Dr Zia ud Din Ahmed
MBBS, FCPS (Anesthesiology)
Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia

Head of Anaesthesia Department Unit-II

Dr Zia ud Din Ahmed

The Department of Anaesthesia is as old as the department of surgery. After independence Dr. Rustam Ali Nabi joined King Edward Medical College on 9.02.1948. He reported to Dr. K. Madan who was the anaesthetist at Mayo Hospital. In November 1948 Dr. Rustam Ali Nabi (along with Dr. Hameed Sheikh, Pathologist and Dr. Bilqees Fatima, Gynaecologist) was amongst the first three Pakistani doctors to proceed to England for postgraduate training (diploma in Anaesthesia). He returned from England on 6th February1951 and was confirmed as an Anaesthetist at King Edward Medical College, on 24.05.1951.
The first Chair in Anaesthesia in whole of Pakistan (at that time east and west Pakistan) was created at King Edward Medical College in November 1959. Dr. Rustam Ali Nabi took charge as Professor of Anaesthesia. On 25th November 1959 and retired in October 1974. He was succeeded by Prof. Shafique ud din Ahmed Khan October 1974 and retired on 31.12.1980. Dr. Awais Qudsia Qureshi, Associate Professor officiated as Head of Department of anaesthesia from January 1981 to 1.09.1982.
Over the years with increasing clinical and teaching work load and creation of new specialties it was difficult to cope with the existing staff strength. It demanded more manpower so a second chair of anaesthesia was created in 1984. Prof. Azra Iffat Malik was the first to head it till 1994 when Prof. Saleem Asghar succeeded her to retire in 1977. Prof. Abdul Qayyum took over the department in 1997 and remained the head of the Anaesthesia Unit-II till Prof. Abdul Hameed retired from Anaesthesia Unit-I, when he became incharge of Anaesthesia Unit-I. Dr. Tahoor Manzar, Associate Professor Officiated as head of Anaesthesia Unit-II from December 2000 to April 2002. Prof. Syed Millat Hussain joined as Head of Unit-II. In April 2002, and chaired the Unit-II to the time he retired when Dr Naila Asad took lead of the department and shouldered the responsibility in the best possible manner till January 2013. Then she handed over the reins of the unit to Dr Zia ud Din Ahmed who is chairing the department to date.
The anaesthesia department in King Edward Medical University is unique as it is the only department of Anaesthesia in the province with two professorial units.
The Department provides Anaesthetic management for all surgical procedures including emergency cover on 24 hours basis. Preoperative anaesthetic assessment is accomplished as and on call in-patient consultation. The Department offers special expertise in paediatrics, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, vascular, maxillofacial and day care surgery. The department also provides continuing critical care services through the Intensive Care unit. In addition, acute and chronic pain management services are provided to control postoperative pain and for management of chronic pain syndromes.
The Department is very keen towards promoting academic activities. The department hosted the 6th CEEA CME course in Neurology, locoregional anaesthesia and pain therapy in Oct 2012.
The Department plans to arrange workshops regarding management of difficult airway, CPR, and ultrasound guided loco-regional blocks to help further in training the postgraduate trainees. A journal club meeting is held on regular monthly basis to keep abreast with the recent advances in research and anesthesia standards worldwide.

  1. Dr. Zia uddin Ahmed      Assistant Professor         MBBS, MCPS, FCPS.
  2. Dr. Ambreen Khan          Assistant Professor        MBBS, MCPS, FCPS.
  3. Dr. Huma Saleem           Assistant  Professor               MBBS, FCPS.
  4. Dr. Mohammed  Azam    Senior  Registrar                   MBBS, FCPS.




Teaching programs

Postgraduate Programme

• DA
• MS
Undergraduate Programme

MBBS:                                    Third year
Fourth year
Final year
BDS:                                        Final year
BSc.(anesthesia technologist)  Second year
Third year
Final year

Research projects under completion anaesthesia unit II

Double blinded comparative study of effect of magnesium sulphate vs placebo on succinylcholine induced fasiculations and myalgias.
Comparison of IV tramadol and bupivacaine through surgical drains in post mastectomy pain relief and its complications.
Double blinded comparative estudy of bupivacaine with and without dexamethasone in supraclavicular brachial plexus block in surgeries of upper limb.
Comparison between oral gabapentin and diclofenac sodium as pre emptive analgesia for post operative pain relief in patients undergoing major abdominal surgeries.
A comparative study of bupivacaine 0.25% with tramadol bupivacaine 0.25% combination for post operative caudal analgesia in children undergoing lower abdominal surgeries under general anesthesia.


Department provide the cover for elective surgical procedure carried out in following operation theater.
• Emergency
• General Surgery
• Fascio maxillary surgery
• Neurosurgery
• Paediatric Surgery
• Obstertiric & Gyanecology
• Plastic Surgery
• Ophthalmology
• Orthopaedic Surgery
• Urology
• Cardiovascular Surgery