Pakistani doctors making significant contributions in various medical universities in Saudi Arabia

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 Pakistani doctors making significant
contributions in various medical
universities in Saudi Arabia

Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo earned King Saud University Excellence Award in Medicine in 2017

From our correspondent

RIYADH (Saudi Arabia): Pakistani doctors are making significant contributions in various medical universities, medical schools in Saudi Arabia. Many of them are occupying coveted positions in basic sciences as well as clinical disciplines, have earned name and fame, respect and recognition due to their hard work, devotion and dedication. During my recent visit to Riyadh, I had a chance to meet quite a few Pakistani doctors working at King Saud University and was immensely impressed with their contributions and accomplishments.


Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud presenting
King Saud University Excellence in Medicine Award for the

Year 2017 to Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo.

One of the Pakistani doctors working here is Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo who graduated from Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur and later served at Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry. He did his M. Phil and later got PhD in Physiology. He joined Dept. of Physiology, Medical Education, College of Medicine, and King Saud University in December 2001 where he is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research besides university policies. He is a keen researcher who has authored ten books and has published one hundred fifty scientific papers in peer reviewed medical journals most of whom were in Impact Factor journals. He obtained Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians of London and later was also awarded Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians Ireland, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. His keen interest in medical education earned him Master’s degree in Medical Education from University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. He has been appointed PhD supervisor and examiner in various universities of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo was honoured with the King Saud University Excellence in Medicine Award in Medicine in the Year 2017. The award was conferred upon him by the Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud which was an important landmark in his professional career.

It may be mentioned here that he was selected as Vice Chancellor at the King Edward Medical University Lahore but he did not join there due to various reasons. When I asked him about the reasons, he said that despite the fact that the salary package offered to me as VC KEMU was one tenth of the remuneration I am getting at present at King Saud University but since I had the desire to serve my country, I had applied, appeared in the interview and had decided to take up this new job. However, before I could join, there was a malicious campaign against me in the media both print and electronic. It looked as if there were some vested interested who did not want me take up this new assignment. I am extremely grateful to respectable members of the Search Committee for the post of Vice Chancellor i.e Prof. Amir Aziz, Prof. Eice Mohammad and Prof. Abdul Bari Khan from Indus Hospital Karachi for selecting me on merit in view of my academic credentials. All of them supported me against heavy odds but I was advised by some of my friends and well wishers to be careful and working in such a hostile environment may not be easy. Yet another reason for my reluctance to join was the condition of four months probation period which was specific to my appointment which was not mentioned in any other notification issued for the appointment of Vice Chancellors of various medical universities in the province of Punjab. Despite my request this condition was not relaxed.

Continuing Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo remarked that he had very ambitious plans to uplift the image of King Edward Medical University making it a hub of academic activities, promoting research culture, producing original research work, manifold increase in the number of Publications in the Impact Factor journals, attracting huge donations research grants from within the country and overseas. Many of my friends had expressed their willingness to help me transform KEMU into a Centre of Excellence in the field of medical education, research; improve teaching, training and patient care. It would have been a great challenge and I was all set to accept that challenge and prove that a lot can be achieved and accomplished. However, the negative publicity in the media, planted stories discouraged me. I am still hopeful that one day I will get a chance to serve my country, Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo remarked.

Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo has also served as Associate Editor of International Journal of Diabetes Mellitus published by Elsevier, European Review of Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, Italy, Saudi Medical Journal, Saudi Journal of Laparoscopy, BMC Medical Education London, UK.

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