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​​Annual Academic Events at the Section of Vascular Surgery

Emergency Vascular Review Course

This is an annual event conducted by the Section of Vascular Surgery, primarily meant to train non-vascular surgeons in dealing with vascular emergencies. This one-day education activity has two components. The initial half is dedicated to interactive lectures and latter to the hands-on training on the bovine model. The participant gets sound knowledge of the initial assessment and management of vascular emergencies, especially trauma. (Link to the paper published).

The course typically follows:



  • Introduction of participants and course
  • Vascular Neck Injuries 
  • Extremity Vascular Injuries
  • Abdominal Vascular trauma
  • Compartment Syndrome (extremity and abdominal)
  • Damage control in vascular Surgery
  • Acute Limb Ischemia ​

 Hands-On Session

  • Introductory video
  • End-to-End Anastomosis (hands-on)
  • Video of end to side Anastomosis
  • End–side Anastomoses (hands-on)
  • Placement of Temporary Shunt
  • Technique of Thrombo-embolectomy ​

1st Vascular Review Course 2019

This was one of the unique courses expanding over two days with eight modules. It covered almost all aspects of vascular surgery. The content was on the level of FCPS vascular surgery exit examination. The idea of this course was to foster the established principles and practices for managing vascular diseases among participants. There was an interactive case discussion and mock examination as well.​

2nd Vascular Review Course 2020-2021

 The 2nd Vascular Surgery Review Course (online) was organized by the Section of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, AKU. This course had eight modules expanded over 16 weeks. Each module had a dedicated session of approximately 2 hours involving case-based discussions. The objective was to enhance the participant's understanding of vascular and endovascular surgery's core principles and practices. The first module was held on December 12, 2020, and the rest followed as follows:​

  • Module 1: Acute and Chronic Limb Ischemia - 12th Dec 2020
  • Module 2: Aneurysms: aortic and peripheral - 26th Dec 2020
  • Module 3: Haemodialysis access - 09th Jan 2021 
  • Module 4: Vascular Medicine and Imaging - 23rd Jan 2021
  • Module 5: Venous Diseases - 14th March 2021
  • Module 6: Vascular Trauma - 27th March 2021
  • Module 7: Carotid Artery Disease - 10th April 2021
  • ​Module 8: Critical Care / Miscellaneous - 24th April 2021​

More than 65 candidates registered and attended different sessions of this unique course. Most of the participants were from Pakistan. This proved to be one of the largest platforms for interacting with vascular surgery trainees and supervisors within the county. This included international trainees from the Middle East and the United Kingdom. The faculty generated great discussions that helped improve many participants' concepts about vascular diseases and their different treatment options. This educational activity was highly appreciated by all, the trainees and faculty alike.  

International Faculty at the Course

  • Dr Sohail Choksy - Consultant Vascular Surgeon Colchester University Hospital, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Dr Zahid Raza, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, New Royal Infirmary Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Khalid Makhdoomi, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Sheikh Shakhboot Medical City/Mayo Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Prof Noor Ahmed Jatoi, Professor of Vascular Medicine, King Fahd University Hospital / College of Medicine, Imam Abdul–Rahman Bin Faisal University, Damman, Saudi Arabia.
  • Dr Kamran Gaba, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, UK

National Faculty at the Course

  • Dr Ziad Sophie, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
  • Dr Omer Ehsan, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad
  • Brig Ahsin Manzoor Bhatti, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Combined Military Hospital, Lahore
  • Prof Mussadiq Khan, Professor of Surgery, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, and Ex-Principal, Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi
  • Dr Raza Sayani, Associate Professor of Radiology, Aga Khan University, Karachi
  • Dr Zainab Hussain, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Aga Khan University, Karachi
  • Dr M Faisal Khan, Asst. Professor Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, AKU, Karachi
  • Dr Zia Ur Rehman, Assistant Professor, AKUH ( Course Director)

Karachi Vascular Week

In 2018, the Section of Vascular Surgery conducted a mega education event. This was the first of its kind in the country, expanding over three days.

  • Day 1, Peripheral Vascular Interventions: A daylong workshop was organized in which a series of interactive lectures were followed by surgery on a live patient. Participants were guided through the procedural steps during the live surgery and a variety of questions and concepts were discussed,  
  • Day 2, Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins:  This workshop comprised of relevant lectures and discussions on different aspects of ablation's role in varicose vein treatment. Two live cases were done and interactive discussions during the procedure were appreciated by participants. 
  • Day 3, Endovascular Aneurysm repair: This unique workshop was focused on the different aspects of endovascular repair of aortic aneurysm. In the first half, interactive lectures were delivered about the indication, sizing, and complication of EVAR. Hands-on training for EVAR sizing was very well appreciated by participants. Live demonstration of the steps of EVAR graft deployment has helped the participants in gaining clarity about the procedural steps of EVAR.

Vascular Ultrasound workshop 

These workshops are generally a hands-on half-day activity. The workshops are the first of their kind offered at our institute. The clinicians from various specialities, including Vascular, Cardiology, Radiology, and Emergency Medicine, actively participate and share their expertise under one roof. The stations are set and organized with simulated and real patients for a hands-on experience of a standardized vascular ultrasound. ​