Report: Seventh Dr. Nasim Ansari Memorial Lecture

The Seventh Dr. Nasim Ansari Memorial Lecture on World Health Day, organised at Ibn Sina Academy in collaboration with MEDICS

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Aligarh: The program started with the introductory and welcoming remarks by the President of Ibn Sina Academy, Prof. Syed Zillur Rahman, followed by the talk of Dr. S. Mohsin Raza (Senior Consultant Surgeon), who introduced not only Ibn Sina Academy but also paid rich tributes to late Prof. Nasim Ansari, the renowned Surgeon and teacher at the Dept. of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh (India).

Prof. Zeenat Ansari, wife of Late Prof Nasim Ansari, addressed the audience through teleconference. She was sorry for not being present due to ill health and distance. She thanked the organisers and audience especially Prof. Arshad Hafeez Khan for delivering the Seventh Nasim Ansari Memorial Lecture.

Prof. Nasim Ansari (1930-2004)

Prof. Arshad Hafeez Khan (Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery) delivered the Seventh Prof. M. Nasim Ansari Memorial Lecture. The topic was “Plastic Surgery ‒‒ An Overview”. To start with, Prof. A. H. Khan clarified two popular misconceptions about plastic Surgery: (1) plastic material is used for reconstruction in plastic surgery; (2) plastic surgery is scarless surgery. He emphasized that in medical colleges, reconstructive surgery constitutes the major part of plastic surgery, while rhinoplasty is the commonest cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is done for congenital problems, maxillofacial and hand trauma, acute burns and their sequelae, cancers of the oral cavity and skin cancers. Microsurgical reconstruction constitutes an integral part of Plastic Surgery today. Training of Plastic Surgery Residents includes the acquisition of coordination skill of the “eye-microscope-hand”, which is different from the regular “eye-hand” coordination skill. Eye-microscope-hand coordination skill can be acquired by extensive training under the microscope in the Microsurgery Lab (not in the OT). Therefore, microsurgery laboratory constitutes an integral part of any Plastic Surgery teaching set-up. He requested the chair, Pro Vice-Chancellor Brig. Ahmad Ali, to help in establishing a microsurgery lab at JNMC (AMU, Aligarh). Dr. Khan illustrated his Lecture by a large number of slides, many of which were seen by the audience for the first time. He enumerated also the successful surgery of a large number of patients by the plastic surgeons of his Department.

Prof. M. H. Beg speaking on WHO Theme 2013

Thereafter the Chief Guest, Nawab Ibn Saeed Khan of Chhattari, spoke on the significance of the World Health Organization (WHO), while Prof. M. Hanif Beg, Chairman Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, at JNMC, spoke in detail on this year’s theme of WHO: “High Blood Pressure”. Finally, on behalf of the Ibn Sina Academy, all speakers and guests of honour were presented with the WHO Day memento.

Ibn Saeed Khan speaking on significance of WHO

In his presidential remarks, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Brig Ahmad Ali, praised the Academy profusely and expressed his amazement on the grand achievement by Prof. S. Zillur Rahman singlehandedly. He opined that the work of this Academy should be known not only generally, but also particularly to all AMU students, teachers and researchers. They should take advantage of its vast collection, especially of primary sources concerning history of science. He appreciated also the Academy to organize such functions, thereby contributing to the general awareness of even educated men and women.

Brig (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali presenting citation to Prof A. H. Khan

Thereafter a Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Syed Ziaur Rahman, Honorary Treasurer of Ibn Sina Academy.

On the occasion, an exhibition of posters and other relevant material released on World Health Day theme 2013 by WHO had been arranged, besides, postal stamps released so far on past WHO Days by different countries and whatever artifacts and publications found in the archive of Ibn Sina Academy. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs. Ahmadi Begum.

Distinguished audience

A large number of participants attended the program. They included distinguished scholars like , Prof. Ather H. Siddiqi, Prof. S. M. Razaullah Ansari, Prof. Iftikhar Alam Khan, Prof. Zakia Siddiqi, Prof Anwar Jahan Zubairi, Prof. Fasih Ahmad Siddiqui, Prof. Khalil Ahmad, Prof. Tajuddin, Dr. Abdul Latif, Prof. Anis Ismail, Prof Mobarak Hussain, Dr. Imran Ahmad, Dr. M. Aslam and Dr. Abdur Rauf, Prof Zafar Ahmad Siddiqi, Prof. Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Dar.

Established in 2000, Ibn Sina Academy undertakes research in medieval medicine and sciences.