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Methodist surgeon inaugurates cardiovascular surgery department in India


Dr. Mahesh Ramchandani, deputy chair of cardiovascular surgery at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, inaugurated the cardiovascular surgery program at the K.S. Hegde Medical Academy in Mangalore, India, on Tuesday, April 29.

Dr. Ramchandani served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony in Mangalore. Dr. Alan Lumsden, chair of the department of cardiovascular surgery at The Methodist Hospital, also participated via videoconference from Houston. Lumsden addressed areas of potential collaboration between the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the K.S. Hegde Medical Academy. The two institutions are exploring the benefits of providing regular videoconferencing, student and faculty exchange visits and research collaboration.

K. S. Hegde Medical Academy was established in 1999 by the Nitte Education Trust (NET). The college is named after the visionary and founder, late Justice K S Hegde, former Justice of the Supreme Court of India and former Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

The trust operates engineering colleges, business schools and a hospital and medical school in Mangalore. The first class of medical students began their studies in 1999. The teaching hospital has 625 beds and is a state of the art facility with new cardiology and cardiovascular departments.


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