Dr Hakim graduated with a MBChB from Dundee University Medical School, Scotland in 1997. He returned to Malaysia in 1998 and served in the Ministry of Health in Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh; and subsequently in Hospital Kuala Lumpur. He completed his general surgical training with a Master in Surgery (General Surgery) degree from University Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2005. He then pursued further training in Breast & Endocrine Surgery with the Ministry of Health followed by a 1-year Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery in Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Dr Hakim trained in endoscopic and robotic thyroidectomy with Professor Woung Youn Chung who popularized robotic surgery for thyroid diseases. On his return, he continued to serve as a consultant Breast & Endocrine Surgeon in Hospital Kuala Lumpur where he started the endoscopic and robotic thyroid surgery services.