Commandant Message

As one of the country’s finest hospitals, Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology and National Institute of Heart Diseases (AFIC-NIHD) has a proud heritage of serving the country for more than 35 years. This state-of-the-art tertiary care cardiac center with 250 beds is located in the heart of Rawalpindi, the twin city of the federal capital, Islamabad. AFIC-NIHD has the honor to be serving a large population of the upper Punjab, the federal capital and Khyber Pakhtunkhwah province, Azad Kashmir. and referred cases from the Armed Forces Hospitals of all over the country.

With presence of highly qualified specialists and progressive & active residency training programs in cardiology, cardiac surgery and cardiac anesthesia, AFIC-NIHD has gained the status of a model hospital in the country. With collaboration of the International Children Heart Foundation (ICHF) USA, the hospital took a giant leap in developing the expertise in surgical and intensive care management of complex congenital heart diseases in children. Initiating Pakistan’s first Heart Transplant program is another huge achievement. With the training of our doctors at University Hospital Birmingham, AFIC-NIHD is all prepped up for country’s first heart transplant.

Through its teaching mission, AFIC-NIHD helps to train not only physicians, but also nurses and a variety of other healthcare professionals in various disciplines, through continuous medical education (CME) and continuous professional development (CPD), in order to maintain the quality of care offered to the present generation and those to come.

The hospital is noted for its devotion to patients, dedication to its professional goals, its motivation to the achievement of excellence, and a very caring and collaborative spirit. AFIC-NIHD is renowned for its high-tech, high-touch compassionate care.

Accredited by Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), AFIC-NIHD is also proud to be Pakistan Army’s first hospital facility to be ISO 9001:2000 certified.
To learn more about our hospital, I invite you to explore our new website, and visit it regularly for updates.

Major General Safdar Abbas, SI(M)
Commandant / Executive Director
Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology / National Institute of Heart Diseases
Rawalpindi – Pakistan