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Dr Parthak Prodhan

Parthak Prodhan, an alumnus of 1985 batch, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with joint appointments in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care. He serves as the Medical Director of Arkansas Children's' Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care program, the Program Director for the Cardiac Intensive Care Medicine fellowship, and the Clinical Research Director within the Heart Center. His career path includes post-graduate training in Pediatrics at MGIMS, senior residency stints at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi; residency training at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, followed by fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School hospital in Boston. He has served as faculty at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital and is currently at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/ Arkansas Children Hospital in Little Rock.

His clinical and research interests include caring for critically ill pediatric patients with a specialized focus in pediatric cardiac critical care. In the specialized role, he cares for children and young adults with the entire spectrum of congenital and acquired heart diseases. His clinical and research interest focus has been in defining the various aspects of care of children on short-term cardio-pulmonary mechanical support using extracorporeal life support and long-term support utilizing ventricular assist devices. His role in refining management strategies to mitigate stroke risk in children on ventricular assist device support has been widely recognized. He has authored over 175 papers and abstracts and is actively involved in mentoring trainee's and junior faculty. He has received numerous research, mentoring, and teaching awards along his career. He was recently inducted as a Fellow by the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

He currently resides in Little Rock, with his wife Dr Priya Mendiratta, an MGIMS alumna from 1988 batch, an academic geriatrician at UAMS and their three children. They attribute their growth and strong foundation to MGIMS at the onset of their medical careers.

When recently asked how MGIMS shaped his life and professional career, Parthak wrote: “MGIMS will always have a special place in my heart. Even today, I continue to fondly remember the eight-plus years I spent at MGIMS as a kind of touchstone--an experience I can reference whenever I need to remember what it means to take on great challenges, to surround myself with a supportive community, to make a contribution by being myself, and to grow in the ways I think are most important, and most exciting. The outstanding teachers, their commitment to excellence, the philosophy and core values, which MGIMS stands for, were crucial stepping stones which have continued to inspire me in my career. MGIMS has helped nurture in me an inquiring mind, based on the understanding of the complexities of human health and illness while steeped in the realities of powerful socio- economic influences. The professed Gandhian values upon which MGIMS was built provides a milieu for a unique medical training experience. These values continue to be a relevant and a powerful force in today's fast changing world and I hope will continue to guide the numerous students who pass through the portals of this hallowed institution. My experiences at MGIMS have left a deep impact on my life and career. This school is a truly magical place and I cannot give a higher recommendation.”

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