Doctor with A Mission
Unwavering toil and urge to attain success earned him the chair of CEO of Batra Hospital. He is Dr Sanjeev Bagai, Senior Consultant, Paediatrician, Neonatalogist and Paediatric Nephrologist and also the Chief Executive Officer of Batra Medical Research Centre. He is conferred with Padmashree and Dr BC Roy award by the Government of India and several other prestigious awards.
Coming from a low-middle-class family, in which none remotely belongs to the field of medical, Dr Bagai has been through many rough days in his initial life. But he was always encouraged by his family. Having an exceptional educational career with an excellent meritorious background, he considers his journey to success very tough yet enjoyable. And still he has a lot of ambitions to fulfill.
He is a graduate and post-graduate from famous KEM Hospital and GS Medical College, Mumbai. After finishing his MBBS and MD, he completed his DCH and then the National DNBE in paediatrics. He received specialised training in New York University Hospitals and the renowned Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital, and Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
“The first day of fellowship in paediatric, nephrologists, intensive care in Australia taught me that there are more sound people than me in this world, which was the most cherished experience of my life.” Reminiscing his tough time, Dr Bagai said: “My father served for the Government of India and didn’t have much to spend on my study, though I received many scholarships. My father being in an oil industry had a transferable job, and travelling turned out to be extremely beneficial for me, as it exposed me to different cultures, languages and people, which taught me tolerance.” This has helped him in heading the Batra Hospital. “When you head an organisation you need to have patience and tolerance, confidence and correct attitude, which I have in the required amount,” affirmed Dr Bagai.
Dr Bagai feels that one should always have a goal in one’s life, and that is what keeps the hunger for success alive in you. “As I mentioned before that there are some stones left unturned, so if I ever get a chance, I want to be the Health Minister of India and will endeavour to make India a superpower in the terms of healthcare system,” said a determined Dr Bagai.
While remembering some of the challenging cases, he pointed out: “The recent case of conjoined twins Sita and Gita was technically very difficult. The success we achieved has been a phenomenal success story not only for the Hospital, but also for the Indian medical fraternity.”
Apart from being a hardcore doctor, he is a very chilled out person. There is generally a feeling among the people that a doctor’s life is just limited to the hospital. But Dr Bagai belied this fact as he enjoys his life to its fullest by playing cricket, painting, etc. His all-round performance had made him the captain of his school and college cricket teams. He was awarded the best sportsman award and the best resident award during his student days.
Father of two children, Dr Bagai tries to spare time for his family. “I follow the concept of working hard and working smart. I don’t believe in the hours of time spent, but in the quality of time spent,” said a beaming Dr Bagai. He was also awarded with the Human Care Millennium Award for Excellence in Paediatrics, and Performance of Excellence Award from Delhi Doctors Association. A compassionate physician with a smile, he has made Delhi Medical Society proud.
When asked about the accessibility of corporate hospitals in comparison to government hospitals, he said, “Undoubtedly corporate hospitals are much better than the government hospitals as far as the hygiene, availability and international healthcare facilities are concerned. Also we have academics centers, which are as good as the government teaching centres. And Batra Hospital works on two aspects: affordability and accessibility.”
By Vaishali Tanwar