A new respiratory consultant has joined the team at Scunthorpe hospital bringing with him a wealth of experience.
Dr Liaquat Ali has worked at a number of hospitals across the UK, before being appointed at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
Born in Pakistan Dr Ali pursued a career in medicine as it was considered a prestigious profession in the country. He said: “I was an A grade student and there weren’t that many doctors in my country when I was a child so I decided that was what I wanted to do.”
He also wanted to be in the army so he joined up when he was 18 and became a medical cadet. He was awarded a scholarship at a prestigious army medical college where he completed his medical training over the next five years.
He rose through the ranks to Major and worked as consultant physician in the army after completing his four years postgraduate training in medicine. However, due to family reasons he came to the UK in 2008, with his wife and son. He worked as a registrar in a number of hospitals including Scunthorpe and Grimsby.
He said: “I really liked the area and the people as they were all so kind and welcoming. The respiratory team at Scunthorpe have been really supportive, so it has been really nice coming back as a consultant.”
Dr Ali returned to Pakistan in 2014 but returned to the UK again in 2016 where he underwent respiratory training in a number of hospitals including in Sheffield, Doncaster and Manchester with the East Yorkshire Deanery.
Talking about why he wanted to specialise in respiratory medicine, Dr Ali said: “It is quite a challenging discipline of medicine and I like the variation between being able to help treat chronic lung conditions, as well as undertake procedures such as bronchoscopies and pleural procedures.”
Specialising in lung cancer and pleural disease, he said: “My patients are all really nice and I have enjoyed my first few months working here in Scunthorpe. It is lovely to be back in familiar surroundings working with a great team of staff.”