Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, Narayana Health.
Mazumdar Shaw Center for Translational Research, Bangalore, India
Aiming at a surgical career, I was fortunate enough to get into post-graduation in the subject of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at one of the premier institutes in India. SDM college of Dental Sciences is the first institute in India to have a dedicated Craniofacial Surgery unit performing over 1500 surgeries every year. The patient problems included but not restricted to oro-facial clefts, trauma, head and neck oncology, facial esthetic surgeries and infections. Facial trauma remains one of the most common procedures performed by the maxillofacial surgeons. The complications following trauma including infections, mal-union and non-union etc., forces the surgeon to take drastic measures to salvage the situation. Bone grafting procedures are routinely undertaken to correct bony defects but have their own limitations. Complications or persisting bony defects even after exhaustion of all possible treatment options leaves the surgeon frustrated and helpless. Having seen such situations, we felt a compelling need to develop alternative techniques for bone regeneration and substitution. With wide variety of scaffolds and regenerative techniques developed and studied to generate bone, the clinical problem still persists making replacement of even 1 cubic centimeter of bone in humans a daunting procedure. Joining Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center as a fellow in Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery provided me the necessary niche to take this clinical problem to lab. Mazumdar Shaw medical Center sports a dedicated state of the art research lab facility with numerous research projects currently underway. Professor Dr. Paul C. Salins, the Chief of Cranio-Maxillofacial Services and Medical Director of the hospital encouraged me to take up basic science research in this field. With his immense clinical experience and surgical expertise, he is convinced about the need for pursuing research in the field of bone regeneration. Dr. Aditya Chaubey, the Chief Scientific Officer of Mazumdar Shaw Centre for Translational Research, who has been working extensively in field of stem cells and has already developed excellent in vivo models for bone regeneration and scaffold designing accepted to guide me in starting a research career. I feel this research training fellowship will allow me to dedicate my time in this exciting field and may in fact allow me to pursue a translational research career in the future. Though inexperienced, I believe that undertaking this fellowship at an early stage of my career will help me in better understanding of the existing clinical problems and developing a scientific problem solving attitude and apply the newly acquired skills in patient care.