Dr Ebrahim Adamjee, 34

Medical Affairs Head for the East Africa

Novartis Pharmaceutical
My Story

Dr Adamjee knows too well that someday he will cease to be and, has therefore decided to live a purposeful life. He desires that his deeds impact many lives.

As an attending doctor at Mater Hospital, he touched one life at a time for two years. These were only the privileged; those who had the information, awareness of the disease, means, finance, and can come to the hospital. It was fulfilling, but he yearned to impact many more.

“There’s a huge number of patients who are underserved and left out there because of some policy initiatives or their lack of access to healthcare.”

In 2014, he was named the best outpatient doctor, an award by his then-employer.

"“There’s a huge number of patients who are underserved and left out there because of some policy initiatives or their lack of access to healthcare.”"

But the urge to do much more would not let him be. He decided to not only leave Mater Hospital but stop practicing medicine and head to Novartis Pharmaceuticals in 2015 as a policymaker.

“I joined as Medical Science Liaison where I engaged with medical stakeholders, updating them on the latest science behind Novartis therapy areas.”

A year later, he assumed the role of a medical adviser in charge of the East African cluster.

The pharmaceutical space, he notes, has immense potential to change the course of a disease, and that tickles his fancy. Nothing brightens his day quite like knowing a patient returned to an optimal state of health upon using the right medical products.

He lives by three mantras: Authenticity, genuineness, and vulnerability. He also knows that as a human, he is bound to err, and is not afraid of being vulnerable.

“There are a lot of things in life that we do not know or are blind-sided to. Accept that there are some things that you may need somebody’s guidance.”

Dr Adamjee, a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi, always, knew that he would be a doctor. He was always fascinated with science and intrigued by how the human body functions.

Daniel Ogetta