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Dr. Naresh Trehan honoured as among ‘Seven Legends’ by the International Congress of Cardiac Surgery in Athens, Greece

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Monday, June 10, 2024, 15:45 Hrs  [IST]

Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman of the board of directors at Global Health Ltd. was awarded by the International Congress of Cardiac Surgery, as one of the ‘Seven Wise Coronary Surgeons of the Golden Era of the 90's.’
This Congress is a global society which organizes and centralizes various surgical centres focusing on patient outcomes, techniques, and progressive development of heart surgery.
Trehan graduated from King George’s Medical University, Lucknow in 1968. He says that his four years in Lucknow taught him ground realities of India. He did his internship in Safdarjung Hospital from 1968-69. Determined to increase his medical education he managed to get an internship in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 1970. In his rotation he asked senior doctors about who was the surgeon doing pioneering work in heart surgery. He was told it was Dr Frank Spencer at New York University Medical Center. Trehan was also warned that it was the most coveted surgical residency programme in America and there was not a chance he could get in. They added that Dr Spencer did not speak to foreigners and had a five year waiting list. In a dogged pursuit of the residency programme in cardiac surgery he managed to get the job in general surgery in 1971, by impressing them with his academic knowledge which he credited to his Lucknow education.
After an intense, gruelling four years of general surgery, coming home only twice a week, Trehan managed to secure a place with Dr Frank Spencer in the cardiovascular surgery programme in 1975, which was even more demanding. In 1978, he then began his practice at New York University Medical Center. Trehan established a reputation for successfully operating on patients that were considered inoperable who were turned down for surgery as too risky. Being ambidextrous, Trehan was known for his speed in operations thereby reducing the time the patient was kept under anaesthesia further enhancing his medical acclaim.
"This recognition from the International Congress of Cardiac Surgery is a profound honour. I am grateful to my doctors and my staff at all the hospitals for their unwavering support and guidance, which have been instrumental in this accomplishment. We will continue to collaborate seamlessly and arrive at the best possible treatment, customized for each patient,” said Dr Trehan.
He established Escorts Heart Institute in 1988, and then set up Medanta - The Medicity in Gurugram in 2009, a multi-specialty hospital with 1,400 beds. This was followed by the launch of other units in Lucknow, Patna, Indore and Ranchi.


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