Message from the HOD
Our department strives to meet national and international standards of health care delivery, teaching,
training and research, with special emphasis on intensive care and pain management.
We aim to provide optimum perioperative care in both elective and emergency operation theatres of all specialities of mayo hospital.
The Academic Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is currently headed by Prof Dr. Aftab Asif (MRCPsych). In addition to Prof. Aftab, the Department has two full time
Psychiatry faculty members and six full time clinical psychologists, one social medical officer, two registrars, post graduate residents and several medical and house officers.
The Academic Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at King Edward Medical University / Mayo Hospital Lahore has an impressive history. It was founded in 1964 on an
outpatient basis under Prof Muhammad Rashid Chaudhry, a former graduate of King Edward Medical College who joined as Consultant Psychiatrist in 1960. He also held the position
of Medical Superintendent of Mayo Hospital from 1974-1975. He later became Professor of Department of Psychiatry in 1975-1982. He was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of
Psychiatry in 1984. Under his dynamic leadership, in 1975 the inpatient facility was added and later expanded. In 1978 UN/PAK Model Drug Abuse & Rehabilitation Centre was established.
The Department was actively involved in multiple national and international research projects under his supervision.
Professor I.A.K Tareen joined as the Head of Department of Psychiatry in 1982. Under his pioneering vision the first and largest purpose built Psychiatry Department
in the country was built in 1989 having separate Adult & Adolescence, Geriatric and Addiction units. The library, laboratory, conference room, psychotherapy and occupational
therapy rooms and an ECT suite were part of the structure. He worked extensively with the Government to build human resource at the Department of Psychiatry. Seats for Associate
and Assistant Professor, Senior Registrar, Medical Officers, House Officers and Staff Nurses were increased. More seats for Clinical Psychologist, Medical Social Officer, Statistical Officer,
Occupational Therapist, Laboratory and ECT technicians were allocated.
Teaching Programs for Training and Research purposes involving foreign faculty members from UK, USA, Australia and other countries were a regular feature at
the Department of Psychiatry. In collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists Prof. Tareen established the Overseas Doctors Training Scheme. Many talented
doctors went to the UK under this scheme and are now renowned consultants in the UK. The 14 bed UN/PAK Model Drug Abuse & Rehabilitation Centre was visited by Lady Diana Spencer,
Princess of Wales in 1991. Professor Tareen’s mission emphasized educating students, physicians, mental health professionals and specially the general public about Psychiatry in order to
remove the social stigma associated with it.
Professor Dr. M. Riaz Bhatti chaired the Department of Psychiatry from 2001-2012. He organized numerous International symposia and workshops.
The 9th International NeuroPsycon 2012 on Psychiatric updates and Media/Public awareness was held at King Edward Medical University. He revived the Community Outreach Program for
psychiatric patients. Under this program senior doctors visited four District hospitals located in Lahore on a weekly basis.
The Academic Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is currently headed by Prof Dr. Aftab Asif (MRCPsych) who joined as Professor and Head of Department in 2012.
A former graduate of King Edward Medical College, Prof. Aftab started his career under the guidance of Prof. Tareen as house officer and later Medical Officer at the Department of Psychiatry.
After completing his MRCPsych from the UK, he returned to Pakistan and joined the Department as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.
Prof Dr. Aftab Asif is actively involved in improving the standard of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training. He is deeply involved in designing the undergraduate teaching curriculum
of Psychiatry under KEMU and WPA (World Psychiatric Association). The teaching program in Behavioral Sciences for students of 1st -3rd year MBBS will start from 1 Dec 2013. The country’s first Dementia
Research Center in collaboration with Alzheimer’s International was established at the Psychiatry Department / Mayo Hospital Lahore in May, 2013. Prof. Aftab is taking an active interest in establishing a
community based research program. Some projects in the pipeline include an Overseas External Rotation Program for Post graduate training residents and adding super specialty training in Addiction and Forensic
Psychiatry. Prof. Aftab is the General Secretary of the IndoPak Punjab Psychiatric Society. He has also begun significant renovation of the Departmental Building including Outpatient Clinic, Student Lecture Room
and Conference room. Several ongoing collaborative research projects are also being pursued.