Arvind Kumar (surgeon)
|Born||24 December 1958|
Najibabad, Bijnore, U.P., India
|Education||MBBS: AIIMS, New Delhi, India MS Surgery : AIIMS, New Delhi, India|
|Alma mater||All India Institute of Medical Sciences|
|Occupation||Thoracic, thoracoscopic and robotic surgeon|
|Awards||Dr. B. C. Roy Award : Eminent Medical Person of the year 2014|
Arvind Kumar is the Chairman, Center for Chest Surgery and Director, Institute of Robotic Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) New Delhi and Founder & Managing Trustee, Lung Care Foundation. He is Former Professor of Surgery & Head of Thoracic & Robotic Surgery Unit, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi (1988-2012).
Dr. Arvind Kumar has performed over 10,000 Thoracic Surgeries including over 5000 surgeries using Minimally Invasive (Key-hole i.e. VATS) and Robotic method. He has also performed 2000 complex (high-risk) chest surgeries and over 500 surgeries for Thymoma. Dr. Kumar is considered as the safest Thoracic Surgeon in Asia. He is also recognized world over for his pioneering contribution to development of Thoracic surgery in India and exceptional success rate for Myasthenia Gravis & Thymoma surgeries. He received the Dr. B. C. Roy Award in 2014.
Early life and education
Dr. Arvind Kumar was born in Bijnore and did his schooling from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Kumar completed his MBBS from AIIMS, New Delhi in 1981 and Masters in Surgery (M.S.) at AIIMS (1984). During the course of his medical education at AIIMS, he was nominated as the "Best Undergraduate Student" (1981) and "Best Postgraduate of the Year" in Surgery (1984). His zeal to master the art of surgery was recognized with the position of Registrar in Surgery 1985 - 1988.
Dr Arvind Kumar is credited for performing the first Robotic Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis and Thymoma in India. He is also recognized for his largest experience with large invasive thymomas including resection of great vessels and reconstruction. Dr. Kumar has vast experience in performing surgeries for cancers of Lung, Food Pipe, Wind Pipe and various other cancers of the chest.
Center for Chest Surgery at SGRH, under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Arvind Kumar is one of the best center in the world in the field of thoracic and thoracoscopic surgery. This was achieved by setting up a group of 8 dedicated Thoracic Surgeons supported by dedicated trained nurses, physiotherapists, 24 hour ICU and other support services. All of them are dedicated to one goal i.e. delivering "World’s Best Chest Care with a Humane Touch ".
Some of the rare cases operated by team of doctors under the leadership of Dr. Kumar are:
- 21 years old NRI boy studying in New Zealand, had large tumor in left bronchus and was advised Pneumonectomy (removal of lung). He came to us and underwent successful removal of tumor with reimplantation of the Lung, thus saving his precious lung.
- 23 years old boy with serious road traffic accident and complete transection of his wind pipe (trachea) was refused to be entertained by all major hospitals in Delhi. He was air-lifted to SGRH and in an extremely complex 8 hours operation, his broken wind pipe was rejoined successfully. He has returned to normal life.
- A 55 years old man with a huge watermelon size tumor in his chest underwent successful Robotic Surgical Resection, the first of its kind in India and has returned to normal life.
- 53 years old lady with Thymoma and multiple tumors in the chest underwent a 12 hour long complex operation using HIPEC, first time in India.
- A 48 years old gentleman with a large tumor in his wind pipe, who was almost choking to death had successful removal of the tumour under ECMO support, first time in India.
- 50 years old gentleman who had undergone removal of left lung in another hospital and had developed massive air-leak from the stump had key-hole repair of the left main bronchus through mediastinoscopic approach, first time in Asia.
- 52 years old gentleman with artificial denture swallowed half of his denture with 8 teeth in it. It got stuck in lower part of his food pipe. In a breakthrough surgery, Dr. Arvind removed it with Robotic assistance through 3 small holes in the chest and patient was discharged on 3rd day.
- 8 years old child came with a large magnet lying in his right side windpipe (accidentally aspirated). Bronchoscopic removal was unsuccessful at another hospital and child was turning very sick. He was referred to us and the large magnet was removed by VATS i.e. Key-Hole approach and the torn windpipe was sutured, saving the life of this child. He was discharged 48 hours after this breakthrough surgery.
- 40 years old gentleman had front of his neck transected by an electric wire with transection of his wind pipe and food pipe. Both the pipes were successfully repaired using complex plastic surgical technique with successful outcome.
- Dr. Kumar introduced "Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery" (VATS) in India at AIIMS, New Delhi in mid 90’s. He then popularized it by lecturing and live demonstrations across the length and breadth of the country. Today, his name is synonymous with VATS in India.
- He performed first VATS Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis and Thymoma at AIIMS, New Delhi in 2000 and most of other VATS procedures i.e. lobectomy for lung cancer, Esophagectomy for Esophageal cancer and other tumour removals by VATS in subsequent years.
- Dr. Arvind Kumar performed first Robotic Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis and Thymoma using da vinci Robotic surgical system at AIIMS, New Delhi in 2008.
- He performed Asia’s first Robotic Vascular Surgery i.e. Robotic Aorto Bifemoral Bypass for Atherosclerotic aortic obstruction at SGRH, New Delhi in 2012 along with his vascular surgery team.
- Performed First Robotic lobectomy for lung cancer at SGRH, New Delhi in 2012.
- Performed First Robotic Thyroidectomy i.e. scarless removal of Thyroid Gland in North India at SGRH, New Delhi, 2013.
- Performed Robotic plication of Diaphragm : first time in India at SGRH, New Delhi in 2013.
- Performed Robotic repair of diaphragmatic hernia : first time in India at SGRH, New Delhi in 2013.
- He has India’s largest series of various VATS surgeries like Decortication for Empyema, Blebectomy and Bullectomy for Pneumothorax, removal of mediastinal and cystic tumours & resection for aspergilloma.
- He has India’s largest series of robotic resection of giant thymoma (more than 10 cm). Many of these cases have involvement of great vessels of the heart and we are the only centre in the country where resection of great vessels is performed to achieve complete Thymoma removal.
Contribution to the society
Having achieved the first goal of setting up a State of the art Patient Care and Training Centre in the field of Chest Surgery, Prof. Kumar has moved into primary and secondary prevention of Chest diseases by setting up Lung Care Foundation (LCF). This foundation is dedicated to work for dissemination of information about POLLUTION and LUNG DISEASES to the masses, basic and clinical research in the field of Chest diseases and provision of state of the art Chest Care to one and all. In the less than 9 months of its existence, LCF has conducted several Free Chest Disease detection & treatment camps at SGRH. It has also started a major initiative entitled "I CARE FOR LUNGS " which aims to raise an army of informed and motivated citizens of the country to address and take corrective measures for the issue of air pollution and prevent damage to lung health. The foundation recognizes the important role of children in this endeavor and has started a massive program to reach out to largest possible number of children.
- The beginning was made by first such program in Municipal Corporation of Delhi(MCD) school at Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi on 23 October 2016 wherein over 500 children were made "Lung Care Champions" to carry on the work further .
- This was followed by similar awareness program for over 800 principals of MCD schools at Civic Centre on 21 November 2016.
- Another program at MCD School at Ashok Vihar on 24 December 2016 and numerous similar programs in other schools like various branches of Delhi Public School, have covered over 5000 children who are our Lung Care Champions to carry on the work in their families and neighborhood.
Contribution to medical teaching in India
As a faculty member, in the Department of Surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi (1988-2012), Dr. Kumar travelled extensively across the country and lectured to Medical students, postgraduates and surgeons on Contemporary topics in surgery. Post Graduate medical teaching was always his focus of attention. Since 2013, he has been a National Coordinator (along with Dr. Santhosh Abraham) for the Post graduate teaching program of the Association of Surgeons of India and has conducted successful CMEs for thousands of Surgery Postgraduates across the country.
Training and fellowships
- Lung Transplant Fellow: Chest Service, University of Florida, Gainesville (USA), 1995.
- ICRETT (Cancer) Fellow: Chest Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York (USA), 1997.
- WHO Fellow: Chest Service, University of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 1999.
- WHO Fellow: Chest Service, St. Peter’s Hospital, New Jersey, USA, 1999.
- WHO Fellow: Chest Trauma Unit, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney (Australia), 2006.
- Robotic Surgery Training: International School of Robotic Surgery, Grosseto- Italy, 2007.
- Robotic Chest Surgery Training: European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Bern, Switzerland, 2008.
- Robotic Surgery Training: I.R.C.A.D., Strasbourg, France, 2012.
- Robotic Vascular Surgery Training: Na- Homolce Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012.
- Robotic Thyroid Surgery Training: YONSEI University Health System, Seoul, Korea, 2012.
- Awarded "Dr. V. Ramalingaswamy prize" for being the "Best undergraduate of the year" in the Department of Community Medicine at AIIMS, New Delhi (1980).
- Nominated for "Sir Hiralal Gold medal" for being the "Best Postgraduate of the Year" in the Deptt, of Surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi (1984).
- Awarded "Khandelwal junior Oncology award for Scientific Excellence" for the paper entitled "Esophageal Carcinoma – How much to resect _ Is it a Non Issue" at the Fifth biennial conference of the Indian Society of Oncology at Chennai, India (1992).
- Awarded "Raj Nanda Fellowship" by the Raj Nanda Pulmonary Disease Research Trust in association with the British Thoracic Society (2006).
- Awarded "Dr. A.K. Sen Sarma Endowment Lecture" by the Association of Surgeons of India (2008).
- Awarded "Dr. N Mohan Das Memorial Oration" by the Association of Surgeons of India(2010).
- Awarded "Dr. Das Mohapatra Oration" by the Association of Surgeons of India(2013).
- Awarded the most prestigious "Dr. B.C. Roy Award" by the Government of India in the category "Eminent Medical Person of the year 2014".
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