Pakistani cardiologist honoured with Britain’s Young Investigators Award

The doctor had conducted first successful set of surgeries on humans using Jaffar’s procedure

News Desk January 26, 2018
Pakistani cardiologist Jaffar Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A young Pakistani cardiologist, Jaffar Khan, has won the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society's prestigious 2018 Young Investigators Award.

The doctor had conducted first successful set of surgeries on humans using Jaffar’s procedure.

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The cardiologist used a procedure, which is medically described as ‘laceration of the anterior mitral valve leaflet to prevent outflow track obstruction,’ nicknamed with the acronym “LAMPOON”.


“LAMPOON is a procedure I invented at the National Institutes of Health in America. It is a ‘keyhole’ cardiac surgery technique that resects heart tissue for the first time using minimally invasive techniques,” Jaffar said.

The research involved invention of the concept, testing in animals, and translation into humans.

"I am now the clinical lead for an FDA approved clinical trial together with Dr Robert Lederman, head of the cardiovascular intervention branch at NIH," he said.

This week, a Pakistani student bagged the highest marks in Syllabus D Mathematics in the Cambridge Examinations 2017, Express News reported.

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Muhammad Haider Khan, a student of Karachi’s Bahria College Karsaz, thanked the institution for helping him achieve the accolade, according to an official statement.

On January 19, three students of the space science department at the Institute of Space Technology (IST) in Islamabad received international acclaim for their research on super-massive black holes and galaxy collisions in space.

The contents of the research, already published in a reputed scientific journal as a paper, has also been cited by the academic community- based at leading colleges of the world, like the science departments of Harvard, Columbia and Stony Brook universities.

The findings have been lauded as ‘outstanding’ by experts belonging to the field in question, according to reports.


Ali S | 3 years ago | Reply We're producing such talent despite an abysmal public education system. Just imagine where we would be if we had a public education system like Canada or Sweden. Pakistan has the talent, but our leaders are visionless who are actively holding that talent down so their places are not threatened by people far more competent than them and their ilk.
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