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‘I have lived life on my own terms’

With an experience of 20 years in gynecology Dr Swapna Misra has been working with Fortis Mohali as the Director of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department from the past 14 years. Besides being a competent Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Misra is a Robotic Laparoscopic and Cancer Surgeon as well. She was the first Indian to be crowned as Mrs. Classic International last year. In conversation with Nikita Agarwal, she talks about being an inspiration to the youth and getting the most out of life.

When did you decide to become a gynecologist and how has your journey been till now?

Ever since my childhood, I had a strong yearning to help people and contribute to society. Once during a trip to the market, I encountered a pregnant woman writhing in labour pain on the pavement. While I struggled to understand the gravity of the situation, I watched a new life enter into the world right before my eyes. The incident stirred my conscience and paved the way for my future path as a gynecologist. I feel God has chosen me for this noble profession. Treating women and helping them has not only been a transforming journey, but a rewarding experience too.

You were the first in the region to use Da Vinci Surgical System. How did that add to your experience?

With great power comes great responsibility. It’s a privilege to be at the forefront, providing the latest technology in healthcare to our patients. Looking back, I feel proud to be the first one in North India to treat women through Robotic Surgery, which till some time back, was only available in metro cities. I am the first gynecologist to have conducted more than 150 robotic surgeries in the North. I have persevered and survived in the face of tremendous odds.

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