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I did not belong to the basements of hospitals and wanted to do something for the larger good of public: Dr. Shamsheer



Speaking to students and faculty at The Wharton School, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, said the future of healthcare will highly depend on technology and he expects a “complete role change in the coming years from the present situation to a future where there would be more public health experts educating people to live a healthier life.”

Dr. Shamsheer was at Wharton, one of the world’s top institutions for business education at the University of Pennsylvania. He also interviewed for the Wharton Business talk show on SiriusXM Radio, hosted by Dan Loney and Wharton Professor Michael Useem, who is also the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at Wharton.

As a successful young entrepreneur, Dr. Shamsheer garnered immense interest and excitement amongst the students and faculty. The excitement prevailed throughout the session bringing out the best of Dr. Shamsheer and his successful journey to creating the fastest growing healthcare company in the Middle East.

There is a dream in each of us to be successful in whatever we do and there are very few who are blessed with the vision to reach the pinnacle of success in a short span of time. Dr. Shamsheer undoubtedly is one of them. He began his career as a Radiologist in one of Abu Dhabi’s leading hospitals, only to realize that he “didn’t belong to the basements of the hospital and wanted to something for the larger good of public.” With this zeal, he followed his heart and set up his first hospital in Abu Dhabi in 2007.

Like all startups, Dr. Shamsheer too faced challenges in setting up a business. Commenting about the strategy, Dr. Shamsheer says, “I strongly believe in the advice given to me from people who were with me during different phases of my entrepreneurial journey. I am living my dream of giving back to society by allowing my employees take decisions and giving them the freedom to fulfill their duties, which brings out the best in them.”

Within no time Dr. Shamsheer moved from practicing medicine to delivering medicine. It was not an easy task for him and his team. With a clear head and strong determination, Dr. Shamsheer, today heads VPS Healthcare, a billion-dollar healthcare company with over 7500 employees, 650 physicians and a yearly footfall of 2 million patients.

With so much going on around him, Dr. Shamsheer is always poised and confident and he owes this to his family. His daily routine includes calling his mother before starting his day. During his interaction with the upcoming generation of global business leaders at Wharton, he admitted that this gesture brings positive energy to his days and also suggested the students to practice the same.

Dr. Shamsheer also advised them to believe in themselves and to follow their heart, no matter what or who tries to pull you down.


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