I have been interested in medicine from school days as I used to like doctors who could alleviate pain and sufferings of fellow human beings. After I finished my schooling and joined MBBS in Medical College, Alleppey, I found physicians like Dr. Bhasi, a great teacher and an excellent human being, extremely stimulating. His clinical classes were so good that I had no hesitation in making a decision to become a good physician. I really like solving the puzzle of multiple diseases with minimum number of investigations and strongly believe that making the correct diagnosis is the key to the treatment. After I finished my MBBS I was lucky to be a topper in the All India Post Graduate Exam and could join the prestigious JIPMER in Pondicherry. Internal medicine department in JIPMER is one of the best in the country with the excellent professors like Dr. Sethuraman, Dr. A K Das and Dr. R P Swaminathan around.
When I joined medicine in JIPMER my plan was to become a cardiologist. But during my MD days the pain the arthritis patients went through and the fact that there was a severe shortage of trained rheumatologists made me rethink my decision. I decided to dedicate my life to the upcoming specialty of rheumatology. I was sure that lots can be done to alleviate the pain of arthritis patients and improve the quality of living in these patients. With god’s grace I could get into one of the two seats available at that time in the country. The three years in SGPGI made me a different person.
In SGPGI, I was really fortunate to be trained under excellent teachers and great researchers like Dr. Amita Agarwal , Prof. Sita Naik and Dr. Ramnath Misra. I realized that a doctor has to do much more than just treating patients. He has to observe closely what more he can do to improve the patient’s life. More over in India were rheumatology is still in its infancy we all have to work extra hours so that we can develop newer methods to suit Indian patients. In first year of my residency in SGPGI I noticed that scleroderma patients were the most depressed as the general perception was that there is no treatment for these people. These people used to get ulcers over their hands and feet because of decreased blood supply. This was called Raynaud’s phenomenon. I, with the help of Prof. Vikas Agarwal designed a study which tested the efficacy of the drug Tadalafil in these patients. The results were surprising as we could demonstrate that Tadalafil decreased the number of ulcers these patients were suffering and also could prevent the new ulcers from occurring. The most gratifying thing was that this small intervention improved the quality of life of the patients. The results were so exciting that I was invited to present the results in the plenary session of American College of Rheumatology titled Discoveries 2009. This was a great step forward for Indian rheumatology as this was first occasion when an Indian was given a plenary podium at ACR. Following this I came to Gods own country as there were few Rheumatologists available to treat huge number of patients in Kerala and founded the Department of Rheumatology in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Cochin. My aim is to spread the awareness among arthritis patients in Kerala, who go from post to pilar for relief of pain. It gives me immense pleasure when I treat these patients so that I can alleviate pain and sufferings these patients undergo. My dream is to integrate The Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and Allopathic treatments so that best of all these can be given to arthritis patients. I hope with God’s blessings I can do it someday so that future generation lives without pain.
I was involved in teaching under-graduate students during junior residency in JIPMER apart from routine 5 days a week P.G academics. Department of Immunology has a unique training program which combines the results of the cutting edge research to bedside. Was actively involved in 6 days a week academics exercise for last 3 years. For last 2 years conducted day long CME for undergraduate students to spread awareness in rheumatology and immunology under the auspices of Kottayam alumni association attended by more than 1000 doctors.
|Degree||Year of passing||Medical School|
|Graduation||Bachelor of Medicine and Batchelor of Surgery (MBBS )||2003||T D Medical College, Alappuzha, University of Kerala, India|
|Post-graduation||Doctor of medicine (MD Internal Medicine)||2007||JIPMER, Pondicherry, India|
|Specialization||DM ( Clinical Immunology)||2010||SGPGI, Lucknow, India|
|2010-to continue||HOD Rheumatology||Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences||Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology|
|2007-2010||Senior Resident (D.M)||Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow||Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology|
|2004-2007||Junior Resident||JIPMER, Pondicherry||Internal Medicine including specialties|
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