Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

​​Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 

The section of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at AKUH, Karachi is both a primary care and a tertiary referral centre to which patients are referred not only from Karachi, but from all over the country as well as the Gulf states.  In 1994, the CPSP approved the training programme of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.  It was added to the regular approved residency training programme by PGME in 1997.  It is recognised as a premiere centre for treatment of cancer of head and neck. 

The Department endeavours to set its own academic standards for the residents and hopes that the structured programme offers them a balanced and intensive training opportunity.  The residents are certified by the University only upon completion of the prescribed period of training. 


The Residency Programme in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery aims to train the residents in a comprehensive manner and produce ethically sound and skilled specialists who are role model teachers for the younger generation. 

Duration of training 

The Otolaryngology Residency is a five-year programme, which includes six months of General Surgery. 


  • MBBS or equivalent degree approved by the PM&DC
  • FCPS Part I – desirable
  • Six months of training in General Surgery [optional]

Candidates who are selected for the residency, but have not completed Surgery rotation, will be offered the required training of General Surgery at AKUH. 

The selection process is based purely on merit.  Applications are invited from all over the country through advertisements in national newspapers.  The final selection is based on candidate's academic record and commitment to the specialty. 

Scope and content 

The Department of Otolaryngology is a busy service; more than 16,000 patients are seen annually in outpatient clinics.  There are special clinics for head and neck cancer, besides clinics of general otolaryngology.  The department has a comprehensive audiology section where both subjective and objective evaluation of hearing is conducted.  The department also works closely with the Neurology Department in brain stem audiometry procedures. 

Clinical training 
The residents are exposed to a structured training programme which is rich in didactic teaching and practical hands-on surgical training.  Each resident is required to gain sufficient experience in otology, general otolaryngology, head and neck oncology, and endoscopic sinus surgery.  To ensure proper training in Microsurgery of ear, residents are supervised at the temporal bone dissection sessions. 

Didactic content 
The residents are required to participate in weekly journal clubs, residents' presentations, and grand rounds.  They are also expected to prepare cases for the monthly morbidity and mortality conferences.  Each resident is expected to contribute one article every year to a reputable journal.  Every three months, the residents are given an MCQ exam or OSCE. 


We have two ongoing URC grants and two seed grants.  There is a head and neck registry and cancer storage facility.  The residents are actively involved in research activities.  The section published nine papers in year 2008 both locally and abroad.  Residents are regularly presenting papers at national and international conferences. 

Positions available 

In all, there are ten allocated positions in ENT residency programme and either one or two residents are inducted depending upon the vacant slots. 

Administrative set-up 

The Department has five full-time and two non full-time faculty members.  One faculty member is Fellow of the Royal Colleges in UK, two are Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and five are Fellows of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan. 

Full-time Faculty 

Associate Professor 

Dr M. Sohail Awan
MBBS Punjab; FCPS Pakistan 

Dr Mubasher Ikram
MBBS Punjab; FCPS Pakistan 

Assistant Professors 

Dr Anwar Suhail
MBBS Karachi; FRCS Edinburgh, UK
Programme Coordinator 

Dr Shabbir Akhtar
MBBS Karachi; FCPS Pakistan 

Dr. Moghira Iqbal Siddiqui
MBBS Karachi; FCPS Pakistan 

Part-time Faculty 

Senior Lecturer 

Dr Iftikhar Salahuddin
MBBS Karachi; FRCS Canada; FACS USA
Diplomate American Board of Otolaryngology 

Dr Syed Akber Abbas
MBBS Karachi; FCPS Pakistan​​

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