Dr. Mohammad Maqbool Mir was born on August 1st, 1936 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. He completed his M.B.B.S. course in 1958 from M.G.M. Medical College in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and did his residency first in Eye and E.N.T., and then in General Surgery until 1960. He served as a Medical Officer for Gulmarg Hospital, City Health Center Mahraj Gunj Srinagar, and Traal Health Center until 1963, after which he was selected as the Registrar for E.N.T. at Government Medical College, Srinagar. In 1965, he completed his Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (D.L.O.), and in 1967 completed his M.S. in E.N.T. from King George's Medical College, Lucknow, with merit. In 1969, he attained his Diploma in Medical Audiology (D.M.A.) from Vellore Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. After completion, he joined the E.N.T. department of Government Medical College, Srinagar as Assistant Professor where he worked zealously to make the department an independent and full-fledged postgraduate department, and thereafter established the first Hearing and Speech center and Neurotology clinic in S.M.H.S. Hospital, Srinagar, in 1970. In 1973, he received his Fellowship (F.I.C.S.) from the International College of Surgeons, and was promoted to the post of Professor and Head of Department of E.N.T. while also working as Chief Consultant of Otorhinolaryngology and Chief of Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Center to Government Medical College and associated hospitals. In 1975, he was awarded the W.H.O. fellowship after visiting London, the U.S., and Canada. In 1994, he was invited by King Abdul Aziz University Hospital in Riyadh, K.S.A. to help them in their establishment of an E.N.T. postgraduate fellowship program. He was given two years to do so, but through his untiring efforts, completed the task in only eight months.
Books and Important Publications:
Textbook of Ear, Nose, and Throat Diseases (available here and used in most Indian, Bangladeshi, and Middle Eastern medical colleges)
Multiple choice question booklet for Otorhinolaryngology (adopted by most Indian universities)
Booklet on Syndromes in Otorhinolaryngology
Over sixty-five papers published in many reputed foreign and Indian medical journals
Pamphlets in various languages on guidance to parent and teachers as to how one must treat deaf, mute, and hard of hearing children
Awards and Honors:
First Kashmiri to pursue E.N.T. as a postgraduate course
Visiting Fellowship by Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi (1969 and again in 1970)
W.H.O. Fellowship (1975)
Best Teacher Award by Medical Fraternity of Government Medical College, Srinagar (2000)
Award of Appreciation North-West Zone by Association of Otorhinolaryngologists of India (2004)
Professor Bashir Ahmad Mattoo Memorial Award of Excellence by Iqbal Memorial Trust (2006)
Real Hero Award in Health and Disability Category by CNN-IBN/Reliance Industries Limited (2011)
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