Shaukat Khanum Cancer Symposium Update

Dear Participants of the 13th Shaukat Khanum Cancer Symposium,

Due to today’s unfortunate events at the Symposium, wherein proceedings were disrupted by violent protests, harassment and creation of a hostage situation by representatives of the Young Doctor’s Association (YDA), the symposium organizing committee has decided to cancel the remaining events of the 13th Shaukat Khanum Cancer Symposium. This decision has been taken keeping in view the safety of our speakers and delegates. This symposium is the premier oncology meeting in the region and its cancellation is a tragedy for science and for medical education, as well as being a source of national embarrassment for us all.

Shaukat Khanum Symposium Organizing Committee.


Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) is a state-of-the-art cancer centre located in Lahore, Pakistan. It is a project of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, which is a charitable organization established under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 of Pakistan. The institution is the brainchild of Pakistani cricket superstar, Imran Khan. The inspiration came after the death of his mother, Mrs. Shaukat Khanum, from cancer


Imran Khan made a nation-wide appeal for the collection of funds from a match between Pakistan and India on November 10, 1989 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore which raised Rs. 2,902,600. This was followed by a series of more than 50 successful fund raisers held throughout the world. Pakistan's win under Imran's captaincy in the 1992 cricket world cup in Melbourne helped fundraising efforts. He was able to collect one and a half million pounds in just six weeks after the World Cup when the same amount had taken 2 years to collect earlier. He donated his entire prize money of 85,000 pounds for the project. In 1994 when the project required more financing for the ongoing construction, Imran Khan launched a mass contact campaign in which he toured 27 cities in the country and collected Rs. 120 million. During the entire campaign for the construction of the hospital, over a million individual donors from ordinary citizens to the rich and famous pitched in. Everything from cash to jewelry and valuables was donated.

Donations 67%
Credit and Loans 33%


Expenses Pak Rupees US$
Land and Building 231,000,000  
Medical Equipment 314,000,000  
Ancillary Equipment 132,000,000  
Total 677,000,000 22,200,000

Making of the Hospital


Dr Nausherwan K. Burki MB, PhD, FRCP, FCPS, FCCP developed the Master Plan for the Hospital in 1990, while he was Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, USA. He oversaw the building of the Hospital, which was designed by Graham Rapp of Arrasmith, Judd & Rapp, Architects in Health Planning, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Design details on site were handled by Messrs. Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates of Lahore. Local engineering was performed by Messrs. Progressive Consultants, Lahore. Ground was broken in April 1991 and the hospital opened its doors on December 29, 1994.

Dr Burki was the first CEO of the Hospital until September, 1996, while on sabbatical leave from his University. He was responsible for recruiting all the consultant/attending medical staff and senior nursing and administrative staff. He remains the Chief Medical Advisor and Member, Board of Governors, continuing to be involved with program development, quality control, and recruitment of consultant staff, as well as Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, in Farmington, Connecticut, USA.