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  Department of Pathology


 

Pathology Department

Pathology department is vibrant and dynamically active in patient care, teaching, research administration and coordination. It caters patients of Islamabad / Rawalpindi, ICT & Northern areas of Pakistan. The Department started functioning in 1986.It has 5 sections and 4 physical locations. The sections include Histopathology & cytopathology, Hematology, Chemical Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, Blood transfusion services. The laboratories are located at Islamabad Hospital, Children Hospital, Mother & Child Health (MCH) centre and Burn Centre (BC).

 

Workload of Department:Approximately 0.5 million Patients and 3 million tests / year entertained in Pathology department. Procedures of Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) and Bone marrows performed in 2500 and 1000 patients / year respectively.

 

Postgraduate Programs: Postgraduate programs of DCP, FCPS Histopathology, M.Phil in Histopathology started since 1989. Later M. Phil in Microbiology, Hematology and Chemical Pathology started. M.D. Histopathology started from 2011. Structured postgraduate programs with academic record of each resident kept. The training to 163 postgraduate residents imparted in DCP, FCPS Histopathology, M. Phil Histopathology, Hematology and Microbiology. Currently 23 postgraduate residents are enrolled in FCPS, M.D. and M. Phil Programs of Pathology programs.

 

Academic Activities: Weekly clinic-Pathological Conference (CPC), active participation in clinical grand rounds, Multidisciplinary meetings, Journal Club, tutorial classes, review articles and Monthly workshops conducted. Additionally  we  hold  weekly quality assurance meetings in which all incidence reports  of  problems  of  the  week  are  critically analyzed  and  appropriate  remedial  steps  are taken.

Research Activities: Senior Postgraduate trainees along with supervisors involved in research activities on current trends helpful for better diagnostic facilities and targeted therapy to patients. Approximately 60 articals published in PMDC recognized journals by existing faculty and postgraduate residents of Pathology department.

Sections of Pathology department:

Histopathology& Cytopathology: FCPS, M.D and  M. Phil  programs  are  offered. Routine histopathology , Cytology, Touch imprints, Pap smears, Special stains, FNA, Immuno-histochemistry  are  performed.   Multimedia, pent ahead microscope and TV monitors are usedfor teaching purposes.  Manyoriginalresearch papers  have been  published.

Hematology: Section  provides  patient  care, teaching  and  research  in  various  areas.  M.  Phil   program  in  Hematology  are  offered.Routine hematology testsare performed over  auto  analyzers.Trephine  biopsies  are  performed  annually.Coagulation, electrophoresis, special stains and Flow Cytometryare  also  used  for  various  diagnostic  and research  purpose.

 

Blood Transfusion Services:  TheTransfusion medicine serving  all units of PIMS including burn center, Bone Marrow Transplantation Center and Cardiac Center . The blood is available as components viz  Red  cell concentrates.  Platelets. Fresh Frozen Plasma.There are more than 1000   registered Thalassemia  and  Hemophilia patients.  Who are all times dependent on the  regular supply of the blood  and  its  products. Blood from donors collected in triple bags. All the blood components are screened for HBsAg, Anti-HCV and HIV by Elisa method on fully automated analyzer. Plasmapheresis machine used to provide single donor mega platelet units to patients.

 

Chemical Pathology: Section performs routine chemistry test  over sophisticated fully auto analyzers. Blood gases and electrolytes are performed round the clock 7 days a week. Tests of Endocrinology, Tumor Markers, Fertility Profile will be started soon. Internal quality control is regularly performed. The section is affiliated with National External Quality Assurance Program, Pakistan (NEQAPP). The results are displayed across Islamabad hospital through Laboratory Management Information System (LMIS).  The section participates  in  ongoing structured  residency  programs  running  in  the department.

Microbiology & Immunology: Cultures bacterial/ fungal, Routine urine/ stool examination, AFB screening, ELISA (HBV, anti HCV), Routine serology, Dengue serology. In addition to many  routine  microbiology tests,  the  section participates in  various research programs.  It  keeps  an  eye  on  various  types  of infections and  emergence of resistance.Department runs  Infection  Control programs and contributes valuablyin Infection   Control Committee.  In  addition  to  PIMS  residents,  the section  imparts  valuable  teaching  and  training to students of  different  other  institutions.

Future Plans:Hope that with the establishment of SZABMU,in future all the components will be merged and centralize as Institute of Pathology, PIMS, SZABMU. The pathology department will be upgraded in relation to latest curricula, adequate trained staff, space and latest equipments. Specialized tests i.e. FISH, Cytogenetics, NAT, HPLC, Drugs, Immunoflouresence, flow cytometer, PCR etc. will be started. All the disciplines of Pathology department will be accredited for Iso-15189 by Pakistan National Accreditation council (PNAC). External Quality Assurance program with American College of pathologists will be established.Collaboration with other national and international institutions will be established.The department will deliver reliable quality services to patients and training, research facilities to undergraduate and postgraduate residents. Postgraduate programs of MD, FCPS, Ph.D will be started in all disciplines of Pathology.

 

 

Faculty of department:

Name

Designation

Specialty

Prof. Ashok Kumar Tanwani

Head of Department

Histopathology & Cytology

Prof. Hassan Abbas Zaheer

Professor

Hematology & Blood Bank

Dr. Haroon Khan

Associate Professor

Chemical Pathology

Dr. LubnaNaseem

Associate Professor

Hematology & Blood Bank

Dr. Ahmreen Khalid

Assistant Professor

Histopathology & Cytology

Dr. Rubina Kamran

Assistant Professor

Microbiology

Dr. Rukhsana Malik

Associate Pathologist

Chemical Pathology

Dr. HumairaRizwan

Medical Officer

Hematology

Dr. RoshanParveen

Medical Officer

Hematology

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