Cardiac care Units



 The Paediatric Cardiology department at AFIC/NIHD Pakistan is providing state of the art medical and surgical treatment to children with congenital and acquired heart disease since 1985. Prof Shakeel Qureshi was pioneer and started Paeds cardiology services at AFIC in 1985. Subsequently, General Waqar Ahmed continued with progressive improvement in department of Paeds Cardiology from 1991 to 2011. Grown up patients with congenital heart diseases (CHDs) are also being looked after by our department with excellent results. Here at AFIC / NIHD, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for every patient, as well as providing long-term support for every family. Our top-ranked team treats the full spectrum of cardiac disorders, including the rarest and most complex congenital heart defects. Our patients range from unborn babies to adults, and they come to AFIC / NIHD from every part of the Pakistan, as well as from neighboring countries like Afghanistan. The Pediatric department includes a 25-bed children ward, 15 bed Paediatric intensive care unit and 12 bed post-cath ward, 12 bed step down post op ward, 2 cardiac operating rooms and 01 cardiac catheterization lab.

Our Team

Our team includes paediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthetists, respiratory therapists, trained and qualified nurses, dietitians and others, who develop individual care plans to meet patients’ medical and emotional needs, as well as their family’s needs for support and assistance.

 Interventional Catheterization Program:

Our vastly experienced paediatric cardiologists perform diagnostic as well as interventional cardiac catheterization procedures, twice weekly in the state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization Lab. Interventional catheterization now can accomplish many repairs that used to require surgical correction. Currently the interventional procedures conducted include devices to close defects in the heart, valve dilatations or balloons/stents to repair narrow vessels.

Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Program:

The pediatric heart surgery program at AFIC/NIHD is one of the busiest pediatric cardiac surgery programs in Pakistan, operating upon cases from neonates to adult.

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU):
Pediatric heart surgery patients recover in our 14-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit with the support of a multidisciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, trained intensive care nurses, respiratory therapists and other pediatric experts.

Paediatric Cardiology Outpatient Services:
Our paediatric cardiologists provide an extensive range of evaluation and treatment services for patients with simple and complex congenital heart defects. More than 30,000 patients’ visits per annum are entertained in outdoor clinics.

Adult Congenital Heart Service
Our Paediatric cardiologists provides both outpatient and inpatient care to increasing numbers of adults with congenital heart defects.

Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
Our Department is offering 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional echocardiography (limited use) as well as fetal echocardiography. We also provide services for the diagnosis, counseling and management of prenatal cardiac disease. We also offer Cardiac Computed Tomography/CT angiography for complete diagnostic completion of various CHDs.

Fellowship programme: we are currently offering fellowship in Paediatric cardiology, duly recognized by the College of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan since 1992.

OPD timings & Days

Daily OPD from 0800hrs to 1800hrs

Emergency open for 24 hrs 07 days a week.


The paediatric cardiology department is headed by Dr. Khurram Akhtar and there are three other Paediatric Cardiologist, Dr. Amjad Mahmood, Dr. Nadeem Sadiq and Dr.Hajira Akber .

Latest Statistics: (January 01, 2012 to December 31, 2012)


  • Dr. Khurram Akhtar, Paediatric Cardiologist, Classified Children Medical Specialist.

Tel:  051-9271002 (Extn: 3037)

  • Dr. Amjad Mahmood, Paediatric Cardiologist, Consultant Child Specialist

Tel:  051-9271002 (Extn: 3131)

  • Dr. Nadeem Sadiq, Paediatric Cardiologist and Consultant Child Specialist

Tel:  051-9271002 (Extn:3562)

  • Dr.Hajira Akber, Paediatric Cardiologist

Tel:  051-9271002 (Extn: 3131)