Professional Affiliations of Adeeb Ul Hassan Rizvi
Following the advice of his father of pursuing his postgraduate in UK instead of doing his MBBS, Rizvi decided to pursue surgery at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center. He began as a Junior house surgeon, where he was made to do clerical work and assist those in senior positions. Later however, he advanced to senior house surgeon. He went to Dow Medical College as registrar in surgery. He assisted operations there and performed them under a surgery supervisor. In late 1962, when Rizvi left Pakistan with a merit scholarship to the Royal College of Surgeons in London, he unfortunately lost the scholarship and started looking for a job. He got one at Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester. A famous urologist became his mentor. He went through a six month training course on anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. After this introductory course he went to Crumpsall Hospital in Manchester for his restored fellowship. He was the senior house surgeon in urology. Then he practiced emergency medicine at Ancoats Hospital for a year and rotated for cancer surgery and plastic surgery at Christie Hopsital. From there he went to Hope Hospital to train in general surgery and urology. He was hired as resident surgical officer there. This was a post normally reserved for doctors who had completed their fellowships. In 1967, he took his examination for fellowship. In 1971, he returned to Karachi for good and chose to do general surgery at Jinnah Hospital. He became an assistant professor at Dow Medical College and at the same time, practiced surgery at Civil Hospital. At Dow and Civil Hospital, Rizvi taught and trained medical students and operated on patients. And, though he was only an assistant professor, he was also made to run the hospital's urology ward because there was no professor above him in that department. When Rizvi set up the urology ward, all that was given to him was a small, eight-bed room in Civil Hospital's burns ward. He had seen this ward before, when he was only an intern and, later, as a junior house surgeon. To improve the training of doctors and nurses at Civil Hospital and at Dow Medical College and to educate the hospital's administrators by making more demands on them, Rizvi initiated the subspecialty of urology. He got equipment to develop standards at the Civil Hospital for advanced surgeries and he formed a team. The team carried out transplants on ninety other patients, with funding provided by Pakistan's Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) Foundation. BCCI donated about 2.5 million rupees for every transplant patient that it supported. In 1986, upon the advice of lawyers and helpful officials, Rizvi organized a society for the welfare of patients through which such donations could be channeled. Known as the Society for the Welfare of Patients of Urology and Transplantation, Civil Hospital, it is made up of representatives of the academe, the press, the chamber of commerce, doctors, social workers, lawyers and the beneficiaries of the work that Dr. Rizvi and his team do. By 1991, the urology ward had become a department and had been declared a Center of Excellence. That same year, it was also granted the status of an autonomous institute-the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, or SIUT-by an Act of the Sindh government. This is what the man behind SIUT went through to establish an Institution for excellence to meet a need which was not as yet being met by the Civil Hospital. Through all these professional affiliations he finally established himself as a role model for the following generations to look forward to.