Arvind Kumar (surgeon)
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|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 an Indian surgeon and the Chairman, Institute of Chest Surgery, Chest Onco Surgery and Lung Transplantation at Medanta Hospital, Gurugram and Founder & Managing Trustee, Lung Care Foundation. He is Former Chairman, Center for Chest Surgery and Director, Institute of Robotic Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) New Delhi (2012 - November 2020). He is Former Professor of Surgery & Head of Thoracic & Robotic Surgery Unit, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi (1988-2012). He was President of the Association of Surgeons of India in 2019.
Dr. Arvind Kumar has performed over 11,000 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 600 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 from H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India for being the “Eminent Medical Person of the year 2004” Dr. Kumar is one of the Executive Board Members for Asian Thoracoscopic Education Platform (ATEP).
Apart from being an accomplished thoracic surgeon, Dr. Kumar devotes lot of time to air pollution and climate change issues. He along with his three other colleagues set up “Lung Care Foundation”, a social impact trust working towards Awareness, Research and Care to improve lung health of 1.3 billion Indians.
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).
Unique cases performed
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.
- 56 years old gentleman had lung cancer on left side. On routine evaluation he has found to have blockage of blood supply to the heart. So both lung removal (for lung cancer) and Cardiac Bypass Surgery (for blockage of heart vessels) were performed in a single sitting with successful outcome. It is first of its kind in India.
- 23 years old young man presented with severe breathlessness and on evaluation found to have bilateral pneumothorax (air accumulation in the chest leading to both lungs collapse). A prolonged (7hours) successful Key-Hole (VATS) surgery was performed on both sides in the same sittings. He was discharged after 72 hours and has returned to his normal life.
- A 28 years young lady, a complex case of bilateral chylothorax (accumulation of chylux fluid in both the chest leading to lung collapse) due to a rare developmental analomy referred to us from Mumbai. Two complex surgeries were performed on both sides to cure the disease. She was discharged after these major surgeries with excellent outcomes.
- Stenosis of Bronchus (Shrinkage of airway due to Tuberculosis infection) is a very rare and debilitating situation. Dr. Kumar has largest experience in managing such cases with excellent outcome.
- Traumatic Bronchus transection (transection of airway due to massive blow during accident) is a very rare and life threatening condition often mistreated and misdiagnosed. Such similar case was referred to us after 5 months of the injury with completely collapsed left lung due to transection of airway. This young lady underwent a 9 hours marathon surgery and the airway to the left lung was reestablished. After this unique kind of surgery she attained her normal life. Not only this case, more than 10 such rarest of the rare cases were diagnosed, operated and successfully managed by Dr. Kumar and his team.
- Dr. Kumar probably has one of the highest experiences in the Surgery for carinal tumours. This surgery is one of the most complex procedures in Thoracic Surgery and requires vast experience in reconstruction.
Contribution to the field of thoracic surgery
- Dr. Kumar introduced "Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery" (VATS) in India at AIIMS, New Delhi in mid 1990s. 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
Apart from being a renowned Thoracic Surgeon, Prof. Kumar has also moved into primary and secondary prevention of Chest diseases through Lung Care Foundation (LCF) a social impact trust 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.
During last 5 years, LCF has covered a wide range of activities, including several awareness and Clinical programs like:
- Free Chest Disease detection & treatment camps.
- Free School Health Programs by addressing massive number of school children from Private and Government Schools of Delhi.
- Guinness World Record for the largest human image of an organ by 5003 School Children from over 35 different schools from Delhi-NCR breaking previous records of China and U.A.E on 23 December 2017 at Thyagraj Stadium Delhi.
- B.E.S.T (Breathe Easy Stay Tough) School Clubs a Unique initiative led by School Children to effectively empower them by making them as Lung Ambassadors in fight against air pollution.
- Asthma Manual for Schools- provides detailed information on Asthma, its triggers, emergency medical care, myths, Asthma Policy for schools, Asthma checklist and Emergency Response Plan for Asthma attack and is available in 11 regional languages.
- Doctors for Clean Air (DFCA) – a network of passionate doctors from various states of India, working as advocates for Clean Air.
- Saaf Hawa Aur Nagrik (SHAN)- A unique, Social awareness program to educate masses in delhi-ncr about ill-effects of air pollution being run in collaboration with American Embassy at New Delhi.
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 “Presidential Oration-2019” by the Association of Surgeons of India (2019).
- Awarded "Dr. PK Sen Memorial Oration" by the Association of Surgeons of India(2017).
- Awarded “ASI-Betadine Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Association of Surgeons of India (2019).
- Awarded “ASI Social Services Award 2019” by the Association of Surgeons of India (2019).
- 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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