Prof. Dr. Imran Ijaz Haider
Chairman, Academic Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences
Dr. Imran I. Haider earned his BSc from Punjab University and MBBS degree from King Edward Medical University in Pakistan, before proceeding to the UK for his higher qualifications. He received his MRCPsych & FRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. He additionally achieved a degree of Diploma of Psychological Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ireland. Upon completion of his qualifications, and having received valuable work experience in the UK, Dr. Haider returned to Pakistan and began his tenure at Fatima Memorial System in March 2006.
Starting his career as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Fatima Memorial Hospital (FMH), Dr. Haider has actively developed the field of psychiatry through striving for excellence and innovation in the private healthcare sector of Pakistan. At FMH, he has brought about numerous developments and new approaches.
He established Adult Psychiatric services in Fatima Memorial Hospital according to the standards set by the General Medical Council and the Royal College of Psychiatrists; he introduced the concept of Liaison Psychiatry; he developed Antenatal and Postnatal Psychiatric services, Substance Use Psychiatric services, and a private detoxification and rehabilitation centre. Dr. Haider was crucial to the introduction of counseling and stress management services for students (MBBS, BDS, Allied Health Sciences), and counseling and psychotherapy services for patients suffering from various psychiatric illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar affective
disorder, anxiety disorder and personality disorders.
Dr. Haider has focused on fostering a strong link between psychiatry and clinical psychology through his clinical work with in-patients and out-patients and at his private clinic, FMH. He has implemented a team approach, working alongside psychiatrists and psychologists to provide holistic care to patients or students accessing psychiatric services. As a mental health practitioner and a psychiatrist, Dr. Haider has worked strenuously for the awareness of psychiatry and mental health and has actively combated stigma by arranging free psychiatric camps inside and outside Lahore. He has delivered numerous public awareness talks on television and the radio, in different schools and universities of Pakistan, and has offered internship programmes for O and A level students in collaboration with the Nur Foundation in FMH. He is currently running psycho education programmes with his team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.
Furthermore, Dr. Haider has extensive research and teaching experience. With the introduction of Behavioral Sciences in the undergraduate curriculum by the University of Health Sciences in 2007-8, he took on the task of teaching this important subject to 1st, 2nd & 3rd year MBBS, and 1st & 3nd year BDS students in addition to already teaching Psychiatry to 4th and Final Year MBBS students. He has taught behavioral sciences with such expertise quality that it has led to number of distinctions in this subject being achieved by his students.
He is a member of the medical education committee and plays an important role in developing teaching strategies for students. Dr. Haider has also played a vital role in teaching and training of family physicians in Pakistan. He is the Clinical Supervisor for Family Physicians from Canada, who are receiving training in FMH in the discipline of Psychiatry. He is a member of the CME Programme (Continuous Medical Education Programme for Family Physicians of Pakistan) and has given many talks, lectures, and facilitating workshops on various psychiatric disorders. With regard to research, Dr. Haider is a keen practitioner of clinical research. He has 18
publications to his name, and continually supervises research by undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as by his clinical team.
He is a member of several important committees of Fatima Memorial System; to name a few, the Ethical Review board, the Hospital Operating and Development Committee and is a member of the Medical Steering Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), and a member of the Pakistan Psychiatric society, where he has played an important role in promoting the best psychiatric practices in Pakistan. He has been executive member of the Pakistan Psychiatric society for 4 years. He has organized and attended numerous National and International psychiatric conferences. He is a facilitator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan for Communication Skills and Supervisory Skills. Currently, with regard to Psychiatric and Psychological services, Dr. Haider and his team are providing care for Adult Mental Health issues, Child and Adolescent problems, Interpersonal Relationship problems, Anger Management problems, Marital Concerns, Family concerns as well as how to overcome anxiety and depression, and how to cope with personality disorders.
2014 – FRCPscyh., Royal College of Psychiatrist, UK,
2003 – MRCPscyh., Royal College of Psychiatrist, UK,
2003 – DPM., Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians Ireland,
1993 – MBBS., King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan.