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Dr Asif Saifuddin: a tribute to a remarkable MSK guru

Article by: Dr Priya Suresh

With heavy hearts and profound sadness, I pay my tribute to the life and legacy of a true luminary in the field of musculoskeletal (MSK) radiology, Dr Asif Saifuddin. His passing leaves an irreplaceable void in the medical community, but his teachings, mentorship and contributions will continue to resonate for generations to come.

I was fortunate to do a Fellowship with Asif in 2006. His dedication to the art and science of radiology was unmatched, and he imparted his knowledge with a passion that ignited the same fire in those he taught. He possessed a rare ability to convey complex concepts with clarity, making the learning process both engaging and rewarding. One of Dr Saifuddin's distinguishing qualities was his unwavering support for his trainees. He recognised dedication and nurtured it, fostering an environment of growth and excellence. He has mentored more than 60 national fellows and around 50 international Fellows from all parts of the world.

Beyond his exceptional teaching abilities, Asif was revered as an astute radiologist. His diagnostic acumen was unparalleled, and his interpretations of imaging studies were characterised by their precision and insight. His contributions to the field have undoubtedly reshaped the way we approach and understand musculoskeletal conditions. He has more than 350 publications – and authored about ten books and co-authored many book chapters.

At the heart of his impact was Dr Saifuddin's adept leadership in multidisciplinary teams. His authoritative presence was a driving force in these collaborative settings, where complex cases were brought forth for deliberation. His insights were instrumental in deciphering challenging and rare diagnoses, and his ability to synthesise information from various specialties was nothing short of remarkable.

In the world of medicine, true leaders inspire others not just through their words, but through their actions. I remember him not only as an exceptional MSK guru, but as a beacon of knowledge, compassion and integrity. Though he may no longer walk among us, his teachings and his spirit will forever guide us in our pursuit of excellence in patient care and medical knowledge: an eternal reminder of the profound impact one dedicated individual can have on the world.

Dr Priya Suresh, Medical Director, Education and Training, Clinical Radiology

Obituaries - Dr Asif Saifuddin

Article by
Dr Priya Suresh

Dr Priya Suresh completed her undergraduate training in India, followed by her MRCP in Manchester. Her radiology training was in Manchester and Plymouth, followed by a Fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Her work with RCR started in 2011 when she initiated READ and served as the Programme Director. Dr Suresh has also sat on several RCR committees including the Curriculum Committee, Specialty Training Board and Faculty Board. She has chaired the FRCR 2A MSK SBA and is currently the Lead for the MSK module of RITI and SIG Lead for the iRefer MSK guidelines. 

She is the Academy Lead for the Peninsula Radiology Academy, Training Programme Director and Teaching Lead for imaging and Honorary University fellow.

Dr Suresh's tenure as Medical Director, Education and Training, Clinical Radiology at the RCR is 2022-2025.