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Muhammad Arshad Mirza was born on 7th May 1928 in Jullunder Punjab India. He worked as a physician and a cardiologist in the Armed Forces. After a prolonged illness he died on 24th June 2014.

As a college student he was an athlete tennis player and as a football player he was a member of the North Western Football eleven (1945) and captain of Punjab University team 1948 Inter-University champion and of a private club which won two All India Tournaments (1945-46). He was selected to one seat of Rhodes scholarship for East and West Pakistan out of 15 for the whole world (1952). Lt. General Mirza held an MBBS degree from King Edward Medical College Lahore (1950) and an MD (PhD) (1955 in which his thesis on Normal Blood Pressure" was approved with the highest remarks by the examiner). He became fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan in 1983 and was also a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians USA.

He joined the Pakistan Army Medical Corps Commission Service in 1951 as a Captain and over subsequent years progressed to the rank of Lieutenant General. He retired from the Army Medical Corps Commissioned Service in 1988 at the age limit of 60. In the course of his career. Lt General Mirza worked as a Classified Medical Specialist and Commanding Officer of Defence Hospitals as Director and Chief Physician of the Eastern Province Armed Forces Hospital in Dhahran Saudi Arabia. He had the honor to be the first instructor in Medicine in Aerospace Medicine Specialization Courses for appointment of the speciality of flight surgeons and was also the first Professor and Head of Department of the Army Medical College Rawalpindi in 1979. He was later appointed as Honorary Physician to the President of Pakistan. Once the Dean of Medicine (St Thomas Medical School in London) working as external examiner in Medicine for the MBBS examinations of Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad; remarked to the Universitythat the students of the Army Medical College had standards same as that of London University. He was a member of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (1979-1988) and was also a member of the curriculum committee for MBBS degree. He remained Principal Army Medical College from June 1987 to June 1988. On his retirement from the Armed Forces in 1988 Lt General Mirza was appointed Professor Emeritus in Medicine at the Army Medical College and the Army Post Graduate Medical School in Rawalpindi.

For his numerous contributions he had the honor for being selected for many awards from the American Biographical Institute and the International Biographical Centre. Lt General Mirza was also a recipient of the coveted Hilal-e- Imtiaz (Military) and the Sitara-e-Basalat.

He was the founder member of the Pakistan Cardiac Society and the Pakistan Hypertension League and was life time member of the Pakistan National Heart Association. As an author he has published 21 scientific papers two chapters in a book on anaesthesia and contributed to the 1956 nutritional Survey of the Pakistan Armed Forces organized by NIH-USA. He is the author of Book Bedside Medicine as Guideline for Complete Diagnosis and Management which was published in the year 2000 and a revised Edition in 2012. He was a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of American Medical Association. Pakistan Edition and gave editorial comments on Cardiology papers published in the journal. He read papers in many all Pakistan and international Science medical conferences and was convener for two International Cardiology Conferences.
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Publication:Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Sep 30, 2014
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