Dr. Z. S. Meharwal

Position Director and Coordinator - Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Qualification Dr. Z. S. Meharwal, Director and Coordinator, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, is one the most renowned cardiac surgeons in India with over 7000 surgeries to his credit.
Department Cardiology
Previous experience Dr. Meharwal’s areas of interest include Off pump coronary artery bypass surgery, CABG in patients with poor ventricular function, valve repair and replacement, surgery of ascending aortic aneurysm and dissections, peripheral vascular surgery and combined CABG and carotid endarterectomy. He has to his credit a large number of research papers and studies extending the frontiers of clinical cardiac sciences in India. He has also authored sections in medical books on cardiology. He has worked as consultant cardiac surgeon at Prestigious King’s College Hospital in London where he has been actively involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is a keen trainer and has trained many cardiac surgeons in UK and in India. He is the Programme Coordinator of DNB (Diplomat National Board) Cardiothoracic Surgery at Escorts Heart Institute.
Medical Education Dr. Meharwal completed his MBBS, MS and M.Ch from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow.
Awards He has an E.C.F.M.G Certificate from United States of America. He has been conferred with various awards including President’s award for his contribution in the field of cardiac surgery. Dr Zile Singh Meharwal is a world renowned Cardiovascular Surgeon dedicated to the service of human kind. Dr Meharwal was born in Saharanpur and did his basic schooling in Saharanpur in Government Inter College. He was motivated by his mother to go into medical profession because she always told him that this is the best profession to serve the society. After passing 12th, he got selected in the prestigious medical college “King George’s Medical College, Lucknow” where he passed his MBBS. During his medical graduation, he received National Merit Scholarship based on his performance in 12th board examination. After his graduation, he joined General Surgical training programme and passed his MS in General Surgery from the same medical college. While he was doing his training in General Surgery, he developed interest in Cardiovascular Surgery, which still was not very developed in India and the patients who could afford, were going abroad for treatment and those who could not afford, were left untreated. With the aim of contributing to the development of this superspeciality in India and helping large number of cardiac patients who could not afford to go abroad for treatment, he joined Cardiac Surgical training and completed M.Ch. After his training, he moved to Delhi and joined G B Pant Hospital which was one of the 2 Cardiac hospitals in Delhi. At that time there were very few cardiac centres in India. After a short stint at G B pant Hospital, he joined Escorts Heart Institute which is one of the largest Cardiac Institute in the country. Dr. Meharwal has been one of the core team of Doctors responsible for the global recognition earned by Escorts Heart Institute as a centre of excellence for clinical cardiac sciences. In 1993, he moved to England and joined prestigious King’s College Hospital, London, where he worked as Consultant Cardiac Surgeon. It is a rare honor for an Indian to get such a position in one of the best teaching hospitals in England. He was doing very well there and trained many doctors who are now well settled in different parts of the world. But somewhere in his heart, Dr Meharwal had a feeling that he has to serve his own people in his own country. He therefore left his lucrative job in England and decided to come back to India so that he could give back what he owed to his own country. He joined back Escorts Heart Institute And Research Centre because he knew that here he could use his skills best and provide good service to the patients. Dr Meharwal has more than 22 years of experience in the field of Cardiovascular surgery. He has performed more than 10000 cardiac surgical procedures. He has been involved with lot of innovations and developments in the field of Cardiac Surgery, both in India as well as in England. He is one of the few surgeons performing very complicated surgeries like replacement of aorta for aortic aneurysms and dissections. He has to his credit of performing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery on 94 year old patient which is the oldest patient to undergo coronary artery bypass operation. Dr Meharwal is a good teacher and takes great interest in teaching young budding cardiac surgeons. He initiated the DNB (Diplomate National Board) teaching programme in Cardiovascular Surgery at Escorts Heart Institute. He has already trained more than 20 cardiac surgeons in India and UK. Some of them are placed in very good positions in India, UK and USA. He is also actively involved in research and has published a large number of papers in reputed national and international journals. He has been invited to deliver lectures in important medial meetings both in India as well as abroad. Dr Meharwal is very actively involved with community services also. He strongly believes that we need to serve our poor people in rural and remote areas. With that aim in mind, he has been regularly organizing free medical camps in different parts of the country where patients are examined by a team of doctors from Escorts Heart Institute. Certain tests are conducted and the patients are given right advice. He also delivers lecture to various social organizations on various aspects of heart diseases with emphasis on prevention of heart disorders. Dr Meharwal has received many national and international awards by various organizations, including citation award by President of India, Mr A P J Abdul Kalam for his contribution in the field of Cardiac Surgery. But he always says that his best award is the smile on patient’s face when he goes home after operation or any medical treatment. Dr Meharwal feels that Uttar Pradesh and Saharanpur in particular where he hails from, should have good cardiac hospitals which can take care of patients of that state. His experience in camps in various parts of Uttar Pradesh has been that there is a large population of patients suffering from heart disorders who do not have access to major cardiac centers. These patients can benefit from centers in their own cities and state. Dr Meharwal is going to Saharanpur to deliver a talk on “Recent Advances in the surgical management of Valvular Heart Disease” in the Indian Medical Association forum.

 

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