Dr Asif Zafar, M.D, FRCS, FCPS, graduated from King Edward Medical College, Lahore. He completed his surgical training at Mayo hospital, Lahore & United Kingdom. His special areas of interest are Endocrine and minimal Access Surgery. He has more than 80 Publications in the field of Surgery & Telemedicine and is author of book “Color Atlas of Surgery” and Minimal Access Surgery Training Manual.
His Academic appointments include: Professor of Surgery, Rawalpindi Medical College, Project Director Telemedicine/E-Health Training Center and MIS Virtual Training Lab, Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi. He is Focal Person for MOIT, Rural Telemedicine Support Program. He is Founder member and Immediate Past President e-Health Association of Pakistan. Currently he is President Society of Surgeons, Pakistan – Rawalpindi-Islamabad Chapter.
Dr. Asif is passionate about the use of technology for solving problems in his field. He has effectively used Telemedicine to bridge this gap of distance, poverty and lack of healthcare. By collaborating with Ministry of Information Technology Dr. Zafar and the Telemedicine & e Health Training Center Holy Family hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, have successfully set up 12 telemedicine centers in remote areas, which provide immediate diagnosis and treatment to the under-privileged. His pioneering work includes a number of joint Pak –US projects related to Tele-Medicine, Tele-rehabilitation, and Tele-Oncology. Pakistan Telemedicine Project a Public private partnership of US State Department, IBM and Wateen telecom further enhanced Telemedicine Capabilities in Attock district of Pakistan.
He has effectively utilized Telemedicine in Disaster situations like Earthquake and Floods in Pakistan. His work for the 2005 Earthquake relief in Pakistan was recognized the world over including International Telecom Union, Geneva, Switzerland,, who signed an MOU with his team to share their expertise in case of similar disasters around the world.
He is currently involved in National Minimal Access Surgery Training program: A structured program to train Surgeons from all over Pakistan in Laparoscopic surgery utilizing latest simulation and Hands on training in the MIS Virtual lab. This is also his current research project of “Development of a Tele-Surgical Training Robot and Simulator” a joint initiative of Holy Family Hospital and National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad.