Special Report

The IMS Factor

Dr Senasi attended UWI St Augustine in the late 1990s

Dr Ramdas Senasi exudes the zealotry of a missionary. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be as convincing to the people he persuades to try the innovative ideas that buzz around in his head. He is a classic example of someone who emerged from obscurity on the basis of visions driven by unwavering conviction and boundless energy.

Dr Senasi was born in Malaysia, attending a boarding school there before being offered the option of either India or the West Indies to pursue his medical degree. He succumbed to the allure of the Caribbean and landed up at the St. Augustine campus of The UWI in the late 1990s, where he formed friendships that would endure long enough so that when the prospect of a collaboration with one of his alma maters came up, it was an easy decision.

In the interim years, he went to Sheffield, England to do specialist radiology training–he is actually a paediatric radiologist, trained at Alberta Children’s Hospital. At 43, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Not surprisingly, he is a member of several organisations related to imaging and radiology, and is part of a wide range of connected activities.

When I asked him why he had made the leap to IMS (as a paediatric radiologist), he bristled. Yes, he was a medical doctor, but he did not believe one should limit oneself by imposing boundaries. “I have some core skills, like networking, like team-building, like project management,” he said, and the combination of these, alongside his passion for breaking barriers and moulds, led him to the formation of Imperial Medical Solutions in July 2020.

A shrewd observer of growing trends, he had seen the trajectory towards digital transformations in the medical field. As the wealthier countries invested heavily, “I saw a massive growing divide in digital health care. Developing countries would be left behind and we needed to find a way to start bridging that gap.”

Leaning on his strengths and his medical background, he saw that IMS could be like a design house, customising solutions for its clientele, based on its professional networks.

The company was formed with two surgeons, CEO Prof Tan Arulampalam and Medical Director Mr Ahsanul Haq, and solicitor Mrs Nazia Aftab. They have brought together all the components to make this project succeed, a true exercise in networking.

It’s all about developing health care systems, said Senasi. We’re doctors talking to doctors.

Vaneisa Baksh is an editor and writer.