Muhammad Zaman Assir

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Dr. Assir has been working at Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) Lahore as Assistant Professor of Medicine since 2015. He is a graduate of Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) and was declared first Most Distinguished Graduate of AIMC due to his exceptionally high academic performance. As a medical student, he topped his university final professional exams and has won 14 gold medals. In 2010, out of more than 40,000 applicants worldwide, he was one of 600 young researchers selected to participate in 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. Since 2011, he has been the youngest member of Dengue Expert Advisory Group (DEAG) Punjab, the executive committee that formulates guidelines on dengue management at provincial level. In 2011, when a huge unprecedented outbreak of dengue hit the city of Lahore, he played a leading role in capacity building, effective patient management and public health education. Moreover, he has been working with Punjab AIDS Control Program since 2014 as In-charge Physician at HIV treatment center. During last 7 years, he has worked on capacity building of health professionals, medical education of under- and post-graduate students and health promotion at community level. Again in 2012, Dr Khan played a vital role in preventing thousands of potential deaths through sounding the alarm against a possible drug reaction in patients receiving drugs from the pharmacy of a tertiary care hospital in Lahore. He was the lead author of the study investigating the outbreak of pyrimethamine toxicity due to accidental drug contamination that resulted in death of hundreds of patients but thousands of lives were saved due to early recognition of this outbreak. He is an advocate of interdisciplinary communication and collaboration and works on bridging the gap between the bench and bedside. He is currently working on Infectious Diseases and Genetic Disorders and has authored a number of high impact research papers. In a country where rigid career trajectories are followed, Dr Khan has taken a road less traveled and is passionate to make a difference through encouraging the cross-disciplinary talks and relevant capacity building. He lives in Lahore. He is a poet and uses Urdu poetry for expression of complex human emotions and abstract imagination.