Changing the Face of Healthcare Delivery in Cardiac Surgery

A sneak-peak into the inspiring journey of Dr Rana Sandip Singh, Director & Head, Cardiac Surgery at Paras Hospitals, Panchkula

By: Gitanjali Mangal

With an experience of more than 33 years in Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery (CT VS), Dr Rana Sandip Singh has performed more than 10,000 surgeries. He is presently the Director & Head at the Cardiac Surgery Department of Paras Hospitals, Panchkula. In an exclusive conversation, he told us about his journey and inspiration.

Take us through your trailblazing journey as a veteran in this profession?

I have been in this profession since 1986 now. I specialized in Open Heart Surgery, Minimal Invasive Cardiac surgery, Redo CABG, Acute and Chronic Aortic surgery, wall replacement surgery, pediatric & neonatal open and close heart surgery among others. I have been serving in this profession since ages now. It was when I joined PGI and later decided to move to Chennai in 1995-1996 to pursue specialization in Child Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. This side of medical profession really intrigued me to explore more. It was when I saw that infants in our country are not very well treated, I was motivated to become a Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon. I have performed a lot of surgeries till now and I am glad that I could give a new life to many infant and adult patients. At Paras Hospitals, we are fully equipped to handle all kind of cardiac surgeries from zero-one day old to ninety years’ old patients.

What were the major challenges that you had to face initially? How did you overcome them?

Lack of infrastructure has always been a major challenge, it gets difficult when you don’t find enough resources but now the situation has improved and we are well versed with the doctors and hospitals. One of the challenges that I faced was giving a healthy life to a two day old infant. Mostly when the baby is not according to the desired weight, it gets difficult. Such challenges keep coming up, there counts your experience to perform the procedure. At the end of the day, you have to keep in mind that you have to cross all the hurdles and reach your goal.

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