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THE DOC AND HIS DOCTRINE

Engineering and MBBS have been accepted as classic professions since ages. However, there are very few people who pursue them with passion. Here is Dr.D. Nandakishore, who like any aspiring youngster, chose MBBS, fascinated by the nobility, power and essence of this profession that impacts innumerable lives. It is again the same fascination that made him lay the foundation of LivLife Hospitals a name widely trusted and revered in the healthcare sector.

Formative years
I come from a family of agriculturists. My grandparents from both sides were into farming and aquaculture. However, the generation before me set out into new arenas. My father worked for APSEB (Electricity board). I was born at my mother’s hometown which is near Vijayawada. Initial few years of my education were at Khammam and then I travelled to various places for higher education. The real foundation for my education was laid at Little Flower High School, Mudinepalli, which taught me the value of education and discipline. I studied MBBS at Mysore University and later, left for the US for specialised studies. I completed residency in General Surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center under the guise of Cornell University.

Why MBBS?
Those days, we did not have many choices. So taking decision was much easier compared to now. I wanted to become an aeronautical engineer. But my father advised me to go into a profession in which I would be my boss. Right from the childhood, I had a special interest in taking care of people in need and the idea of being able to cure diseases was quite intriguing. One can achieve this only by pursuing MBBS. Yes, I am the same kid that doctors had to chase around to administer an injection; and here I am, a practising surgeon!

The foundation LivLife hospitals
After several years of practice in the US, I returned to India, bringing with me the latest knowledge, skills and technology. After working for two years in the corporate sector, I realised that to deliver care matching the high international standards, we need a unique, specialized and custom-built center. That gave birth to the concept of LivLife Hospitals. I launched Livlife, Hyderabad in 2011 and followed it by LivLife Vijayawada in 2012 and few more subsidiary branches at Tirupati, Mumbai, Vizag and other places.

Competition and care
Many in health industry believe in the volume of patients and cost reduction and aggressively quote price points as reasons for success. The philosophy at LivLife is completely different. We believe in 360-degree care to every patient. We strive to deliver compassionate care, individualised treatment plan, personalised care, using cutting-edge technology. Our highly committed staff makes us stand out apart.

Healthcare at stake
There is a tremendous migration of doctors to urban areas and many multi-specialty hospitals are competing for the same patient pool. This brings in an unhealthy competition, which in turn, gives rise to unethical practices. We cannot say all is lost as there are doctors who provide wonderful services.

Health issues in focus
The incidence of many non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and cancers are on the rise. Most of them occur due to obesity. We should focus on controlling it.



The USP
Our topics of interest are weight loss, advanced laparoscopic surgeries, general surgeries, cosmetic procedures, non-surgical weight loss, clinical nutrition, lab & diagnostics, psychology etc. However, our USP is bariatric surgeries and diabetic surgeries. We are the only 'International center of excellence' for these services in AP and Telangana.

Diets and workouts
There is a generation gap now at every 3-4 years. Along with this, the lifestyle is getting worse. Gone are the exercise, and healthy eating concepts. Internet, chatting, social media, video games, junk food and alcohol are in trend. Processed and unhealthy food and drinks are making society obese and unproductive. Following diets without expert guidance can be harmful. Not having a structured workout regimen is harmful..

Internet the new edge doctor
A lot of anecdotal information is being published online without proper clinical evidence. Beware of such misleading info; it may actually get you into trouble.

Mantra for healthy living
Moderation is my mantra for a healthy life. Enjoy all facets of life, but, in moderation.

A personal note
I have been married for 22 years have a son Avinash & daughter Miya. One person who makes our house a beautiful, happy home is my wife Ratna, who is the CEO of LivLife Hospitals. I play golf, read or watch a good show for my recreation. Hanging out with dear ones is a bonus.

Gratification
I encourage my patients to call me directly anytime, if they are in trouble. I end up missing a lot of important events in personal life. But the gratitude expressed by my patients makes up for that loss. I do try to spend a plenty of time with my kids. Sometimes, I end up spoiling them too.

Advice to aspiring doctors
Being a doctor is a wonderful privilege. The greatest honour a doctor can earn is the patient's trust. He/she gladly surrenders to your treatment. It is our solemn responsibility to do justice to that faith and trust they repose in us.

HONOURS

  • Additional fellowships in Gastrointestinal and Endocrine surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric surgery from the University of Texas, Dallas.

TIPS TO SUCCEED

  • Life is a journey, enjoy it.
  • It is important to stop occasionally during this journey and smell roses.
  • Take time for yourself. Focus and take care good care of your health.
  • Aim for the moon and the stars. Don’t let anyone tell you what you cannot do.
  • Success doesn't happen overnight. So, keep plugging away till you reach your goal.

 
 
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