Prof. Waris Qidwai
The Tajuddin Chatoor, Department of Family Medicine
Aga Khan University Hospital
WONCA Research Committee Chairman
Professor Qidwai graduated from Dow Medical College in 1983 and completed initial training at Civil Hospital Karachi. He joined Family Medicine program, at Aga Khan University in 1986 and has been working as Professor and Chairman in Family Medicine Department since 2008. He is Chair, Family Health since September 2015 at Aga Khan University.
Professor Qidwai completed his postgraduate training in Family Medicine at Aga Khan University. He is Fellow and Member of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) and International Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners (UK). He received Membership of Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians (UK) through distinction.
Professor Qidwai received, “Global Family Doctor of the Month Award” in May 2004, from World body of Family Doctors (WONCA). He received prestigious Burki Gold Medal award, for his outstanding performance in Fellowship Examination of CPSP, in 1997. He received Honorary Fellowship, from College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka, in recognition of his services for promotion of Family Medicine in general and in South Asia region in particular.
At CPSP, Professor Qidwai served as Dean, Faculty of Family Medicine from 2010-2015 and is currently a Member. He is Trainer for Fellowship in Family Medicine, Chief Invigilator and Examiner and Convener for Membership and Fellowship Examinations in Family Medicine at CPSP. During his Deanship at CPSP, he facilitated and participated in the inspection and approval of two new postgraduate training programs in Family Medicine in the country. He is Invited Examiner for the Arab Board Specialization Examination in Family Medicine, Kuwait Board, Saudi Diploma, and MD Examinations of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Oman in Family Medicine and Royal College of General Practitioners Membership (International) Examination.
Professor Qidwai is Chair, Working Party on Research, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) since 2010 and has served as Chair and Vice-Chair, International Federation of Primary Care Research Network. He has played a very important role in promotion of Primary Care Research globally, including his efforts rendered in establishment of South Asia Primary Care Research Network, East Mediterranean Primary Care Research Network and Pakistan Primary Care Research Network. This has promoted Primary Care Research in these regions. He has worked as World Health Organization Advisor.
Professor Qidwai was invited to evaluate Research work of an Associate Professor, Family Medicine, at King Saud, University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for promotion to full Professor Position in 2014. He was invited for similar evaluation as an expert from University of Jordan in 2013 and University Sains, Malaysia in 2011. He is Academic Advisor, South Asia Examination Board for MRCGP (Int.) and has played a pivotal role in the development of Family Medicine in the region as an academic discipline. He is on the Advisory Board, Academy of Family Physicians of India and has supported development of primary health care in South Asia region.
Professor Qidwai is Member, International Advisory board, British Journal of General Practice. He has Editorial and Manuscript Review assignments for more than two dozen medical journals and has published more than 150 papers. He has presented more than 150 papers at scientific meetings. His major areas of interest include Primary Care Research, Heath Systems, Health Care Models, Geriatrics and Women’s Health. He is Invited Speaker at scientific meetings at national, regional and international levels and writes editorials for leading medical journals on invitation.