PSSLD celebrated the WORLD DIGESTIVE HEALTH DAY-2021 on 23rd May, 2021. Based on OBESITY AN ONGOING PANDEMIC that was the theme of this year’s World Digestive Health Day, the Express Media Group hosted a webinar in collaboration with PSSLD that was appreciated widely and joined by a majority of Gastroenterologists, experts and medical students from across Pakistan. The session was moderated by the Dr. Zaigham Abbas, who is the president of PSSLD and the Head of Department of Gastroenterology at Dr. Ziauddin University Hospital in Karachi. He explained that the obesity is spreading rapidly like a pandemic all over the world including Pakistan. Other speakers like Dr. Shahid Rasool from Madina Hospital Faisalabad attributed the major cause of diabetes to fatty liver. At the end of session, Dr. Zaigham Abbas thanked the valuable participants and the Express Media Group, urging them to arrange the similar events in the future to stress the need to help eliminate liver diseases. Moreover, Dr. Zaigham Abbas concluded the session with the remarks to change our lifestyle and diet to avoid obesity that results in chronic liver diseases.


On 26th June, 2021, South Asian Association for the Study Of Liver (SAASL) hosted a webinar in collaboration with PSSLD. Professor Vivek A. Saraswat from India, who is the head of department of Gastroenterology at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute (SGPGI) in Lucknow chaired this event. Dr. Amna Subhan Butt, Associate Professor at the department of gastroenterology of Aga Khan University Hospital and the General Secretary of PSSLD moderated the session. Professor Zaigham Abbas, Professor Rakhi Maiwall from ILBS in India and Dr. Sanjiv Saigal who is Principal Director and Head of Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine at Max Super Specialty Hospital in India discussed hepatitis and its different types during covid-19. Professor Syed Muhammad Zahid Azam from the Dow University of Health Sciences, Professor Amit Goel from the SGPGI of Medical Sciences in India, Dr. Ali Nazeem, Senior Consultant in Medicine from Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Maldives and Dr. Achini Diana Withanachchi Consultant at General Hospital in Sri Lanka were the panelists of this webinar. Many people from around the world joined this session and appreciated the speakers for spreading awareness via this informative webinar.

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY, 2021 with Jang Group

PSSLD organized the World Hepatitis Day Seminar in collaboration with Jang, Geo, and MKRMS at Karachi. The theme of this seminar was HEP CAN'T WAIT.
Renowned gastroenterologists and hepatologists discussed the growing number of hepatitis cases in Pakistan, stressing the need to get tested immediately.
All the participants appreciated PSSLD and Jang group for organizing such an informative seminar in Karachi.
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World Hepatitis Day 2019

PSSLD observed the World Hepatitis Day 2019 on 28th July, 2019 at Serena Hotel in Islamabad. A number of gastroenterologists and Hepatologists gave presentation on the “HEPATITIS SHOULD BE ELIMINATED GLOBALLY BY 2030”. Awareness walks, blood screening test for Hepatitis and seminars were conducted in different parts of Pakistan in a joint collaboration with PSSLD.
A number of people joined these sessions all over Pakistan and appreciated the efforts of PSSLD to spread awareness and for taking on the mission of hepatitis-free Pakistan by 2030.

11th SAASL International Webinar ON LIVER DISEASES AND COVID-19 (PART-2)

Date: 31st July, 2021
Time: 05:00 PM (PKT)

On 31st July, 2021, PSSLD and SAASL organized a successive event on the theme of “LIVER DISEASES And COVID-19 (Part-2)”. Professor Kaushal Madan, Secretary General at INASL and Professor Massod Siddiq, Head of department of medicine at Jinnah Memorial Hospital were the chairpersons of this event. The moderator at this session was Dr. Amna Subhan Butt, while Professor Aabha Nagral, chairperson at SAASL women’s forum, Professor Saeed Hamid, former president of PSSLD and Professor Mamun Al Mahtab (Shwapnil), General Secretary of SAASL discussed Hepatitis and its consequences during Covid-19 and its particular implications in the context of South Asia.

World Hepatitis Day 2021

On 25th July, 2021 PSSLD, Express Media Group and Metier Group hosted a live webinar that went successfully and received huge appreciation from experts, academics, doctors and people from all over Pakistan for spreading awareness about Hepatitis and its different causes, urging the people to get tested immediately for it.

The theme of WHD 2021 was based on “HEP CAN’T WAIT”, urging the need to get tested immediately as Hepatitis is taking a precious life in every fifteen minutes in Pakistan. The day was observed in multiple cities like Karachi, Mardan, Faisalabad and Jehlum on different days. Free blood screening tests and awareness walks were arranged on these days to increase awareness about the critical situation of hepatitis in Pakistan among the masses. On 25th July, 2021, PSSLD arranged an online webinar via Facebook with Express Media Group, discussing liver diseases, particularly Hepatitis during Covid-19. Stressing the need to get tested, the renowned experts from Pakistan discussed the critical situation of hepatitis in Pakistan and how it can be prevented and treated effectively. Moreover, on 27th July, WHD was observed at Awari Towers in Karachi, where Sheikh Bashir Ahmad and Asif Baig chaired the event. While Dr. Farina Hanif, Gastroenterologist at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation moderated this event. Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Dr. Amna Subhan Butt, Nasir Luck, Dr. Fakhar Qazi, and Dr. Zahid Azam discussed in detail the symptoms of Hepatitis, its effects during Covid-19 and the effective measures to manage this disease. On 28th July, 2021, PSSLD and Ziauddin University Hospital jointly hosted a seminar at Abul Hassan Jaffery Auditorium at Ziauddin University Hospital. Dr. Zaigham Abbas and Dr. Khurram Baqai were the speakers at this particular event. A number of people became part of all these events and appreciated the PSSSLD for their efforts to mitigate hepatitis from Pakistan.

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PSSLD and Urdupoint conducted a webinar on World Hepatitis Day on the 9th of July, 2021 that was streamed live on Urdupoint. Dr. Muhammad Affan Qaiser, Senior anchor person hosted this live session. Professor Dr. Shahid Rassol, head of the department of Gastroenterology at University medical & dental college of Faisalabad and Dr. Muhammad Irfan Rashed from Toba Tek Singh were the guests who raised the issue of growing number of hepatitis patients every day in Pakistan. They urged the government to provide safe water and the facilities of free blood screening tests to detect hepatitis at the early to save lives at the right. Right decision at the right time would save many people from succumbing to death.


Innovation Modality in Portal Hypertension
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Join us for a session on Advance Imaging and Modalities with international experts Dr. Rinaldi Lesmana and Prof. Adrian Saftoiu who will reveal techniques to enhance patient and user experience by sharing their insights on clinical benefits.

Date: 10th July, 2021
Time: 21:00 SG Time ( GMT +08:00), 18:00 Pakistan time, 18:30 IST 20:00 Indonesia Time

Ziauddin University


Ziauddin University in association with the

Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases organized an event on

Updates on the Diagnosis and Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Karachi: Ziauddin University in association with the Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD) organized an event on “Updates on the Diagnosis and Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”. Dr. Ammad Hussain, Chief Executive of Dr. Ziauddin Hospital Clifton Campus welcomed the delegates.

President of PSSLD Prof. Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Head Department of Hepato-Gastroenterology, Dr. Ziauddin Hospital Clifton Campus commenced the seminar with the presentation on “Surveillance of Hepatocellular Carcinoma” he highlighted the magnitude of this problem in Pakistan. He said that in Pakistan there was a need to organize, coordinated and national system of surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma. Early detection of carcinoma in high-risk groups will be the key to protect patients from the lethal consequences of this disease. He said that guidelines are available from AASLD, EASL, APASL, NCCN, VA, and JSH to develop surveillance programs for hepatocellular carcinoma. He said alfa fetoprotein, PIVKA (DCP) and alfa fetoprotein L3 biomarkers are helpful in the early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma. He mentioned the GALAD scoring that includes gender and age in addition to the biomarkers mentioned above.

Dr. Usman Ali, Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Ziauddin University discussed the “Tumor Markers of Hepatocellular Carcinoma” he thanked Prof. Zaigham Abbas for a very elaborating presentation on the surveillance of HCC. He focused on tumor markers from the pathology perspective.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali, Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Department of Radiology, Ziauddin University presented on “Perspective of Interventional Radiologist in the Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma” he said, ‘assessment of patients based on modified RECIST criteria is helpful in the measurement of tumor response. He further elaborated different radiological interventions for HCC like partial hepatectomy, PEI, RFA, Microwave Ablation, TACE, TARE or SIRT, and CyberKnife Radiosurgery.

Dr. Khurram Baqai, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Dr. Ziauddin Hospital discussed the “Role of Gastroenterologist in the Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma” he said etiological factors in Pakistan were hepatitis C and B viruses and rapidly increasing number of fatty liver diseases. He suggested to the physicians that if we could control the complications of HCV and NASH ultimately we would decrease the chance of HCC.

The last speaker of the seminar was Dr. Reena Kumari, Clinical Oncologist of Dr. Ziauddin Hospital. Her topic of the presentation was “Treatment Options for Advance HCC”. Barcelona-Clinic Liver Cancer Staging System (The BCLC system) stratifies HCC patients based on tumor size, extent, liver function, and performance status, Child class and also directs us for treatment strategy. For patients with progressive disease who are not eligible for loco-regional treatments, current FDA-approved first-line treatment options include tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) Sorafenib, or Lenvatinib. She mentioned the recently approved first-line therapy for advanced HCC which includes atezolizumab and bevacizumab. She projected results of the IAmBrave study

KAHOOT Quiz Competition arranged after the presentations. The participants of the seminar enthusiastically participated in the quiz and interacted with speakers during the Q & A session. In the end, shields were presented to the speakers.


“Quick Decisions in Hepatology” was the theme of this annual Conference, hosted by the PSSLD from 11th September to 13th September, 2020 in Karachi. During this conference, more than 2500 people participated in different sessions of this international Conference.