Dr.V.N.Nagaprabu

      Decision to take medical field was not by default but by the respect the field gets from the general public during school days . Thanjavur Medical College, was one among the top ten medical colleges in India where I had my undergraduate training and this was a comprehensive one where the plethora of cases was really great and it had various eminent Professors .

     The corridors of Thanjavur filled me with memories of different variety of cases that it brings up. The void for continuous learning after my undergraduation was fulfilled by post graduate training in Amrita Institute of Medical sciences,Cochin - one of the top Medical colleges in India. Here I was fortunate to be trained in a tertiary health care centre under the guidance of some of the best Professors and Teachers .

     The compassion and art of Medicine was taught to me by Prof.Ganapati Rao Sir and the basics and science of Medicine by Prof .Bhasi Sir. After my training, I was awarded Diplomate National Board (GeneraI Medicine ) one of the toughest examinations to clear and I could do it in the first attempt because of the valuable guidance and support from all my professors and teachers.

     The life looked pleasant and I was absorbed into the Amrita campus, everything looked perfect except that the campus lacked Rheumatology department while there were large number of arthritis patients which prompted me to get training in Rheumatology. There are only few centres in India offering Rheumatology training and my destiny directed me to Nizams Institute of Medical sciences, Hyderabad, India - a perfect place to nurture rheumatology dreams. If there is one place to get training in Rheumatology I feel it is Nizam’s as it has a huge patient base, an excellent track record and some of the pioneers in Rheumatology.

     Here I used to admire the administrative capabilities of my Head Dr.G.Narsimulu and managing complex situations in a humanitarian manner from Dr.Liza Rajasekhar and the scientific basis of Rheumatology from Dr.Sumeet Agrawal. The three years of Rheumatology training was full of academic exercises and made me to concentrate more on lupus a challenging disease for any clinician. The lupus as an enigma forced me to do three research projects pertaining to lupus which was presented in various state and national level conferences.

 

     Following my training I returned back to Amrita where the void of rheumatology was filled by my friend Dr.Padmanabha Shenoy who had already established the department of Rheumatology and was doing excellent work. I learned from him the dedication to work and also the need to constantly explore the field and find new answers. After one year of my stay in Amrita I felt the need to be associated with my home town and was actively searching a place to establish Rheumatology which brought me to PSG institute of Medical sciences and Research Centre,Coimbatore - one of the best private medical colleges in Tamilnadu which provides standard health care, medical education and research. I always love to be associated with teaching institutions and to be with young brains and the Institute was beaming under the able leadership of Dr.J.S.Bhuvaneswaran .

      After successfully establishing the department of rheumatology up toFebruary 2014, the journey changes its course towards a comprehensive arthritis daycare centre, a one of its kind in entire tamilnadu named as "sakthi Rheumatology Centre"

     The training in the three major medical institutes of south india made me well verse in the local languages and I could talk to patients in tamil,telugu,malyalam and hindi .. In this Journey I was blessed to be accompanied by Dr.Velammal ,my better half and constantly supported by my friends Dr.Joe Thomas, Dr.Rajendra Varaprasad, Dr.Santosh Pai to name a few of the pearls …