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The trailblazing Pakistani surgeon – Ayub Khan Ommaya

Ayub Khan Ommaya, born in Mian Channu, Punjab – Pakistan on April 14’ 1930. Receiving his M.D in 1953 from King Edward Medical College, he graduated in Physiology, Psychology, and Biochemistry from Oxford University (Balliol College) as a Rhodes Scholar (M.A.) in 1956. After migration, he became a US citizen in 1962 where he received his Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Tulane University- School of Engineering Sciences in 1981. He recieved the Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan in 1982.

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His publications i.e. 150 articles, chapters, and books, all including cancer treatment, traumatic brain injury, CSF artificial organ, and philosophy of mind, consequently originating CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention & Control for traumatic brain injury. His contributions concerns of Neurological surgeons, treatment of cancer, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury, and Arterio-Venous Malformations. He was also a leading expert in traumatic brain injuries and served many institutions and organizations related to his field.

Priorly, patients suffered repeated lumbar punctures for intrathecal drug administration needing intrathecal injections. This is when Ommaya invented Ommaya reservoir providing chemotherapy directly to the tumor site for brain tumors, allowing repeated intrathecal injections. Ommaya demiced on July 13, 2008 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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