Meet Dr. Ali Tausif, Medisys
Dr. Tausif started his medical career in General Surgery in the UK. He then switched to family medicine and completed his family medicine training in Chesterfield under the East Midlands Deanery, England, and obtained his MRCGP degree from the Royal College of General Practitioners in London. Ali also holds a Diploma in Diabetes from the University of Leicester, a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health, and a Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr. Tausif takes a patient-centred approach to healthcare and enjoys working collaboratively with patients to coach them on lifestyle changes for continual health improvement. Dr. Tausif spent the early part of his medical career in Karachi Pakistan where he did his internship in General Surgery and General Medicine. During the course of his medical training and career in the UK and Pakistan, Dr. Tausif has been the Cancer Care and Drug Safety Leader at Meden Medical Services in England; an organizing committee member of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) Symposia; a public relations officer for the Institute of Behavioural Sciences; and a member of the Patient’s Welfare Association at the Civil Hospital in Karachi. Dr. Tausif is also passionate about children’s health and welfare issues. He has enjoyed organizing blood donation drives and Free Eye Camps in the rural areas of Karachi, Pakistan and teaching children with cerebral palsy for the Association for Children with Emotional and Learning Problems (ACELP) in Karachi.
What was your first job? My first job was teaching English to an 8 year old Russian girl whose family moved to Pakistan so her father could work for the Russian Embassy. My first job as a family physician was in the UK where I managed a forty- bed Transitional Care Ward at the London Road Community Hospital in Derby.
Why did you choose to practice family medicine? I’ve wanted to become a doctor since I was 12 years old. When my younger brother was born, now 29 years old, he suffered brain damage at birth as a result of birth asphyxia. He suffers from mental retardation and autism. I always wanted to better understand my brother’s condition so I could help him and help my parents.
What do you like about working at Medisys? I really enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary primary care team – Medisys is unique in that all the health care professionals here really work, learn, and support patients as a team. I find that very rewarding and satisfying. In the public system, you may refer someone to see a specialist – a dietitian, for example, but then you don’t get the opportunity to actively collaborate with that dietitian to build the best care plan for the patient.
What is the most important piece of preventive health advice you have to give? This might sound a bit clichéd, but I strongly believe that regular exercise and a balanced diet is the best recipe for a long and healthy life. I have seen more people suffer from diseases due to lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet than anything else. At the same time, I have seen so many patients make a dramatic improvement to their health – even a complete eradication of a chronic health condition – purely by exercising more and eating healthier.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Strive for better, but also be grateful for with what you have achieved.
What keeps you inspired? My parents, they’ve worked so hard all their lives to give me and my siblings every opportunity to succeed, to give us a comfortable life and the best education possible. My parents keep me inspired every day.
What is the one health lesson you have learned that you want everyone to know? Never ignore your own “gut feeling” about your health. Even when you don’t have obvious symptoms of something being wrong – even if something just feels as though it’s not quite right, there is probably a good reason for it. Don’t procrastinate – seek attention from your doctor. Early detection and prevention saves lives. That’s what Medisys is all about.
What’s a challenge you’ve faced that you’ve learned from it? As a child and in my early teenage years, I wanted badly to play cricket on my school team. I used to spend hours outside my house in our driveway, in the Karachi summer heat, bowling at a wicket, running back and forth. I eventually worked my worked my way up to playing with my school mates in high school and was invited to join the school cricket team as one of the pace bowlers. It may sound rather insignificant, but overcoming this challenge taught me a hugely important lesson: with perseverance, determination, and practice, you can overcome your deficiencies and achieve your goals no matter how unattainable they may seem initially.