President Richardson, it is my distinct privilege to present to you and this assembly Prof. S. Adibul Hasan Rizvi, founder of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (Sindh Institute), for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
After graduating from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, in 1961, Professor Rizvi traveled the U.K., where, by 1967, he had completed his fellowship in surgery in London and Edinburgh. His intention had always been to return to Pakistan, where medical care was in greater need of specialists; as such, Professor Rizvi returned to Karachi in 1971. His dream of providing high-quality medical expertise free of charge first became a reality when he set up the Sindh Institute—an eight-bed unit in the burn ward of Civil Hospital, Karachi. Humble beginnings they may have been, but the Sindh Institute has since grown to be Pakistan’s leading and largest urology and transplantation facility.
I have had the honor of knowing Professor Rizvi on a professional and personal level for several decades, and in my opinion, he has provided more humanitarian aid for his people and his patients than any other single individual that I know. His outstanding accomplishments in medicine and the provision of free health care to his patients in Pakistan—one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the world—is nothing short of a miracle and worthy of great praise and recognition.
During the many years that I have known Professor Rizvi, I have never witnessed anything other than the most honest and humble desire to bring relief to the people of Pakistan and the world. I have enormous respect for him and for the work of Sindh Institute. Everyone who has had the privilege of meeting this man is acutely aware of his great knowledge and skill, and of his determination to help humanity in its struggle against disease.
It has been a privilege to know Professor Rizvi, whose passion and energy are unparalleled. His lifelong mission of providing “free health care with dignity” is an example to all of us.
President Richardson, Professor Rizvi is a brilliant and dedicated scientist and humanitarian. I am proud to call him my friend, and honored to present him for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.