would have acquired the training and exposure to all cardiac surgical disorders and consequently function as independent cardiac surgeons.

Duration of training

Four years.


  • MBBS degree approved by PM&DC
  • FCPS Part I, and completion of requirements for FCPS intermediate module or equivalent examination (Candidates with FCPS Intermediate module  or equivalent in general surgery are preferred)

Scope and content

Clinical training

The resident will rotate with the faculty who will train the candidate in pre-operative assessment, operative skills and post-operative management of both acute and stable cardiac patients.  Rotations through Cardiology at Aga Khan University Hospital , Karachi and at the Tabba Heart Centre will be provided.  The selected resident will be expected to assume and provide leadership to the medical and nursing service personnel in the section of Cardiac Surgery.

Research (change heading-font style)

The section of Cardiac Surgery maintains a database of procedures performed.  Ample opportunities exist to conduct clinical and basis sciences research.  The resident will be expected to write a dissertation and publish one paper each year during his/her training and make a presentation at a national level every year.  The resident will be expected to participate in continuing medical education programmes of the University.

Evaluation (change heading font style)

The concept of Educational contracts is being introduced to establish streamlined training.  Continuous assessment and evaluation will be done by all faculty members on a daily basis.  The resident will be debriefed at the end of a rotation with each faculty member.

Positions available

One resident will be recruited each year at first year level.  S/he will complete Basic Surgical training of 2 years at AKU General Surgery programme and if the evaluations are up to the desired standard the resident would be inducted into the cardiac surgery residency programme.

Administrative set-up

There are currently five cardiac surgeons, two associate professors and two assistant professors along with a Senior consultant and a Visiting consultant.  There is a Senior Instructor in Cardiac Surgery Reserch. The section of Cardiac Surgery is a part of the Department of Surgery. The Programme Director is Dr Muhammad Muneer Amanullah.

Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor

Dr Hasanat Sharif ,Section Head Cardiothoracic Surgery
MBBS Karachi ; FRCS London, Edinburgh and Glasgow

Dr Saulat Fatimi
MBBS AKU; Diplomate American Boards of General and Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr Muneer Amanullah
MBBS Karachi ; FRCS Edinburgh and Glasgow (General Surgery); FRCS (CTh) Edinburgh

Assistant Professors

Dr Syed Shahabuddin
MBBS Karachi; FCPS (General Surgery); FCPS Cardiac Surgery

Part-time Faculty /Associate Professor and Consultant

Dr Shahid A. Sami - CPSP Supervisor and Examiner
MBBS Karachi ; FRCS Edinburgh; FRCS (CTh) Edinburgh

Visiting Faculty

Dr Asif Hasan
MBBS Karachi, FRCS Edinburgh, FRCS – CTh – Edinburgh

Dr Mohammad Asim Khan
MBBS Hyderabad, FCPS, FRCS Glasgow