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AO Clinic was founded on the 1st of May 1985 by renowned orthopaedic surgeon    Dr. S.M.A. Shah.  There was a desperate need for a trauma centre in the bustling urban environment of Karachi, and our institute fills that void, dealing with a vast amount of trauma, joint reconstruction and revision surgery.

AO Clinic was established initially as 45 bedded hospital with a total of 26 staff members. With the passage of time and the growing demand of trauma surgery, the hospital has expanded over the years to a 110 bed Institute. The hospital is one of the leading trauma institutes of Pakistan and  it bears part of the heavy load of the country’s trauma.

AO Clinic caters for patients from all over Pakistan as well as a significant number from the rest of the world. An internal audit showed 18% of our patients for the year-2007 were from abroad. This includes countries such as UAE, Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and a smaller amount from the western countries.

Biography of  DR. S.M.A. SHAH

In the eighties Dr. Shah decided to move to Karachi after having worked in the U.K. for 15 years.  Initially he started working at three hospitals namely Medicare, Mideast and Holy Family. In a very short space of time he was being recognized as the leading Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon in the City.

Although Dr. Shah has pioneered many Orthopaedic techniques from which patients have gained benefit over the years, it was the first Total Shoulder Replacement in 1981, which shot him to instant fame.  This was the first operation of its kind performed in this region.

Dr. Shah has received three presidential awards namely Pride of Performance in 1997, the “Tamgha-e-Imtiaz” (for outstanding contribution towards sports) in 2003  , the “Sitara-e-Imtiaz” in 2009 and the "Hilal-e-Imtiaz" in 2013 which was received by his sons Dr. Syed Imran Ali Shah and Dr. Syed Junaid Ali Shah.

Dr. Shah has a number of interests outside his undoubted achievements in surgery.  He is a known philanthropist and loves cricket and is committed to the development of sports in Pakistan.  He has built a floodlit cricket ground (Asghar Ali Shah Stadium) in Karachi, which promotes cricket coaching amongst the youth of Karachi and hosts various events and cricket championships throughout the year. 

Dr. Shah has held various offices throughout his career including President of Pakistan Orthopaedic Association, President Private Hospitals and Clinics Association. The offices he has held relating to the field of sports include President Karachi City Cricket Association, President Karachi Region (PCB), President Asghar Ali Shah Memorial Sports Foundation and Member Board of Governors PCB. His last post was as the Minister of Sports, Government of Sindh.

Distinguished Visitors from the Orthopaedic World

AO International President Professor Hans Willenegger visited Karachi in 1982.  When Dr Shah discussed his idea for the establishment of a dedicated trauma hospital in Karachi with Prof Willenegger, the Professor was very encouraging and agreed that the busy trauma-active city was indeed in need of such a centre.

He subsequently visited in 1986, after AO Clinic’s opening.  He remarked on the impressive quantity and quality of trauma services delivered by this then 45-bedded, two-storey hospital, and on his return to Davos, Switzerland, he took many X-rays with which he discussed the hospital’s work at conferences around the world.

The second AO International President to visit AO Clinic was Professor Chris Colton, who was similarly impressed by the standard of care we provided.

Numerous other Orthopaedic and Trauma Society Presidents have visited AO Clinic, including Professor R. Kotz of Vienna, Austria (SICOT President 1999-2002), Dr. D.K. Taneja (President of the Indian Orthopaedic Association), Prof. Peter Reynders, University of Leuven, Belgium, Khalid J. Drabu, East Surrey Hospital, UK and Rhidian Morgan-Jones, Cardiff and Vale University Health Hospital, UK

 Revision Trauma  Cases    
A selection of some of our revision complex trauma cases
Asia's first successful lower limb replantation surgery
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Dr. Junaid Shah, Dr. SMA Shah & Dr. Imran Shah



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