Dr Ahmed Ismail

Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Expert


Fertility Rites?



Photography by Farouk Ibrahim

Meet the ‘Good Doctor’ whose Work has Restored happiness to Couples. CLEO takes an Intriguing look Into the mind And work of this Famous Infertility specialist.

This story has taken place many times. They got married after a wonderful love story that lasted for a while. People would see them walking along, hand in hand, and smile to themselves out of the sheer ”adorability” of the picture they made with love shining out of their eyes. Then doom strikes in the from of the mother-in-law – his mother. The question emerges, why haven’t you had children yet? Eventually, more often than not, the couple heads towards the gyno’s office for a check-up and they hear the news. Sorry, but your wife cannot have children.

Here comes point where you can choose your ending. Does this couple, like so many others in the past, bow down to family pressure and break up so the husband can find another to bear his children? Do they flout their love and decide to live without family approval, so long as they have each other? Or is there another solution?

Sorry, but your wife cannot have children.

There is answer, one provided by advances in science and by the ongoing efforts of the men and women who have pledged their lives to easing this pai8n for people all over the world. Dr. Ahmed Ismail in a member of this group, he is a man whose circumstances pushed him to leave Egypt and head to the United Kingdom, while his perseverance and dedication to medicine propelled him to success. Today, after 28 years of practice, both his work are widely know in the fields of gynaecology, obstructions and infertility treatments. His patient list reads like a gala dinner invite list, with celebrities from the world of cinema, high society and the media.


Currently living between Cairo (where he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of a specialized hospital) and London (where his family lives and he has thriving practice), Ismail vividly remembers the beginning of his journey. He graduated from Cairo in 1971, and embarked on his Residency training immediately. Unfortunately, when the 1973 War erupted, all Egyptian University hospitals were put on standby to deal with the wounded and he found that the Gynecology/Obstetrics departments would be sorely neglected to deal with this greater need. Enterprising as he was, he looked outwards and decided to travel to the UK in 1974 to pursue his studies further, and there he remained. He has been equally involved in practical medicine and research, having participated in quite a few of the advances made in the quest to abolish infertility.

Ismail’s office bring back the old-fashioned doctor; stacks of papers and books everywhere, and a well-worn look about the little consultation corner where so many people’s hopes are made. The major difference between his office today and the family doctor’s office 20 years ago is a little communication centre humming away in the corner, making sure that he’s never far from his life in England. On a wall hangs a group of certificates, documenting progress made through academia. The atmosphere is one of visit paid to a friend working out of his living room, comfortable and cozy. In his friendly atmosphere a discussion began about the intricacies of infertility and the steps taken to reverse it.


Once the drama of the discovery has settled down in a cloud of emotional dust, there is one thing that remains. The desperate question of what is to be done in order to conceive. Some women have a problem with their Fallopian Tubes; blockages or stiffness in the walls of the tubes. Others have problem with the ovaries, the uterus or the internal chemistry of the womb as a whole. The solutions are as varied as the problems, starting from operations to unblock tubes, all the way to in vitrio fertilization (the famous test tube baby). Advances in surgical procedures and cures have progressed in leaps and bounds in the past year. As a matter of fact, dreams for the future of fertility science have reached Gattica-like proportions with the hope that at one point in time it will be possible to help fertilize an egg using nothing more than a sample of ovarian tissue implanted in a woman’s arm. A big dream for a big science, every stone of which is being overturned to look for cures.

A few years ago, Ismail came forward with a discovery he had made and which he hoped would catapult him into Nobel Proze fame. It was the concept of the “Ismail Table,” an an electronic gadget programmed to let woman know if they were attempting conception at the right time or if their pregnancy had a good chance of coming to term.

What was the “Ismail Table” based on? The lunar cycle. By plotting the lunar cycle based on the lunar date of a woman’s birth, her ideal conception days and premium dates for delivery could be pinpointed. These dates are quite important in the sense that if conception occurs on any day during the lunar month that has not been pinpointed as optimum, there is a good chance that the pregnancy will not come to term, a miscarriage will occur. This theory was a large step towards explaining miscarriages that occur with no apparent physiological reasons.

Should one really interfere in these things?

One of the major arguments against infertility treatments today is that it is not

This theory was a large step towards explaining miscarriages that occur with no apparent physiological reasons

Feasible to attempt interference in something that has been decided by God. The idea was not a new one for Ismail, as was made obvious by the smile on his face. The response to the accusation of meddling in divine justice is question simple. Using the same principle of divine omnipotence, he looks at the question of his own. How can a human scientist possibly do something that God does not want him or her to achieve?

In the field of knowledge, Ismail is firmly of the opinion that there is much more to be discovered that what the human brain has achieved to this day. In this quest for more knowledge, seemingly outlandish solution can arise that will puzzle the layman, resulting in accusations of heresy which can be better defines as accusations that thing have just gone too far. Yet it is an ongoing process that cannot be interrupted or put on pause to wait for the minds of all people to catch up.

In addition to the field of specialized scientific advances, the “Good Doctor” has high hopes for the educational system in Egypt as a whole. Fervently clasping his hands he expounds on the improvements that are possible and the curriculum reviews needed every five years in order to ensure that the younger generations are being told what is actually going on in the world. Information seems to be important thing to Ismail, for scientists, for growing children and for the average person who goes to a doctor’s clinic treatment.

In light of the recurrent scandals concerning malpractice (stories have emerged about incorrect surgical procedures which have resulted in leaving equipment inside bodies or even removing a health organ and leaving a diseased one behind), Ismail is adamant that there needs to be a better system. Doctors must be continuously monitored and re-qualified in order to keep practicing medicine. The will provide the average patient with an easily-recognizable method of deciding whether or not to choose a particular doctor for treatment.


According to Ismail, “I live on the plane between Cairo and London,” and it would seem that he plans to keep up his hectic schedule. The smile on his face hints that he would be loath to let down any of his patients, each of whom depends on him a great deal. After all, what depends on his a great deal. After all, what could bring more satisfaction than spending you time bringing life into the world?

Did you know that:

One of the reasons for non-conception is as smile non-conception is as simple as the pH balance of the uterus?

Endoscopic and laser surgery has rendered the old way, with the long hospital stay and the ugly scars, obsolete?

That you can increase fertility by calculating both your lunar and menstrual cycle?

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