Meet true doctorpreneurs who followed their heart to open up 120 bedded hospital in their hometown

Starting a hospital, especially in a smaller city, is no small feat. It demands determination, persistence, and a clear vision. Dr. Aslam Arif and Dr. Shifa Aslam, a power couple in the medical world, faced numerous challenges in their journey to establish a full-fledged cardiology multispeciality setup in their hometown of Bilaspur, Chattisgarh. Their story of resilience, perseverance, and eventual success serves as an inspiration to many aspiring medical professionals and entrepreneurs.


Dr. Aslam Arif, an MBBS, MD, and DNB(Cardiology) graduate, started his career in Hyderabad and later moved to Bilaspur, where he eventually realized his dream of establishing a 100-bed hospital. Meanwhile, Dr. Shifa Aslam, an accomplished Ophthalmologist with an MS in Ophthalmology and a fellowship from Sankara Nethralaya, stood by his side through thick and thin. Together, they surmounted financial constraints, professional challenges, and personal sacrifices to build a successful medical facility catering to the cardiac health needs of the community.

Their journey highlights the intricacies of setting up a hospital, the challenges of managing finances, dealing with local authorities, and the importance of fostering strong relationships with the staff and fellow medical professionals. As they share their experiences in an exclusive interview, their struggles and triumphs come to the forefront, revealing the critical aspects of their entrepreneurial voyage.

Desire to serve the community

Dr. Aslam Arif’s early struggle with the selection of his medical specialty, coupled with financial limitations, reflected the typical challenges faced by aspiring medical professionals. His transition from Hyderabad to Bilaspur, driven by a desire to serve his community, reflects the crucial role of community service and personal connections in carving out a successful medical practice in a smaller city.

The couple’s journey is underscored by the pivotal role of mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals. Dr. Aslam Arif’s navigation through the complex world of medical diplomas and DNB courses highlights the importance of making informed decisions at critical junctures in one’s career. Their reliance on self-learning, aided by online resources and educational platforms, illuminates the power of accessible information and knowledge in shaping one’s professional trajectory.

Initial challenges of establishing a setup

The challenges faced by the couple in the early stages of setting up their hospital underscore the need for resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity. Dr. Aslam Arif’s account of managing a hospital without a cath lab for a year highlights the resourcefulness and determination required to deliver quality healthcare services even in challenging circumstances.

Their emphasis on community engagement and building strong patient-doctor relationships is a testament to the significance of trust and rapport in establishing a successful medical practice. Dr. Shifa Aslam’s insights into the intricacies of hospital administration shed light on the multifaceted responsibilities and challenges that come with managing a medical facility.

Joining the academy

Dr. Aslam Arif’s decision to join The Doctorpreneur Academy and leverage its resources and guidance serves as a testament to the importance of continuous learning and professional development in the medical field. The academy’s role in providing the necessary mentorship, knowledge, and strategies for scaling up their hospital reflects the critical role of educational platforms in nurturing and guiding aspiring medical entrepreneurs.

Their focus on maintaining a patient-centric approach and delivering high-quality healthcare services resonates with the growing need for personalized and empathetic care in the medical industry. Dr. Aslam Arif and Dr. Shifa Aslam’s dedication to their vision and their unwavering commitment to serving their community exemplify the essence of the medical profession—compassion, dedication, and service to humanity.

As they prepare to inaugurate their 100-bed hospital, Dr. Aslam Arif and Dr. Shifa Aslam stand as a beacon of hope and inspiration for young medical professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs. Their story emphasizes the transformative power of perseverance, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of a noble vision to make quality healthcare accessible to all, even in the most challenging circumstances.

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