Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with Dr Atul Kumar, Chief & Professor of Ophthalmology, Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi.
Dr Atul Kumar has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2009 under the category of Eminent Medical Teacher.
Dr KK: How has your journey been so far?
It has been a total rollercoaster ride. I come from a non-medico family and struggled against all odds to get a meritorious seat at MAMC, Delhi. Then another nervous ‘do or die’ attempt got me into AIIMS, and MD at the RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences. There was no looking back then when as a senior resident I realized that besides my clinical work, I also liked academics and teaching. The Almighty was with me as I managed a faculty position at AIIMS, and now finally I am the Chief of the Ophthalmic Center in this institute.