Prof. Sajid Usman Kaul (1941-2009) Founder Kaul Associates

The name. 'Kaul Associates', is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Sajid Usman Kaul, the founder of this organisation and one of the pioneers of anaesthesia in this country. Dr. Kaul returned to Pakistan after completing his training in the UK, joined King Edwards Medical College, Lahore as Assistant Professor Anaesthesia, worked as Professor and Head of Department of Anaesthesia. Allama Iqbal Medical College and Nishtar College Multan and eventually resigned his Government job to work in the private sector for the rest of his life. His dedication to teaching and training never faded and he was recognised as a teacher even when he was not working in a formal teaching position. His credentials were recognised by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan; in 1994 he was asked to supervise the training of anaesthesiology residents in Lahore in view of the shortage of qualified trainers in the specialty. He groomed a generation of anaesthesiologists. Some of them left the country, others continue to practice and teach anaesthesia in Lahore. Prof. Kaul, Prof. Shahida Khawaja and Prof. Khalid Bashir formed a group that was contracted to provide Perioperative Care at the newly founded Hameed Latif Hospital in 1994. Prof. Kaul utilised this platform to train residents in anaesthesia. Hameed Latif Hospital was formally recognised as a training centre in Anaesthesiology in 2001. This ushered in an era that produced 36 Fellows in Anaesthesia up till March 2013.
Dr. Kaul always endeavoured to improve the practice of anaesthesiology in Lahore. Some of the initiatives introduced to the practice of anaesthesiology in Lahore under his guidance include:
  • The Formation of an anaesthesia group that provides pre-operative, intra-operative and postoperative care in the private healthcare facility.
  • A Pain clinic under the leadership of Prof. Khalid Bashir.
Prof. Kaul is no longer with us but his legacy continues; the organisation he formed continues to serve patients and to foster the cause of education in anaesthesiology.