Department of Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Unit

Dr. Muhammad Mustehsan Bashir

MCPS (surgery); FCPS (Surgery); FCPS (Plastic Surgery)

Associate Professor Plastic Surgery
Contact Number: 0333 6517745

Dr. Muhammad Mustehsan Bashir


With Faith, Discipline, and Selfless Devotion to Duty, There Is Nothing Worthwhile That You Cannot Achieve

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Founded in 1987 as a 6 bedded facility in an unnoticeable nook of the Chest Surgery ward, the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King Edward Medical University today comprises of 60 beds and is the largest of its kind in Punjab. With a well equipped 08 bedded burn unit and ICU facilities for 04 patients, it is one of the best burn centers in the country. With the legendary Professor Abdul Hakim Babar as its pioneer, the department began galvanizing to greater heights commensurate with international standards under the aegis of his protégé and successor, Professor Farid Ahmad Khan. Currently headed by the dynamic Dr. Mustehsan Bashir, the department has fully acclimatized itself to the recent trends in our rapidly evolving specialty.  Equipped with the latest machinery, all state of the art procedures are being performed in the unit including reconstructive, cosmetic, microvascular and trauma surgery.  The department takes emergency as well as elective referrals not only from Punjab but from the whole country. Today the department caters to a staggering average of 6270 patients annually and operates on 1476 patients yearly.


“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.”

All efforts are made in our department to strive for the highest standards in patient care, resident training and discipline as well as instilling ethics and a positive attitude amongst our staff. Complacence is the enemy of excellence, so we continue to arm ourselves with the latest equipment allowing us to operate in line with the recent advances in our field. Relevant machinery has been procured to offer not only better reconstructive but also cheap and reliable cosmetic surgery to the common man. We intend to provide specialized patient care and it is our aim to delineate the scope of Plastic Surgery procedures to the medical community for appropriate referrals and better patient management. It is due to the diligent efforts of the faculty and residents that emergency facial and upper limb surgery including limb replants are being performed on a regular basis.


Apart from 1 Senior Medical Officer who holds a MS degree in Plastic Surgery, there are 8 Medical Officers and 6 post graduate trainees. The unit has also has one Senior Registrar and 2 registrars to run the administrative affairs. Three of the Medical Officers have already obtained their fellowships and are officiating as Senior Registrars on an internal arrangement. We have the honor of having the highest number of faculty members in the hospital holding more than one fellowship.


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Name Designation Qualification


Contact Information

01 Dr Muhammad Mustehsan Bashir Associate Professor FCPS(Surgery); FCPS (Plastic Surgery)
02 Dr Hamid Hussain Ansari Assistant Professor FCPS (Plastic Surgery)
03 Dr Muhammad Sohail Assistant Professor FCPS (Surgery); FCPS (Plastic Surgery)
04 Dr Saadia Nosheen Jan Assistant Professor FRCS (Ed); FCPS (Plastic Surgery)
05 Dr Afzaal Bashir Bajwa Assistant Professor
06 Dr Lubna Cheema Assistant Professor FCPS (Surgery)

Our staff members regularly attend conferences and present research papers in conferences, workshops and symposiums. The Department itself conducts conferences on Burns, flap harvesting and Plastic Surgery in general. Special emphasis is laid on the training of residents. Weekly presentations, journal clubs and tests are held to make sure they meet the required standards. An internal evaluation Performa is circulated among the faculty members every 2 months to evaluate the residents and focus on their shortcomings individually. The unit is accredited for a 3 year FCPS training program and a 5 year MS in Plastic Surgery course. An onsite reading room is available for the convenience of our residents. Our aim is to produce competent, ethical and confident fellows who are both safe and sagacious decision makers and surgeons. Apart from teaching post graduate residents, the unit is also actively engaged in the teaching of MBBS and physiotherapy students who rotate in the department on a monthly basis apart from attending weekly lectures.


  1. Supraclavicular artery flap: its role in reconstructing post burn neck contractures: Annals of KEMU; Vol 13 Issue 1; Jan-March 2007
  2. Interesting etiology of Burns: Journal of Fatima Jinnah Medical College Apr 2008 2(2); 57-9
  3. Determinants of wound Dehisence in Abdominal Surgery in Public Sector. Annals of KEMU. Vol 14 no 3; July-Sept 2008
  4. Sural Artery Flap: its role in reconstructing heel defects: Journal of PAPS
  5. Comparison of traditional two injections dorsal digital block with volar block . JCPSP 2009;Vol18(12); 768-70 Impact Factor
  6. Comparison of ambulatory and in-patient cleft lip surgery in adults. JAMC,,2010
  7. Comparison of suture and graft techniques in unilateral cleft rhinoplasty; Journal of Craniofacial Surgery; Nov 2011 Impact Factor
  8. Xeroderma Pigmentosum; A 7 year experience; JCPSP Feb 2011 Impact Factor
  9. Comparison of wet normal saline and honey dressing in wound preparation for skin grafting. Annals of KEMU 2011Vol 18(12) 68-77
  10. Factors associated with post piercing auricular cartilage keloids. JCPSP 2011;21(10)606-610 Impact Factor
  11. Reducing the notch in primary cleft lip repairs; comparison of Noordhoff triangular flap with Z plasty.  JCPSP May 2012; Vol. 22 (5): 307-310 Impact Factor
  12. Salvage of infected tissue expander: Journal of PAPS 2013
  13. Outcome of modified turn down flaps for the lining with primary cartilage grafts in nasal reconstruction: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery Feb 2013 Impact Factor
  14. Flexor zone 5 cut injuries: emergency management and outcome: JCPSP March 2014 Impact Factor
  15. The outcome of microvascular free flap surgery with or without use of post operative heparin: JCPSP May 2014 Vol 24(6);412-15 Impact Factor
  16. Comparison of bupivacaine soaked dressing and conventional dressing for pain relief at split thickness skin graft on donor site. JCPSP June 2014 Vol 24-6;416-419 Impact Factor
  17. Comparison of post operative pain relief with intercostal block between pre rib harvest and post rib harvest groups; JCPSP 2014Vol 24(1); 43-46 Impact Factor
  18. Intralesional triamcilone alone and in combination with 5-FU for the treatment of keloid and hypertrophic scars: accepted JPMA Sep 2014 vol 64 Impact Factor
  19. Use of commercial markers (stationary grade) versus sterile markers for per –operative marking: a comparison study. Annals of KEMU; Jan-March 2015. Vol 21(1) 44-47
  20. Microbiological patterns of burn wound cultures at Mayo Hospital Lahore Burn Unit. Annals of KEMU; Apr- June 2015;Vol 21(2); 67-73
  21. Comparison of single intra operative versus an intra operative and two post operative injections of triamcinolone after wedge excision of keloids of helix. JPMA july 2015; 65: 737; 2015 Impact Factor
  22. Diagnostic accuracty of blood glucose measurements in detecting venous compromise in Flaps. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 2015 Jul;26(5):1492-4 Impact Factor
  23. Effect of time interval between Tumescent Local Anaesthesia Infiltration and Start of Surgery on Operative Field Visibility in Hand Surgery without Tourniquet. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Aug;40(8):1606-9. Impact Factor

Ongoing research projects:

Completed Studies:

  1. Sensory recovery of Reverse Homodigital Island Flap in Finger tip reconstruction
  2. To compare the cosmetic outcome of dermabond tissue and conventional suture in unilateral congenital cleft lip.
  3. Comparative study of topical conventional and topical heparin treatment in second degree burn patients for analgesia and duration of wound healing.

Ongoing studies:

  1. Three Staged Nasal Reconstruction
  2. Presentation and management of Plexiform Neurofibromatosis
  3. Finger tip injuries: an outcome analysis in terms of sensory recovery and aesthetic appearance.
  4. Intermediate thickness plantar skin graft for palmar defects after post burn contracture release.
  5. To determine the outcome of L-shaped columellar strut in nasal tip plasty.
  6. Use of calvarial bone graft in nasal reconstruction.
  7. Comparison of propranolol with prednisolone in the treatment of infantile haemangioma.
  8. Presentation and management of burn patients with eczema herpeticum.
  9. Potential of mesenchymal stem cells enriched fat grafting for contour deformities of face

A minor operation theatre and a dressing room is operational in the Department with autoclave facilities, saving time and space on the main operation list. There is a physiotherapist attached with the unit on a full time basis to assist post operative patient rehabilitation.  Currently on average 6720 patients present annually in the outpatient department. We operate on an average of 570 cases under general anaesthesia and about 900 cases under local anaesthesia per year.

It is indeed pertinent to mention that our little known specialty of the yester years has been allocated an entire floor in the upcoming Surgical Tower at Mayo Hospital comprising of 91 beds inclusive of a 24 bedded burn unit and a 04 bedded HDU (biggest in the Punjab), where we look forward to shifting by the end of next year.


Ours is the only facility in the country armed with the latest Nd Yag Laser (Cutera, USA), CO2 Laser machine, Liposuction system, Plastic Surgery Endoscopic unit, FUE hair transplant facilities, Negative pressure wound healing systems (VAC), Fluidized bed and a Laser Doppler Imager for burn patients bringing us at par with any plastic surgery unit in a developed country.  An array of modern equipment has been acquired for a modular operation theatre and to establish a state of the art burn unit including a Whirlpool hydrotherapy bath system, shower trolleys and a motorized patient lifting system.

“It’s not how good you are. It’s how good you want to be.”

We dream and aspire to build this department into a coveted model ward and learning cradle that would inspire future generations of Plastic Surgeons.