The department of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery was established in June 1997 with an Assistant Professor and two House Officer. The Department is currently a 40- bedded unit, the largest of its kind in Pakistan. It is currently located in a temporary building and will be shifted to a permanent place (surgical tower) I two years’ time. The Department has separate male and female sections. It also has a Minor Operation theatre, a Professor’s Office, a registrar’s Office, a head Nurse Office, a duty Nurse office, a duty nurse room, a duty doctor’s room and a seminar room.
Among equipment, the department currently has two vital signs monitors which are usually used for the critically injured patients. These are also used to monitor those patients who have undergone major tumour and reconstructive surgical procedures. The Minor Operation Theatre is furnished with all necessary equipment, i.e. an operating table, a ceiling light, a sterilizer, a cautery machine, a suction machine and minor surgical instruments.
The Department has remained actively involved in teaching and academic activities. Every year, lectures are delivered to 4th year MBBS students of King Edward Medical College University (Now University), as a part of their general surgery and maxillofacial surgery. The department also has an ever-increasing presence of Post-Graduate Students. Currently, the department runs two major postgraduate degrees, the master of Dental Surgery (oral and maxillofacial Surgery) and the Fellowship of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (oral and maxillofacial surgery). The department also regularly holds an annual 5-days postgraduate preparatory course in the filed of oral and Maxillofacial surgery in which students from all over the country participate.
For the last 9 years, the department has been rendering invaluable services to the people of this country in general and to the people of the Punjab in particular services to the people of the country in general and to the people of the Punjab in Particular. The department gives 24 hours emergency cover to the head and neck trauma patients brought to the emergency department of Mayo Hospital Lahore. The department also gives active cover, including surgical intervention where required, to all surgical and medical unit of the Mayo Hospital, Lahore. These include General Surgery Unit, General medicine Unit, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, the Department of neuro-Surgery and the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since the Department is the only one of its kind in the country which gives a 24 hour emergency cover, it also entertains inter-hospital calls from all the major hospital of Lahore, including Lahore General Hospital, The Services Hospital, Jinnah Hospital and the Sir Ganga ram Hospital.