Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil – Leading by Example

As Chairman and Managing Director of Burjeel Holdings, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil has successfully stewarded the group from being a single hospital in 2007 to an end-to-end healthcare provider with a rapidly expanding global footprint. Dr. Shamsheer began his career as a Radiologist at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. As he recalls, the zeal to do something more was always burning within. In 2007, after working for about a year, he set out to establish his own business and opened the doors of Burjeel Holding’s first hospital - LLH Hospital - to the public.

In less than a decade, Dr. Shamsheer has established an integrated healthcare group with 16 operational hospitals, over 23 medical centers, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other healthcare support services spread across the Middle East, and India. Through VPS Healthcare, his family office, he oversees an extensive investment portfolio including Burjeel Holdings, RPM, LifePharma, Lakeshore Hospital, Ziva, Keita, and Educare Institute. Today, these are the established names within healthcare and pharmaceutical and allied services sectors with presence across UAE, Oman and India. New projects are underway in the MENA region and India. Under his guidance, the Group is rapidly turning into a front-runner within the region and beyond. With several national and international awards and accolades conferred upon Dr. Shamsheer, it is truly commendable that where, he could have only been a professional medical practitioner, he chose a path, which enabled and empowered him to make the most of a rare combination of business acumen and passion for community welfare.


Dr. Shamsheer's commitment towards philanthropy matches his zeal for success in his business initiatives. His active involvement in helping communities and the underprivileged goes way beyond the conventional boundaries of healthcare. Through a series of health-focused campaigns and initiatives, he has swiftly responded to major health concerns. His CSR initiatives like the 100 Free Heart Surgeries dedicated to the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Breast Cancer Screening Programme have helped thousands of people across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent. The health screening and awareness programmes for the worker community have changed the lives of many and have helped people lead a better and healthy life. In addition to this, his rehabilitation initiatives have also helped victims of calamities and disasters.


Dr. Shamsheer is a man with the deep conviction that by hard work and selfless service, it is possible to make a difference in our world.