New Delhi: Max Healthcare on Wednesday announced the appointment of renowned cardiologist and Padma Bhushan award winner Dr K K Talwar as chairman of its cardiology department.
Prior to joining Max Healthcare, Dr Talwar was chairman of the Medical Council of India (MCI). He has also served as director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
Dr Talwar has made many pioneering contributions in the field of cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He was the first to implant and introduce the Implantable Cardioverter and Defibrillator (ICD) therapy in India and South Asia region that was recorded in the LIMCA Book of World Records (1997). He is also the first to introduce CRT (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) in India in 2000.
With over 39 years of clinical experience in cardiology, Dr Talwar has expertise and in-depth knowledge of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for varied cardiac ailments.
He has contributed more than 200 articles and 270 abstracts in national and international journals of repute. He has also contributed chapters in 15 national and international books.
In 2006, Dr Talwar was honoured with Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award by the Government of India for his contributions in the field of Medicine.
“Dr Talwar represents the clinical, academic and leadership qualities that Max Healthcare is based on,” said Dr Ajay Bakshi, MD and CEO, Max Healthcare. “We are confident that with Dr Talwar’s joining, we will further elevate the standards of cardiac care at Max.”
Dr Talwar said, “I have already been working closely with Max Hospitals in Mohali and Bathinda and can vouch for the single minded focus on patient care. Through its dedicated efforts towards achieving medical and service excellence, Max Healthcare has become the care provider of first choice for the residents of North India.”
“My focus will be to further strengthen the cardiology programme at Max Healthcare, through sustained efforts in the area of medical quality, research and the latest developments in the field of cardiology,” said Dr Talwar.
He added, “There are an estimated 45 million patients of coronary artery disease in India. Heart disease in India occurs 10 to 15 years earlier than in other countries. An increasing number of young Indians are falling prey to coronary artery disease and with millions hooked to a roller-coaster lifestyle; the future looks even more grim. At Max Healthcare, my endeavour would be to provide international standard cardiac care to the patients.”
Dr Talwar is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala and did his MD (Medicine) and DM (Cardiology) from PGIMER Chandigarh. After working as a consultant in PGIMER for about three years, he joined the faculty of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He rose to become professor (1992) and head of cardiology in AIIMS. In April 2004, he came back to PGIMER as director of the institute and professor and head of its cardiology department.
Max Healthcare has 12 hospitals with over 1900 beds in North India, offering services in over 30 medical disciplines. Of these, 9 hospitals are located in Delhi & NCR and the others in Mohali, Bathinda and Dehradun. Max Healthcare has over 1,600 doctors, 5,400 employees and has treated over 16,00,000 patients from over 80 countries.
The Max network includes tertiary care hospitals at Saket, Patparganj, Shalimar Bagh (all in Delhi), Mohali, Bathinda and Dehradun, secondary care hospitals at Gurgaon, Pitampura (Delhi) and Noida and an outpatient facility and a speciality centre at Panchsheel Park (Delhi). The hospitals in Mohali and Bathinda are under PPP (public–private partnership) arrangement with the Government of Punjab.