FMH Gastroenterology-Hepatology unit was established 16 years ago by Prof Arif Amir Nawaz. He returned to his homeland after spending more than one decade training as an Internist and Gastroenterologist in the US and painstakingly built the department at FMH into a state-of-the-art facility. The department is recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for the 3 year training program for fellowship in Gastroenterology. There are six residents working towards a fellowship in Gastroenterology and the department is proud to have already trained six gastro- enterologists who are now providing services to people in their native cities. All three consultants are actively involved in academics and teach undergraduate students of MBBS and BDS in the clinical years.
The department provides endo-scopy services, 24/7 emergency services, indoor, including intensive care services and outdoor two times a week. The consultants are also available for private consultation within the hospital. There is an ever growing patient load in all these modalities of service.
Endoscopy services include diagnostic esophagogastroscopy, endoscopic variceal therapy, endoscopic band ligation, balloon and bougie dilation of strictures, colonoscopy, polypectomies and hemostasis through Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC), heater probe and hemoclipping. Advanced endoscopic services such as placement of PEG tubes for feeding and metallic esophageal stents for esophageal cancers are also available. Since the department boasts of a qualified female gastroenterologist, colonoscopy in complete privacy is provided to women who would prefer a woman to examine them.