2016 Top Doctor: Abdul-Razzak Alamir, M.D.

Written by Editorial Staff Category: Profiles Issue: April 2016
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Endocrinology  
Med School/Year Graduated: Damascus University, 1997  

Years in Practice: 12

photography by Steve Craft; Abdul-Razzak Alamir, M.D.What percentage of your work is diabetes-related? Is it the most common condition you treat?
Endocrinology specialty has  a wide range of hormonal and metabolic diseases, and certainly diabetes is one of the most common conditions I treat. I can estimate about 50 percent of my patient encounters are related to diabetes.

Have endocrinologists seen rising levels of any other hormone-related disease besides diabetes?
I think with wide use of Internet resources, people became more aware about their health and symptoms of multiple endocrine diseases, therefore a lot of hormonal and endocrine conditions [like thyroid disease and androgen excess are] being evaluated more frequently than in the past. Also, our modern lifestyle does have an impact on our metabolic and hormonal systems, and that can unmask these diseases which were not encountered as often in the past.  

Why did you choose endocrinology?
The endocrine system has been always fascinating for me, and I have been always interested in studying about those amazing glands, which control almost all functions in the human body despite their very tiny size. As an endocrinologist, I have the great opportunity to make positive changes in patients’ lives.

Have any patients’ stories stuck with you?
The great aspect of medicine is that you have the continuous chance to make another person feel better and, specifically in the endocrinology field, you can encounter large numbers of unforgettable cases where patients’ lives and futures [are] changed significantly by recovering their hormonal balance.   

What are some of the latest advancements in endocrinological science?
Multiple advancements have been occurring in the past few years, whether on diagnostic or management aspects. Some examples: multiple new pharmaceutical agents for diabetes management, high cholesterol treatment and weight loss; improvement in insulin delivery and continuous glucose monitoring devices; and advancement in diagnosing and managing thyroid cancer.   

What do you like to do when you’re not practicing medicine?
When I have free time, I like to enjoy time with my family, review new articles, read non-medical books and [do] some sport activities.

As a physician who treats glandular disorders, have you ever ordered sweetbreads at a restaurant?
No, I have not. I doubt I will try in the future!

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be...”
Biomedical engineer. [It involves] a lot of science and is a major reason to current advancement in medicine.