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What made you want to be a doctor ?
I was born in India. My father believed that his children should have excellent education- we were shipped off to England . In the late 80’s I had the occasion to work as an assistant at the lab of Dr Ian Creese at Oxford. It was a lab heavily focused on the Dopamine system. As time went on, I majored in Neuroscience and was lucky to win scholarships to continue my education in the US. I was encouraged by mentors to be a physician. Lady luck smiled on me and enabled me to study and train at Harvard, Columbia University, the Mayo Clinic and eventually end up at Yale.
Why did you choose your speciality ?
Always was and always will be interested in the brain. Looking back 25 years, I guess as a brash young immigrant, I had a point to prove to be the very best I could. Neurosurgeons were the alpha dogs.
What’s the most interesting thing about your speciality/job?
It is exacting, detailed and painstakingly long. After all these years, you still get the thrill after a job well done.
What has been your best moment in medicine?
On winning the teacher of the year in 2008. On seeing the residents I have trained over the years, better me and tell me they feel I am watching them in surgery.
And your worst?
Saying to a parent” it is too invasive and risky for surgery”.
What advice would you give prospective doctors?
It is a privilege to practice Medicine. You must have heard it all- but remember: HUMILITY, HUMILITY AND HUMILITY.
What’s been your favourite doc2doc discussion of all time?
I was introduced to this site by one of my residents- to name a few, I learn from the wisdom of Odysseus, Diabetes MD and John D. I value the opinion of Skysteve, Kirked and DundeeChest. I smile when Duane lets his jets throttle. I feel it is my international extended group of friends. At times, I am irritable but Doc2Doc members tolerate me- thank you.
What do you do when you are not being a doctor?
I have been lucky to have been married to my wife for the last 20 years – she is half British and takes great delight in reminding me how “clumsy” ( her opinion) I am. Our pride and joy are our two boys 13 and 15 and we have great expectations from them. I miss playing cricket in the US.