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Khawaja Ahmad Irfan Waheed

Associate Professor of Neonatology, The Children's Hospital & the Institute of Child Health


Dr Waheed graduated from King Edward Medical College, Lahore-Pakistan in 1985, completed his Fellowship in Pediatrics from College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan in 1998 and a Fellowship in Neonatology from Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, UK in 2006.

During his post-fellowship work in Pediatrics he developed an interest in Neonatology, and in 2002 he moved full time to this sub-specialty, becoming the first neonatologist in the public sector of Punjab. As an Associate Professor, he has been heading the Department of Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital & the Institute of Child Health, Lahore since 2009. His international work experience includes higher specialist training in Neonatology in the United Kingdom. He also had the opportunity to work as consultant neonatologist in the Middle East.

His department comprises a well equipped 8-bed NICU, 20-bed High Dependency Unit, 12-bed Special Care Unit and a 10-bed Neonatal Emergency, with daily new admissions ranging between 15-50. The department is one of the few recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan for Fellowship in Neonatology. He is a supervisor and examiner in this subject.

He has published a number of original research articles as well as invited reviews in leading national and international journals. He has also initiated research collaboration with many national and international universities. He is the technical editor of reference manual on ‘Essential Newborn Care’ developed for Punjab. He gas also served as guest editor for special issues of Pakistan Pediatric Review Journal on the diseases of newborn. He is also a reviewer for many national and international journals. He has authored, compiled and edited other books related to newborn care.

He is the convener of Neonatology Group of Pakistan Pediatric Association and a member of Provincial Technical Working Group on Newborn Care concerned with activities related to newborn health in Punjab. He is a national resource person for Helping Babies Breathe training program held in collaboration with the National MNCH Program, Unicef and Save the Children. He is also a master trainer of the newly launched Helping Babies Survive initiative, which is planned to be introduced in Pakistan shortly. He is also the founder member and Director of Neonatal Life Support Course conducted by the Institute of Child Health, Lahore since 2008. He has conducted a number of workshops, symposia and trainings related to newborn health.

He is focused on and striving hard for ‘reduction in neonatal mortality and morbidity’ and believe in ‘change through education’.