Dr Atul Gawande Jul10

Dr Atul Gawande

  5 Most Awesome International Doctors Of Indian Origin,  Tune in every 5 days to see who’s made the Hi-Five list for this month, and who we’ve put to the test. Armed with a resume worthy of a US Presidential candidate (Two Masters from Harvard and a Rhodes Scholarship!), this Indian-American surgeon is the face of change in the medical fraternity. A regular contributor for New Yorker magazine, his essay titled “The Cost Conundrum” made a deep impact on our previously utopian opinion of the American healthcare system. (As it did on President Obama, who handed it to a group of senators and established that “This is what we need to fix”) One can go out on the street and ask people at random to comment on the healthcare system of the USA and easily expect a positive response from 90% of the people, and even some expressions of admiration and awe. America, the birthplace of a great deal of the medical knowledge we possess today (Or as comedian Sacha Baron Cohen commented in his 2012 movie The Dictator – “the birthplace of AIDS”), was brought to its knees by the recent economic crisis. Gawande brings out an example of this in the town of McAllen, Texas (Second highest per-capita healthcare expenditure) and concludes the thought provoking article with an encompassing thought – “Dramatic improvements and savings will take at least a decade. But a choice must be made. Whom do we want in charge of managing the full complexity of medical care?” He is also well known for his books (Complications, Better, and The Checklist Manifesto) which provide an essential insight into developing the soft skills of being a doctor. (Plus frankly, they’re a lot more fun to read than Harrison’s, and have bigger font.) His...

Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran Jul05

Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran...

  5 Most Awesome International Doctors Of Indian Origin,  Tune in every 5 days to see who’s made the Hi-Five list for this month, and who we’ve put to the test. He’s the author of some of the most thought-provoking books in the medical world, as well as one of the defining global leaders in cognitive neurology (Along with Oliver Sacks and Narinder Kapur, both of whom have penned fascinating books on the subject.) The thing that separates Ramachandran from the rest is that his books do not merely present answers to a variety of questions, but infect your brain with the questions so that you can discover the answers. He even makes you question your ability to question (Thanks, “Inception” for making it a cliché.) as shown here – “How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos?”   To put it frankly, with the combination of addictiveness and unbounded stimulation, Ramachandran’s ideas are like LSD for the intellectually gifted and medically passionate. (Note: Definitely check out his chapter on synesthesia, your concept of a head-trip will change for good.)  Over the past few decades, his accolades include the Padma Bhushan, Ramon y Cajal prize in Neuroscience, and being named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world (along with the likes of Noam Chomsky, Al Gore, and Amartya Sen).   His work on the so-called “mirror neurons” as described in his most recent book “The Telltale Brain” is one of the few concepts of modern science that taps into the connection between scientific phenomena and the philosophy of existence. (Watch his TED talk on mirror neurons, and also TED talks by...

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee Jun20

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee...

  In our inaugural edition, our writer puts the gods of medicine to the test. Not just any gods, these are the ones that had to face Indian parents memes treatment from their fathers decades ago. That’s right, presenting “The Top 5 Most Awesome International Doctors.. Of Indian Origin”. Some of them have donned the hallowed halls of Stanford and Oxford, and some of them would have ended up supporting CSK, if they hadn’t taken the opportunity to excel in their fields of interest abroad. Some of the more obvious choices are people you keep as imaginary idols along with your hopes and dreams, and some would present as a surprise. Tune in shortly  to see who’s made the Hi-Five list, and who we’ve put to the test.  Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee In the 5th century B.C, Hippocrates named the disease entity of cancer after the crab owing to its tendency to reach out and spread through the entire body. Just like the disease it discusses, the popularity of Dr. Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book “The Emperor of All Maladies” can aptly be described to be spreading at a metastatic rate among medicos and the public alike. An oncologist by profession, Mukherjee shares his deep understanding and years of experience dealing with cancer through his book (which was selected for Time Magazine’s 100 greatest works of non-fiction, and Oprah’s top 10 books of 2010 for those who consider Oprah as the ultimate authority on… well… everything.) This can be highlighted in a statement by Mukherjee – “I began wondering, can one really write a biography of an illness? But I found myself thinking of cancer as this character that has lived for 4,000 years, and I wanted to know what was its birth, what is...