Syed Amin Tabish: Medical scientist by day and poet by night

There are many inspiring stories of Kashmiri doctors who not only excelled in the valley but also contributed to health care and research around the world, which is remarkable.

Among them is Dr. Syed Amin Tabish – medical scientist by day and poet by night, who was born and brought up in a beautiful hamlet of Tilgam (Pattan) in Baramulla district of North Kashmir in a well educated family.

He did his first studies in his native village. Later he moved to Government Degree College Sopore where Tabish spent his 12and review.

Due to his good merit, he was admitted in MBBS at Government Medical College, Srinagar, which he completed in 1982. The competition for MBBS at J&K was introduced from his batch.

After completing MBBS, he passed the Physician in Health Services examination by JKPSC and was first posted to Chadoora block of Budgam district.

In 1985 he joined SKIMS Srinagar as House Surgeon. In the meantime, he applied for a post-graduation at AIIMS New Delhi in 1989. There he completed his post-graduation in Hospital Administration in 1991, which marked the turning point in his life.

“I joined SKIMS again after my return from AIIMS. But AIIMS was the turning point of my life. There I had the opportunity to work with great doctors and scientists for almost three years”, did he declare.

Tabish studied research there because it was then a neglected field in health and medical education. In particular, he published a dozen research articles at AIIMS during his PG course.

“At AIIMS, I worked as the editor of a well-known journal known as the Journal of Academy of Hospital Administration (JAHA). I also had the opportunity to organize an international conference at AIIMS, the first of its kind in India, which was widely appreciated and for which I received a standing ovation from the presidium, faculty and delegates,” said Tabish.

In 1995-1996, he had the opportunity to do graduate studies in England where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 1996. There he also worked to obtain an FRCP degree (London) which was finally awarded to him. in 2002. He obtained another FRCP in Edinburgh which was awarded to him in 2004.

After returning from the UK to SKIMS, the Ministry of Higher Education of the Government of Saudi Arabia approached him to establish two medical colleges and 850 hospitals with beds, a college of allied sciences and a college of nursing at Qassim University. At first he was hesitant to go but they desperately wanted to take him there. He worked there from 2005 to 2007.

“I accepted their offer as a medical training teacher and counselor. Since the Saudis do not give administrative positions to non-Saudis, they had to change the rules to accommodate me. I was the first teacher from Asia in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he said.

He further stated that he is part of the main decision-making bodies of this university.

“I tried to bring this university to the world map and I succeeded in doing so. Qassim University was the first university where we introduced modern methods of medical education, including problem-based learning for medical students which was unique,” ​​he said.

He further stated that in six or seven years, the rest of the universities and institutions have emulated this model of Qassim University throughout the Gulf.

In Saudi Arabia, Tabish was also commissioned to give a conceptual plan for the establishment of the first private sector university known as Al-Rajhi University.

The conceptual plan of Al-Rajhi University including medical colleges and associated hospitals was given by him and this university is a reality for the time being.

He also launched a world-class medical journal, International Journal of Health Sciences (IJHS) and served as its founding editor. Tabish indexed it in two years, which is a great achievement in the medical literature.

“Many journals have been on the market or have been around for over 50 years and have not been indexed. We kept the log level up,” he said.

At Qassim University, he introduced the concept of research to undergraduate students.

“We taught research to UG students for the first time, which is not the practice elsewhere in developing countries. This was a new experience in medical education. Both years have been very good,” Tabish said.

At SKIMS Srinagar, he headed the accident and emergency department for almost 13 years. In 2011, he assumed leadership of the department while concurrently serving as medical superintendent. He was also head of the postgraduate hospital administration department.

Tabish had the opportunity to represent India at the World Health Assembly in the United States in 1998, which he says was an honor. With that, he had the opportunity to be at the University of North Texas and some hospitals in Dallas and got a glimpse of their emergency medicine.

In 2006, he earned the FACP from the American College of Physicians in Philadelphia – one of the most professional bodies in the United States.

Tabish also has the distinction of being the second person in Jammu and Kashmir to be awarded a scholarship from the National Academy of Medical Sciences in 2002.

In 2003, he received the Sri Ram Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to health care, medical education and research.

He was very involved in conducting and supervising the research. He has so far published 444 research papers, which is a record not only in Asia but in the world.

Tabish’s contribution to research is considered more than 95% of the total researchers on the Research Gate website and his score is over 95.

He said that so far nearly 7,000 medical researchers and scientists have viewed his published research, which is very encouraging for him.

Motivated and highly credible with over 30 years of professional experience in academic planning, medical education, scientific research, health care administration, Tabish has authored over a dozen books covering health policy, planning, management, emergency medicine, medical education, social sciences, literature. His Hospital and Health Services Administration Handbook was published by Oxford University in 2000.

He has also served as editor of more than a dozen international medical journals and has won 60 awards for his outstanding contribution to health care, higher education and science.

Its chapters are in the program of 7and9and & tenand classes of the School Board of Education.

Prizes and Awards

Tabish has received numerous awards for his work over the years. To name a few, he received:

?Award for Lifetime Achievement: International Medicine Awards.

?Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award-2018 [Gold Medal, Trophy & certificate of Excellence].

?7and MT India Healthcare Award 2017: Iconic Personality in Healthcare for Outstanding Contribution in Healthcare, Medical Education, Scientific Research and Medical Literature.

?Bharat Award for Excellence in Medical Care, presented by Former Governor of SIKKIM in 2016.

?Award of Excellence in Educational Leadership (USA) in 2014.

?India Best Personalities Award by India Friendship Forum: 2015.