Getting to Know You: Ghassan Almir, Radiologist

Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, Ghassan Almir is an experienced medical professional who earned his credential from the University of Damascus.

Ghassan moved to the United Kingdom just after the turn of the millennium to pursue his career as a musculoskeletal radiologist.

After settling in his newly adopted country, he accepted a position in the foundation program at the Royal Infirmary in the city of Hull. From there, he took on an academic role, working for Newcastle University teaching anatomy to medical students. As his career progressed, Ghassan Almir accumulated a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry while working towards his ultimate goal of becoming a musculoskeletal radiologist. He now does that business in a consulting capacity.

In 2006, Ghassan Almir volunteered with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), offering his talents as a translator to a visiting official from that organization visiting London.

When he has time to recreate, Ghassan enjoys dancing. Her favorite dances include Salsa, Bachata and Tango. He also plays guitar, mainly focusing on classical and flamenco styles.

A British citizen for over a decade and a half, Ghassan Almir lives in Nottingham, United Kingdom with his wife. The couple is currently expecting their first child.

What do you currently do in your company?

I specialize in musculoskeletal radiology, so the diseases I see include those of the bones, joints, and spine, as well as some more chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and trauma injuries related to sports medicine.

Tell us a long term goal in your career.

One of my long-term career goals is to establish a more efficient tele-radiology system. Radiology is rapidly advancing and the demand for radiology is increasing year by year, so I want to use my knowledge to provide the best possible care for patients who come to our department for imaging. In my opinion, providing care via telecommuting—to the extent that it can be effective—is a wonderful use of resources.

How do you measure success?

This is a daily exercise. If I have a day where I feel I have improved patient care, I will feel that the day was a success and I am very happy, especially if I learned something new. I measure success by the care I provide to my patients, so if something responds particularly well to them, that’s the best measure of my actual success.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned during your career?

Nothing is impossible. I found that getting to a point in my medical career where I could practice radiology was a major challenge, but I was able to achieve it through passion and persistence. I have learned that if you persevere and have a goal, nothing is impossible.

What advice would you give to other people wanting to be successful in their field?

It’s important to love what you do and have a long-term plan, because if you don’t, you’re unlikely to be successful. My first piece of advice would be to find your niche. what makes you happy? Once you have the answer to that question, it’s all about persevering.

what are some of you Favorite things to do outside of work?

I do a lot of Latin dance like Salsa and Tango. I love music, so I play a little bit of classic flamenco guitar in my spare time. It helps keep me calm. I also like outdoor sports, of which tennis is my favorite.

How would your co-workers describe you?

From my feedback at work, I’ve noticed a lot of comments that say I’m a kind person and one who goes the extra mile to help and support junior colleagues and others.

How do you maintain a solid work life balance?

I try to book regular holidays and fit them into my schedule so that I get regular breaks and don’t exhaust myself with too much work. On a weekly and daily basis, I make sure that after work is done, I give some attention to my hobbies. Those are the main things that help me maintain a beneficial work-life balance.

What has been the toughest obstacle you have overcome?

The toughest hurdle is getting into radiology. When I first arrived in the UK, I was on a work permit visa that had to be renewed annually. I would have liked to have done radiology at the start of my career in the UK, but I needed four or five years of permanent residency before I could apply to practice radiology. It meant four more years working on something I didn’t necessarily enjoy in order to build up my CV and work experience enough to apply. It was very challenging. In fact, I think that was probably the most difficult turning point in my life.

Who has been a role model for you and why?

One potential role model of mine is someone from work who I don’t really know personally, but who inspired me to get into radiology. Some time ago, we had to communicate on the phone to discuss a rare case in the neurology ward at the hospital. It was difficult because we didn’t know the diagnosis for weeks, but the radiologist was able to give us the correct diagnosis based on the imaging we managed to do. This inspired me to learn more about radiology and eventually become passionate about it.

What’s the one piece of advice you’ve never forgotten?

Be sure about what you can and cannot do. trust yourself.

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