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“Leap of Heart”

Dr Ramakanta Panda, Vice Chairman & MD, Asian Heart Institute


Hailing from Damodarpur in Odisha’s Jajpur district, Dr Ramakanta Panda is widely considered to be India’s best known cardiac surgeon. Panda is currently the vice chairman and managing director of Asian Heart Institute (AHI), a super speciality and tertiary care hospital in Mumbai.

Panda shot into scintillating fame when he operated on the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in a case of complicated heart surgery. The successful Redo bypass, the second for Dr Singh, further cemented Dr Panda’s reputation as the country’s finest cardiac surgeon. And Dr Singh added this glowing testimonial for the finest hand in cardiac surgery. “Your role, as Chief Operating Surgeon, was pivotal in the surgery. Post surgery, your excellent care has helped me recuperate faster. Your patients should count themselves lucky as they not only have the benefit of experience of expertise of the highest caliber but also of genuine concern for their well being”. Apart from Dr Singh, Panda has successfully operated on other high profile political patients like Tarun Gogoi, former Assam chief minister, the ex Parliamentary affairs minister Rajiv Shukla, former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and ex Leader of Opposition (Odisha) Narasingha Mishra.

Dr. Ramakanta Panda is credited and recognized among his peers as one of the first in India to introduce “total arterial revascularization”, as well as being one of the pioneers of “off-pump” bypass surgery, redo bypass surgery and high-risk surgeries. He is particular about bringing the latest medical advances to India. AHI was the very first hospital in Western India to employ the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

Dr. Panda has performed over 20,000 cardiac surgeries including over 1,000 Redo Bypass Surgeries and over 3,000 high risk surgeries. He has specialized in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting using only arterial grafts, beating heart surgery, redo bypass surgery, valve repair, complex aneurysms. He is one of the safest heart surgeons in the world with a 99.7% success rate in bypass surgery.

Credited and recognized amongst his peers as the first in the country to introduce the concept of ‘Total Arterial Revascularization’, as well as being one of the pioneers of “off-pump” bypass surgery, redo bypass surgery, and high risk surgery. Under his leadership, Asian Heart Institute has established itself as the Best Heart Hospital in India in 2011, 2012, and 2014, as well as the highest accredited hospital with JCI, ISO and NIAHO accreditations. He has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award.

AHI has outstanding results, one of the best in the world especially for high risk patients, achieved by adhering to a very strict patient care protocol, 24 hour monitoring of patients in ICU by senior doctors, one to one nursing care of critical patients, and a core team of highly experienced doctors & other professionals. Panda has also performed many successful cardiac surgeries that are widely recognised to have been extremely complex and challenging. Panda actively promotes a healthy lifestyle for India and his comments and counsel are widely sought after by the media. He also releases educational messages to the nation on various occasions. On World Heart Day he addressed the country and spoke on why taking statins, as efficacious as they can be, should not replace living healthily in the battle against heart disease.

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