Tuesday December 21, 2021

Renowned Hematologist Dr Tahir Shamsi Passes Away In Karachi

Karachi:Famed hematologist Dr Tahir Shamsi has passed away in Karachi.

Dr Shamsi had undergone a surgery last week after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was in the intensive care unit of the Aga Khan University Hospital and his condition was reported to be critical.

Dr Shamsi is credited with introducing bone-marrow transplant in Pakistan in 1996. So far, he performed 650 bone-marrow transplants and wrote over 100 research articles.

During the first wave of coronavirus, Dr Shamsi came up with the idea of treating COVID-19 patients using plasma of those who recovered from the virus.

In 2016, the Dow Graduates Association of North America honoured him with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his services.

In 2011, Dr Shamsi established the National Institute for Blood Disease for the treatment of blood-related diseases. He was the director of the Stem Cell Program at NIBD as well. He was a Royal College of Pathologist fellow.

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