问题的核心:博士. Nikhil 熊猫 '02，全国最好的心脏电生理学家之一
Dr. Nikhil 熊猫 '02是全国最好的心脏电生理学家之一.
即使作为一个在加州圣地亚哥长大的孩子， Nikhil 熊猫 ' 02 有崇高的目标.
His parents, who emigrated from India, often returned to their home country with their young son. 在那里，熊猫看到了如此巨大的苦难，他受到了启发，要做出改变. 他立志成为一名医生.
今天他的梦想在很大程度上实现了. 他是全国最好的心脏电生理学家之一, 实际上是在普罗维登斯的布朗阿尔珀特医学院, 罗德岛州, 说他每天都在拯救生命一点也不夸张.
我们和Dr。. 熊猫, 谁同时也是研究员和教授, 了解更多他在加州大学的经历, 他的职业道路, 是什么让他在复杂的心脏手术这个高风险的世界里保持冷静.
我想在大学期间体验一下这个国家不同的地方. I really liked the small class sizes at Utica College and the idea that each student was not a number. I received a scholarship to UC and had the opportunity to participate in the 荣誉项目. 我在高中的时候就知道我想学医, because I always thought becoming a doctor would be the ultimate way to help people and make a difference. 当时, UC offered a combined medical degree program and opportunities for early entrance to the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, 哪个看起来更适合我. But it was quite the transition in climate from living in San Diego to Upstate New York!
绝对. I was able to do my senior thesis as a sophomore at the Masonic Medical 研究 Laboratory in Utica. 我当时并不知道, but the laboratory is perhaps the most famous basic science laboratory in the field of cardiac electro生理学, 这个领域的大部分知识是在哪里发现的. 在那里，我有机会与该领域的创始人之一. 查尔斯Antzelevitch. That experience was instrumental in helping shape my future career as a physician and scientist. 通过尤蒂卡学院, I was also able to do clinical rotations abroad and study health policy in Europe. I became an EMT and phlebotomy-certified and participated in medical trips abroad. 我也和博士一起做化学研究. 柯蒂斯Pulliam. 在申请医学院的时候, 我得到了老师们的大力支持，很早就被录取了, 在我大二之后.
Yes, it was an unforgettable time that I will always look back on with the fondest of memories. I developed lifelong friendships at UC, including my former roommate and best friend, Dr. Terry Li ' 02. 我们在加州大学认识，然后在医学院成为室友. 我们参加过彼此的婚礼.
All the professors I had at UC impacted my life in such a positive one way or another, 但有几个人脱颖而出. Judy McIntryre是我的医学预科顾问, 在我的大学生涯中，她的鼓励对我很有帮助. She was more like a family member and would often invite me for dinner with her family. 直到今天我们还保持着联系. Dr. Ronald Lucchino worked extra hard as my faculty adviser to provide me with the mentorship and opportunities to be successful. 还有马克·科瓦奇. He was the director of residence life during my time at UC and went above and beyond to make sure I was adjusting to life away from home. 他甚至参加了我的医学院毕业典礼.
All the professors I had at UC impacted my life in such a positive one way or another.
Your field, cardiac electro生理学, is relatively new, having been developed in the mid-1970s. 你能描述一下吗??
Cardiac electro生理学 is a very subspecialized field that deals with the medical and surgical treatment of electrical disorders of the heart. We are considered the “electrical engineers of heart” or the “heart electricians.” It employs the latest technologies in medicine, including robotic and computer-assisted procedures. 我们植入心脏起搏器和除颤器, 也可以做心脏消融手术, in which we find and burn specific areas of the heart that are causing the rhythm disturbance.
作为一名医生, I wanted the opportunity to have a direct and immediate impact on patient's lives, and I’m fascinated by the novel technologies in this field that are constantly evolving and improving. I enjoy the variety in the procedures, as almost no two procedures are the same. 我一直很喜欢用我的双手工作, and I like the intellectual challenge of finding an arrhythmia and eliminating it before my eyes. 我们处理解剖学原理, 生理学, 日常学习电气工程和物理, 我们给一些病情最严重的心脏做手术, 所以我们对病人生活的改变是特别值得的.
这是正确的. In 2002, 我在锡拉丘兹的纽约州立大学上了医学院, then I entered the physician scientist training program at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, 我在那里完成了实习, 心脏病学的奖学金, and three years of a postdoctoral research fellowship in biomedical engineering, 专注于心律失常的细胞和组织工程. I completed my clinical cardiac electro生理学 fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. I was one of the few electrophysiologists that completed an additional fellowship in advanced and complex cardiac ablation back in Cleveland.
奖学金后, I wanted to pursue practice at an academic medical center where I would have the opportunity to practice with the latest technologies, 培养下一代电生理学家, 并进行研究. 这把我带到了布朗大学，在那里我可以做所有这些事情. 除了一周工作四天之外, I am the founder of several clinical studies and have developed new ablation techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation or AFib, 一种常见的心脏顶部跳动不规律的电紊乱. I research cell therapy and tissue regeneration and try to engineer cells and tissue to restore electrical activity in the heart that has been damaged. I also have the opportunity to teach and mentor electro生理学 and cardiology fellows, 居民, 医学专业的学生, 本科生和博士后研究人员. 我非常忙，但我每天都期待着来上班!
心脏电生理学领域需要毅力. 有些手术可能持续6-8小时, 外科医生的坚持不懈可以确保病人得到最好的结果. One of the most challenging aspects is dealing with the limitations and bureaucracy of the current healthcare system that I feel can be a hindrance to patient care and research at times.
我一直对心脏有一种健康的尊重, because of the importance and possible consequences of things that can happen. 然而, 我认为我在压力下工作得很好, 我相信我的经验和训练, 因为房间里的每个人都在欣赏我的态度. 我在掌舵. 保持冷静是很重要的，所以每个人, 包括护士, 学员, 和工作人员, 能否努力为患者提供最好的治疗结果.
我在住院医生时认识了我的妻子梅加. 她是布朗大学同一医院系统的内科医生和儿科医生. 我们有两个儿子，3岁的迪兰和1岁的肖恩. 我们在罗德岛才住了几年，但我们喜欢这个地方. 海滩就在附近，我们经常去波士顿.
我希望能继续做我的工作. 继续做研究，参与临床试验和教学. 继续看着我的孩子长大.