Department of Pathology


Faculty of Pathology :
1. Head of department Dr. Ashok Kumar Tanwani: MBBS, M.Phil (Histopathology)
2. Dr. Haroon Khan: MBBS, PhD
3. Dr. Lubna Naseem: MBBS, M.Phil (Hematology)

The Department of Pathology of PIMS is very active in the fields of diagnosis, research and education. It is topographically comprised of three components i.e. Laboratories at Islamabad Hospital, Children Hospital and Maternal & Child Health Centre (MCH). Its functional shores are even more far extending as it is actively involved in teaching students at CMLT and School, College of Nursing and arranging high quality National and International Conferences. The Department carries out several daily intra and interdepartmental educational conferences. There are several teaching courses in the department of pathology including FCPS (Histopathology), M. Phil (Histopathology, Hematology) and DCP.

The Department is comprised of five sections i.e. Histopathology & Cytopathology, Microbiology, Hematology, Transfusion Medicine (Blood Banking) and Clinical Chemistry. The Faculty of the department includes Prof. Anwar ul Haque, Prof. Dr. Khalid Hassan, Prof. Noor Khan Lakhnana, Dr. Shagufta Hussain, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Dr. Lubna Naseem, Dr. Haroon Khan, Dr. Abbas Hussain Zaheer, Dr. Shahida Mohsin and Dr. Rabia Shams.

Haematology OPD

Haematology Section comprises of diagnostic labs in IH, Children Hospital and MCH Center. In addition, it has an elaborate Blood Transfusion Service for all three components. In the diagnostic labs, blood samples of more than 500 patients are analyzed daily, on fully automated equipment, under a strict quality control. In addition to the routine test, procedures like bone marrow biopsies , Hemoglobin electrophoreses and special Coagulation Profile are being performed. Recently, the hematologists have begun supervision of the hematology clinic in OPD. The Hematology Section is also running M. Phil Haemotology training programme in addition to an active participation in DCP training courses. At present, various research projects are in progress. These include studies of leukemia, thalassemia, coagulation disorders and lymphomas, etc. The department aims to develop facilities of chromosomal analysis, molecular biology diagnostic expertise in platelet dysfunctions.

Histopathology Section

It is actively involved in providing routine Surgical Pathology and Cytology Services. Almost all body organs are targeted by the Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC), sometimes with the help of radiological imaging. About 6000 Surgical Pathology Specimens are examined annually. About 2000 FNAC, 3500 cytology smears, 1600 PAP smears and 100 Frozen Sections are performed annually. There are regular weekly journal club, ENT pathology, Dermatopathology and Nephropathology conferences. Additionally there are bi-weekly Neuropathology and Gaeynecolo-pathology Conferences. Presently there are five FCPS students, 5 M. Phil students and 13 DCP students enrolled in our programs. The faulty and residents actively participate in Grand Rounds of Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics. Additionally there are tutorial classes of residents, slide sessions. In future we aim to develop Pathology Museum, Animal House, separate Auditorium for Pathology, special stains Laboratory (Immuno-Histo-Chemistry and Immuno-fluorescence), Electronmicroscopy, Cytogentyics and PCR. The department actively contributes research articles in several different journals as important research work has been carried out in the department particularly in the fields of FNAC and Touch Cytology.

Chemical Pathology Section

Provides services to about 500 patients per day and 1000 to 1500 analysis of different analytes are done per day. It is headed by an Associate Professor and is an integral part of the division of Pathology. It has a staff of 06 technicians and 5 attendants who are involved in routine work. In addition PGs are responsible for day to day total quality control and clinical input. The basic science section is looked after by Bio-chemist. The department of Pathology is fully computerized and paperless. This is the first public sector lab to have this status and to be connected to a fully integrated a hospital management information system (HMIS). All Wards and OPDs of PIMS are through local area network by virtue of this all patients results and records can be accessed anywhere within the hospital through computer. In addition department of clinical chemistry is actively involved in teaching program of Post graduate students of DCP, M. Phil.

Microbiology Section

As part of the rest of the department of pathology. The microbiology services are provided at main hospital, Children Hospital and MCH Centre.

The work load is large as it is catering for 200 bedded hospital, more than 15000 cultures are done in any year.

In addition to routine microbiological investigations like bacterial, fungal and mycobacterium cultures , specialized research activities are carried out involving MIC testing, usage of E-stips not only on routine organisms but also on fastid organisms like haemophilus influenzae, streptococcus pneumonia etc.

For serological tests like of Hepatitis B and C. 3 rd generation fully automation ELISA are used. Department is attached at QPGMC and is running DCP course and the recognition of the department for M. Phil Medical Microbiology is in process.

We place to extend our services in quality and quantity to new tests like PCR. Culturing of Mycobacterium by Eactce and providing sensitivity testing and adding up PCR testing.

Our department is also run 6 years fully computerized LMIS programme. Departments is involved all the ti in different research activities and have may and research activities are published in Medical information.

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