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Dr. Rajesh Rajan, Chairman Board of Governors Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists, Attends Successful World Heart Summit in Geneva

Thiruvananthapuram: Dr. Rajesh Rajan, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists, recently participated in the highly anticipated World Heart Summit held in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 19 to 21, 2023. This significant global gathering brought together renowned cardiologists, researchers, and policymakers to explore cutting-edge advancements in cardiovascular medicine and address critical challenges facing the field.

Dr Rajan's journey to becoming a cardiologist began in Adoor Holy Angels, where he had his early schooling. He had his secondary-level schooling at Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Motivated by a deep passion for medicine, he graduated from RUDN University, followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery from Bakulev Scientific Center of Cardiovascular Surgery. He did his compulsory rotating resident internship at the Government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram, and a PG Diploma in Clinical Cardiology from Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences and a PhD in cardiology from RUDN University. He also holds an FRCP in cardiology from the Royal College of Physicians London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ireland, and has been a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Rajan has made a significant contribution to the field of cardiology through the development of Rajan's Heart Failure (R-hf) Risk Score. This innovative tool plays a crucial role in assessing heart failure risks in patients. The R-hf Risk Score is expected to have a notable impact on the field of cardiology due to its groundbreaking nature and has received recognition for its potential to advance patient care. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Rajan actively contributes to the education and training of young cardiologists. He has served as a faculty member for numerous national and international conferences and has conducted various workshops and training programs in cardiology. Dr. Rajan's dedication to academia led to his appointment as the supervisor of the undergraduate medical research program (SSS) at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 2017. He also holds the position of supervisor for the undergraduate medical clinical placement program (PY2CP) at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. In 2019, he was appointed as a visiting lecturer at the Medical Institute of RUDN University in recognition of his expertise.

In his distinguished career, Dr Rajan has been associated with hospitals both in India and abroad. He has been associated with prestigious institutions such as the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences in Trivandrum, Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute in Trivandrum, and the Sabah Al Ahmad Cardiac Center in Al Amiri Hospital, Kuwait.

Dr. Rajan, an expert in the field, received a special invitation from the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) of the Government of India due to his reputation and expertise. In 2018, he was chosen as one of the seven committee members to participate in a high-powered meeting organized by the NPPA. The purpose of this meeting was to reevaluate the pricing of cardiac stents, which are crucial medical devices used in cardiology procedures. Representing the Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists, Dr. Rajan actively engaged in discussions that led to a significant decision to limit the prices of cardiac stents. This landmark decision not only ensured more affordable access to life-saving treatments for patients but also prompted the NPPA to propose separate pricing for catheters, balloons, and guide wires in hospital bills.

Dr. Rajesh is married to Nidhi Radhadevi Mohan, and they have two children, Krish Balram Rajesh and Nathan Krishnan Rajesh.

With his wealth of experience and contributions to the field of cardiology, Dr. Rajesh Rajan is set to make a significant impact at the upcoming World Heart Summit in Geneva. His attendance serves as a testament to his expertise and dedication to improving cardiovascular healthcare globally. The Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists congratulates Dr. Rajan on this prestigious opportunity and wishes him great success in his endeavors.

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