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New Delhi: Fewer doctors are opting to become surgeons these days and non-surgical courses such as cardiology, endocrinology, urology, nephrology and medical oncology have emerged as the big draw for young medical professionals, according to the union health ministry data on admissions to speciality courses.
Dr Thanjavur Santhanakrishnan Kanaka, born on March 31, 1932, is widely recognised as Asia’s First Female Neurosurgeon. She completed her MBBS in 1954 and MS (General Surgery) in 1963 both from the Madras Medical College. Later she completed her MCh in Neurosurgery in 1968, PhD in 1972 and Diploma in Higher Education in 1983. Even at the age of 84, she has a sharp ear and a keen eye despite her glasses and hearing aids. Her passion to learn and acquire knowledge is still alive.
While any student can take up different fields of medicines, neurology is still neglected due to the complexities involved. However, it is important to understand that the field requires more participation for more exploration. Only more exploration would make the complexities simpler. However, to begin with, there is an urgent need to increase the neurology/neurosurgery workforce.
Dr Sunil K Pandya is a neurosurgeon and “a student of medical ethics”. He studied medicine at Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai. He began his career under Dr Homi Dastur at the department of neurosurgery, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital in 1967 as a pool officer and became an assistant neurosurgeon in 1968. When Dr Dastur retired in 1975, he was appointed as professor and head, department of neurosurgery. Since his retirement in 1998, Dr Pandya has been working at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai as an honorary neurosurgeon. He is also editor emeritus of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME).