Dr Nischal Chugh Dr Nischal Chugh, 42, Director and HOD, Centre for Joint Replacement, Saroj Super Speciality Hospitals
It was his grandparents' frequent visits to doctors that motivated Dr Chugh to take up the medical profession. "I believe this is the only selfless profession in this world where you care for your patients more than you do for yourself for your family," he says. With an MS & DNB in Orthopaedics from Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi, Dr Chugh was drawn to orthopaedics because, "There were only a few surgeries that produced immediate results, such as joint replacement. You could make a patient who came on a wheelchair or a stretcher, ambulant in a few days. This inspired me to become an orthopaedic surgeon and specialise in joint replacement." And it was a journey of passion ever since. Ask him about the most challenging situation and he says with contentment. "My most challenging case of surgical intervention was when a 48-year-old housewife suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis came to me with the hope I could help her walk. At the age of 44, she had fallen and fractured her left hip. She was operated upon, but was unable to walk ever since and was on catheter for the past four years. After six months of being operated upon, her condition worsened and her knees became straight with no movement. I finally took the herculean task that required a lot of planning with my team. I replaced both her knees and in a period of just three months she was able to sit, stand on her own, climb stairs and walk without support. Her family still believes that we have performed a miracle."