Dr. Manoj Durairaj
It is my honour and privilege to take on the mantle of the 55th President of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons.
My vision for the Association is to become the key opinion leader in matters related to Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences in the country. The quality of Indian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons is World Class, and all efforts will be taken to increase the visibility of this high quality and quantity of work in India and Overseas through Original Research Papers, improving Data Collection and showcasing our surgical excellence via various platforms.
The knowledge base and skill base of our younger generation of surgeons including trainees will be enhanced by developing a Skill Lab at our Mumbai Office. This Skill Lab will equip the surgeons with up-to-date knowledge of technological advancements and hence benefit the patients whom they will be treating. This will include hands on training in structural heart, minimally invasive cardiac surgery including Robotic surgery modules. Focus will also be on Heart and Lung transplant training including donor procurement and recipient implant modules via live porcine models. Certification courses will be conducted involving academic institutions and medical councils to give appropriate credentialling to the course participants who will carry forward the legacy of mentoring their colleagues and junior surgeons.
The world is looking towards India for its leadership and innovation. Our Indian Cardiovascular-Thoracic surgeons are holding the highest positions in various academic institutions world-wide, and this Indian diaspora is enthusiastically looking forward to contributing back to their homeland. I will take this opportunity to initiate various Overseas IACTS Fellowship programmes for IACTS members. This will expose our surgeons to overseas academic programmes and increase their breadth of knowledge and skill. Our country will benefit once these surgeons come back with the advanced skill set and create local ecosystems to disseminate this expertise.
During my tenure the IACTS will be conducting numerous Public Connect programmes to benefit the Public and Community at large through its Outreach Initiatives. It is important for us as Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons to make an immense Positive Social Impact not only professionally but as responsible members of Society at large. Let’s not only look at treating the disease process but seriously look at whether we can play a crucial role in preventing the disease itself. We should take upon ourself to serve all sections of society especially the underprivileged. They are the ones who need our immense support.
We the Indian CVTS surgeons through the IACTS should be leading from the front.
Let’s all work together and keep the Indian flag flying high.
Dr. Manoj Durairaj
Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons