A Maranao Doctor in the Kingdom

He is one of the first Filipino medical doctors employed at Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH).  As a highly specialized Medical Center that provides up-to-date medical services and the first and only hospital in Bahrain that has the Joint Commission International accreditation (JCI), it is a distinction to be taken into service by BSH.  And Dr. Ansari Macapundag did manage to join the elite circle of medical practitioners in the Kingdom. 

Born in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Philippines, he belongs to the Maranao tribe and is the eldest of four siblings.  Inspired by his late father, Mr. Abdurrahman Macapundag, who was a diplomat, he wanted to take a degree in Foreign Service. However, when he was applying for college at the University of the Philippines (UP), the Foreign Service Program was abolished and, upon encouragement from his family, ended up taking Biological Sciences instead, as a preparatory course for getting into Medical School. After graduating from UP, he took up his Medical Degree at the De La Salle University College of Medicine.

After medical school, he did his internship at the Delos Santos Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippines. It was here that he met, and later married, Maiden Josephine Zepeda Marquez, who at the time was working as an operating room nurse. He passed the Philippine Medical Licensure Examination with high marks and took up his residency training in Internal Medicine still at the Delos Santos Medical Center in 1994.  He finished his residency training and passed the written and oral examinations given by the Philippine Specialty Board in Internal Medicine in 1998 and was accepted for fellowship training in cardiology at the Philippine Heart Center in 1999.  However, he had barely begun his fellowship training when an opportunity to work abroad opened. He first came to Saudi Arabia in July 1999 and served at the King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Khamis Mushayt as an ER Medical Doctor. It was while working in Saudi Arabia that he heard from his late uncle, Mr. Ismayatin Ibrahim, a diplomat assigned to the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain, about the opening of a new hospital, the Bahrain Specialist Hospital.  He went for an interview in 2001, and after the expiration of his contract in Saudi Arabia, moved to Bahrain.

He started working at the Bahrain Specialist Hospital in October 2002. As an ER Physician, he is internationally certified for both Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Additionally, to retain and enhance medical knowledge, he continuously invests in his studies on the latest medical techniques and technologies. His background in Internal Medicine became instrumental in his ER work at the BSH, where most of the critical cases were medical in nature.  In 2006 he became the Head of the Emergency Room, a position he holds to date.  He is also a member of the hospital Code Blue and Critical Care Committee and headed one of the hospital’s Task Force during the JCI accreditation and recently, re-accreditation.

Dr. Ansari and his wife Maiden, who hails from Albay, Bicol, married in 1994, and together, they have been blessed with 3 children, Danial Josni, Daud Jalel, and Darvesh Jed. His hard work and commitment to raising and upholding the standards of healthcare in Bahrain and in the region earned him a place as one of the prominent Filipino professionals in the Kingdom.

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