Lt. Gen. Muhammad Arshad Mirza

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Lt. Gen. Muhammad Arshad Mirza
(1928-2014)

Lt. General Muhammad Arshad Mizra renowned physician and cardiologist of the Pakistan Armed Forces and Pakistan passed away on 24th June 2014. The cause of his demise was cardiac arrest. He was 86.


Lt. Gen. Muhammad Arshad Mizra

He was born on 7 May 1928 in Jullundur, Punjab, India. He had early education at Jullundur. During his student days he was an athlete and a prominent foot-ball player- led the Punjab University team in the 1948 inter-university foot-ball championship. He graduated from King Edward Medical College in 1950 with merit-got early training in medicine at the Mayo Hospital Lahore under the legendary physician Prof Muhammad Aslam Peerzada and Doctor G.M.K Baloch, an eminent physician and pioneer cardiologist of Pakistan. He undertook research studies on the subject of blood pressure variations in the population and produced a thesis for the “Doctor of Medicine” degree of the Punjab University which earned commendation. He passed the “Doctor of Medicine” examination of the Punjab University with cardiology special subject.

In 1951, he joined the Pak Army Medical Corps and worked as a general duty medical officer at Field Medical Units and later as a graded medical specialist at the Armed Forces Medical Hospitals. He became a (senior) classified medical specialist in 1956 and served major Armed Forces hospitals as a medical specialist. He visited centers of excellence in UK, USA and other countries. He was seconded to the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces Medical Service where he served as a senior medical specialist and also as commandant of their hospitals. He was also an efficient administrator.

On reverting to the Pakistan Armed Forces he served in many major hospitals as a senior medical specialist. He was appointed senior instruction in Aerospace Medicine for Aerospace medical specialization courses at the PAF Base Drigh Road Karachi. In 1979 he was promoted to the rank of Major General appointed Professor and Head of the department of Medicine of the newly established Army Medical College at Rawalpindi Cantt – Lt Gen Muhammad Ayub Khan, the legendary physician and the former head of the Armed forces medical services of the Pak Armed Forces was the first principal of the College. He also taught Medicine to the postgraduate doctors at the Armed Force Postgraduate Medical Institute. In 1987 he was promoted to the rank of Lt General and appointed Principal of the Army Medical College, Became Dean of the medical faculty of Quaid-e-Azam (QAU) University and a member of the QAU university syndicate. He was a member of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and also a member of the curriculum committee of the medical education for MBBS degree. He made tremendous contributions to medical education. On retirement from the Armed Forces in 1988 at the age of 60 he was appointed Prof Emeritus in medicine at the Army Medical College and the Armed Forces Postgraduate Medical College.

He was a founder member of the Pak Cardiac Society and Pak hypertension league and has Published 22 scientific papers. He authored the book “Bedside medicine as a guide-line for complete diagnosis and management” published in 2000. He actively participated in the scientific programme of many national and international conferences and was convener of two international cardiology conferences. He was a very hard-working and painstaking clinician. He is survived by two daughters and two sons- one of the sons is a surgeon. May Allah bless his soul.

Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar
Former Surgeon General Army, DGMS(IS)

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