Gurugram: Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman, Board of Directors, Global Health Ltd, was awarded by the International Congress of Cardiac Surgery, as one of the ‘Seven Wise Coronary Surgeons of the Golden Era of the 90’s’. This Congress is a global society which organises and centralises various surgical centres, focusing on patient outcomes, techniques, and progressive development of heart surgery.

Dr Trehan’s inclusion among the ‘Seven Legends’ acknowledges his significant role in pioneering contributions to advancing cardiac surgery. The presentation of this award took place in Athens, Greece, at the Old Parliament of Greece, among the other reputed doctors across the globe.

Trehan graduated from King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, in 1968. He says that his four years in Lucknow taught him the ground realities of India and made him street-wise. He did his internship at Safdarjung Hospital from 1968–69. Determined to increase his medical education, he managed to get an internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 1970. In his rotation, he asked senior doctors about the surgeon doing pioneering work in heart surgery. He was told it was Dr Frank Spencer at New York University Medical Centre. Trehan was also warned that it was the most coveted surgical residency programme in America and there was not a chance he could get in. They added that Dr Spencer did not speak to foreigners and had a five-year waiting list. Looking at Trehan with his long hippie hair, bandit moustache, and no-tie bandh gala shirt, his senior told Trehan there was not an iota of a chance of him even getting an interview. In a dogged pursuit of the residency programme in cardiac surgery, he managed to get a job in general surgery in 1971, by impressing them with his academic knowledge, which he credited to his Lucknow education.After an intense, gruelling four years of general surgery, coming home only twice a week, Trehan managed to secure a place with Dr Frank Spencer in the cardiovascular surgery programme in 1975, which was even more demanding. In 1978, he began his practice at New York University Medical Centre. Trehan established a reputation for successfully operating on patients who were considered inoperable and who were turned down for surgery as too risky. Being ambidextrous, Trehan was known for his speed in operations, thereby reducing the time the patient was kept under anaesthesia and further enhancing his medical acclaim.Dr Trehan said, “This recognition from the International Congress of Cardiac Surgery is a profound honour. I am grateful to my doctors and my staff at all the hospitals for their unwavering support and guidance, which have been instrumental in this accomplishment. We will continue to collaborate seamlessly and arrive at the best possible treatment, customised for each patient, in line with our aim – quality healthcare for all. In addition to this, we will nurture the next generation of cardiac surgeons, ensuring this legacy of excellence continues to enhance countless lives through Medanta’s medical acclaim.”

Throughout his 20 years in New York, Dr Trehan remained committed to bringing state-of-the-art cardiac care to India. Overcoming numerous obstacles, he established Escorts Heart Institute in 1988, setting a new standard for advanced cardiac care. His vision extended beyond a single institution, driving him to establish Medanta—The Medicity in Gurugram in 2009, a multi-specialty hospital with 1,400 beds. This was followed by the launch of other units in Lucknow, Patna, Indore and Ranchi. At 77 years of age, Dr Trehan continues to perform and teach surgeries.

  • Published On Jun 10, 2024 at 05:43 PM IST

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