Imphal: Dr Palin Khundongbam, a general surgeon and entrepreneur from Manipur, has been named as one of the top six surgeons in Insights Care’s latest edition titled ‘The Most Proficient Surgeons to Watch 2019’.
Insights Care, a leading healthcare magazine, named six surgeons for “their dedication and skills” that have become “the epitomes of success and compassion in their respective fields”. Besides Khudongbam, the other surgeons who have been featured are Dr Nadeem Niyaz Jan, a consultant surgeon with a domain of interest in vascular surgery; Dr CS Ramachandran, a general and laparoscopic surgeon based in Delhi; Dr Deepak Govil, a surgical gastroenterologist; Dr Raju Vaishya, orthopaedic surgeon, and Dr Kawita Bapat, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.
The magazine called doctors “the uncelebrated heroes”, and said that “pursing surgery as a career is a daunting and strenuous task”. Highlighting predicaments of surgeons, the magazine said that they work tirelessly round the clock and “often get yelled at by the patients’ family and also have to handle the emotional backlash of several patients, their families, and friends”,
Calling Dr Khundongbam “an outstanding surgeon and a successful entrepreneur set to change the medical conditions for the people of Myanmar”, the magazine brings to light the achievements of the surgeon. Dr Khundongbam believes in “happiness is the only way to happiness. Unhappiness cannot solve our problems except draining our energy and enthusiasm. Unhappiness can be traced to the thinking of painful past experiences or the fear of the future. If we are conscious of our consciousness, we can remove these thoughts and be in the state of no thought but stillness or awareness at present. This is the time when we can innovate and succeed.”
Dr Khundongbam started the Shija Clinic in Imphal back in 1985 with minor operation facility and a side laboratory when he saw patients from the state travelled to Dibrugarh and Alipore in Assam and CMC in Vellore, Tamil Nadu for healthcare treatment in the 1970s. Soon, Shija became a forerunner in piles treatment in eastern India by providing non-operative piles treatment facilities.
At present Shija is a 250-bedded super-specialty hospital with 25 departments, 880 dedicated care givers and post graduate DNB courses in five departments.
Shijia Foundation, an NGO, runs Shija Blood Bank, Smile Train, Shija Cleft Project, Shija Eye Care Foundation, Shija Oxygen Plant, Shija Academy of Nursing and Shija Paramedical Research Academy. They have operated over 3,500 cleft lips and palate patients free of cost and given smiles on their faces under Smile Train, USA, in Manipur, neighbouring states and country of Myanmar. More than 12,000 patients with cataract blindness have undergone free surgeries and more.