Dr Ramakanta Panda – the best cardiac surgeon
Dr Ramakanta Panda, the Vice Chairman, MD and Chief Consultant Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery at Asian Heart Institute and Research Center, Mumbai, is one of the best cardiac surgeons in the world.
Dr Panda has done over 18,000 heart operations. In these, 3,000 are under high-risk category, 1,000 redo bypass surgeries and one on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 24, 2009. He is one of the safest heart surgeons in the world with a 99.6% success rate in bypass surgery. His Heart Institute recently treated its 200,000th patient.
In an interview, Dr Panda said very humbly all the credits for his success goes to his parents, his grandfather and his school headmaster as all these people showed the right path, prevented him from going off track and helped him a big way to become what he was today. He added the inspiration within him to become a doctor came from his maternal uncle who was a successful doctor and retired as the Director General Medical Services in the Indian armed forces.
After graduating in Cuttack, Dr Panda did his post-graduation in surgery and heart surgery between 1980 and 1985 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. He went to the Cleveland Clinic, USA to complete his fellowship training.
Setting up of AHIRC
Dr. Panda returned to India in 1993. His aim was to set up a heart hospital in Delhi. His dream came true in ten years – after facing many hurdles; he started Asian Heart Institute and Research Center (AHIRC) in Mumbai. AHIRC has been set up with an aim to provide world-class cardiac care in India. And now in 2012, AHIRC has been ranked as ‘India’s Best Private Cardiac Hospital’ in two separate, national surveys.
For his excellence in the medical field, Dr. Panda has been honored with the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award. He was awarded with the prestigious Rashtriya Samman for being one of the highest taxpayers during the assessment years 1994-95 to 1998-99, by the Central Board of Taxes, Government of India.
In Orissa, Dr. Panda has set up the Sarla Madan Charitable Trust, the Asian Heart Charitable Trust and has helped hundreds of economically handicapped patients.
Dr Panda says in future many cardiac care centers replicating models on the lines of AHIRC should be developed in the country to deliver world class cardiac care.
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