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In an era of vanishing family and human values, he and his kin distinctly stand out. The thread of mutual love, respect and concern that binds them together is palpable. “I never made a conscious decision to study medicine. My brother’s wish and my sister-in-law’s advice propelled me into this noble profession and I simply followed it,” says Dr. Mohan Maharaj, Medical Director, CARE Hospitals. Throwing his heart and soul into it, he has pursued it with a resolute commitment. His rapid strides in the field and his being at the top of the hierarchy in a lofty organisation speak for his ambidexterity. Yes, he is, at once, the accomplished head of the Critical Care wing and an able administrator of CARE Hospitals. He takes time off from his mindboggling schedule to relate his story. Incredible as it may sound, but those multiple interruptions fail to mar the narration of the highly articulate doctor who manages to keep the conversation seamless and engaging.

Facility care
Those who come to us in distress are in safe hands. We provide the best possible care as we have advanced technology and experienced medical teams running our Multi and Super Specialty Departments. Following internationally standardised protocols, we keep upgrading our infrastructure.

Vizag calling
I am indebted to Dr.P.V.Satyanarayana of CARE Hospitals who invited me here. He asked, “Do you want to be the tail of a tiger or the face of a cat? If you prefer the former, stay back in Hyderabad. But for the later prospect, come to Vizag.” I grabbed the opportunity knowing that I would eventually become a tiger. I also thank Dr.P.Ravi Chandrahas who has followed me all through. CARE Hospitals and Padma Sri Dr.B.Soma Raju facilitated my rise in both medical and management fields. For a person coming from arid Kurnool, the unending stretch of the azure sea, sunny beaches and verdant hills are an irresistible treat. The beauty of the place took my breath away.

Critical Care
This upcoming specialty can make a huge difference to society. Our task is highly challenging as the chances of survival of the patients are minimal. The satisfaction of pulling a patient out of throes of death is inexpressible. Fast reflexes, perfect decision-making skills and “Do-No harm” actions are the prerequisites to handle emergencies and Critical Care.

We should avoid making mistakes by learning from other’s faux pas. Incessant reading is the only way to update our knowledge, besides observing the seniors in action. We have regular mortality mobility meetings to analyse the cases.

Number 10000
10000 steps a day keep you healthy & 10000 hours of concentrated measurable efforts can help you achieve international fame. People acquire knowledge, skills and education till 30 years and retire at 60 and the goal achievement stretch that lies between these two is nearly 10000 day-long. So we need to give importance to time management.

We are inundated with critical cases. It is gratifying to see patients who are brought on stretchers walk out of the hospital. Success rate in our stream is as low as 60%. Yet, I look at it as 100% as we give a fresh lease of life to the patient.

Indian scenario
a) In other countries, the state manages healthcare. We too have a number of government schemes. Are we reaching them to the needy? Teeming population & lack of education are our bane.
b) Healthcare in private sector is costly because building and maintaining a facility is prohibitively expensive. There is a lot of disparity between the government and private tariffs.
c) Stress on preventive healthcare.
d) With industrialization, comes the threat of diseases and disasters. Hence, the focus should be on environmental social governance.
e) Stress on health insurance

Agreed, all the stakeholders are doing their best but perhaps that is not good enough to take it to the next level.

The city scene
The healthcare has improved in leaps and bounds after the state bifurcation. The city now has high end treatments, better bed strength and presence of highly qualified docs. To place on record, we at CARE, have successfully carried out two heart, more than 30 liver and 300 kidney transplantations. Our success rate is 94%.

Nobody is a competition to us as long as we do our job perfectly. One satisfied patient brings us 100 others. So, word of mouth is important. To accomplish that, I streamline the entire process right from security, parking, reception, consultation, nursing to transparent billing; keep our staff satisfied to deliver best services and be honest with the patients and give them the best advice.

Medical tourism
The state should take the support of corporates to achieve it in a big way. In the context of Vizag, we should develop more tourist spots, learn other languages and communication skills along with soft skills and the healthcare should be of international standards. Doing our bit, we have been treating people of different nationalities, especially navy officers from the US and Germany. A few come from Africa for treatment of Liver and Neuro ailments. Our cost-effective packages are definitely a lure.

Other disciplines
Without being judgmental, I stress that allopathy is time tested and much tried. We are aware of the composition, side effects, dosage of drugs and how to flush out the excess of it. If I am aware of all these in other streams too, I don’t have a problem with them. One should not try different streams at once.

Unforgettable incident
I don’t dwell on the past. I don’t even look at the old photos. But yes, I still cherish my college days, exploring nature.

Any regrets
I wish I was more focused on my health; started either gymming or yoga. Secondly, I wish I acquired present knowledge and skills 20 years ago to be of help to more number of people.

CSR activities
I concur with the Telugu saying that the left hand should not know what the right hand gives. Yet, since you insist, I, along with Dr.Rani, floated Saraswati Sankalpam Society, an NGO to provide education to girl children. Earlier, I lent support to 40 nurses for their training. I have taken up a few welfare activities with SBSYM society India.

Advice to medical aspirants
Come to this field, only if you are passionate and ready to serve.
....to youth Don’t let success get to your head. Focus on your health and value time. Have a positive attitude and follow your heart.

Personal note
I was born in Porumamilla in Kadapa district. My father the late Mr.Rosaiah served as a head constable. My mother the late Mrs.Venkata Laxmamma was a homemaker. We are four brothers and one sister. My eldest brother, Bala Siva Yogendra Maharaj, who took the spiritual path, took care of me after my father’s death when I was in 8th standard. My second brother Sambasiva Rama Krishnaiah showered me with love and affection. My sister Uma Kumari guided me in my studies. The other brother Gireeshwar was my first hero. I was christened as Mohan Sankar, but I insisted on being called Maharaj, when I heard people addressing my brother as Maharaj.

I studied MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, MD Anaesthesiology from Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences; PDCC (Cardiac Anaesthesia) from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences; Indian Diploma in Critical Care Medicine from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai and pursued European Diploma for Intensive Care Medicine. I worked as a Casual Medical Officer & Senior Registrar at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad & Senior Medical Officer in APSRTC Hospital also having an experience of CARE Nampally, Escorts, New Delhi and Exposure in St. George Hospital, Sydney.

Marital bliss
Our family always respected women and insisted that a girl should not be humiliated in the name of pelli chupulu (meeting the prospective bride). So I met Lakshmi Padma Rani only after I decided to marry her. She is a post-graduate, yet chose to be a homemaker. She supports me in all my tasks. She is one gem of a person and brought up our two boys - Abhishek and Abhinav with utmost discipline. Both are studying MBBS.

Work-life balance
My life revolves around my work and I have no other interests. This helps me efficiently manage my 24 hours with morning and evening hours devoted to critical care and the intermittent time to administrative tasks. There is no question of stress or fatigue when you love what you do.

You seldom come across people like Mohan. The family is well-knit and unwaveringly sticks to high ethics. The very fact that they don’t look at woman as an object to be selected at the altar of marriage, spoke volumes about their nature and culture. My people and I were totally floored by that notion and act. Mohan is a child at heart. Even small gestures and deeds make him happy. Anger and frustration are alien to his nature. He has given me complete freedom to deal with my life and family. Till date, he and Abhinav eat from my hands. However hectic his day may be, he takes me out for a drive and that is our exclusive time. Ours is a very simple happy family that runs under the able guidance of my eldest brother-in-law. I consider myself blessed.

“Work hard and be honest”- is the mantra he gives us. Though he has a hectic schedule, he always takes out quality time for us. Whatever discussions we have with him are all fun and frolic, not career related. He is forever cracking jokes when he is at home. I always cherish that trip we took to Kolkata.

“Respond, don’t react”- is the advice he always gives us. I am the spoiled brat. My mother still feeds me; I never eat on my own. I am not sure if I will follow my father’s footsteps in profession as I am more interested in human biology. But I am absolutely certain of his support in whatever decision I take in my life and career. He is my best friend.

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