Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.
Could you tell us about yourself and your work?
I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon with speciality training in Orthopaedic Oncosurgery and Complex Joint reconstruction.
I have trained and worked at many prestigious institutes in and outside the country, namely the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (New Delhi), Tata Memorial Cancer Centre (Mumbai), Gujarat Cancer Research Institute (Ahmedabad), Institute of Orthopaedics Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy), Queen Mary’s Hospital (Hong Kong), the National Centre for Spinal Disorders (Budapest, Hungary), and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney, Australia). I am currently attached to the BLK-Max Super Speciality hospital and Max Shalimar Bagh Hospital and take care of all the Orthopaedic and Spine Cancer and Benign Tumour patients in these two hospitals.
I also consult patients at my clinic, OrthoDocs Physical Therapy Clinic in CR Park, South Delhi, in the evenings and on weekends for all orthopaedic, spine, and joint-related problems.
In my last 14 years of surgical experience, I have pioneered many new surgical techniques. I am also actively involved in research and have published several articles in leading orthopaedic and spine journals.
I have also been involved in the teaching and training of Orthopaedic postgraduate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s physiotherapy students.
How do you and your organisation benefit society?
Cancer is a major scourge and a menace to our society. With increasing life expectancy amongst all groups, increased exposure to industrial pollutants and environmental hazards, and the accumulated effects of bad lifestyle habits, the number of cancer patients is increasing at a phenomenal rate.
Furthermore, many bone cancers occur in children and young people. Even though the incidence of bone and spine cancer is low; due to the large population of our country, the overall numbers are huge. Rough estimates would show almost 50,000–75,000 new cases of bone and spine cancer, primary and metastatic, each year in our country.
Because our field encompasses the surgical skills involved in all other orthopaedic specialities, we have a very limited number of specialist orthopaedic oncosurgeons in our country, as well as around the world. The rarity of these conditions and the even greater rarity of treating surgeons for them itself is quite a unique challenge, which for my part, I am trying to overcome on my end.
What is the USP of your work?
My speciality – orthopaedic oncosurgery – is quite a different branch as the surgeon needs to be adept at managing all the benign and cancerous tumours of all the bones and tissues in the limbs, pelvis, and spine with the surgical skillset to appropriately remove such tumours and perform the requisite reconstruction using biological or mechanical methods. Biological methods include the use of bone and muscle flaps from other regions of the body, and mechanical methods involve the use of implants. Due to my extensive exposure and training at multiple centres, I am well versed in using all available modalities for the treatment of all such patients, including even the latest techniques for patient-specific implants, customised implants and robotic-assisted surgeries.
I also believe in transparent and compassionate healthcare, and I endeavour to inform and educate patients and their attendants in detail regarding their condition and treatment plan, which helps them immensely in overcoming fear and anxiety of the unknown, which I feel is the USP of my work.
What are your vision and mission?
I consider myself a common man with some God-gifted ability and assiduously-acquired knowledge and training.
My hope and vision are that society and the country at large are made aware of and have the facility for early diagnosis and management of orthopaedic cancers so that there is minimal loss of life and function due to bone cancer.
My mission is to work tirelessly to enable comprehensive management of orthopaedic and spine tumours and to keep myself updated and trained on all the latest technologies and techniques in my field of work. I also hope to be actively involved in research and innovation to solve all the unsolved dilemmas in our field.
What are your achievements in this industry?
I have set up a state-of-the-art Orthopaedic and Physical Therapy Clinic in the heart of South Delhi in CR Park along with my wife, Dr Prabhleen Khurana, who is a specialised Musculoskeletal Physical Therapist with extensive training and experience in techniques like manual therapy, Kinesiotaping, Neural Mobilisation, and Dry Needling.
I have started a comprehensive Orthopaedic & Spine Tumour Surgical Care programme at
Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh and BLK-Max Superspeciality Hospital.
I have numerous scientific publications and presentations in prestigious journals and conferences to my credit.
Do you ever get tired of your job? If so, how do you stay driven and motivated towards it?
Not the work itself, but the lack of time for family is the one factor that I tend to regret at times.
But I think that’s true for most people in the medical profession.
There is absolutely no dearth of motivation in our field, and each new case presents a unique set of challenges, which are enough to keep me driven towards overcoming them to provide a good outcome for my patients. Saving a life, saving a limb, saving function, providing good quality mobility gives me an indescribable high, and that’s what motivates me.
What are your hobbies and specific interests other than your profession?
I consider myself a boring person outside of work, but I do enjoy the simple pleasures of reading a good book or watching good movies. I love a good meal and enjoy cooking it myself.
Another thing I enjoy a lot is going on long walks with my wife, especially whenever we are on vacation.
You have achieved so much in life. Is there any specific advice you’d like to share with our readers to help them grow in life?
I firmly believe in tireless, endless, continuous, and consistent hard work to achieve success. Whatever the circumstances, consistent hard work always pays off. Consistency is the key. If you consistently keep working towards something, you will definitely succeed in it!