Department of Surgical Oncology Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Lahore.

Head & Neck Surgery Fellowship Program Director:
Dr. Raza Hussain

Two slots are available each year for one-year long fellowship in head and neck surgery and reconstruction.


This fellowship is designed to promote surgeons who want to excel in the field of head and neck surgical oncology and reconstruction. This diverse program will facilitate fellows to have a 360-degree clinical and surgical experience in all aspects of head and neck surgery.

During the fellowship year, fellows will participate in clinical and surgical care of patients with faculty supervision but will also have an independent clinical as well as surgical practice. At the end of the year, fellows will have well-honed skills in diagnosis, treatment, and perioperative management of tumors of the head and neck cancers. Since SKMCH&RC is a dedicated cancer hospital, it receives vast number of patients referred from all over Pakistan and neighboring countries.

Fellows will have access to the state-of-the-art cancer registry for research purposes. A fellow will be expected to update the cases in cancer registry on weekly basis.

Academic Curriculum

To stay well informed with up-to-date discoveries and guidelines pertaining to head and neck, there will be a journal club fortnightly. This is a full house session, attended by faculty, fellows, and residents of the department of surgical oncology. Fellow is expected to deliver a core presentation on a topic related to head and neck once in 3 months. Entire faculty and trainees of surgical oncology attend this academic session.


A fellow must publish one research paper as a first author to acquire fellowship certificate at the end of graduation.


The applicant must be an MBBS or BDS, graduated from an institution recognized by PMDC. One year house job or internship after graduation is required. They should have completed four years residency training in Otolaryngology, Maxillofacial surgery, General surgery, or Plastic Surgery.

FCPS Part II or equivalent.

Post FCPS experience in oncological surgery is highly desirable. Foreign graduates can also apply.

Description of Medical Center

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centres (SKMCH&RC) are state-of-the-art cancer centres located in Lahore and Peshawar, Pakistan. SKMCH&RC is a busy referral cancer center encompassing the full range of clinical medicine with training programs for residents, and fellows in all major fields. The Head and Neck Oncology Service performs decent number of major complex head and neck cancer cases.

Fellowship Caseload

The following is a list of all cases available to the head and neck person for the fellowship period. During the year, the fellows assist/perform or engage in approximately six hundred cases, of which more than three hundred are major procedures. Procedures performed by a fellow as a primary surgeon is under direct supervision by a faculty mentor.

Lip and Oral cavity surgery
Neck surgery

Salivary gland surgery
Nose and paranasal sinus surgery
Larynx and pharynx surgery
Thyroid and parathyroid surgery

Head and Neck skin cancer surgery

Orbital tumor surgery

Local/Regional/myocutaneous flaps
Microvascular Reconstruction


We are the largest head and neck oncology and reconstruction center in the country with a remarkably busy clinical service. The fellow will develop increasing comfort in managing complex head and neck oncology patients within a multi-disciplinary framework. Dedicated clinical faculty provides mentorship to help develop skills and knowledge needed for an academic and surgical career.

Faculty Involved with the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Dr. Raza Hussain

Dr. Muhammad Faisal

Professor Kashif Iqbal Malik


Weekly schedule of head & neck surgery fellow

Monday Full day OR
Tuesday Full day clinic
Wednesday Full day OR
Thursday Fellow clinic in first half.

Research time in second half.

Friday Full day OR
Saturday Off*.
Sunday Off*.
*The fellow is expected to do morning rounds on weekends.


On-call: There are no in-house calls for a fellow. However, a fellow is expected to stay on-call via phone and attend emergencies if needed.

Former fellows:

Dr. Muhammad Faisal: Consultant Maxillofacial & Head and neck surgeon at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital & Research Center, Lahore.


Dr. Muntazir Hussain: Consultant ENT & Head and neck surgeon at Cancer Foundation Hospital, Karachi.


Dr. Rahim Dhanani: Consultant ENT & Head and neck surgeon at Ziauddin University Hospital, Karachi.


Dr. Muhammad Umar Qayyum: Consultant Maxillofacial & Head and neck surgeon at CMH, Gujranwala.


Dr. Ahmed Ali Keerio: Consultant ENT & Head and neck surgeon at Khairpur Medical College.


Current fellow: Dr. Noshad Ali Langah (ENT/ORL)