|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 161-162
Know the man who demystified the deep venous system
Albert A Kota
Department of Vascular Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||26-Mar-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||26-Mar-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||13-Apr-2021|
Albert A Kota
Department of Vascular Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Kota AA. Know the man who demystified the deep venous system. Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2021;8:161-2
“ Keeping an open mind; ever alert to straws in the wind” - Prof HS Bhat
“Dr.Raju” as he is called by most within the Indian vascular fraternity, is a man of few words, whose humility and tireless efforts in the science and art of understanding and managing pathology of the deep venous system has helped many a patient and colleague. It is only right that readers know more about “The Legend” of the deep !
| Early Career|| |
Born in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, Dr. Raju joined the portals of Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in 1957. On completion of his undergraduate studies in 1961, he joined his Alma mater for post graduate training (1964-67) in surgery, at which, he excelled. He was greatly influenced by three stalwarts in surgery at CMC - namely Dr's. H.S Bhatt, A.S Fenn and L.B.M Joseph, who taught him attitude, style and technique. 'The transfer of knowledge from master to apprentice is perhaps the only non-commercial transaction that occurs, outside of family relationships. As we try to reach higher to newer ground, we are standing on the shoulders of giants.”- Dr. Seshadri Raju.
| Immigration to US|| |
After completing his residency, he worked as faculty at CMC and then decided to immigrate to the United States of America. He was deeply touched by a kind gesture showed by one of his mentors in the US- Dr. James D Hardy (University of Mississipi) who was also influential in his path to greatness. Dr. Hardy , an iconic scientific surgeon helped him carve out a niche for himself in field of transplant surgery. He repeated general and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, receiving board certification.
| Professional Accomplishments|| |
He joined as faculty at the University of Mississipi Medical Centre, Jackson, MS and remains a Professor Emeritus of Surgery. He was the medical director of Mississippi transplant program from 1980-1990 and became Chief of Lung and Liver transplant program from 1990-95. He holds several firsts in clinical medicine including - single/double lung in US; heart/lung transplant in Mississippi; Aortic endograft in Mississippi.
The academic genius in him, lead to over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals and inventor-ship to several medical device patents including a method of diagnosing and treating chronic venous disease, thrombectomy removal kit, venous stent and duplex diagnosis of venous stenosis. He has published 2 books titled “Surgical management of venous disorders' and several book chapters/reviews.
Dr.Raju is a valued member of several societies and sits on editorial board of prestigious journals like Journal of Vascular Surgery and Annals of Vascular surgery.
| Doyen in Venous Surgery|| |
While in transplant surgery, he realized the lack of understanding of venous disease and hence, specialized in peripheal venous work that included basic/clinical research and setting up a dedicated venous centre - The Raju and Neglen -RANE centre in St. Dominic hospital, Jackson, Mississippi. The center provides comprehensive care and research in venous/lymphatic diseases, where he continues his private practice.
His work has revolutionized the management of venous pathology. He has the largest published series in venous valve reconstruction and venous stents to date.
He has taught many students and I'm privileged to have been one of them.
He is a founding member of the American Venous Forum and has several honors to his credit including citations in the US congressional record, Whos Who among Asian Americans, Academic seal of Sicialae Studium Generale, Founders award at American Venous forum and Carmen oration at his alma matter CMC Vellore.,,
He is marrried to Dr. Sybil Fredericks , Retired nephrologist and they have 2 sons who are settled in the USA.
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