Professor Afzalur Rahman, a noted
interventional cardiologist of the country, has been given the charge of the director (acting) of the National Institute of Cardiovascular and Diseases (NICVD).
Prior to his new assignment, he was the head of the Cardiovascular Department of the NICVD, the apex cardiovascular center of Bangladesh.
Prof Rahman, who has an over two-decade experience in cardiovascular treatment, has been promoted to the post of the director (acting) of the NICVD through a notification issued by the Ministry of Health on December 28
He replaced former NICVD Director Professor Abu Azam. Prof Rahman earlier served as the head of the Department of Cardiovascular at Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital.
He is now a visiting consultant of the Cardiovascular Department of the 250-bed Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialized Hospital in Gazipur.
Prof Rahman is the elected president of Bangladesh Society of
Cardiovascular Intervention (BSCI) and the chairman and course director of Bangladesh Intervention Therapeutics (BIT).
He was recently appointed as the international governor of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a leading organisation for cardiologists and researchers in the world.
Prof Rahman, who was born in a respected family in Boraigram, Natore, obtained MBBS degree from Rajshahi Medical College in 1984. He secured MD and cardiology degrees from the NICVD in 1992.
In cooperation with Alabama Medical Centre at Birmingham in the United States, he did his PhD on cardiology under Dhaka University in 2004.
Prof Rahman later obtained FRCP degree from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the UK and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Prof Rahman also earned the FACC Fellowship from the USA.