Syed Adibul Hasan Rizvi was born on September 11, 1938, to a close-knit, middle-class, landowning Muslim family in Kalanpur, a small village about ten kilometres from the city of Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, British India. He was the youngest of nine children-six boys and three girls. The families of the Hindu peasants who worked the Rizvi land shared the Rizvi family house. Because Rizvi’s father laid down a rule that the children of the servants should not be discriminated against, Rizvi says it was “very difficult to differentiate between us (the Rizvi children) and the children of the servants.”
Dr. Syed Adeebul Hasan Rizvi is head of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). Recipient of Magsaysay Award, and lots of respect and praise from patients, community and all stakeholders in the society, Dr. Adeeb Rizvi is a pioneer in treating kidney related diseases in Pakistan. He started off very humbly by just a ward in the Civil Hospital Karachi where he treated kidney patients. This eight bedded ward was established in 1971 and today it has grown into a full-fledged institution called SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation).
Dr. Adeeb Rizvi worked day and night for decades and has come a long way in developing his institute as a leading urology and transplantation facility in this region. He and his team have worked with dedication to provide complete medical care from treatment to medicine, surgery and post-treatment care complete free of cost. They have a history of treating the elite in the society and have asked for their support in return for their services. Such is the dedication of this amazing Pakistani that despite all the odds against him, he has been able to provide best medical care to the poor and deserving. His philosophy as a healer is expressed in SIUT’s stated mission:
“to provide comprehensive and modern medical facilities free of cost to all patients.”
Dr Adeeb Rizvi is recipient of many awards, locally and internationally. SIUT started as an eight-bed ward at Civil Hospital, Karachi, and has grown to be Pakistan’s leading & largest Urology and Transplantation Institute. Dr. Rizvi is the president of the Transplant Society of Pakistan. In 2003, Rizvi led a team of SIUT surgeons that performed the first successful liver transplant on an infant in Pakistan.