Dr Farhat Abbas, Interim Dean, Aga Khan University Medical College, was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (medal of excellence) for his achievements in the field of medicine by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at a special investiture ceremony on Pakistan Day.
Tamgha-e-Imtiaz is the fourth highest honour given by the Government of Pakistan to civilians and military personnel.
Dr Farhat Abbas has been associated with the University since 1985, when he joined as a resident after graduating from Dow Medical College, Karachi. He has made significant contributions to the development of AKU’s Medical College, having served as a faculty member, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education and twice as Interim Dean, Medical College. Dr Abbas has also been a leader in health care administration, having served as the University’s Medical Director & Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs and subsequently as the Chief Operating Officer.
Dr Abbas has also contributed to broader medical education in Pakistan as an examiner in urology for the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. In the social sector, he continues to play a key role in public education related to cancer. He has provided support and guidance to AKU during its rescue/relief efforts for the earthquake victims of 2006, as well as to current relief efforts for internally displaced persons in Pakistan.
Throughout his career, Dr Abbas has given freely of his time and talents to colleagues, students, policy makers and citizens. In parallel with all his other important activities, he has maintained a strong commitment to care for patients, to mentor and develop students and to contribute to building Aga Khan University into a premier quality institution.