• 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 is possible that the opacity on the chest X-ray is a scar. However without testing for active tuberculosis in the sputum or by other blood...

Answered on : 14 Jun 2011

Persistent fever with urinary tract infection needs to be investigated. The first thing is to make sure the E. coli is sensitive to the...

Answered on : 07 Jun 2011

Pulmonary embolism is a condition where there is blockage of blood vessels in the lung by clots that started in the veins of the legs and lower...

Answered on : 24 May 2011

The situation you have described appears to be an incidental finding on the chest x-ray. This is a common occurrence. The cause may be a number of...

Answered on : 18 May 2011

The description you have given suggests a number of possible conditions. Infections like pneumonia due to bacteria appears to be a very likely...

Answered on : 17 May 2011

From the description you have given me it appears that she may have pain in the chest from either ongoing lung or pleura related disease. The...

Answered on : 16 Mar 2011

Tuberculosis can affect any age group and stress decreases the immune system response to fight infection. TB can recur if there is incomplete...

Answered on : 12 Mar 2011

In general asthma has an inflammatory component best treated with inhaled steroids. This class of medication has some side effects with high doses...

Answered on : 07 Mar 2011

First of all I am glad you are doing well after your accident . From the description you have given it appears that any bacterial infection should...

Answered on : 25 Feb 2011

Also thank you for giving a detailed history . As you note you have mild intermittent asthma during certain seasons and with viral infections. The...

Answered on : 25 Feb 2011
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