SURG­ERIES AND SMILES

Marwar - - Contents - Text Be­naifer J Mirza

Meet Dr Aditya Khemka, an or­thopaedic sur­geon and one of the very few doc­tors in In­dia and the world spe­cial­is­ing in osseoin­te­gra­tion, who has given so many pa­tients a re­newed zest for life.

Meet Dr Aditya Khemka, an or­thopaedic sur­geon and one of the very few doc­tors in In­dia and the world spe­cial­is­ing in osseoin­te­gra­tion, who has given so many pa­tients a re­newed zest for life.

AN OR­THOPAEDIC SUR­GEON SPE­CIAL­IS­ING in hip, knee, trauma and osseoin­te­gra­tion surgery, Dr Khemka is a re­search scholar at the Univer­sity of Notre Dame, Aus­tralia and has a keen in­ter­est in ‘Re­vi­sion Hip and Knee Arthro­plasty’, es­pe­cially to­tal/par­tial fe­mur re­place­ments. Af­ter work­ing with some of the world’s best in­sti­tu­tions and hos­pi­tals, he now is back in In­dia and looks for­ward to trans­form­ing many lives.

The be­gin­ning

Orig­i­nally from Fateh­pur, Ra­jasthan, Aditya Khemka’s fa­ther, San­jay Khemka, came from Kolkata to Mum­bai in the 1980s to start a power plant business. He con­sulted for com­pa­nies abroad and shipped heavy elec­tri­cal ma­chin­ery such as ac­tu­a­tors and valves, needed for large power plants.

Born and brought up in South Mum­bai, Khemka stud­ied at the city’s Green­lawns High School, se­cur­ing a whop­ping 93 per cent in the 10th Stan­dard. He then joined Jai Hind Col­lege, as­pir­ing to get into MBBS, and then set his sights on the cov­eted CET rank. His hard work paid off at the end of two years when he se­cured a seat at K J So­maiya Med­i­cal Col­lege and Re­search Cen­tre. The next five years were a breeze.

But why did he not join the fam­ily business? In re­ply, Dr Khemka says, “Business never ig­nited a spark in me; it gave me a sense of ‘mun­dane-ness’. I was al­ways in­spired by my maternal grand­fa­ther, Dr H R Jhun­jhun­wala, a prom­i­nent or­thopaedic sur­geon in Mum­bai. His de­meanour, his white coat, his tools and the re­spect he got for all the work he did, ex­cited me. The tim­ings and the hard work, as was of­ten re­minded about by my mother, never both­ered me.”

MBBS done, Dr Khemka got in touch with surgeons in USA who had made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to surgery, and this cul­mi­nated in him trav­el­ling to USA on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions to pur­sue clerk­ships in bariatric and min­i­mal ac­cess gen­eral surgery at the Brook­dale Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in New York and car­dio­tho­racic surgery at the Yale New Haven Med­i­cal Col­lege & Hos­pi­tal in New Haven, Con­necti­cut.

Work­ing his fin­gers to the bone

Re­turn­ing to In­dia, he joined the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Med­i­cal Col­lege in Bel­gaum, Kar­nataka and ob­tained his de­gree in or­thopaedics, MS (Orth), in 2012. Back again in Mum­bai, he started his ca­reer in or­thopaedics as a house

Top: Dr Aditya Khemka, MBBS, MS (Or­thopaedics), PhD (Or­thopaedics)

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