Practicing JUST Medicine in an UNJUST World: Talk by Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta at KMU

Practicing JUST Medicine in an UNJUST World: Talk by Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta at KMU

Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is Chair - Professor and the Founding Director, Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, South-Central Asia & East Africa and Director Research, Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally including the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), Harvard School of Public Health, Tufts University (Boston), University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and also the Chairman of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan.Dr. Bhutta is one of the seven member Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) set by the UN Secretary General for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs. He has recently been appointed to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) Board as the representative from global academic research organizations.

Professor Bhutta was graduated (MBBS) from KMC, Peshawar and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh & London), the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (London), American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He has been associated with the Aga Khan University since 1986 and heads a large research team working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition globally and regionally.

Dr. Bhutta’s research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. He leads a large research group based in Pakistan with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence based interventions in community settings and implementation research in health systems research. In particular, his work with community health workers and outreach services has influenced integrated maternal and newborn outreach programs globally.

He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research, the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan and the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association. Dr Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Program for Global Pediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health and the Kenneth Warren prize for the best systematic review of community based interventions by the Cochrane collaboration.

Prof. Bhutta visited KMU and he delivered a thought provoking speech on “Practicing JUST Medicine in an UNJUST World, A personal Journey”. Besides other Vice Chancellor KMU Prof. Dr. Arshad Javaid, Pro VC and Dean Faculty of Public Health Prof. Dr. Zia ulHaq, Registrar Prof. Dr. Muhammad SaleemGandapur, Director IPMR Dr. HaiderDarain, Director ORIC Dr. Zohaib Khan and Chief ExecutiveParaplegic Centre, Peshawar Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Sayed attended the ceremony.