Follow your heart ... Realize your dream
Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with Dr HS Bhanushali, Consultant General & Thoracic Surgeon, Thane.
Dr HS Bhanushali has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2009 under the category of 'Best Talents in encouraging the development of Specialties in different branches of Medicine'.
How does it feel being conferred one of the most prestigious awards in the medical field?
I feel extremely delighted and at the same time humbled to have received this prestigious award. I am grateful to the President and Members of the award committee to have selected me for this award.
Tell us about your journey so far.
I was born in a small hamlet in Shahapur Taluka, Thane district in a poor family. As there was no secondary education available in my village, at the age of 12, I left home to join school at Shahapur 16 miles away. Every day, I had to cross a river just to be able to get to my school.
In those days patients from in and around my village had to travel to the big cities for medical treatment. Looking at their plight, I decided to become a doctor and dedicate my life to serving the underprivileged. When I completed MS, I was offered prestigious jobs in India as well as abroad. But I was determined to offer my services in an area where medical facilities were not readily available. I renounced all the lucrative offers coming my way and started practice at a small rental place in Thane. Eventually I built a 25-bedded private hospital in Thane. It was one of the first hospitals in Thane. We had patients coming in from all the surrounding villages for treatment.
It has always been my mission to make quality treatment available to all. With that I mind I developed the "Kaushalya Medical Foundation Trust Hospital" in Thane, in 2002. It is a 110-bed hospital with over 150 consultants and a state of the art technology which caters to the working class population of Thane. It was my dream to make medical treatment available at affordable costs to all strata of society and to achieve it, I spent my life's savings in constructing this Hospital.