Day Sessions - Karachi - Day1

12:00:AM Karachi - Pakistan

Day Sessions for the first day of the Karachi leg of the conference included sessions:

Scientific Sessions:

Cardiovascular Disease I & II

The first Cardiovascular Disease Session was chaired by Dr. Arshed Quyyumi, MD, FRCP, FACC, of USA, (Tenured Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Co-Director Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute) and co-chaired by Professor Tahir Saghir, MBBS, FCPS, FACC (Cardiologist at Karachi Institue of Heart Disease). The session was moderated by Dr. Mashooq Dasti, MBBS, Dip Card, MD Card, (Interventional Cardiologist at Liaquat University Hospital) of Pakistan.

During this session, Dr. Jawaid Akbar Sial, MBBS, FCPS, FAC (Cardiologist at National Medical Centre (Karachi) and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), spoke about STEMI Updates, outlining the definition of a myocardial infarction and myocardial injury. He updated the audience on the pathogenesis of acute coronary syndromes and also the triggering factors of plaque rupturing. Dr. Sial was followed by Dr. Bashir Hanif, MD, FACC, FSCAI (Executive Director of Tabba Heart Institute Karachi, Pakistan) who spoke about heart failure management. He began his lecture by informing the audience on the extent and severity of the challenges faced in heart failure management. He then outlined the definition of heart failure reduced ejection fraction and heart failure reserved ejection fraction. Dr. Hanif outlined a case study where the patient was diagnosed with heart failure and outlined the treatment plan for the patient. Dr. Ali Raza Kazmi, MBBS, FESC, MSC (Director General, IBGE, Dyp. Director Medical Services, Senior Medical Officer for KRL Hospital) presented next on Inflammation and Coronary Artery Disease. The event was followed by a question and answer session.

The second Cardiovascular Disease Session was chaired by Dr. Tasneem Zehra Naqvi, MD, MRCP, MA (Medical Management) (Medical Director of Echocardiography, Consultant Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine, Mayo School of Medicine) and co-chaired by Dr. Fateh Ali Tipu Sultan, MBBS, FCPS (Cardiologist at The Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi). The session was moderated by Dr. Zain Ali, MBBS (Pakistan).

During this session, Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Ansari, MD (Director, Cardio Cath Lab, Structural Heart and Interventional Cardiology Research & Assistant Professor of Medicine- Division of Cardiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center) of the US spoke on Advances in Interventional Cardiology: Coronary, Peripheral, Vascular and Structural Heart Disease. His presentation was followed by a presentation by session chair Dr. Tasneem Zehra Naqvi of the US who presented on Hand Held Cardiac Ultrasound in Cardiology Clinical Practice. The session was followed by a question and answer session.


The Radiology Session was chaired by Dr. Nadeem Ahmed, MBBS, MCPS, FCPS, of Pakistan. This session was moderated by Dr. Arbab Fatima, MBBS of Pakistan. The first presentation was by Dr. Furqan Zaidi, MD, MBA, Vice President Clinical Operations and Growth at Radiology Partners, of the US who presented Population Health Management: An Overview with Focus on the Role of Radiology. He was followed by Dr. Rafi Raza, MD (Senior Radiologist at Harbour Hospital) of the US who presented on Stroke Imaging.

The last speaker for this session was Dr. Amjad Safvi, MD (Vascular and Interventional Radiology Specialist) of the US who educated the audience on advancements in Teleradiology. The session was followed by a question and answer session.

Pulmonology and Critical Care – Emergency

The Pulmonology, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Session had a line-up of multiple established medical professionals, chaired and co-chaired by Dr. Syed Zafaryab Hussain, MBBS, DTCD, MCPS, (Pulmonologist at Murshid Hospital) and Dr. Husain Kanani, MBBS, MCPS, (Pulmonologist at Fatimiyah Hospital) of Pakistan respectively. Dr. Faheem Raza of Pakistan moderated this successful and engaging session.The first lecture was by Dr. Fakhir Raza, MBBS, FCPS, MCPS, (Consultant at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation) of Pakistan who shed light on the Non-invasive Methods Monitoring Response to Treatment in Septic Shock. This engaging lecture was well received by the audience. Dr. Murtaza Gova, MBBS, FCPS, (Consultant Pediatrician Assistant Professor, Jinnah Sindh Medical University) of Pakistan and Dr. Gul Afshan, MBBS, FCPS, of Pakistan also had interesting presentations during this session. Dr. Gova presented the signs of critical illness in children where he spoke about Signs of Critical Illness in Children. Dr. Afshan’s lecture enlightened the audience in regards to Asthma and Drug Compliance. The session was followed by a question and answer session.

Translational Research

The Translational Research session was chaired by Professor S. M. Abbas, MBBS, FCPS, of Pakistan. The session was moderated by Mr. Areez Ali. Dr. Khurrum Khan, MD presented on Translational Research in Medicine - Time to Make Transition. The session was followed by a question and answer session.

Neurology and Neurosurgery

The Neurology and Neurosurgery session was chaired by Professor Raza Rizvi, MBBS, MS of Pakistan and co-chaired by Dr. Naushad Noorani, MD, (Psychiatrist, William Osler Health System) of Canada. The session was moderated by Dr. Rabea Abbas, MBBS, of Pakistan. Dr. Aqeel Pabaney, MD, (Physician, Brain & Spine, Neurological Surgery, Grandview Medical Center, Kettering Medical Center, Soin Medical Center, Sycamore Medical Center) delivered a highly educational lecture entitled Neurosurgery: Reaching into the deep crevices of the brain where he spoke about Surgery of Brain Tumors, Skull Base Surgery, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery and the recent developments in Mechanical Thrombectomy. This lecture was followed by an equally engaging lecture by Dr. Nadir Ali Syed, MBBS, MD, (Consultant Neurologist at Aga Khan University Hospital) who spoke about Movement Disorders.He enlightened the audience on Hyperkinetic Movement and Hypokinetic Movement as well the types of abnormal movements. The session was followed by a question and answer session.

Gastroenterology and Endocrinology

The Gastroenterology Session was chaired and co-chaired by Professor Wasim Jafri, MBBS, MRCP, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lon), FRCP (Glasgow) (Ali Charan Professor, Section of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Education, Aga Khan University) of Pakistan and Professor Nasir Luck, MBBS, FCPS (Med), FCPS (Gastro), MACG (Pakistan) (Professor of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation) of Pakistan respectively. This session was moderated by an internist from the United States, Dr. Wasi Rizvi, MD (Internal Medicine Specialist at Newtown Medical). Dr. Faisal Jafri, MD, AGAF, FACG, FASGE (USA) (Director of GI Oncology, Sarah Canon Cancer Center), was the first speaker and enlightened the audience on the Advancements in Therapeutic Endoscopy. He was followed by an interesting lecture by Dr. Yawar Nensey, MD (Gastroenterologist at Florida Gastroenterology Associates) of USA on using Fibroscan as an approach to assessing liver health.Professor Nasir Luck concluded this session with a thought provoking lecture on NASH- Emerging Epidemic.The session was followed by a question and answer session.


The Urology Session was chaired by Professor Hammad Athar, MBBS, FCPS Urology, FEBU (Pakistan) (Professor, Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, Head, Section of Urology of Pakistan, Aga Khan University) co-chaired by Professor Malik Hussain Jalbani, FCPS Urology (Professor at Chandka Medical College, Larkana) of Pakistan and moderated by Dr. Saqib Ali, MBBS of Pakistan. Dr. Aftab Hussain, MD, FACS (Urologist at Urological Solutions) of US presented on Urological Emergencies.Dr. Syed M. Qasim Jaffry, MBBS, DHMS, Dip SFCD, MMedSc (Urol), FRCS, FRCSI, FEBU, FACS (Ireland) (Consultant Urological Surgeon at University Hospital Galway) of Ireland presented on Stone Disease: Updates, tips and tricks in FURS. Finally, Dr. Nuzhat Faruqi, MBBS, FCPS, FEBU (Pakistan) (Assistant Professor of Urology, Aga Khan University) presented on Bladder Stones or Hematuria Evaluation. The session was followed by a question and answer session.

Dental Session

The Karachi Dentistry lectures were initiated by Dr. Kulsoom Fatima Rizvi Bsc, BDS, MSc, DDPh, RCS(Pakistan), Vice Principal of Bahria University Dental College who talked about Oral Health and Millennium and shed light on Dentistry's connection the United Nation's Sustainable Developmental Goals. This was followed by a talk on Restorative Dentistry by Dr. Yawer Ali Abidi BDS, FCPS, Head of Department of Operative Dentistry, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, who engaged the audience by a discussion on Aesthetic Dental Restoration. Two private dental practitioners from USA, Dr. Asad Sadiq, DMD (Chairman of Board of Brite Management Group) and Dr. Ammar Pabaney, DMD (Associate General Dentist at Dr. Dental) also involved the audience with their interesting lectures. Dr. Asad Sadiq presented one of his cases of restoring a deeply carious molar in a presentation entitled Salvaging multi-rooted molar after the decay has rendered root non-salvageable , while Dr. Pabaney talked about Current Ceramics in Dental Practice and Cementation Protocols . The session was moderated by Dr. Afifa Hemani BDS, FCPS, Senior Registrar in the Department of Operative Dentistry, Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine while Dr. Asad Sadiq was the session's chairperson. The conference's dental experts completed the session with an impromptu networking session.

Pharmaceutical Session:

Digital Platforms and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Transformation

This session was moderated by Mr. Muzaffar Jafri of Pakistan, Helix Pharma's COO, and consisted of a panel of experts led by Mr. Khurram Afzal (Faculty of Pharmacy at Bahauddin Zakariya University) of Pakistan.

Mr. Qashif Effendi of Pakistan presented on Digital Platforms - B2B Opportunities in Healthcare and Consumer Access to HOTC Brands . Dr. Amanullah Khan, IQVIA Pakistan General Manager of Pakistan presented on Digital Platforms and Medicine Access Online with HD.

Patient Safety from Manufacturing to Delivery

This session was moderated by Mr. Yawar Abbas of Pakistan and consisted of a panel of experts led by Dr. Bilquis Yasmin of Pakistan(Owner , Senior Consultant, Local Consultant for Operational Excellence Consulting (OEC), Variance Reduction International, USA Inc., and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)) and Dr. Najum Us Saqib of Pakistan.

Mr. Tahir Nabi Mirza of Pakistan (Director Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance, Helix Pharma (Pvt) Ltd) led a presentation on Quality Control and Quality Assurance Considerations, followed by a presentation by Dr. Saif ur Rehman Khatak of Pakistan (Director for Central Drugs Laboratory, Pakistan) on Regulatory Controls and Current Challenges.

Ms. Shamim Raza of Pakistan presented on Drug Delivery System - Role of Manufacturer and Pharmacist .

Young Leaders:

Opening Session

A highly robust Young Leaders’ Conference took place concurrent to the academic sessions of both cities, where the young professionals and students had the opportunity to learn from the international faculty.

In the opening session, Dr. Sana Imam of Pakistan moderated a panel of experts from across the globe.

Dr. Mehreen Merchant DMD, (Orthodontist at Rane's Dental in New Jersey, USA) opened the session with her lecture on A Look at the IMI Young Leaders Program: Helping You Achieve Your Goals - and Have Fun Doing So . She gave a brief overview on IMI and proceeded to inform the audience on how they can take advantage of the vast network over the course of the conference. She shared her own experience and the impact IMI had made on her professional development and urged the young leaders in the audience to make the most of their time at the global summit.

This lecture was followed by an educational lecture by Dr. Liaquat Raza, B. Pharm, MPhil, PhD (Guest Researcher, Department of Clinical Sciences, LUND University) of Sweden presented on Financing Your Education, Scholarship Guidance and Research Funding . Dr. Raza walked the audience through the steps for financing their education and guided them on how to approach professors for research funding and letters of recommendations. In addition, Dr. Raza highlighted some agencies that could be approached for scholarships.

The session was concluded by Dr. Wajih Rizvi, MD who spoke about IMI’s pioneer NEST-1 Program in a presentation entitled NEST-1: A Model for Providing Support to Students Overseas . These four presentations concluded the first round of academic and Young Leaders Sessions for the day.

Career Guidance for Medical Students

Running parallel to these medical sessions was the highly anticipated Career Guidance for Medical Students Session moderated by Pakistan's Dr. Danial Raza.

Dr. Hussain Azhar, MBBS, FCPS, (Consultant Internal Medicine and Rheumatic Diseases at Immunocure) of Pakistan presented a holistic presentation entitled Career Option After House Job in Pakistan . Key points of note included the difference between a job and a career, updates on the currently popular career options such as Medical Education and Public Health. Dr. Azhar also highlighted some institutes in Pakistan which have expanded their curriculum to accommodate these options.

Dr. Ali Haider, MBBS, FCPS of Pakistan showed students what pursuing Surgery as a Career looks like, sharing the characteristics of a surgeon and also spoke about job satisfaction, distribution of surgeons across specialties and the decline of interest in surgery due to external factors such as salary and law and order situations.

Professor Meesam Iftikhar, MBBS, MPhil (Professor of Anatomy at Jinnah Medical & Dental College Karachi) of Pakistan was able to indulge the audience in his presentation on The Charms of Basic Medical Sciences where he talked about how basic sciences can be neglected as most doctors move towards clinical practice rather than scientific education. He spoke about how he wanted to set an example of bridging a gap between medicine and basic science education. He highlighted the advantages of pursuing basic sciences as a career option such as the liberty to pursue research on any topic from your desk.

Dr. Dilbar Saeed, MBBS, MBA (Medical Superintendent of Fatimiyah Hospital) of Pakistan rounded out the event with a very interactive lecture titled I Don't Like Clinical Practice - The Sky is the Limit , where he urged medical students to pursue a career and to look at options beyond clinical practice. He spoke about non-clinical careers, where to go, how to pursue them and what career milestones might look like.

Career Options for Dental Students

An attractive dental career guidance session was organized which had significant participation especially by undergraduate and recent graduates of Dentistry.

A panel of experts had a two hour long interactive discussion with the audience in which various post graduation options in Dentistry were conversed about including FCPS, MDs, MSc, MPhil and dental licensure in USA, UK and Canada. The session included a talk on NBDE, ORE, AFK.

The session had an impressive line-up of experts including

  • Prof. Dr. Syed Ghazanfar Taqvi BDS, FFD,RCSI (Pakistan) - Teaching Faculty, Chairman, LUHMS
  • Dr. Yawer Ali Abidi BDS, FCPS (Pakistan), Pakistan - Director Postgraduate Studies, Associate Prof & Head Of Operative Dentistry, at Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Murtaza Kazmi BDS, FCPS, Pakistan
  • Dr. Zia Abbas BDS, MCPS, Pakistan
  • Dr. M. Ali Naqvi, BDS, MDS, Pakistan
  • Dr. Raza Ali, BDS, MSc, Pakistan
  • Dr. Muslim Abbas BDS, MPhil (Pharmacology), Pakistan
  • Dr. Wasi Haider, BDS, UK - Senior Dentist at Pearl Dental Clinic
  • Dr. Ammar Pabaney DMD, USA - Associate General Dentist at Dr. Dental

A thorough question and answer session was conducted and after the session, the participants networked and were given the opportunity to communicate one-to-one with the experts regarding their career and academic aspirations.

The session was moderated by Dr. Ghazanfer Hasan, Chairperson of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, LUMHS, Jamshoro.


A Special Session was dedicated to the USMLE process for Foreign Medical Graduates. The session was moderated by Ms. Batool Naqvi, a pre-med student in the United States.

The session highlighted presentations by Dr. Shujayat Ali, MD (Assistant Clinical Professor Pediatrics, University of South Florida & Medical Director at Lehigh Valley Health Network) and Dr. Wajih Rizvi, MD (Chief, R-Endocrinology, Associate Professor Clinical Endocrinology, University of Medicine & Dentistry (UMDNJ) and Consultant Endocrinologist, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, NJ) of the United States.

Dr. Shujayat Ali took a Deep Dive Into the Process of US Residency Application , in which he expressed his passion for career guidance and took the opportunity to indulge the students in an in-depth exploration of the process of US Residency application. Dr. Shujayat Ali’s session was interactive as he went through the process of USMLE in steps and the characteristics of the students that Matched in a residency program. He also highlighted the branches that International Medical Graduates are focused on including: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Pediatrics. He urged the students to focus on specialties that lie outside these fields to differentiate themselves and set themselves up for success.

The session was a highlight of the Young Leaders' Sessions and closed out the activities for the day.

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