Prof. Ijaz Haider MBBS, PhD, FRC Psych


 Prof. Ijaz Haider MBBS, PhD, FRC Psych.

(1941- December 20, 2018)

Prof. Ijaz Haider MBBS, PhD, FRC Psych. (London) a noted psychiatrist who retired as Professor and Head of the Dept. of Psychiatry from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore about eighteen years ago passed away early morning on Thursday December 20, 2018 after a prolonged illness. He was seventy seven years of age. May Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in Peace. Ameen.

Prof. Ijaz Haider

Late Prof. Ijaz Haider was father of Prof. Imran Ijaz Haider Professor of Psychiatry at Fatima Memorial Medical College, Lahore, Shamaila Ijaz Consultant Psychologist, Dr. Nadia Ijaz Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Sonia Ijaz Medical Educationist at Aga Khan University and Father-in-law of Dr. Nazish Imran Head of the Dept. of Child and Family Psychiatry at King Edward Medical University, Mayo Hospital Lahore. His funeral prayers held on Friday were largely attended by his professional colleagues’ psychiatrists, Vice Chancellors, Principals, Deans and Faculty members from various medical institutions from Lahore besides a large number of friends, family members which also included some of his class fellows and well wishers.

Prof. Ijaz Haider graduated from King Edward Medical College in 1962 and after completing his house job went to UK for postgraduate studies. He got interested in psychiatry and did his PhD from UK. He was a keen researcher and proficient writer who contributed a great deal on different subjects in psychiatry. He returned to Pakistan in 1972 and soon joined government service. He served at Mental Hospital Lahore, was on the faculty of King Edward Medical College. When he was transferred to Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur, he organized a series of seminars, workshops as a part of Continuing Medical Education for faculty members and Family Physicians thereby promoting the cause of psychiatry.

He firmly believed that keeping in view the huge burden of patients suffering from mental disorders; it was not possible for the limited number of qualified, well trained psychiatrists to look after all these patients. Hence he was a great supporter of starting some midlevel qualification for those who cannot do FCPS and MRCP in psychiatry. Hence when he was posted at Postgraduate Medical Institute Lahore, much against the wishes of his senior professional colleagues and certain institutions, he started two years diploma course DPM and trained a large number of healthcare professionals. Many of them later developed so much interest in behavioural sciences that they did Fellowship in Psychiatry from CPSP and many of them even went to UK and did MRCP and are currently serving as Consultant Psychiatrists in National Health Service. He enjoyed teaching and training and used to write a lot in the medical press to create awareness about the psychiatric disorders and educate the healthcare professionals as well as public in a country where mental diseases is still considered a stigma not only by the public at large but by the healthcare professional colleagues as well.

He was later transferred to Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore from where he finally retired. He was a firm believer of using adequate, appropriate dose of antipsychotics. He also believed that ECT was quite safe and effective and gives excellent results in carefully selected patients; hence he used to use this treatment modality quite often. Even after retirement, he continued his practice in Shadman and also established Ijaz Psychiatric Institute in Johar Town, Lahore. Despite not having good health, he used to attend patients at his clinic two to three times a week regularly even a few days before his death. He was an examiner for MCPS and FCPS for the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan and has trained numerous psychiatrists who obtained MCPS and FCPS besides DPM.

Just two days before his death, he came to know that his professional colleague Prof. Mohammad Sharif consultant psychiatrist who also retired from Allama Iqbal Medical College long time ago was not well. So he went to see him at his residence, had dinner with him and asked him when he will come to see him. Prof. Shareef often came to see him during his illness. Prof. Ijaz Haider had lot of trust and confidence in his class fellow Prof. Randhawa who despite being a surgeon he often consulted him and sought his advice on health matters.

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