Mangaluru: President and Managing Director of Laxmi Memorial Education Trust, AJ Shetty inaugurated SPECTRUM – 2016, a Symposium on Cardiovascular Therapies and Research Update, by lighting the traditional lamp at Hotel Ocean Pearl here, on January 9.
The symposium was organized by the Chairman, Dr B V Manjunath and Secretary, Dr R Purushotham of AJ Hospital & Research centre and AJ Institute of Medical Sciences. SPECTRUM is an annual cardiology conference which aims to update cardiologists, Physicians, GP’s, PG’s about various topics in the clinical practices of cardiology.
Dr B V Manjunath, welcomed the gathering. Pediatric Cardiologist, Dr Prem Alva introduced Former Professor and Head of Cardiology, Dr S G S Prabhu to the gathering; followed by which Dr Prabhu was felicitated by AJ Shetty with a Shawl. Dr Prabhu is the founder of Cardiology Department at KMC Manipal.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr Prabhu said, “When I joined KMC Manipal, I was asked by the father of Indian Urology, Dr H S Bhat to go after academics and not behind the corporate sector.” He said that when he joined KMC Manipal, about 75% of the cardiology equipment in KMC was not working. It took about ten years to build the DM Cardiology department in KMC from scratch. “The department is so well developed now that, the students have achieved more than their mentor and I am very proud of them,” he added. Dr Prabhu was extremely thankful to his wife, who had quit her practice of accountancy for his sake.
Dean of AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr M Ramesh Pai said, “These symposiums will help to remove the cobwebs from the brain.” He said that the technology had advanced a lot and an exact diagnosis could now be given to many of the previously unknown medical anomalies.
Dean of KMC Dr M Venkatraya Prabhu congratulated AJ Shetty and said that AJ Institute of Medical Sciences gave opportunities to students by the ‘content of their characters’. He also congratulated Dr Ramesh for mentoring him by ‘holding hands like a lamp’. He gave several anecdotes and said, “As we keep learning, we need to update ourselves. Patients come to a doctor after running a ‘google’ search and if we are not updated to the latest diagnosis then we make a fool of ourselves.”
A J Shetty said, “SPECTRUM started in 2012 and is being held every year since. Several eminent speakers from India, USA and Canada have come over to speak on the focus of this year’s programme, ‘Interventional & Non-interventional Cardiology’. This programme highlights the upgradation of knowledge and day-to-day management of cardiac cases.” He said that there were many young and old suffering from cardiac related diseases and both medical and exercise, helped the people to improve cardiac health.
Shetty said that equipment and knowledge was available for good treatment and speedy recovery from illnesses but there was a need for physicians to be updated with the latest knowledge as well. He urged all the participants to make good use of the programme.
Dr Praveen J Shetty delivered the vote of thanks.