Ifti is a Consultant Surgeon and an Associate Professor, with an interest in Gastrointestinal/Laparoscopic and Oncology surgery. He qualified from Dow Medical College, Karachi in 1979 and trained as surgeon in Mid Trent Deanery. He was awarded a Fellowship of Royal College of Edinburgh in 1985. He was awarded Doctor of Medicine (Doctorate from University of Nottingham) in 1991. Thereafter, he was appointed as consultant Surgeon in 1994 at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. DM is the highest degree bestowed by any university and he was the first Pakistani Surgeon to achieve it.
Ifti was Program Director for the Mid-Trent Higher Surgical Training Programme (2001-06). Furthermore, he was the council member of The Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (2005-08).
Ifti joined rotary movement in 1996. He was President of the Derby South Rotary Club for the year 2006-2007.
Ifti has been an active member of the Derby South Rotary club and has helped raise money for local projects including fund raising for handicapped children. In 2005, he helped raise money to provide boats for Sri Lankan Tsunami victims.
Ifti leads the team of doctors from the East Midlands to help the earthquake victims in South Asia. He was the senior surgeon leading the team in Balakot and helped to coordinate the relief effort. The team were operating from early in the morning until late at night. The casualty toll was relentless, and even though the team was exhausted, they made a huge difference. He has continued to develop a charity health care facility in Kashmir, namely The Midland Doctors Association.