Monday, January 3, 2011

Dr. F.U. Baqai

Dr. F.U. Baqai belongs to an illustrious family of Delhi. His forefa­thers migrated from Iran to Delhi during the Mughal rule. Two brothers of the family Baqaullah and Zakaullah rose to eminence in the profession of TIB.The descendants of Hakeem Baqaullah came to be known as Baqais. When Dr. F.U. Baqai was only 5 years old his father Hakeem Nizamuddin died. During the communal mass massacre which preceded the partition of India, Dr. F.U. Baqai's mother migrated from Delhi to Karachi with her 5 sons. It was indeed a trying time for her. Having lost all she had, she took good care of her family. She certainly did a fine job ensuring that each of her sons got higher education with her small earning by dress-making and sewing for APWA. The brave lady breathed her last in 1992. Dr. Baqai had to face a real hard time to continue his education and also maintaining the family doing odd jobs.

Dr. F. U. Baqai was born on 22nd May, 1935 in Delhi and did his MBBS in 1958 from Dow Medical College, Karachi. He got a chance to start his career in opthalmology at Spencer Eye Hospital, but being interested in Surgery and finding “eye”, a small field for him, he moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and got a chance to be attached with a teacher of teachers Col. Saeed Ahmed who strengthened his roots of Surgery and got him sent to England for fellowship in Surgery which he got in 1965. Of course, it was an earning and learning process. He obtained his FRCS from Edinburgh and FICS in 1965. He was elected as a Fellow of the Pakistan College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) in 1993. He served the Pakistan Navy from 1965 to 1969 as Surgeon Commander at Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi during the war in 1971. He was elected Secretary of Pakistan chapter of International College of Surgeons in 1965 and the President of the Chapter in 1993. He hosted the Asia Pacific Congress of ICS in 1985. He was the Secretary and is now the President of Society of Surgeons of Pakistan. He was the Convener of the International Conference of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan held in December, 1993. He has widely travelled, attended a large number of medical conferences and presented papers. He has number of papers to his credit and is at present Chairman of Baqai Foundation and Chairman, Department of Surgery of Baqai Medical College.

In 1969 he established Baqai Hospital at Nazimabad and in 1987 he founded Baqai Medical Complex which now consists of Baqai Medical College, Baqai Dental College, Baqai Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Hematology, Baqai Institute of Medical Technology, Baqai Institute of Oncology and Institute of Nursing. Dr. F. U. Baqai has also introduced the Community Oriented Medical Education (COME).

With Sheer perseverance, resilience and firm faith in God, he made himself what he is today. He, however, considers his achievements as a gift of God. Dr. F.U.Baqai is looking forward to go ahead with his new ideas and projects, with the zeal and ambition second to none the Shehar-e-Baqa. Situated - 38 km from Hyderabad - a mega city of Health & Education.