Speakers pay rich tributes to late Prof. S.M. Rab for his contributions to medicine


Condolence meeting at Sindh Medical College

Speakers pay rich tributes to late
Prof. S.M. Rab for his contributions to medicine

KARACHI: A condolence meeting was organized at Sindh Medical College on September 18th to condole the death of Prof. S. M. Rab a renowned physician of the country and former Prof. of Medicine at JPMC who was also former President and one of the Founder Fellows of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. A number of speakers who spoke on the occasion recalled his services to the field of medicine and paid him rich tributes.

Dr. Sameer Qureshi said that whenever history of medicine in Pakistan is written it will be incomplete without mentioning his enormous contributions in this field. His Grand Ward Rounds, he said, were very popular which used to be attended by physicians from other units and institutions as well.  He had a good sense of humour and was always very affectionate to his students. He proposed that now when we at Jinnah Sindh Medical University are in the process of establishing a dental college, it should be named after him. He hoped that all those who matte will give this proposal a serious thought and get it implemented.

Cardiac Surgeon Prof. Shahid Sami said that late Prof. S.M.Rab was a gifted teacher and I had the privilege of being his student who also operated upon him and he was very proud of this. He could make the correct diagnosis based on history and physical examination in most of the cases.

Prof. Lubna Baig said he was a fatherly figure to all of us. He was our mentor and we still remember the morning meetings which used to be held in the ward regularly. After the meeting he used to take his students to the OPD where he used to teach Third Year, Fourth Year as well as Final Year. I have not seen any professor doing this ever since my return from overseas.

Dr. Asim Ahmad became quite emotional and with tears in his eyes said, he had the privilege of serving him as Senior Registrar for many years. Whenever I changed my job, I always sought his advice. Prof. Atta Ur Rehman recalled that soon after the CPSP elections six years ago, in the first Council meeting, all the councilors spoke and when his term came, he had already prepared a resolution incorporating all the points raised by various councilors. When we went to Dhaka for the joint CPSP/BCPS conference few years ago we saw how people there worship him. Dr. Tehzin said that he never humiliated his students if they could not answer some of the questions. Dr. Qaiser Sajjad, Prof. Abbas, Prof. Moid Kazi also spoke on the occasion and paid him rich tributes.

Dr. Tanveer Rab, son of late Prof. S.M.Rab speaking at the occasion said that  my father treated all the important political leaders in East Pakistan and later in Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, families of  late Gen. Ziaul Haque, General Pervez Musharraf  were all his patients. Once he was asked how he could treat Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at the same time to which he said, he has a doctor patient relationship and he does not get involved in politics. He was always very helpful to all who approached him and was all the time insisting me to nominate physicians from smaller cities in the country for ACC fellowship. He was an examiner for the Royal Colleges as well while he also served as the Regional Advisor to the Royal Colleges of UK. When he fell sick, I asked him let me take you to United States for cardiac surgery but he refused saying, I will prefer to be operated here in Pakistan. Again when he was diagnosed to have a brain tumour, I again asked him  to go to United States but he said, I have seen the CT scan, I have now about six months time and would like to spend this time with the family at home. He loved his patients and always advised his colleagues to respect the patients and listen to their complaints patiently. He was honoured by the Government of Pakistan with civil award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz in recognition of his services to the field of medicine. He served the profession with exemplary dedication, punctuality, intellectual honesty and clinical brilliance.

Prof. Tariq Rafi, Vice Chancellor of Jinnah Sindh Medical University in his concluding remarks said that at the last SAARC ENT conference we invited Prof. S.M.Rab as the chief guest. He played an important role in getting Sindh Medical College upgraded as a medical university. The greatest tribute which we can pay him is to follow in his foot steps, he remarked. Later Fateha was offered for the departed soul.