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Meet Dr Panda, PM’s doc

india Updated: Jan 24, 2009 01:22 IST
Neha Bhayana

Mumbai-based cardio-vascular-thoracic surgeon Dr Ramakant Panda, who will perform the bypass surgery on PM Manmohan Singh, left for Delhi on Friday.

The 53-year-old AIIMS alumnus, who is chief executive officer of the Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Bandra, an upmarket Mumbai suburb, has operated on many MPs and MLAs. He has performed more than 700 repeat bypass surgeries and more than 1,500 high-risk surgeries, according to the AHI website.

Dr Panda recently successfully performed a rare surgery on a 72-year-old man who had a 15-cm-long aortic aneurysm, a swelling of the main artery. This is probably the first time such a complicated procedure has been performed in the country, according to AHI’s Dr Sudhir Vaishnav.

After completing his fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in the US, Dr Panda trained under renowned cardiac surgeon Professor Magdi Yacoub. He has received a national award for being among the highest taxpayers for the assessment years 1994-95 to 1998-99.

Dr Panda is accompanied by 10 doctors and paramedical staff from AHI, including cardiac surgeon Dr Pradyot Rath, chief anaesthesiologist Dr Narendra Garach and critical care expert Dr Vijay D’Silva.