Why Physicians Write?

Storytelling forms the very basis of medicine. We doctors listen to patients stories, construct a narrative and tell other doctors those stories (case presentations, studies and case reports) comparing notes with existing scientific data and collective knowledge (conferences and peer-reviewed journals). Physicians are witnesses of human drama- life, death, suffering, fear, pain and joy- every day. This theater that plays out in front of them sometimes finds catharsis and bleeds onto paper.

Ways to build a successful career in Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology has been one of the fastest growing specialties in the world. The advances in the field in the last three decades has been astounding. Yet building a career in Ophthalmology is becoming come complex. I hope to add some insight about how to get started in Ophthalmology in India

Customized Eye Prosthesis Surgery

A Customized ocular prosthesis (prosthetic eye) is considered when we have to remove an eye due to Eye Cancer (for example Retinoblastoma in children) Irreparable eye injury due to trauma (children & adults) Cosmetically disfigured eyeball with no hope of visual rehabilitation There are two professionals required for the success of this surgery Doctor- AnContinue reading “Customized Eye Prosthesis Surgery”

Can LED Screens Damage Our Eyesight?

As of now not really! There are various media outlets trying to bring a new spin to the story of LED lighting and eyes. LED lighting has improved efficiency as well as reduced power consumption. I feel this need to be seen objectively supported by actual evidence and not the hypothesis of scientists in aContinue reading “Can LED Screens Damage Our Eyesight?”

Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease is an autoimmune condition of the soft tissue such as the fat and muscles surrounding the eyes. The disease is characterized by a period of inflammation and swelling of these tissues, followed by a healing response. Our body’s immune system usually fights off infection but in an autoimmune disease it attacks the body’s own tissues with antibodies. When an autoimmune attack starts on the thyroid gland, it responds by producing more of its hormones. At the same time the auto-antibodies attacking the thyroid gland also attack the tissues around the eyes.

Retinoblastoma, A Success Story In The Fight Against Cancer

Today Retinoblastoma is treated using a team based approach. The team consists of an Ocular Oncologist, Pediatric Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Pathologist, Interventional radiologist and an Ocularist. This approach has resulted in fantastic success in care for children with Retinoblastoma.

Finding Superman: Changing a prolific surgeon to a social entrepreneur

December, 2015 This was my second trip to Sambalpur, a nondescript town-city in western Odhisha. I was introduced to The Vision Mission (TVM) by my colleague, Dr. Jayant Iyer when I was working in Singapore. He along with his friends (Avinash Jayaraman and Jason Lee) had established a non-profit organization to help under served areas inContinue reading “Finding Superman: Changing a prolific surgeon to a social entrepreneur”

How should a medical student use his Internship?

I got asked this question on Quora How do i make best use of internship during MBBS in India? It got me thinking as to what internship meant to me. I finished my internship nearly 7 years back so maybe now I have better perspective on what it meant back then. I answered and IContinue reading “How should a medical student use his Internship?”

Life of a 21st century doctor!

The medical science has seen a sea change over the last century…..more than what has been achieved in the previous 5 centuries put together. The change has been for the better for patients as people are getting cured of diseases which previously had no cures. In this state of change to expect the medical profession not to change is simply naive. I would like to enumerate the good, the bad and the ugly of the medical profession in general and the joys and challenges of doctors in particular. This is in no way a negative or cynical post. It is more of a perspective of how things are and how it is going to be.