Faisal Dar

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Faisal Dar
ڈاکٹر فیصل ڈار
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Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • MBBS
  • FCPS (Surgery)
  • FRCS (Surgery)
Alma mater
  • Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore
  • College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
  • Surgeon
  • Physicians
Known forKnown as the pioneer of liver transplantation in Pakistan
  • BMJ South Asia Award (2017)
  • Zenith Global Healthcare’s International Healthcare Professional and Special Recognition Awards (2018)

Dr. Faisal Dar (Urdu: ڈاکٹر فیصل ڈار) is considered as the pioneer of liver transplantation in Pakistan, currently working for new life health services at Quaid-e-Azam International Hospital, Islamabad. Dr. Faisal Dar is a leading liver transplant surgeon in Pakistan and has successfully performed more than 1200 transplant surgeries in his career. In recognition of his services in the development of liver transplant in Pakistan, Dr. Faisal Dar was awarded with the civil award ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’ by the honorable President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 2016.[1]

In his career, Dr. Dar was also awarded with “BMJ South Asia Award 2017” as the best surgical team of the year for developing liver transplant services in Pakistan. He has been awarded with “Zenith Global Healthcare’s International Healthcare Professional and Special Recognition Awards” in 2018 for developing liver transplant, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgical services in Pakistan.[2]

Early life & education

Dr. Faisal Dar was born in Faisalabad. When his father died at a very young age, his family decided to move back to their native village, Kotla Bhalot, situated in District Kharian, Gujrat where he did his matriculation from a local school in village and intermediate from Kharian Cantt. Dr. Dar completed his MBBS from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore and FCPS (Surgery) from the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. He completed his FRCS (Surgery) from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, followed by the Fellowship in Liver Transplantation / Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery from Kings College London hospital in London, UK.[3]

In addition, Dr. Faisal Dar is also a Fellow of European Board in Transplant Surgery (FEBTS - Transplant Surgery). In Pakistan, it was unfortunate that there were no liver transplant & hepato-pancreaticobiliary surgeons before 2010. Considering the dire need for this facility in the country, he decided to choose this specialty.

Liver transplant program

After completing his training at King’s College Hospital, London, Dr. Dar decided to come back to Pakistan to start liver transplant program. He was lucky enough to get the tremendous support from his fellow colleagues and the management to get the basic work done before the first ever Liver Transplant on 30th April 2010 at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad. It was quite an emotional moment and a great honour for him as a doctor to be the pioneer of liver transplantation in Pakistan.[4]

Procedure background

The first ever human Liver Transplant was done back in 1963. Liver transplant procedure went through two decades of evolution and scientific work and it was only in 1983 when liver transplant was accepted as the standard treatment for liver failure. Since then, a huge number of liver transplants are carried out all over the world. Living Donor Liver Transplant (in which a healthy individual donates a part of his liver) started in early 1990s. The techniques and procedures were then matured by 2000, and now Living Donor Liver Transplant is the standard accepted option for patients with liver failure in countries where donations after brain death does not exist.[5]

Liver transplant in pakistan

Pakistan is among those countries that is badly affected by liver diseases and donation after death is still not practical. It is estimated that there are 13 million people are infected with viral hepatitis in Pakistan. The incidents of other liver diseases remain unknown. With such a massive disease burden, there was an intense need for liver transplant programs in Pakistan where previously there was no such a facility. Majority of the patients with end-stage liver disease and liver cancer was dying and the ones who could afford was going abroad. In general, liver transplant would cost huge amount of resources and such an expensive treatment was not available to the majority of Pakistani patients.[6]

To Dr. Faisal Dar’s credit is the establishment of this area of medicine in Pakistan. In the last few years, he has been able to build a sustainable liver transplant program and train forthcoming new generations of transplant surgeons to cater the needs of the society, so that now the patients don’t have to go abroad to have for liver transplant surgeries.

In the media



  1. https://tribune.com.pk/story/373267/achievement-first-living-donor-transplant-by-local-doctors/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=c2a3ee8a088c25abef8c9ce80f88aaa019926055-1591263558-0-ASjEO_bblC2PK689IiUHvtfRyXXSLYt92iGRhANK51wRo4v88zSt9LY8ImN0MDwvsCiIq0eg_ll3g_jiGANUK5PSjxjKFYx_qpq3pgIf_m7DDgnzy5G9cDGTf9hoQaq4K8dv2WzSp-Zo5Usxr-gr6fBgL9Qd1qTiB8zy6PY4AvJKJT-oszVNvCdl5SuEIzSSGB_U-5wfZigYClLfKKYioHXhMvizyZhUG9-0QvSw7021wRrQWSBemqJirdyuMTVGDNj7Tw_BC7j4Xp86e6HVeVwlkUfweV_TKakkIPTJjpZSfUXWSZepwx2_f69chguNP_o7ylvTgpL_KMw5zyCiLTWeBtwF9MDSGjOIZhED0CdceiFZvmZU_F_NaJMlgm55_A
  2. "The other side of the story". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  3. "Pakistan's first paediatric liver transplant surgery". Geo.tv. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  4. Reporter, A. (2014-11-23). "First 100 liver transplants celebrated". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  5. Dunya News-02-05-2012-Liver Transplant in Islamabad, retrieved 2020-06-04
  6. Sun Down I EP-07 I Dr. Faisal Dar Talks About His Goals I City2tv, retrieved 2020-06-04

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