​​Section of Breast Surgery

About us

The Section of Breast Surgery is one of the clinical and academic divisions within the Department of Surgery at the Aga Khan University and Hospital, Karachi. The section is well-led by the Section Head, Dr Abida K. Sattar, who also chairs the AKU's multi-disciplinary Breast Research Group as well as the institutional multi-disciplinary Breast Program Leadership Committee (BPLC). ​


Patient Care

Our well-trained faculty members offer state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary breast care for benign as well as malignant breast disease to male and female patients, in close collaboration with medical oncologists, primary care physicians, psychologists, plastic surgeons, pharmacists, gynaecologists, and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, anaesthesia, and genetics. We are well supported by our nursing colleagues and our breast navigator, Dr Irum Khan, all of whom ensure the provision of information and education, clear communication, continuity of care, and support to all our patients, from diagnosis to survivorship. Our surgeons help each patient understand their diagnosis and treatment options to get them to feel comfortable in making the appropriate treatment decisions. Our faculty offers state-of-the-art, surgical care with the latest techniques and outcomes that match international standards. ​The multidisciplinary weekly tumor board helps us provide the best, evidence-based care to all our patients.

We offer breast care at the Aga Khan university main campus (stadium road), Clifton campus, Karimabad, Garden, and Hyderabad campuses. The BPLC, Chaired by Dr Abida K. Sattar, was established in 2018. It comprises a multidisciplinary team that helps establish institutional guidelines for patient care and ensures quality care, all with the patient in focus. Through such an approach, we strive to offer each patient, care that meets or exceeds international benchmarks.

If you are looking to get an appointment with one of our breast surgeons, you may call +92 21 111 911 911 or click on the mentioned linkBreast Clinic Appointment Application (aku.edu).

Teaching

  • Medical Students

The Breast Surgery Rotation is a part of the Year-5 Surgery Clerkship. Each student is assigned a week-long, dedicated exposure to breast care with the expectation to participate in teaching sessions, tumor boards, clinics, operating rooms, and wards.

To apply to the medical college check out the linked page for openings: ​Pakistan | Admissions | The Aga Khan University (aku.edu).​

  • Residents

The Section of Breast surgery by providing, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary care for Breast disorders, offers real-life, hands-on training and learning opportunities to general surgery PGY1-3 residents and interns, as per CPSP and ACGME(i) requirements. To apply for residency, check out the page in the link: Residency programmes | MC, Pakistan | The Aga Khan University (aku.edu).​

  • Fellows in Breast Surgery

The Breast surgery fellowship is a CPSP-approved, 2-year, competency-based structured program,  geared toward providing sub-speciality education to surgeons who wish to further their understanding and surgical skill in the treatment of breast disorders. During the 24-month period, the breast fellow is exposed to a multitude of benign and malignant breast conditions and is taught through didactic sessions, journal clubs, tumor board, hands-on clinic, operative experience, and state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary breast care. The fellow is expected to participate in research, present at national/international meetings, and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Successful completion of the training program leads to eligibility to appear in the breast surgery FCPS exam.

Clinical rotations include exposure to non-surgical breast services, such as breast imaging, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, and Genetics. Regular attendance and presentation at the structured multidisciplinary tumor board meetings (MDT) and attendance at the General and Breast Surgery Grand Round are expected.

The surgical rotations allow adequate hands-on training in safely performing percutaneous breast biopsies, breast conservation and mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy and axillary node dissections, as well as exposure to reconstructive and oncoplastic procedures. To apply for a breast surgery fellowship, go through the linked page: Fellowship-Breast Surgery | MC, Pakistan | The Aga Khan University (aku.edu).​

Research

The section of breast surgery is actively
engaged in high-quality clinical research,
collaborating with various specialities,
and collaborating with international
partners on various continents.
The Breast Research group of AKU is led
by Dr Abida K. Sattar. To find more on the
research groups click on the mentioned link: 
(https://www.aku.edu/mcpk/research/Pages/breast-research.aspx).​​​​​

Contact Information 

For the administrative office: 
 +92 21 3486 4751     
For academic-related matters:  
+92 21 3486 4751   ​

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