Contrary to popular belief, there is an enormous amount of individuals in Pakistan who’ve succeeded in achieving the goals that they aim for. Even though the country is not exactly known for its achievements as it has been overshadowed by horrific incidents in the last years, the people of Pakistan are reluctant to abandon hope. Who gives Pakistan this hope? The luminary geniuses Pakistan has produced in the past and their ability of endowing their talent onto the youngsters who make sure to work hard despite the current educational defects in the country. I believe in every single word I have written above, but there is a drawback present among us which has inhibited our brilliant youngsters and intellectual minds from succeeding; the reason is the lack of participation of our media in promoting the skillful youngsters/professionals and the incapability of our nationals to encourage their talent. A great percentage of our youth is inspired by the western celebrities and scientists, which is good as long as the inspiration carries them on the right path. But do we know anything about our national personalities, who have little experience of prominence, unfortunately, as compared to the level of intelligence they possess? Students in Pakistan are inspired by businessmen such as Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to seek the road of business; students in Pakistan are inspired by physicists such as Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein to choose physics as their specialty; students in Pakistan are inspired by doctors such as Dr. Michael Debakey or Dr. Benjamin Carson to opt for medicine, but none of the students are inspired by Dr Abdus Salam or Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan for Physics, by Mr Malik Riaz or Mr Mian Mansha for business and by Dr Ayub Khan Ommaya or Dr Syed Amjad Hussain for medicine and the list goes on. I’ve seen that a small percentage seems to be aware of Pakistani scientists, politicians or businessmen, but I couldn’t find a good article or biography to read about a single medical professional who had a great amount of credit to their enormous achievements. As a pre-medical student, I have decided to write about such legendary professionals who’re known more by foreigners rather than their countrymen.
-Dr Ayub Khan Ommaya.
With well over 150 articles, chapters, books and one of the most important medical inventions to his name (“The Ommaya reservoir”, which provides chemotherapy directly to the site for brain tumors); he was perhaps the greatest Pakistani neurosurgeon who pioneered spinal angiography. After immigrating to USA, he joined ‘The National Institute of health’ and became the chief of neurosurgery. Dr Ommaya was also awarded the Sitara-I-Imtiaz in 1982 by the president of Pakistan. Unfortunately, in 2008, Dr Ayub Khan Ommaya passed away but as a medical genius.
The credit of the invention of the pleura-peritoneal shunt and a special endotracheal tube (used in fiberoptic broncchoscopy), two of the most intricate medical devices, goes to Dr Syed Amjad Hussain. Currently living in Ohio, Dr Amjad has 50 research papers to his name in the field of medical literature. As a doctor, he’s a maestro of the field but as an explorer he’s not less than a maestro either; he gained his fair share of fame as an explorer when he explored over 2000 miles of the river Indus in Pakistan. Dr Syed Amjad Hussain is, and will always be remembered as one of the most important inventors in the history of Pakistan.
Currently the vice president of the society of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeons, Dr Mumtaz has established his name tremendously in the field of medicine especially in the medical history of Pakistan. He performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the first of its kind in Pakistan, in 1991; which was an underrated yet above par medical achievement. Dr Mumtaz Maher, the chief of surgery at South City Hospital in Karachi, will always be a pioneer for not just medical students, but for every patriotic student in the country.
The Vice Chancellor of the prestigious King Edward Medical University in Pakistan, Dr Faisal is known for his splendid role in the Dengue epidemic of 2011. From being the ‘best graduate’ at Nishtar Medical College to being an endocrinologist to being the recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Dr Faisal has repeatedly proven his stature as one of the most uniquely intelligent doctors in Pakistan and the country will always be grateful to a man of such stature.
From all these professionals to Dr Sania Nishtar to Dr Roger Armour to Dr Adeeb Rizvi, the list will go on and on. The amount of talent will always outweigh the sum of mediocrity in Pakistan, but without our awareness, these names will continually remain underestimated. That’s what we have to change!
Source for the biographies of these doctors: http://www.wikipedia.com.