Nagpur: Dr Madan Kapre, noted ENT and head and neck surgeon from city who has become famous as the thyroid man of India, has added one more feather in his cap. At the recently held national conference of Association of Otolaryngologists of India at Raipur he got the honour of presenting the prestigious Dr L H Hiranandani oration. Generally this oration is assigned to only develop world experts. It is after ten years that an Indian was chosen for it.
"Most people including doctors in Western Maharashtra feel as the rain moves inward from Sahyadri towards Satpuda ranges (Vidarbha) its intensity decreases and so does the wisdom of people here. But we are no less than them. This realization, interestingly, was brought to me by none other than Dr L H Hiranandani, a pioneer ENT surgeon of India from Mumbai in whose honour I delivered the oration. As ENT professor and head of Nair Hospital he had told me to do a surgery during a workshop in 1992, when I had just returned from London, at RST Cancer hospital immediately after him. Ground slipped beneath my feet but he asked me not to see what others were showing, instead to learn it myself," recalled Dr Kapre about his teacher.
In early 2000, when Dr Kapre started demonstrating in almost all workshops, he told Dr Hiranandani about it and was told he had got the lesson right. During the oration at Raipur, Dr Kapre deliberated on a special technique of thyroid surgery specifically designed to save the parathyroid glands. If they are damaged during surgery, it may lead to multiple complications like disturbance in calcium metabolism, loss of bones etc.
"In fact, I had a lesson from a patient, Zini Bai (19 years), who died 11 months after the surgery as I had disturbed her parathyroid glands while operating in a camp. I have no hesitation in admitting my mistake and hence I show this slide in all my lectures as a lesson to everyone and then show the technique of protecting them, much of which includes guidelines from Dr Manu Kothari. I was like Eklavaya to him," he said.
Dr Kapre has also been nominated on the executive council body of the newly formed Asia Pacific Thyroid Society that will be holding its first meeting at Seoul in June 2015.
"It is apparently due to Gregory Randolph, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the thyroid man of world, who had come to our annual Chhikhaldara surgical camp last year to see my surgical techniques," said Dr Kapre.
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