Dr. (Prof.) M. Wali, MD, FACC (USA), MBA
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Dr. (Prof) Mohsin Wali, a cardiologist who speaks of Heart, speaks From Heart and treats ailing Hearts, is a reputed name duly recognised for his outstanding contribution in the field of Medicine, Academics, Administration, and Medical research and innovations. Dr.(Prof.) M Wali has served the country with the right perception, sustained devotion, sincere commitment and absolute sublimation in the different illustrious positions.
Great responsibility at a tender age of 33
In 1988, he was just one among 14 other ‘senior’ physicians shortlisted by presidential staff for personal interview with Hon’ble President of India Shri R Venkataraman who had changed 3 physicians already by that time as he was not satisfied with any one of them. During the interview Hon’ble Mr President asked, “How are you going to treat me?”. “Just like another human being”, Prof Wali answered instinctively. Obviously Mr President was not amused. But Prof Wali explained, “I have highest regard and honour for you and the office of President of India. But I would prefer to keep that part confided to my heart and I would never let it enter into my head whenever I’ll treat you or any of your family member. This will help me to commit lesser mistakes!” And he was handed over the responsibility to serve the highest chair of Constitution of India, not only for once and for 3 successive Presidents- Hon’ble Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma and Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee-thus becoming the first physician to serve three Indian Presidents.
His upbringing and studies
Born at Bijnor (U.P) in 1953, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, to Mehboob Subhani and Alia Wali couple, on 28 November 1953, Dr. Prof. M Wali completed his basic education after which he furthered his medical Degree and Doctor of Medicine from Asia’s largest GSVM Medical College Kanpur. He secured record merit, many Gold and Silver medals and finally Chancellor’s Medal as an outstanding student. He was then selected through UPSC to join Central Health Services at first place in merit. His initial posting was at Dr RML Hospital, where he was assigned to work as Chairman, Central Standing Medical Board and Medical Specialist. Later he was promoted as a consultant and Professor in medicine at Post graduate Institute of Medical Research and Education-attached to historical Willingdon Hospital. He had his formal training in Cardiology at GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi.
Publications, Awards and Recognition
He has contributed a sizeable number of book citations, chapters in textbooks of Cardiology and Association of Physician’s of India and in many indexed journals of National and International repute. He has published his original articles on recent advances in the diagnosis and management for resistant hypertension and water purification for Dialysis. Prestigious American College of Cardiology bestowed on him an award of medical excellence as a fellowship of American College of Cardiology (FACC) during 2005 in recognition of his services in preventive Cardiology. He does not restrict himself to treat patients alone but shows avid interest in keeping abreast of the latest developments in the medical profession. This trait has resulted him in holding fellowships and memberships in many internationally renowned professional bodies such as American College of Physicians, American Psychogeriatric Association, American Diabetic Association (ADA) and National Academy of Science and largest body of Indian Physician, Association of Physician of India (API). He is also associated with Qnet, as a member of their Scientific Advisory Board and has contributed chapters to medical texts. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to Indian medicine
Music is the ambrosia to his Heart
As a regular to Various Mushaira Circles of Delhi and elsewhere, Prof. Dr M Wali is a lively person and possess soft corner in his heart for Shayars and Shayari. This lineage has flowed to him through his father who was a shayar himself. In his own words, music keeps his own heart beating. On his tips to aspiring future doctors of India, he once said, “if you have Dedication, devotion and hard work in your blood then aspire to become a doctor it is the only professional in this world who can’t postpone his work for tomorrow”.
Learning has no finish Line
As an active member of CCRUM Ministry of Health and Family welfare he has been a guiding force for the development of formulation for effective treatment of Diabetes mellitus and establishing role of Arjuna in angiogenesis in heart disease, Leading to the award of Doctor in Medicine at Hamdard University. Efforts in this direction have also been acknowledged by the Prime Minister of India. In continuation of his academic pursuits he has recently completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Hospital Administration from Sikkim Manipal University.
What makes a doctor special from the other contemporaries?
“The one who remain grounded and attached to his basics is bound to excel”, he opines, “The lack of doctors unity among themselves, mutual respect for fellow doctors and the tendency to find fault at previous doctors prescription is the main reason behind the depleting Doctor-Patient Bonding these days”. He emphasizes upon the ‘connect’ factor that is missing these days between a doctor and his patient, that makes the bonding strong and reflects on to the treatment outcome. He fondly remembers a case where he went for a home visit to treat a VIP, he was preferred over other previous visiting doctors just because he asked for the way to the wash room for a hand-wash before examining the VIP. And none of the other doctors did so.
All are VIPs
Dr Prof M Wali remains aloof of the status of his patient and treats all of them alike. The queue is same for everyone at his clinic and so is this approach and line of treatment. He is famous as doctor who prescribes fewer Diagnostic Investigation and relies heavily on his clinical sense and experience over the decades.
VOH salutes his contributions to the field of Medicine and his service to the Nation and is proud to be associated with such a great personality.
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