The days in the medical field are not necessarily encouraging. At a time when patient care should have been the first priority, people in the medical research sector have become busy in branding the fields of medicine as good and not so good.
At times such as these, Dr Srinath Rao stands out head and shoulders above the rest, as a person who maintains a low profile and focuses on the trinity of patient care, learner care and knowledge care.
Born on October 16, 1963, he did his schooling and Pre-university education in Gulbarga and later went on to do his Bachelors in Homeopathic Medical sciences and a Masters followed. He currently heads the department of Materia Medica at Father Muller Homeopathic Medical College and is also the principal of the same college, besides being the dean of the faculty of Homeopathy at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore.
Dr Rao opines that patients have begun to accept the Homoeopathic system of medicine better today than in the past. Their views have opened up to prefer this system of medicine. Homeopathy tries its best to cater to the WHO definition of health parse.
However an observation he makes is that the students need to be more committed to the cause and live up to the expectations of the demanding situation.
Dr Rao has a penchant for cricket, table tennis, chess and reading books and likes to spend time outdoors. He has been selected as a principal investigator in a research project sponsored by the Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre on evaluating the potency specific action of Homeopathic medicines using Vasomon with medical analyser application to correlate variability spectra with action of drugs in comparison with placebo. Dr Rao has also been the chairman of the local inspecting committee (LIC), Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
Speaking on his subject of Materia Medica, he says it is where they match the drug diseases (artificial diseases) with its natural diseases. On a scientific note it is akin to functional pharmacology.
Homeopathy has its own limitations, just as any other system of medicine. But it would be heaven sent if all doctors put aside their ego and strive towards the collective welfare of patients. Dr Rao is also one of the members of the advisory committee at Father Muller Charitable Institutions in Mangalore.
He was a visiting professor to Dr Nielson?s Homeopathic medical education and research centre at Winnipeg in Canada. With a vast experience of 22 years, he has been examiner to various universities.
Being former registrar at Father Muller Homeopathic Medical College, he has presented and participated in international and national conferences. His extreme simplicity and schoolboy-like curiosity in learning new things extended to his passion for teaching. He is a principal with an iron fist in a velvet glove and this, complemented by his service-minded practice, elevates his quantum leap to greatness.
Author: Edmond Fernandes