Chandigarh, Dr.Avnish Jolly ,Sep 27: Dr. P. Venugopal, Former Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, has been appointed as Chairman-Medical Division of Alchemist group. He will render his expert guidance and mentoring to Alchemist Group for all of its health care initiatives spread across India. A major announcement to this effect was made here today by the management of Alchemist group led by Mr. K. D. Singh, Chairman in the presence of Dr. P. Venugopal. Even as a crowded pack of media persons jostled to know more about one of the most significant developments in the field of medical world, Dr P Venugopal expressed his heart-felt happiness at the prospect of assuming charge as Chairman-Medical division of Alchemist group ,which is process of setting-up world-class medical facilities and infrastructure in India.
Mr. K.D. Singh, Chairman, Alchemist Group, informed that the rapidly developing and dynamic chain of medical facilities and hospitals countrywide is all set for a major gain under the Chairmanship of Dr P Venugopal. Right from the biggest landmark achievement of his career in the form of the first heart transplantation in India way back in 1994 to performing 62 thousand surgeries along with his team of doctors, Dr. P. Venugopal has left an indelible mark in the medical history of India, added Singh.
The first Alchemist Hospital at Panchkula has commenced it’s Cardiac Surgery Program and Dr. Venugopal will be operating at the hospital later during the day. Mr. Singh announced that as part of World Heart Day on 28th September,2008, Alchemist Hospital was offering a free cardiac health checkup camp guided by Dr. Venugopal. Patients requiring further treatment like angiography and cardiac surgery will be offered the same at highly discounted rates as an initial limited period offering. This is aimed at prevention and detection of ailments of the heart at an early stage and towards providing facilities for prompt treatment, to restore physical and mental health in alignment with the stated WHO mandate.
By educating and providing early treatment through modern technology of tele-education and tele-medicine the aim is to bring world-class facilities at the doorstep of the patient and promote medical tourism.
Mr. Sunil Nath, Executive Director, Alchemist further added that the team led by Dr Venugopal has conducted an incredible number of over 3500 surgeries per annum including some highly complex surgical procedures like congenital heart disorders, valvular heart diseases and coronary artery bypass surgeries. Past three decades of tireless service at AIIMS has seen Dr Venugopal involved in over 50,000 open heart surgeries and over 12,000 closed heart surgeries, said Nath. It may be recalled here that Dr. P. Venugopal has been associated with the training of over 100 cardiothoracic surgeons in India and majority of them are now at leading positions at national and international institutes.Dr Venugopal’s association with Alchemist is being seen as path breaking.