Medindia Interviews

Medindia's Interviews include insightful perspectives from leading doctors and stalwarts in their professions. These exclusive interviews speak of new trends and developments in medical sciences and healthcare that have made a deep impact in the society.

Dr. M.S. Ranjit, DCH, MD (Pediatrics)

Dr. M.S. Ranjit, DCH, MD (Pediatrics)

Professor and Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, one of the pioneers of Pediatric Cardiology in Tamil Nadu, South India
Dr. M.S. Ranjit, DCH, MD (Pediatrics), Professor and Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, one of the pioneers of Pediatric Cardiology in Tamil Nadu, South India. With his medical expertise and caring attitude, Dr. Ranjit has gladdened the troubled hearts of innumerable parents who've had babies born with defective hearts.

In this interview he traces the progressive development of this medical specialty in India and how successful outcomes encourage more and more parents to bring their children for corrective heart surgeries and take home healthier babies.

Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar, MBBS, DPM, Ph.D, FRC (Psych),

Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar, MBBS, DPM, Ph.D, FRC (Psych),

Founder/trustee of Sneha (a suicide and crisis hotline operating from India).
Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar, MBBS, DPM, Ph.D, FRC (Psych), founder/trustee of Sneha (a suicide and crisis hotline operating from India). She was the first Asian Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, is now the national representative for Suicide Prevention, member of WHO International Network for Suicide Prevention and Research, Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and member of the Royal College of Psychiatry (the first woman and the second Indian to have this honor).Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar has published dozens of scholarly papers on the subject and it is not surprising that suicide prevention organizations from around the world—from Atlanta to Beijing and even beyond, as also WHO's international network to prevent suicide, have sought Dr. Lakshmi's expert advice on aspects of suicide research.

Dr. Saranya Narayan MD

Dr. Saranya Narayan MD

Medical Director, Jeevan Blood and Stem Cell Bank and Research Center, Chennai
Dr. Saranya Narayan MD, Medical Director, Jeevan Blood and Stem Cell Bank and Research Center, Chennai, India, to learn more about stem cell banking in general and cord blood banking in particular.

Dr. Jan Prins

Dr. Jan Prins

Professor at the University of Hawaii and Director of Aquatic Research Laboratory
Dr. Jan Prins who is a professor at the University of Hawaii and the director of the Aquatics Research Laboratory. He has now established an aquatic physical therapy clinic in Colombo, Sri Lanka, bringing the program to the country of his birth.

Dr. Srinivasan

Dr. Srinivasan

Chairman, Jeevan Blood Bank
Dr. P. Srinivasan MD, Chairman and Managing Trustee of Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Center and Jeevan Stem Cell Center. Jeevan Blood Bank is a non-profit community blood bank which was started in Chennai.

Dr. Rekha Ramachandran

Dr. Rekha Ramachandran

President of the Down Syndrome Association of India (TamilNadu chapter)
Dr. Rekha Ramachandran, President of the Down Syndrome Association of India (Tamil Nadu chapter) who has spearheaded the need to understand, support and improve the quality of life of children with Down syndrome.Dr. Rekha Ramachandran has relentlessly worked to raise public awareness on Down syndrome which is not a disease but a genetic disorder that happens when the baby gets three copies of chromosome 21, (Trisomy 21) instead of the usual two. Dr. Rekha Ramachandran is the co-founder and chairperson of 'Mathru Mandir', an institution that provides rehabilitation, support and therapy for individuals with Down syndrome while offering day care services to innumerable children from all over India and the Middle East.

Dr. S. Suresh

Dr. S. Suresh

Director of Mediscan Systems
Dr. S. Suresh, Director of Mediscan Systems, one of the largest referral centers for ultrasound in Asia. A pioneer in ultrasound diagnostics and training in South India, Dr. S. Suresh along with his wife Dr. Indrani Suresh, contributes to extensive research in fetal malformations, prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy through their non-profit Fetal Care Research Foundation and more recently, by establishing their own Birth Defects Registry of India that has set out to systematically collect information on the incidence of birth defects and assess their prevalence in India, thereby aiming to achieve the goal of evolving management strategies of birth defects all over India.

Dr. Kamala Selvaraj MD, DGO, PhD

Dr. Kamala Selvaraj MD, DGO, PhD

Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Dr. Kamala Selvaraj has a list of firsts to her credit. To mention a few: She pioneered the first test tube baby in South India in 1990.In 1992 - For the first time in India she made a surrogate baby possible.In 1992 - Her clinic performed the first Sperm attached Oocyte Fallopian tube Transfer (SOFT).In 2008 - first Frozen Egg (Oocyte) baby.For the first time in South East Asia, under her care, twins were born to a patient with Mayer-Rokintansky-Kustner-Hauser Syndrome through a surrogate. She has fulfilled the dream of thousands of couples in India and from countries like Dubai, UK, US, Australia, Sri Lanka and Canada to have children of their own.

 Dr. Krishna Raman MBBS, FCCP (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Krishna Raman MBBS, FCCP (Internal Medicine)

Yoga and Western Medicine
Dr. Krishna Raman MBBS, FCCP (Internal Medicine) and trained in Yoga by the legendary yoga expert B.K.S. Iyengar in Poona.Dubbed by the Economic Times as the 'Man with a mission', and widely known as the 'dancers' doctor Dr. Krishna Raman does more than just scribble prescriptions—he guides the patients on the principles of good living and healthy lifestyle. Medical practice worldwide has only recently woken up to promote patients holistic health. Dr. Krishna Raman has tested and tried this method of complementing Yoga with western medicine for the last 25 years. True to the maxim, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," his patients are from all over the world—Germany, Mexico, UK, US, Singapore, Sri Lanka and many other far corners. Some patients recovered so well that they went on to become Yoga teachers themselves, and vouch for the success of this method of striving for holistic health. Dr. Krishna Raman spoke to Medindia from his clinic that has a tastefully designed Yoga room annex in a quiet neighborhood in Chennai, South India.

 Padmashri Dr. K.M. Cherian, MBBS, MS, FRACS, DSc (Hon), DSc (HC)

Padmashri Dr. K.M. Cherian, MBBS, MS, FRACS, DSc (Hon), DSc (HC)

CEO, and Chairman of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Dr. K.M. Cherian Heart Foundation and International Center for Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Diseases
Dr. K.M. Cherian, CEO, and Chairman of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Dr. K.M. Cherian Heart Foundation and International Center for Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Diseases, has a long list of ""first ever"" to his credit. His institutions facilitate complete heart care with amenities in cardiac diagnostics, treatment, research and education at a reasonable cost with round-the-clock individual attention by a team of highly experienced, competent and dedicated doctors, nurses and paramedical staff whose motto is 'service above self.' With core values such Compassion, Commitment and Clinical excellence, Dr. K.M. Cherian's team works to ensure a 'hearty' gift of life to patients who come from different parts of the world—namely Iraq, Bahrain, Dubai, Sultanate of Oman, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Somalia, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, UK & US.

Dr. M.K. Mani

Dr. M.K. Mani

Chief Nephrologist, Apollo Hospital, Chennai, India, and Managing Trustee of Kidney Help Trust, Chennai, India
Dr. M.K. Mani, Chief Nephrologist, Apollo Hospital, Chennai, India, and Managing Trustee of Kidney Help Trust, Chennai, India, has proved to the world that it is possible to prevent chronic renal failure at a community level with a very limited budget. True to the maxim, "The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention," the rural program of the Kidney Help Trust envisioned by Dr. M.K. Mani has been instrumental in preventing around 60% of chronic renal failure in a small rural community in Sriperumbudur Taluk, about 50 kms from Chennai.

 Dr. Vijay Viswanathan MD, Ph.D, MNAMS

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan MD, Ph.D, MNAMS

Managing Director of M.V. Hospital for Diabetes and Diabetes Research Center
Managing Director of M.V. Hospital for Diabetes and Diabetes Research Center at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, a WHO Collaborating Center for Education, Research and Training in Diabetes.

Dr. Ian Simpson

Dr. Ian Simpson

Herpetologist
Dr. Ian Simpson has been working from Kerala and has been associated with the Little Flower Hospital, SRM Hospital and Bombay Natural History Society in his research. His research papers have been published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine and Journal of the Indian Medical Association.

Sister Phincita of St.Clare Oral School for the Deaf

Sister Phincita of St.Clare Oral School for the Deaf

Principal of St.Clare Oral School for the Deaf
Sister Phincita has been keenly involved in the education of hearing impaired children for 13 years.

Dr.Makani Hemadri

Dr.Makani Hemadri

Surgeon at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in England.
Dr.Makani Hemadri, was a medical student at the Stanley Medical College, Chennai. After a brief stint in surgery at the Government General Hospital, he left for UK where he pursued further surgical training and obtained the FRCS from Edinburgh. A typical combination of the desire to return to India and the inevitable visa issues in UK saw him back in India for a few years. He says that the UK spoilt him for working anywhere else in the world. After spending some time in Kuwait he went back to UK and now works as a Surgeon at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in England.Dr.Hemadri is also an Honorary Clinical Tutor at Hull York Medical School and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Yorkshire Laser Centre. He has a recent MBA from Leicester. His current interests are day case and short stay surgery and innovative care delivery. Hemadri has been cited as a 'Hidden Hero of the NHS' by the British Medical Association. He currently holds the award of 'Leaders for Change' from the Health Foundation, London