The first oriya / Odia Doctor awarded with padma bhushan : heart surgeon Dr .Ramakant Panda #Odia #Odisha
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s heart surgeon Ramakant Panda, originally from the Jajpur district of Odisha, was Monday awarded the Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third highest civilian honour.
Ramakant Panda, a cardiovascular thoracic surgeon and vice chairman at Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, led a team of doctors who successfully did a heart surgery on the prime minister exactly a year ago at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. He completed his fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic, USA. Panda has also worked for one year as Sr. Registrar at the Harefield Hospital, in the United Kingdom.
Ramakanta Panda an Indian cardiac surgeons and the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Asian Heart Institute. In January 2009, Panda led the AHI team that operated on Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India.
Panda is recognized as being among the first surgeons in the country to introduce the concept of “total arterial revascularisation” as well as one of the pioneers of “off-pump” bypass surgery. Mr Panda, presently working as the vice chairman of the Mumbai based Asian Heart Institute, has performed at least 700 bypass surgeries in his 13 years of career.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Ramakanta Panda has performed high-risk heart surgeries on more than 2,200 people, but tomorrow a nation of a billion people will await the display of his surgical skills on his most high-profile patient yet.
Panda’s Work :- The Odia doctor and his team have an envious record of conducting at least one lakh bypass surgeries. Over the years, he has waived fees for hundreds of economically handicapped patients and he is involved in charitable work in his home state Orissa where he obtained his MBBS degree .
“Today AHIRC has set standards in Cardiac Care, Infection Control Practices, Patient Care, Patient Relationship by benchmarking in areas like counseling by providing psychotherapy and physiotherapy facilities to patients and also benchmarking parameters in hospital planning and design by providing the right kind of ambience and colour scheme to make the hospital patient centric,” says Dr Panda.
AHIRC in the last two years has conducted 110 second bypass surgeries and has the rarest distinction of doing 1400 bypass surgeries annually. “This has also led AHIRC to be at the forefront of giving boost to the Medical Tourism (MT) in the country. We treated foreign patients from 38 countries last year.” Ten per cent of the patients in AHIRC are from foreign countries prominent among them from Africa and Middle East. AHIRC today offers accommodation to patient’s relatives coming from foreign countries and from outside Mumbai with the hotels it has tied up. “Though twenty percent of AHIRC’s revenue comes from Medical Tourism (MT), we offer by pass surgeries to Indian patients at half the price, what foreign patients avail of. Whereas deluxe class costs 4 to 4.5 lacs, common class in the hospital costs 2 to 2.5 lacs for bypass surgery,” informs Dr Panda.