Dr Syed qualified at Bangalore University, India, in 1994. After a number of postgraduate training posts, he undertook specialist training in diabetes and endocrinology in the West Midlands, including a two-year lectureship at the University of Birmingham.

He completed his certificate of completion of training (CCT) in diabetes and endocrinology in 2008 and attained fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2013. Dr Syed is currently a consultant physician and endocrinologist at University Hospitals Birmingham with a special interest in diabetic foot disease, lipids and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.

He is the clinical service lead for the Diabetes Foot Service for the trust and he was selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion from 2018 to 2020. His research interests include diabetic foot disease, diabetes education, and raising awareness and prevention of diabetes in ethnic minority populations. His recent publications include diabetes care during Ramadan and Hajj. He is engaged in medical education and is the lead for diabetes for fourth-year medical students and is an examiner for the fourth- and fifth-year OSCE examinations.