Dr Mohamed Kasim
|Dr Mohamed Kasim,Palithazhathu MBBS, DCH, an experienced pediatrician hailing from Kurumpilavu in Thrissur district, is the chairman of the Al Shifa Group. The Group, with its well established medical centres and pharmacies, has been a strong presence in the healthcare field across the Gulf for the last 39 years.Dr Mohamed Kasim was born as the son of the late Paliathazhathu Mohammad Sahib, who was a renowned social worker and panchayat president of Chazhoor Panchayat, and the late Aysumma Mohammad at Kurumbilavu in Thrissur district. He completed his school education at Swami Bodhananda High School, Kurumpilavu, and pre-degree at St Thomas College, Thrissur. Later he earned an MBBS degree from Calicut Medical College and Post graduation in Child Health from University of Vienna, Austria. Dr Kasim has served as a medical officer at the Ministry of Health Hospitals, Muscat, Oman, as a specialist paediatrician at the Ministry of Health Hospitals, Saudi Arabia, and as peadiatrician and medical director at Al Shifa Polyclinic, Jeddah,Saudi Arabia. He took up the position of paediatrician and group chairman of Al Shifa Group of Medical Centre and Pharmacies in the UAE in 2001.
A humanitarian to the core
Despite being one of the most successful figures in the medical field of the Middle East, Dr Mohamed Kasim sets aside a remarkable amount of his time and efforts for charity activities meant to uplift the less privileged ones and promote harmony and peace in the society. He has also made remarkable contributions towards promoting education, especially in less developed regions through several pioneering initiatives. He holds important positions in several educational, social and charitable organizations through which he reaches out to thousands of needy persons and contribute towards the nurturing of culture and education. The organizations and institutions are:•
Kidney Federation of India
Dr Kasim is the trustee of Kidney Federation of India, a charity organization led by Fr Davis Chirammel, who has dedicated his life for spreading the message of kidney donation. Dr Kasim is also the vice-chairman of the Cross- Donation Council of the Kidney Federation of India.The major objectives of the Kidney Federation are :
• Rawdha Women’s College, Midnajpur
Dr Mohamed Kasim is the sponsor of Rawdha Women’s College, Midnajpur, West Bengal. The College aims to make affordable higher education accessible to girls in this underdeveloped region. The College has brought about a positive change in the lives of girls in this area, by empowering them with education.
• Nahjurrashad Islamic College (NRIC), Chamakkala
Nahjurrashad Islamic College, Chamakkala, is one of the best undergraduate institutions affiliated to Darul Huda Islamic University. The college aspires to become a bastion of Islamic tradition with difference, and a heritage
|• Global Public School, Cherpu West, Thrissur
Dr Kasim is the vice-chairman of Global Public School, Cherpu West, Thrissur. The school located in Cherpu, a small village near Chirakkal, offers quality education at international standards for children in the nearby places.
•Horizon School, Calicut
Dr Kasim is the trustee of Horizon School, Calicut, which offers children the opportunity to discover their talents and be free to explore and enjoy learning. The mission of the Horizon School is to nurture each child, help children develop their potential and ensure that they have a joyful learning experience. The school is taking shape in close partnership with iDiscoveri Education – a social enterprise with a mission to renew education in India and beyond. Led by alumni from Harvard, Cambridge, IIMs, and IITs, iDiscovery brings together an exceptional and multidisciplinary group of passionate educators, management professionals and psychologists.
Dr Mohamed Kasim is the founder member of AGES– a philanthropic organization for charitable works based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The organization has undertaken several charity works, especially for the migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.
Dr Mohamed Kasim is the founder president of Pooram, an association of UAE expatriates from Thrissur. What binds the members of this organisation together is the common love for Thrissur Pooram, the spectacular annual temple festival in Thrissur, which attracts thousands of enthusiasts from across the world. During Dr Kasim’s tenure as the president, the association has undertaken many praiseworthy activities. Dr Kasim has also served as the president of the Association of Kerala Medical Graduates (AKMG), Dubai chapter, during 2007-2009. He is the vice chairman of NRI
Dr Mohamed Kasim is the sponsor of Rawdha Women’s College, Midnajpur, West Bengal. The College aims to make affordable higher education accessible to girls in this underdeveloped region.
• Balya Hospital
Dr Kasim is the chairman of Rawdha Health Care Pvt Ltd or Balya Hospital, an upcoming project in Thrissur, which is envisaged as a high-end executive super specialty clinic with accredited laboratory, sophisticated radiology, physiotherapy, cosmetic dermatology and dental departments. The clinic will also have Day Care Surgery with Observation Units.
Al Shifa Group UAE
The operations of Al Shifa Group is extended to a wide variety of business areas including medical, pharmacy, real estate, general trading and transport. The major ventures under Al Shifa Group are: Al Shifa Al Khaleeji Medical CentreAl Shifa Al Khaleeji Medical Centre under Al Shifa Group, located near Clock Tower at Deira, Dubai, is a hallmark for superior quality healthcare at primary and specialty levels with utmost commitment to patients’ safety and well- being. The medical centre that has been in existence since 2002, is spearheading the establishment of growing, effective and efficient healthcare throughout the UAE and in the neighboring countries. It upholds the vision of enhancing the quality of life of the patients by providing high quality, cost efficient, multi-disciplinary medical services delivered with a personal touch.
The major departments in the medical centre are:• Internal Medicine
• General Medicine
The Pediatrics Department of the Medical Centre is led by Dr Kasim himself. Along with providing expert medical care to children, the Department offers advice to parents on the growth of children and vaccination. The Sharjah branch of the Al Shifa Al Khaleeji Medical Centre, located at Caterpillar Road, is equipped with a full-fledged laboratory and computerized Radiology Department. It also has an attached pharmacy which offers a full range of medicines to the patients. The Centre is approved by all major insurance companies and TPAs. Another branch of Al Shifa Al Khaleeji Medical Centre will soon be opened at Al Bayan Building, Dubai Investment Park (DIP). Business Associates Other than Al Shifa Group, Dr Kasim has been part of three major business ventures—two in Kerala and one in Dubai.
•Hotel South Regency, Ernakulam
Dr Kasim is the chairman of Hotel South Regency, opposite South Railway Station, Eranakulam. The hotel offers high quality facilities added with comfort and warmth to its customers at the most accessible location in the city. The facilities include: Well Appointed Suite, Executive & Deluxe Rooms: The hotel offers well lighted rooms with poster beds and luxurious furnishings. The room service is one of the best in the city and caters to each and every need of the customers 24 hours.
Multi-cuisine Restaurant & Coffee Shop: The Multi-cuisine Restaurant & Coffee Shop of Hotel South Regency provides a wide variety of Indian, Chinese and Continental delicacies, which are fresh and authentic.
Banquet Hall: The Banquet Hall of Hotel South Regency offers 2,000 square feet (1,100 sq. mts) of flexible meeting space. It is the most suited for meetings, conferences and weddings. Besides the best facilities and accommodations, South Regency offers the advice and personal attention of the Hotel’s professional team of banquet and event coordinators.
Conference Hall: The Conference Hall of the Hotel provides comfortable facilities, healthy nourishment and superior technology. The Meetings & Events team of the hotel is on hand from start to finish to ensure service par excellence. Dr Mohamed Kasim is also the partner of Medseven Drug Store, Dubai, and director of Emarald Rock Products, Calicut.
Dr Mohamed Kasim is also the partner of Medseven Drug Store, Dubai, and director of Emarald Rock Products, Calicut.
Despite being one of the most successful figures in the medical field of the Middle East, Dr Mohamed Kasim sets aside a remarkable amount of his time and efforts for charity activities meant to uplift the less privileged ones and promote harmony and peace in the society
Dr Kasim is married to P B Anarkaly, daughter of the late Poovamparambil Bavakunji, who was a renowned businessman from Kattoor, Thrissur with a business base in Coimbatore. The couple is blessed with two children. Daughter Dr Thasneem Kasim BDS has graduated from Yenepoya Dental College and is presently working as a dental surgeon and operations manager in Al Shifa Group. She is married to Dr Ejas Kader MBBS, MS(Ortho), Mch.(UK), working as specialist orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Al Shifa, Sharjah. Son Shameer Kasim BSc Mech Engg has graduated as Mechanical Engineer from Sharjah American University and is presently managing Skybay Real Estate, Sameer Kassim General Trading and Al Raees Transport in Dubai, UAE. During free time, Dr Kasim enjoys sports especially shuttle badminton and football, reading, listening to music and watching movies.