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das magazin / 17. juli

Doctors with ambitions

Dr. Thami Tazi from Morocco

Name: Dr. Thami Tazi
Orthopaedist and Trauma Specialist

  • Graduated from medical school in Angers, France
  • Awarded the “Diploma in Advanced Studies of Arthroscopy” from the University Bichat in Paris, France
  • Awarded the “Diploma in Micro­surgery” from the University of Angers
  • Member of the French Association for Foot Surgery AFCP

“I love helping patients regain their independence.”

Facts & Figures Morocco:

  • Capital: Rabat
  • Official languages: Arabic and Amazigh (Berber)
  • Form of government: Hereditary monarchy
  • Population: 34.85 million (2017)
  • Per capita GDP: USD 3,176.53 (2017)
  • Health expenditures: 5.9 per cent of GDP (2014)
  • Number of public hospitals: 130 (2013)
  • Number of private hospitals: No data available.

L&R has been active in the Moroccan market for more than two decades. In 2000, Lohmann Velpeau Maroc was renamed L&R Morocco to highlight its connection to the international L&R Group in its branding. The company headquarters in Morocco is located in Casablanca.

What does your work as an orthopaedist/surgeon in Mohammedia, Morocco mean to you?

My work as an orthopaedist and surgeon is very varied and involves many different elements. I work in the Ca­sablanca metropolitan area and patients from all walks of life come to me. On a day-to-day basis I deal with a wide variety of orthopaedic clinical pictures.

Which are the problems your patients consult you about?

My patients see me for any and all problems involving the musculoskeletal system. The spectrum ranges from minor injuries to major trauma and joint deformities. But my main specialty area is foot and ankle surgery.

What do you love the most about your profession?

Some of the elements of my job that I enjoy the most are accepting practical challenges and successfully performing both very straightforward and very difficult surgical procedures. I also like that by performing – sometimes very difficult – surgical procedures I can help patients regain their independence.

Which “professional side-effects” could you very well dispense with?

I am always very happy when I can help my patients. But in very rare cases I meet people who are somewhat ignorant and who take my help for granted. Also, the long surgery times for some very complicated procedures can be challenging.

What does your typical work week look like?

A typical work week consists of surgery in the mornings, except on Wednesdays, and sometimes also on Saturday. In the afternoons I have office hours and in the late evening sometimes more patient appointments. But sometimes an operation can last until 04:00 or 05:00 p.m.

Which products from L&R do you use?

For my operations, I use Sentinex Surgical Gowns or Raucodrape OR Drape Sheets from L&R, as well as a variety of bandages and dressing materials and all immobilisation products, such as Cellona Plaster of Paris Bandages.

Which medical subject is No. 1 on your agenda?

High-quality products made from good materials are extremely important for my work, so this is something that is at the top of my agenda.

For what indications would you like to discover a solution?

Good question! I would love to find a truly effective solution for infected wounds to prevent delayed bone and wound healing.

What do you wish for the future?

A well-equipped setup to establish minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery is on my wish list for the future.