Ludhiana, 19 th February, 2013 : The state of Punjab had the honour of having one of its leading heart surgeons being invited to deliver special lectures at the 59th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons in Mumbai. Dr Harinder Singh Bedi – Head of the Cardio Vascular & Thoracic Surgery Department of the Christian Medical College & Hospital Ludhiana – had the distinction of being the only heart surgeon from Punjab to be specially invited to deliver an invited lecture at the conference. The lectures were on beating heart surgery and on surgery for stroke. He also delivered short talks on 3 other important topics – pacemaker in newborns, second time surgeries on a beating heart and surgery using arterial grafts. The lectures were to a galaxy of cardiac surgeons from all over the world and were received with a lot of interest and enthusiasm.
The other surgeons who had been invited to give lectures were Dr David Taggart (UK), Dr Jeevnandam (USA), Dr KM Cherian (Chennai) ,Dr SS Bhattacharya (Mumbai), Dr Devi Shetty (Bangalore), Dr Panda (Mumbai) and Dr Maurice (USA) besides other experts .
Dr Bedi is a pioneer of off pump surgery – having done the first series of multivessel beating heart surgeries with angiograms. This was published in the most prestigious medical journals and was acknowledged as a world first in 2000. Dr Bedi also has a large experience of treating patients with blockage of both the heart and the brain arteries. The CMC & H has been approved by the Government to conduct surgeries on children with heart disease.