Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

​The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a unique establishment with academic interest. It serves the clinical laboratory network of Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) that caters to the needs of the w​hole country through its 215 collection points and 12 STAT laboratories. The laboratory has the ISO 9001:2000 certification​ and the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) along with the hospital.

The Departme​​nt comprises of the following sections: 

The pathology faculty of 43 includes ten Professors, eight Associate Professors, fifteen Assistant Professors, six Senior Instructors, three Instructors and one Part-time Lecturer.


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provides a complete array of routine and specialized services. The services are related to all five branches of pathology including Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Histopathology, Microbiology and Molecular Pathology. Over 800 routine and specialized tests such as general biochemical profiles, enzyme profiles, endocrine assays, karyotyping, flow cytometry and HLA typing are available along with several other special tests which are not available elsewhere in Pakistan. A team of full-time consultants and technologists with extensive training and experience is committed to keeping the clinical laboratory at the cutting edge of technology.​

For more details, please refer to list of Laboratory Specimen Collection Units in Pakistan 

​​​Research Acti​vities / Programmes

The major research interests of the Department are in infectious diseases and cancer. Research programs in mycobacterial infections, fungal diseases, malaria, arboviruses, antimicrobial resistance and health care associated infections are well established. In addition the Department also has research programs in cancer particularly molecular genetics of carcinoma and breast cancer. The Department has research collaboration with several universities in Europe and USA.

Educational Programmes / Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training


The Department of Pathology and  Laboratory Medicine provides teaching in all five years of the undergraduate curriculum. Most of it is completed in the first two years of the medical programme by means of problem-based learning, interactive lectures, tutorials and practical classes. In years 3-5, teaching is continued in the form of combined teaching sessions and student presentations.Teaching in the department is carried out by Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Senior Instructors and instructors as well as invited lecturers.​ 


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine caters to four different residency programs under one roof. Training programs in all the disciplines of pathology (i.e. Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Histopathology and Microbiology) are recognized by CPSP. Almost two decades down the road, the residency program has grown much from its infancy. The graduates of these programs are currently serving at institutional, national and international level. The current strength of residents in 2015 has gone up to thirty-nine (39) from the initial number of two (2) in 1988.

Trainee Technologist Programme

The one-year trainee technologist program is unique in Pakistan. Trainees mostly with BSc and MSc qualifications are taken each year in this program. This highly successful program started with a handful of trainees in 1985. This program provides high quality and well trained human resources at the institutional and national level.


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Aga Khan University Hospital
Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500
Karachi 74800 - Pakistan.
Fax: +92-21 493-4294, 493-2095
Telephone: +92-21 486-4530 or 493-0051 Ext. 4530