As eminent cardiologists from across the world converged at the international conclave on ‘Revolutionary Cardiac Therapies’ hosted by the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) in New Delhi, Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Limited, laid emphasis on the role of preventive care amid the rising incidence of cardiovascular diseases in India. The two-day conclave marks FEHI’s 25-year journey of providing path-breaking cardiac treatment in the country.
Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh said, “Over the past 25 years, radical changes have taken place in the healthcare sector and its delivery. Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has been leading this change by bringing cutting edge technologies to India that were earlier available only in the West, making it one of the world’s leading cardiac care centres. The hospital is committed to leading the next phase of change and revolution in cardiac care.”
Delhi Lt. Governor Hon’ble Shri Najeeb Jung, who inaugurated the conclave, felicitated leading cardiologists who have contributed to the progress of cardiac care in India and across the world. He also lauded the efforts of FEHI for serving thousands of heart patients and bringing the latest technologies to India. He also called for making healthcare accessible to those in need of quality medical treatment.
Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, FEHI, said, “When we started, this was a 150-bed hospital with just one cath lab. Our vision was to revolutionize cardiac care in India so that patients wouldn’t need to go abroad for treatment. Over the years, we have set enviable standards in cardiac treatment. The hospital has to its credit many firsts, including the first Cardio Myoplasty, Atrial Fibrillation Surgery, Total Arterial Grafting and TAVI in India and the Asia Pacific region. Through this conclave, we aim to explore new frontiers in diagnostics, management of CVDs and adult and paediatric cardiac surgery, setting definite benchmarks for the future.”
As many as 1200 delegates have come together to discuss medical advances and technologies being introduced at leading heart care institutes the world over. Workshops on the latest cardiac therapies are also seeing the participation of a large number of doctors from India and abroad. Lt. Governor Jung felicitated doctors for their long-standing service to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute including; Dr Anil Karlekar, Executive Director, Anesthesiology and Critical Care; Dr Ashok K Omar, Director, Cardiology; Dr K K Sharma, Director, Anesthesiology and Critical Care; and Dr Suman Bhandari, Director, Cardiology.
International cardiologists who were felicitated included; Dr Navin Nanda, Prof of Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA; Dr Jasbir Sra, Adjunct Prof of Medicine, UWM; Dr Thomas Modine, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, France.
Luminaries from healthcare and other industries such as leading environmentalist Dr. R K Pachauri, Member of Planning Commission of India Mr. Arun Maira, and MCI chief Jayshree Mehta also shared their views on healthcare in India and the measures required to improve cardiac care in the coming decades.