• Brief Profile


    I am a specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Some people also call this respiratory or chest medicine and intensive care medicine. I trained at Madras Medical College and then moved to the US and have trained in Connecticut, Chicago and Oregon. I am now in San Francisco area at Kaiser Permanente, which is a large health organisation and has the largest group practice of doctors in the world. In my specialty, I see patients with lung problems like cough, wheezing, smoking related lung problems, lung cancer, spots on the lung, pneumonia, lung collapse and fluid accumulation around the lung among many other conditions.

     

    I am particularly interested in helping people stop smoking, which is the main cause of most chronic health problems in the world. When I am not in the clinic, I take care of patients in the intensive care unit. This is also called the critical care unit, ICU, intensive care or other names but this is where the sickest patients are treated. Patients are often on breathing machines called ventilators and need a lot of medicines to maintain the normal functioning of the organs. Most patients can make it through a severe illness through intensive care but sometimes we are unable to save them and in that situation we doctors are faced with the difficult but important task of helping the family of the patient during this time. The intensive care unit is a very busy place and it takes a team to make the place work- nurses, nurse assistants, respiratory therapists who help with the function of the breathing machines as well as staff who help with lab work, imaging, feeding, cleaning and maintaining supplies. My role on DrRaxa.com is to help answer any questions pertaining to lung problems and intensive care medicine. As you may know this is not a personal medical consultation but general advice that can be helpful as a starting point in finding an answer to your medical problem. If it is an urgent problem, you should contact your own doctor or hospital immediately. I am a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and am a member of their Disaster Response Network Steering Committee.

     

    I have received a few awards during my career so far but what I am happy to do is have the ability to help the poor and underprivileged when possible. I have also written a few articles for medical journals and done clinical research. The great thing about medicine is that the human body is the same- be it in America or in India and this makes it easy for doctors to exchange information around the world. Through this website, I hope to help you in India find relief from your problem. As the saying goes, the role of the doctor is to heal sometimes but comfort always and the word doctor really means ‘to teach’, and hopefully I can accomplish this. My inspiration to pursue this career is my father who was a very humble and accomplished physician and I pray that I can emulate his empathy for his patients. My credentials: Medical College: Madras Internal Medicine Residency: University of Connecticut Medical Center, USA Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship: Loyola University and Oregon Health and Science University Masters in Public Health: University of Connecticut, USA I am American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Questions Answered by me

It appears your asthma is inadequately controlled. I would suggest you avoid triggers and monitor your peak flow. Sinus drainage can worsen asthma...

Answered on : 21 Feb 2011

It appears your father has advanced stage lung cancer requiring chemotherapy. Chemotherapy can cause nausea and vomiting in general but individual...

Answered on : 24 Jan 2011

The leg swelling is common with amlodipine. Raising the legs when sleeping is one way to correct this. This swelling is due to the way the drug...

Answered on : 17 Dec 2010

It appears you have a history of asthma, diabetes, chronic sinus disease and local headache from coughing. The symptoms you describe suggest that...

Answered on : 13 Dec 2010

The description of lung fibrosis may indicate past exposure to TB but without a clinical examination and more details it may not be clear if there...

Answered on : 01 Dec 2010

Your symptoms suggest you may be having obstructive sleep apnea or snoring as a cause of the problem. Other possibilities are continued nasal...

Answered on : 29 Nov 2010

Your symptoms suggest you may have sinusitis as you correctly state. However, the wheezing suggests you may have bronchitis or asthma also at the...

Answered on : 23 Nov 2010

It appears that you have asthma triggered by dust and cold weather which is a common problem. The first inhaler you mention has a combination of...

Answered on : 15 Nov 2010

Oxygen is prescribed only in situations where the measured blood oxygen level is lower than a certain amount. I am not aware of any medical...

Answered on : 14 Nov 2010

Your history sounds like the asthma is back. At the same time all that wheezes is not asthma. Chronic bronchitis as well as the condition called...

Answered on : 03 Nov 2010
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