Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dr Abdul Ghaffar Billoo

Dr Abdul Ghaffar Billoo is one of the most eminent personalities in the field of health and medical sciences. He is regarded as the leading pediatric endocrinologist of Pakistan, working at the Aga Khan University as professor of clinical pediatrics. 

Born in Junagadh, India, on January 14, 1937, he and his family migrated to Pakistan soon after partition. He obtained his MBBS degree from Dow Medical College, Karachi, in 1959.

He received his Diploma in Child Health, Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the United Kingdom in 1962. He qualified for his MRCP in 1964 and was appointed a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1986.

He started his professional career in 1959 from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. He joined Institute of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on 1962 located in Glasgow. He was appointed as Registrar in Pediatrics at Seafield Sick Children Hospital Ayrshire, Scotland in 1962.

Upon return from the UK, he started practising as pediatrician in Karachi and joined Aga Khan University Hospital as chairman of Department of Pediatrics in 1998. He also served as professor and Head of Pediatrics Department in Dow Medical Collage besides being a part of the University of Karachi as Dean Faculty of Medicine for three years.

Dr Abdul Ghaffar Billoo has more than 200 publications in United States National Library of Medicine. He founded Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS), with his few close friends, which has been serving humanity since 1975. It works on health, human rights, education, disaster management and poverty alleviation.

He was awarded with Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the most prestigious civilian award of Pakistan, for public service by the then President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, in 2007.

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