The Healthcare Crusader | Medgate Today
With a rich and extensive experience in the healthcare industry spanning over three decades working with leading healthcare institutions both in India and the UAE, Dr. Raza Siddiqui – Group CEO of the Arabian Healthcare Group and Executive Director of RAK Hospital – has become a force to reckon with in the healthcare sector. His astute and unconventional foresight helped give birth to one of the most prominent medical institutions in the northern emirates of the UAE, and since its inception RAK Hospital has progressed by leaps and bounds.
Spearheaded by Dr. Raza and his talented team, the institution has successfully fused premium healthcare with finest hospitality, providing the quality service of international standards to the UAE residents. At the same time, RAK Hospital is increasingly attracting medical tourists, courtesy affordable treatment at par with the West and the expert team of specialty doctors.
Dr. Raza Siddiqui brings to the table a brilliant combination of innovative technology and clinical expertise from across the world. Starting his career as a management trainee at Lupin Laboratories Ltd., a pharmaceutical company in India and later moving to Ranbaxy Laboratories, he joined Indraprastha Apollo Hospital as Marketing Manager in 1995. His result-driven attitude and successful implementation of many innovative ideas quickly led him to the post of Director Operations. During his tenure, he choreographed the successful launch of the largest corporate hospital in India and was also instrumental in making the hospital financially viable in the first year of operations – recognized as a world records of sorts.
As the Executive Director of ETA for luxury real-estate and healthcare, Dr. Raza was involved in setting up RAK Hospital, which has fast gained reputation for medical tourism and advanced primary and tertiary healthcare. Additionally, he conceptualized and managed a DH 2.5 billion premium unique lifestyle project located in Dubai in collaboration with international partners such as JW Marriott, IMG Sports Academies, Microsoft and Cisco to facilitate the emergence of a multi-cultural community.
Dr. Raza’s passion for the medical sector and unconventional approach over the pas 10 years at RAK Hospital, has put him at the helm of special novel projects and turned them around into success stories. His contribution has not only reaped rich dividends for the group but for the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah as well.
Since the Hospital’s inception, Dr. Raza has facilitated several collaborations, converging a world-class team of doctors across various specialties, and bringing to the UAE doorstep expertise that have been instrumental in promoting medical tourism in the country.
Dr. Raza’s endeavors include collaboration with renowned orthopedic surgeon from US, Dr. William Hodge to launch the revolutionary stem cell therapy for joint issues in UAE; tie up with the Fortis Escortis Heart Institute (FEHI) to bring the best Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery; opening of representative offices for RAK Hospital in the Middle East and African countries for medical tourist facilitation; the launch of the RAK Diabetes Centre in Dubai that offers complete management of diabetes and the specially designed CSR Initiative “NAZAR AYENI” – a mobile eye-screening programme for UAE residents.
With a greater vision of preventing blindness Dr. Raza launched this community health program for the Prevention of Preventable Blindness that aims to screen 100% residents of Ras Al Khaimah over time making it a Preventable Blindness free emirate by 2020.
Dr. Raza’s mission to bring quality healthcare to the UAE, and for his contribution in shaping UAE’s modern healthcare sector with particular focus on medical tourism has won him respect, acclaim and several awards across the decade. Notably, he was nominated by HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi for the prestigious Board of Directors of Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry making him the first Indian to hold such a prominent position.
In 2018 alone, both Dr. Raza on an individual level and RAK Hospital on organizational level were lauded many times for their achievements and won several awards.
Among these, the notable few include Dr. Raza’s CEO of the year title by the CEO Club International and Healthcare Excellence, CEO of the year of the Indo UAE business forum and Icons in Healthcare, Singapore – 2018. For RAK Hospital, recognition came in the shape of JCI accreditation which it won for the 5th time since 2011, Super Brand Award five years in a row and Health Magazine UAE’s Best Hospital Build and Infrastructure Award and many others.
The way forward for RAK Hospital will focus on bringing more emerging technologies and international human resource to the UAE. Moreover, capitalizing on the strong trust that the institution has won over the decade among the UAE residents and medical tourists alike, the hospital will be further expanding its base in GCC and African countries through active measures. For example, the hospital plans to cater to more patients looking for bone and joint health, particularly from the GCC countries which will have access to world-class surgical expertise so close at hand. Similar approach will be applied for eye care, neurology, maternal health and other specialties. Given the scenic and rustic beauty surrounding RAK Hospital, making it an ideal spot to de-stress, the hospital will also focus on promoting its rehabilitation programme for both UAE residents and patients living abroad.