The idea of forming PPIM was first mooted by five Muslim doctors followed by a series of meetings of a number of Malaysian Muslim Medical Practitioners, during the second half of 1989 at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Those who attended it came from different areas and specialties of medical practice. A few more of their colleagues joined the original five founding members to form the protem committee.
The application that was made at a meeting on November 18, 1989 for the formation of PPIM was accepted by the Malaysian Registrar of Societies on December 1, 1989. On the occasion of PPIM’s first General Meeting on December 1, 1990, at Lecture Hall 1, Faculty of Medicine, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda, Kuala Lumpur, a few speakers delivered their speeches on Islam and medicine. They were Dr. Maher Hathout (a cardiologist and a Muslim scholar based in Los Angeles, USA), Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamal Hassan (Presently the Rector of International Islamic University of Malaysia) and Professor Dr. Md. Tahir Azhar (Presently the Dean Faculty of Medicine IIU). Members of the first committee were then elected in 1990.
PPIM was affiliated to the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations right from its inception. Apart from holding local and international talks and seminars, PPIM also participated in medical-welfare services locally and abroad, the setting up of Rumah Solehah, a halfway house for children and women affected by the AIDS epidemic and also of a hemodialysis centre (Pusat Hemodialisis Islam Makmur) in Kuantan, Pahang.
By the end of 2004, its membership is more than 2500 ordinary and associate members. PPIM is now forefront of medicine in Malaysia and internationally in the with regular requests for its views on various issues. Now, in 2018, the numbers are going with more activities, collaborations, missions with more to come