Dr. Sikander Hayat Khan was trained as a surgeon in the U.K. and after qualifying as an FRCS from London and Edinburgh he worked for the National Health Service in the U.K. for 10 years and then returned to Pakistan and joined the Polyclinic Hospital, Islamabad, as a consultant surgeon. Later on in the 1980s, he joined the then newly built Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) as Head of Surgery and also became a Professor of Surgery. He was an Examiner for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, President of the Society of Surgeons of Pakistan and was also the Editor of the Journal of Surgery at PIMS. He is the founder and Chairman of the Zubeda Khaliq Memorial Trust which runs the free hospital in Sermik. The initial idea of the Trust is to provide basic medical care to one of the poorest region of the world, the Northern areas of Pakistan. In addition, the Trust also runs medical clinics in Rondu and Astore and plans to open clinics in Skardu and Shigar with the aim of converting these into feeder hospitals in the future. In realizing the plight of the people of this region where Dr. Khan was born, he decided on his own accord and using his own funds to establish the Hospital in Sermik. With a view to increasing the activities of the Trust, purchase of additional equipment for the Hospital and planned expansion of other facilities, it has been decided to seek donations and assistance from individuals, institutions and other possible sources.
The Government of Pakistan awarded Dr. Sikander Hayat Khan with ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’, a medal in recognition for his outstanding services for providing free medical care to the people of Baltistan.