Dr Azril obtained his bachelor degrees in Medical Sciences and Doctor of Medicine from University Putra Malaysia, Serdang. He has previously worked with the Ministry of Health from 2003 in both hospital based and community health sectors. It was his passion for wellness in the community that he embarked on post graduate training in Sports Medicine and obtained a Master degree from University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 2012. He has helped established a Sports Medicine Unit under Orthopedics Department of Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bharu and has officially gazzetted a specialist in training. He then served in Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang before pursuing his ambition to work with the top national athletes as the Lead Sports Physician in the Podium Program under the National Sports Institute of Malaysia in 2016. He served the nation in his duty as the contingent doctor for the KL 2017 SEA Games and running as the contingent Chief Medical Officer for KL Paragames 2017 and the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast in 2018. Dr Azril became a permanent staff with the institute and joined Pusat Perubatan Sukan Negara (PPSN) when it established.
Dr Azril Ali has a vast experience in the area of sports coverage with a long list of clinical appointments as the Tournament Medical Director, Competition Doctor and Match Doctor in numerous sports events. His main passion is in rugby where he found his true calling, having more than 10 years of experience in the pitch side immediate care both in local and international rugby tournaments. He was also the Team Doctor for national Men’s 15’s rugby team for many years and has helped the club and development teams in his career. Dr Azril is also an appointed executive committee member and director of medical & player welfare for Malaysia Rugby Union for the 2016-2018. Asia Rugby has appointed him as a member of the Medical Committee (AR Medcom) with designated responsibility as the Head of Pitch side Working Group and the South East Asia Regional Lead to look after medical and player welfare tournament and development aspects within rugby unions in Asia and South East Asian region.
Dr Azril has a strong passion in teaching and sharing his wealth of knowledge courtesy of the virtue of his valued and respected mentors. He has delivered numerous clinical lectures, talks and courses as expert speaker in the hospitals, agencies, institutes and conferences at both national and international levels. Dr Azril is an internationally recognized rugby pitch side medical care training instructor and has been heavily involved with the World Rugby Training and Education Workforce since becoming a Medical Educator in 2013. He is accredited as a World Rugby Medical Trainer since 2015 and granted to course direct World Rugby L2 Immediate Care in Rugby (ICIR) courses. He is also teaching as an accredited instructor for the Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sports (PHICIS) Instructor – HKRFU-RFU. Dr Azril has trained hundreds of people on these courses in Malaysia and many countries in Asia ever since.
Dr Azril’s daily clinical work deals with important decision and management of the high performance sports care including regenerative medicine. He saw athletes in their acute injury phase and work diligently to achieve fast and accurate diagnosis before working with the sports medicine team to return the athlete to sports. His special interest is in the area of sports related concussion where he worked dedicatedly in the assessment, management and rehabilitation of this complex injury. He is one of the accredited Match Day Doctor that will work in Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 for the ‘Recognize and Remove’ Concussion Policy using the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) system in the tournament. Out of his professional routine, Dr Azril is an avid scuba diving enthusiast with Professional Association of Diving Instructor (PADI) certificates in Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver Courses and has vested interest in futsal and football sports with a published paper on futsal injury.