The University of Orissa recently conferred a Honorius Causa on Dr Ramakanta Panda.
In a glittering occasion at Bhubaneswar addressed by the
Vice-President of India Mahammad Hamid Ansari, on the occassion of the 44th convocation of Utkal University, on March 2, Dr Panda received this singular honor. The event was presided over by the State Governor and Chancellor of Universities Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare.
Dr Panda is already acclaimed as one of India’s best cardiac surgeons and is also widely known for having successfully carried out the high-risk coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) on the Prime Minister of India, Sri Manmohan Singh in January 2009. Dr. Panda is a pioneer in CABG and among the highest volume surgeons in the world with one of the best safety records; the mortality rate being less than 0.5 percent.
Dr. Panda has a medical degree from AIIMS and fellowships in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery including heart transplant from Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, USA. He is one of the pioneering cardiac surgeons in India in the use of arterial conducts for bypass grafting, redo coronary artery bypass grafting, severely damaged hearts and cardiac remodelling.
Last year, Dr. Panda was conferred with the ‘Bank of Baroda Sun Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his pioneering efforts in cardiac care and research. Dr. Panda has operated upon many Members of Parliament and state legislators and has performed more than 700 redo bypass surgeries and 12,000 cardiac surgeries.
Mumbai’s Asian Heart Institute (AHI), established by Dr Ramakant Panda and a few other cardiologists, has also announced plans of opening a state-of-the-art multi speciality hospital in Chandrasekharpur. Spread over 1,50,000 square feet, the 400-bed hospital is expected to come up with an investment of Rs 150 crore. Says Dr Ramakant Panda, Vice Chairman, AHI, “We have a start-up plan for 200 beds at an estimated cost of Rs 70 crore. We would eventually expand it to 400 beds, spending Rs 150 crore.” About the significance of the project, he says, “AHI has set a benchmark in providing quality care in the country. Our project in Orissa would be built on the same principles as AHI, Mumbai and would offer the patients the same treatment and care at world class standards.”
It will have 12 ultra modern operation theatres, 100 intensive care units, fully equipped modernised pathology services, radiology, imaging services, blood bank, 24-hour pharmacy services and cardiac ambulance services with mobile cathlab. Though the foundation stone of the hospital has been laid, progress awaits a resolution on the land it is situated on as it is Government land and the requisite due formalities have to be completed.