Khalid to head Punjab Institute of Neurosciences.

Byline: Iqtidar Gilani

LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister has approved posting of senior neurosurgeon Prof Khalid Mahmood as head of first dedicated centre for neurology, Punjab Institute of Neurosciences.

The specialised healthcare and medical education secretary is likely to issue a notification in this regard on Monday (tomorrow).

A four-member search committee headed by Vice Chancellor of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Prof Khalid Masood Gondal shortlisted three neurosurgeons from a list of 10 senior most neurosurgeons in the province, putting name of Prof Khalid Mahmood on top of the list for the first ever executive director of the institute after getting autonomous status.

Other members of the search committee constituted on the direction of the chief justice of Pakistan included ex-principal of the Postgraduate Medical Institute/Ameer-ud-Din Medical College Prof Anjum Habib Vohra, Head of Neurology at KEMU/Mayo Hospital Prof Athar Javed and one representative of of the SH and ME secretary.

The committee had placed name of Head of Neurosurgery Unit-1, PGMI/AMC, Prof Rizwan Masood Butt on number two and that of Head of Neurosurgery KEMU/Mayo Hospital Prof Shehzad Shamas on number three for the top slot of autonomous PINS, previously a part of Lahore General Hospital.

Complying with the direction of CJP given during his visit of LGH in June 2018, the Punjab Cabinet has approved giving autonomous status to PINS after fulfilling the legal requirements of approval from the Law Department.

Prof Khalid Mahmood, Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, has previously worked as Principal PGMI/AMC. His expertise is in endoscopic brain surgery, complex spinal and endoscopic disc surgery and minimal invasive brain tumors surgery while patient remains awake. He is pioneer of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) technique for Parkinson's disease. He worked in the UK leading...

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