Introduction - Professor Rashid Latif Khan
Born in 1938, Professor Rashid Latif Khan graduated from Nishtar Medical College, Multan in 1961. Got his training in OBGYN in UK and passed MRCOG and FRCS Edinburgh. Back in Pakistan he was appointed Assistant Professor at Nishtar Medical College Multan in 1969. Later he served as Professor of OBGYN at QAMC, Bahawalpur, Nishtar Medical College Multan and Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore. Then he was appointed Dean Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore from where retired in August 1998. He was later made Professor Emeritus at Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore.
He was conferred Fellowship of Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 1979, Fellowship of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan in 1987, Fellowships of Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and Bangladesh College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1994.
Besides being examiner of undergraduates has been postgraduate examiner in Pakistan, Bangladesh and UK. He has been President of Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Pakistan, Founder President of IVF Society of Pakistan, Past-Chairman Representative Committee of Royal College of Obstetricians& Gynaecologists, London, President of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Member of Executive Board of International Federation of Gynaecologists & Obstetricians (FIGO) for nine years. He was Chairman of the Country Team of FIGO’s Save the Mothers Fund Project and also Chairman of FIGO Women’s Rights to Reproductive and Sexual Health.
He was elected a Member of the Council of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan for the first time in 1998 and is serving fourth consecutive term on that council. During this time he has served two terms as Vice-President of CPSP.
He wrote a book of Gynaecology published for the first time in 1981 and this year he published its 6th edition. He has read original papers on all the continents from Australia to South America and chaired scientific sessions of international conferences abroad.
Professor Rashid Latif Khan set up the first IVF centre in Pakistan in 1984 and delivered the first test tube baby not only of Pakistanbut of South Asia in 1989, exactly 11 years after the birth of the first test tube baby of the world. In recognition of his services to the specialty and the field of medicine he was awarded Sitar-e-Imtiaz in 1992 by the President of Pakistan.
Teaching has been his greatest passion at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. Being a popular teacher he has been the inspiration for a legion of doctors who adopted OBGYN as their specialty. He still holds regular postgraduate classes, which are open to all without any charges.
In 1994 he established a private hospital in Lahore, which over the years has earned a well-deserved reputation of a health facility with high-class professional services. And in 2010 he set up a private medical college along with its own 400-bed teaching hospital adjacent to state-of-the-art college building. The college has been recognized as a benchmark of standard for private medical colleges while its teaching hospital brings quality healthcare to the doorsteps of the poor.
History of Prof Rashid Latif Khan
- First Doctor from Pakistan to do MRCOG & FRCS (UK) 1967-68
- First Doctor from Pakistan to introduce Diagnostic Laproscopy (1974)
- Wrote First Textbook of Gynaecology (1982)
- First to introduce IVF technology (1984)
- First Gynaecologist from Pakistan to be invited as Examiner by the Royal Collegeof Obstetricians &Gynaecologist, London U.K. (1985)
- Delivered First IVF baby of Pakistan (1989)
- First Gynaecologist of Pakistan to be awarded SITARA-E-IMTIAZ (1992)
- Founder President of South Asian Federation of Gynaecology (1996)
- First Professor Emiritus of PGMI (1998)
- Founder President IVF Society of Pakistan