Kaniz Fatema

Associate Professor

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Dr Kaniz Fatema is a Consultant in the Department of Critical Care Medicine of Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) Hospital, and holds the academic rank of Associate Professor. BIRDEM is a tertiary care hospital in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. She is the youngest daughter of her parents and brought up in a defense background as her father was a high official of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). She completed her schooling from BAF Shaheen College and obtained 9th position among girls in Dhaka Board in Secondary School Certificate in 1991. Dr Kaniz did her Higher Secondary certificate from Holy Cross College in 1993 under Dhaka Board. She received her MBBS degree from Sher-e-Bangla Medical College in 2001 under Dhaka University with 1st position in both 1st and 2nd professional examinations, and 2nd position in final professional examination. Then she did her 1year of rotatory interneeship in the same medical college hospital in 2002. Dr Kaniz passed part 1 of fellowship examination in 2003 and then joined in BIRDEM General Hospital as Medical Officer. She did two year training in Medicine and two year training in Neurology in same hospital, and one year training in Medicine in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Then she completed her fellowship and obtained FCPS in Internal Medicine from BCPS in 2008, one of the most prestigious degrees in Bangladesh. After that Dr Kaniz joined ICU (Intensive Care Unit) department of BIRDEM as Registrar and did her training there. She was promoted to Junior Consultant after successful completion of her training in 2009. She has been designated as Assistant Professor in 2011, and Associate Professor in 2017. She has the responsibility of the management of the critically ill patients of 21-beded mixed (medical and surgical) adult ICU and 5-beded mixed adult HDU (High Dependency Unit). Dr Kaniz obtained her MD in Critical Care Medicine (CCM) in 2014. The subject, Critical Care Medicine, is relatively new topic in Bangladesh which started in 2007 and she is the 3rd person to obtain MD in this subject in the whole country. She is the 1st female Consultant of CCM. Her post-graduate thesis was based on the effectiveness of sustained low efficiency dialysis (SLED) in the ICU patients. This was the 1st study of SLED in Bangladesh. It was widely accepted and used as renal replacement therapy by many ICU physicians and nephrologists. Her academic responsibilities include conducting lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the institute, providing hands-on-training of various procedures in ICU, conducting various examinations of BIRDEM, BSMMU, Diabetic Associations of Bangladesh and BCPS, supervising thesis of postgraduate students, and teaching emergency management to nurses. Dr Kaniz has various publications in National and International medical journals. She was selected by Bangladesh Academy of Science (BAS) as the Young Physician Leader (YPL) of the country in 2014 and participated in YPL program in Germany in the same year. She has special interest in clinical teaching and research activities. Currently she is working in the review board of two medical journals and as Assistant Editor of another medical journal. Dr Kaniz participated in numerous national and international conferences and workshops, and did presentations there. Besides, she is also involved in arranging Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program in specialists as being member of the CPD committee of BCPS. She is also an active participant of the research cell of BIRDEM. With the aim of disseminating knowledge of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and improvement of ICU services in country, she is an executive member of two volunteer organizations, named BLSF and BSCCM.