Cardio-thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
Tell us something about your journey in the shoes of a doctor so far? Why did you choose this field of specialty?
I was born and brought up in Meerut in Western Uttar Pradesh, to a family of doctors. My father was a faculty at LLRM Medical College, Meerut. So, I grew up in the Medical college campus and was heavily influenced by Dad & his colleagues and the thought of becoming anything else never crossed my mind. My Dad has been a very big influence on me. I grew up in awe of his work ethic & commitment to work and the respect he received in the city.
I completed my schooling from St. Mary’s Academy, Meerut. I pursued my MBBS from LLRM Medical College, Meerut (1991). I was a handyman kind of guy; so it was pretty clear in my mind that I wanted to become a surgeon. In my quest to do better I moved to King George’s Medical College, Lucknow for my Masters in General Surgery (1992-1995). I always had this urge to push myself to the limit and do the most difficult things.
With Cardiac Surgery, it was like love at first sight. While doing my residency in General Surgery, I had the opportunity of witnessing heart surgeries. The sheer complexity of the procedure fascinated me. The mere fact that you could stop the heart, perform the procedure and restart it, baffled me. I found this awesome and wanted to do it. This led me to choose Cardiac Surgery as my specialization. I finished my MCh in Cardiothoracic surgery from GB Pant, Hospital in 1998. I realized that I need to work with the best before starting on my own and headed off to Chennai for a fellowship under Dr K M Cherian, one of the pioneers in Cardiac surgery in India.
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