My initial medical education and surgical training has been in India and then complemented with further training in the UK where I achieved specialist registration as a cardiothoracic surgeon.
I then topped this off with a specialist fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery at the world-famous Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH, USA which is one of the largest centres in the world for cardiac surgery.
I spent a year (2016-2017) training in mitral valve surgery and robotic mitral valve surgery with Dr. A. Marc Gillinov.
I then returned to the UK and was appointed as Consultant Cardiac Surgeon (with mitral subspecialist interest) at Oxford University Hospitals in 2018.
Throughout my training, I have had the good fortune of learning from experts – not just the technical skills of surgery but also vital skills of decision-making before surgery including choosing appropriate tests or procedures and looking after patients as they recover from surgery. Ultimately these are to achieve the best possible outcome for a patient.
Cardiac surgery is one of the most complex surgical procedures overall and understandably can be very stressful for patients. I believe that knowing what lies ahead helps (most) patients tolerate the idea of a heart operation better and helps their recovery overall. This includes:
- what is actually wrong with a patient (in my specialty, the heart)
- how it impacts a patient
- what is being proposed as treatment and why (i.e. how is it beneficial)
- what the surgical procedure involves
- what the risks and the chances of complications are
- what to expect after an operation in terms of recovery
- progress as they recover from an operation
I take special care that all above aspects are communicated well with a patient, so there is a good understanding before a patient agrees to undergo a major surgical procedure.
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My primary workplace is John Radcliffe Hospital, part of Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford. However I see patients referred from a number of hospitals across a wide area including Northampton General Hospital, Northampton (Northamptonshire); Great Western Hospital, Swindon (Wiltshire); Milton Keynes University Hospital, Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire); Jersey General Hospital, Jersey; Kettering General Hospital, Kettering (Northamptonshire); Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire) etc.
Qualification & Training
Experience in Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Consultant Cardiac Surgeon (Mitral subspecialist interest) John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, U.K. (Feb. 2018 – current)
- Clinical Fellow, Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough, U.K (Aug. 2017 – Jan 2018)
- Clinical Fellow (robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery), Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA (Aug. 2016 – June 2017)
- Clinical Fellow, Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough, U.K (Feb. 2014 – July 2016)
- Registrar, Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, U.K. (March 2008 – Feb. 2014)
- M.Ch. (CVTS) [Postgraduate training] Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital Mumbai, India (Aug. 2004 – Aug. 2007)
- M.B.,B.S. - 1999
- M.S. (Gen Surg) - 2003
- MRCSEd - 2004
- M.Ch. (Cardiovasc & Thorac Surg) – 2007
- FRCSEd (C-Th) – 2013
- PGCC MedEd – 2018
- MBA - 2022
Teaching and Training Experience
- Approved Educational Supervisor
- Faculty for NOTSS course at RCSEd and SCTS
- Faculty for Cardiac Advanced Life Support course at OUH
- Faculty for Basic Surgical Skills Course of RCS England
- Ex -Faculty for Basic Surgical Skills Course, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, Oct. 2014, Oct. 2015 and Oct. 2017
- Regular involvement with teaching/ training of registrars, surgical care practitioners and specialist nurses.
- Previously examiner for undergraduate medical students - Liverpool University and Newcastle University, U.K.
- Ex-Honorary Teacher, School of Medical Sciences, Liverpool University, U.K., 2014-2016.
- Ex- Faculty for Cardiac Advanced Life Support course at Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, U.K. – Nov. 2013.
Other professional activities
- Co-Convenor, Essential Skills for the 21st Century Surgeon Symposium (part of the 1st International Conference of the RCSEd), Chennai, India, 6-8 Oct. 2022
- Ex-Honorary Teacher, School of Medical Sciences, Liverpool University, U.K.
- Previously Examiner for undergraduate medical students - Liverpool University and Newcastle University, U.K.
- Manuscript reviews for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Journal of Cardiovascular surgery.
My other interests include education and training and I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Dundee. Another developing interest is management and clinical leadership and I have studied for MBA. I am also active in professional circles and am an active member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland and am a member of its Education subcommittee. I have also been appointed as a member of the Surgical Specialty Board for Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In addition, I am a fellow of Indian Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Co-organiser for webinar series of Resilience/ Leadership Talks in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Excellent reviews and feedback with accreditation/ recognition by RCSEd for 1 CPD/ session. Recorded sessions are available for later viewing on a YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0tNDLLv-N6fv8RRIeCoj_g