A Surgeon behind Cricketer Murlitharan’s Surgical Strike

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A Surgeon behind Cricketer Murlitharan’s Surgical Strike

Medicine today is an imperfect craft, based primarily on science and innovation. Its practitioners are human too, as are the patients. Both parties should understand that the best possible would be done, with a touch of kindness, empathy and gentleness.

Known for his involvement with International cricketers, Prof M. S. Dhillon has been a pioneer in starting Sports Injury management and developing specific protocols. He is the leading Foot and Ankle Trauma specialist in the country and has written a few books on the subject; his book on Calcaneal fractures is one of the best selling focused books on the subject.

Academic & Professional Details
✓ Professor & Head, Department of Orthopaedics,
✓ Head, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation In charge, Sport Injury Clinic
✓ Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab
✓ Visiting Professor University of Texas, Galveston, USA 2018
✓ Visiting Professor McMaster University, Canada 2013
✓ Former Dean Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Baba Farid Medical University, Faridkot, Punjab

Fellowships Awarded
✓ Selected for Johnson & Johnson Fellowship of
IOA 1991
✓ E. Merck Fellowship of Bombay Orthopaedic Society, 1991
✓ Selected For RANAWAT FOUNDATION Fellowship 1991
✓ A.O. Fellow, Universitat Klinikum Stegelitz, Berlin, Germany Oct-Dec., 1994
✓ A.A.D.O. Fellow, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, September, 1995
✓ WOC/SICOT Fellowship, Sydney, Australia, April 1999
✓ AADO fellowship to Edinburgh Trauma Symposium, August 1999
✓ INOR Fellowship of IOA to attend BOA meet, London, UK, Oct.2000
✓ IOS UK Fellowship: UK Sept 2009

Editorial Experience
(Partial List)
✓ Editor, Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery-Asia Pacific Since 2014
✓ Associate Editor, The World Journal of Orthopedics (WJO). Since 2015
✓ Editor, Indian Arthroscopy Newsletter, Since 2010
✓ Member Editorial Board, Current Reviews Musculoskeletal Medicine, USA
✓ Member Editorial Board, THE FOOT, UK, Since 2004
Sport Medicine Consultancy (Partial List)
✓ Consultant, BCCI(Board of Control for Cricket In India) Since 2007
✓ Consultant TOPS, Sports Ministry of India Since 2015
✓ Consultant for Management, Sri Lanka Cricket Board 2003-2006
✓ Member, Medical Commission of Indian Olympic Assn Since 2002
✓ Orthopaedic Consultant, Sports Authority of India Since 2001
✓ Orthopaedic Consultant, Indian Hockey Federation Since 2001
✓ Consultant, National Institute of Sports, Patiala, Since 2001
✓ Consultant, Gymnastics Association of India, Since 2001
✓ Consultant, Chandigarh Golf Association Since 2000
✓ Consultant, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Since 2000

Reason for Joining Profession
My mother was a doctor. From childhood, I saw the medical profession from close quarters, with her dedication and the goodwill that patients had for her. This lead me towards the profession and since I always wanted to be a surgeon, Orthopaedics was a nice mix of surgical acumen and patient healing.


Initial Challenges:

A lot of pressure to go abroad! But since I got a job at PGI soon after my MS degree, my perspective changed. Initially it was a tough task, to start a Sports injury and Arthroscopy section, but perseverance lead to the development of the 1st such department in North India. I was subsequently asked to develop a similar department at Colombo, SriLanka in the Apollo Hospitals, which lead to my work with SriLanka cricketers and their top athletes.

Professional highs
I topped the Punjabi University and got Gold medal as the Best Graduate.. Since then the next high was becoming the Head of Department of PGIMER Chandigarh. I have a lot of involvement in Sports medicine, which actually blossomed in SriLanka, with me being designated as consultant to the SriLankan Cricket team; Set up the Sports Injury management clinic at PGIMER.
Involved in treatment and management of many International sports persons, including members of the Sri Lanka and Indian cricket team.
My association was most with Muralitharan, whom I helped by designing a brace for his elbow, that showed the world that he was NOT a “chucker”, and this prevented him from retiring from Cricket in his early years.
Have been team doctor and travelled with India Hockey team on tour
Have been elected to the Pinnacle of most Orthopaedic societies in India and some in Asia also
✓ President: Indian Orthopaedic Association (2018)
✓ Chairperson, Research AO Trauma ASIA Pacific (2018-20)
✓ Chairperson, AO Trauma India (2014-16)
✓ Founder President: Indian Biologics Orthopaedic Society (2014-16)
✓ President: Indian Arthroplasty Association (2012-13)
✓ President, Indian Association of Sports Medicine (2014-2016)
✓ President: Indian Foot & Ankle Society (2013-2014)
Have written 6 books; multiple (more than 350) research publication

Management thoughts
Medicine today is an imperfect craft, based primarily on science and innovation. Its practitioners are human too, as are the patients. Both parties should understand that the best possible would be done, with a touch of kindness, empathy and gentleness. The word cure is often misinterpreted; medicine is still an imperfect science and its practitioners can modify the course of an ailment, and may not be able to completely eradicate it. We Orthopaedic surgeons can fix bones and help them to heal, but we cannot reverse chronic processes and diseases. This has to be communicated adequately to minimize patient dissatisfaction. To quote Atul Gawande“The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do.”

Healthcare Vision
The biggest issue in the future would be incorporation of technology into surgical practice. This raises questions of finance as well as training, which is a challenge in India, since we have a diverse patient and personnel population. To keep up with the world a huge investment in upgrading skills would be required and the country has to be ready for this.

Hobbies
Reading, Playing Bridge, Occasionally Golf


Best place for Holiday
Australia and Switzerland. 2 diverse places with diverse holiday options

Family Details
My wife Rima is an environmentalist and an avid Bird watcher. My older son Himmat is a certified sports Physiotherapist working in Australia, and his wife Arzoo is a software marketing professional. Our younger son Sidak is finishing his MD in Sports Medicine and would be one of the few trained Sports Physicians in India

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