Neurological care is neglected in India?
Renowned globally for the ‘awake-brain guitar surgery’ he performed in 2017 to rectify a dysfunctional finger of a guitar player who kept strumming it during the surgery, Prof Dr. SHARAN SRINIVASAN — a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon and head of neurosciences department at Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital at Bengaluru — is among the country’s leading neurosurgeons. An articulate medical expert with a heart of gold, Dr Srinivasan passionately advocates the cause of providing high-quality
affordable healthcare to common people. He has performed over 8,000 major brain and spine surgeries since he began his career in the 1990s. In an interview with DIPANKAR CHAKRABORTY, he candidly shares his thoughts on a wide range of issues related to neurological care in the country. Excerpts:
Q. How would you explain your expertise as a specialist ‘stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon’ to a
layman? A. During my training as a neurosurgeon at the main Manipal Hospital between 1994 and 2000, the suffering and disability of patients made me think. I experienced three compelling stories that inspired me to do what I am doing today – neuro-rehabilitation and stereotactic surgery…After (these experiences) when I started investigating, subjects like rehabilitation and how to reconnect the brain circuits came before me. I started studying patients as they fell sick and as they recovered. With further reading, I found I needed to do sub-specialization on stereotactic and functional neurosurgery to deal
with people with Parkinson’s disease, with tremors in hands, spastics, pain and psychiatric epilepsy. I am one of the few neurosurgeons who have moved from saving people’s lives to improving their quality of life by dealing with brain circuits and making them better.
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Credit & Source: TheStatesman