Dr. JS Rajkumar is the founder and chairman of Lifeline Group of Hospitals. He set up the first ever Stem Cell Unit in Chennai and reported the first successful case after stem cell therapy. He started his entrepreneurial journey by setting up Rigid Hospitals Private Limited at New Avadi Road in Kilpauk in 1997. He has worked as an Assistant Professor with Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai and as a Consultant Surgeon and Gastroenterologist with Malar Hospital, Chennai.
Dr Rajkumar has been the Chairman of the Association of Surgeons of India, TN&P chapter for the year 2011-12. He founded a trust in 1997 called ‘Dr Rajarathnam Medical and Educational Foundation’ which provides free service to HIV and cancer patients.
Awards and Recognitions
- Vaidya Ratna Award from President Abdul Kalam
- Dr KS Sanjivi Award which is given to doctors with social commitment for health and medicare services to poor and needy
- Dr V Chandrasekhar Gold Medal Endowment: IMA, Trichy, Rtn
- Dr NC Raghavachari Award for Exemplary Service to the Community – Health
- Seva Ratna Award for recognizing services to the society by PR Syndicate
- Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lions Club District
Dr. Rajkumar graduated from Madras Medical College, Chennai with 32 gold medals. During his post graduation, he received four FRCS to his credit. He then trained in the United Kingdom under senior surgeons on advanced general surgery and hepato-biliary and pancreatic surgery.
Medical work history of Dr. JS Rajkumar is as follows:
- Chairman – Lifeline Group of Hospitals. Chennai
- Chairman ( 2011-2012 ) TN&P, Association of Surgeons of India
- Examiner – National Board of Examinations
- Examiner – Royal College of Surgeons
- Visiting Professor of Surgery – Sri Balaji Medical College, Chennai
- Visiting Professor of Surgery – Rajah Muthaiah Medical College, Chidambaram
- Editor – Digestive Surgery, Indian Edition
- Director – Doctor’s Medical College, Chennai
- Founder Member – College of Surgeons of India, New Delhi
- Mentor for Advanced Laparoscopy, Indian Association of Gastroenterologists and Endosurgeons
- Mentor for Colorectal and Obesity Surgery – COVIDIEN
- Mentor for Obesity / Hernia /Advanced Lap Surgeries – ETHICON
Dr. Rajkumar had a successful case with treating a 36-year-old diabetic by cutting 170 cm off from his intestine and moving it closer to the stomach to cure him, a method of treatment which started in Brazil a decade ago.
A team of doctors from a private hospital which included Dr. JS Rajkumar successfully performed bariatric surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) on a 108 kg woman for weight reduction in Puducherry.
Dr. JS Rajkumar, along with a few other doctors, helped save the life of a 46-year-old surgeon on board a Kolkata-Chennai flight. The surgeon fell unconscious and lost pulse and was revived using the technique of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Scalpel Scribbles: Dr. JS Rajkumar has authored the book Scalpel Scribbles which is a collection of poems and short stories that focus on his ruminations and memories of real incidents. These include the 2004 Kumbakonam fire accident that claimed the lives of children, and a few other incidents.
A doctor’s skills can be put to test anywhere and not just in an operation theatre or an examination room. This means that a good doctor is the one who does not rely on the equipments to save lives all the times. The knowledge and confidence are sufficient enough to bring relief to the patients. Dr J S Rajkumar, Chairman, Lifeline Hospitals encountered such a situation where his skills were put to test and he proved his mettle. He saved a fellow passenger’s life on board a flight, without any medical equipment but with sheer talent.
Prakash, a 46 year old surgeon was lucky for having boarded the same flight as Dr. J S Rajkumar’s. That’s because the latter has saved the former’s life in a way that is nothing short of a miracle. Dr J S Rajkumar, was travelling from Kolkata to Chennai after delivering a guest lecture. Coincidentally, Prakash was also travelling in the same flight with his wife. About half an hour after the filght took off, the passengers witnessed a panic situation. Prakash’s wife realized that her husband was having trouble breathing. He was gasping for air. He had suffered a cardiac arrest on the flight. His wife called for help and much to her fortune, Dr J S Rajkumar rushed to the situation to rescue the harrowing patient.
Dr Rajkumar quickly realized that the 46 year old surgeon was losing out on his pulse and needed to be resuscitated. His first response was to grab the first aid kit available on the flight but much to his dismay, the kit proved out to be useless. The kit lacked endo-tracheal tubes that could help Prakash breathe. By this time, the patient had lost pulse and his temperature was dropping. The flight did not have any defibrillators to revive the patient by restarting the stopped heart. Even a mouth to mouth resuscitation could not help. Then, Dr. Rajkumar completely relied on his instincts and started punding on the victim’s chest, putting pressure on the heart. He made several pushes on the chest but just as Dr. J S Rajkumar was about to lose hope, Prakash miraculously revived.
He was keenly observed by the doctor and the situation turned out to be a cardiac arrhythmia. Dr J S Rajkumar understood that although the attack was severe, there was hardly any chance that it would happen again. As the flight landed in Chennai, Prakash was straight away taken to the nearby hospital.
Dr. J S Rajkumar, Chairman, Lifeline Hospitals, always likes to stay acquainted with the latest developments in technology. His inclination towards technology has found its way to be used in his hospital as well. Lifeline Hospital houses the latest equipments and gadgets used in medical science. And now Dr. J S Rajkumar has incorporated something absolutely fascinating and revolutionary- Using a Google Glass in a surgery.
The world is dominated by technology. Technology has offered a myriad of benefits in various sectors but there is one sector that has received a great fillip through the use of technology-The healthcare sector. Technology has revolutionized the healthcare domain. The treatments that seemed impossible a few decades ago have now become a reality, all thanks to the developments in technology. Millions of lives are saved every month across the world, thousands of students are trained every year; all through an extensive use of technology. And the advent of Google Glass has paved in a way for an entirely new experience.
The benefits that a Google Glass offers during a surgery are incredible. It broadcasts the surgery for the people outside the operation theatre. This broadcast can be seen by people in various parts of the world in the real time. This simply means that thousands of students will be able to see the surgery broadcast by the Google Glass and learn intricacies of the surgery. This connectivity is certainly avant-garde and is highly beneficial.
Doctors or at write or co-author books based on medical specialty and another book coming from a renowned surgeon would not be much of a surprise to anyone. But what if I were to tell you the book being Talked about here HAS got nothing to do with medical science as its subject. Rather it is not even remotely related to human biology and anatomy, Although it does deal with human emotions and sentiments.
Dr JS Rajkumar, chairman, Lifeline Hospital Multi Specialty Hospital, HAS penned a book called Scalpel Scribbles. This book is a compilation of his experiences and thoughts reverberated through anecdotes and poems. This book is unique for it gives an insight into Dr. JS’s life and how things as small as Om mantra or rains had an impact on him. Just flipping through the book gives the reader an idea of how good a writer Dr. Rajkumar is.
Dr. JS Rajkumar, who always had a penchant for writing HAS finally embarked on a journey where he would pen his thoughts and ideas. He Has already planned to start with his next book-which will talk about his emotional experiences with his patients. A doctor comes to know about the deepest secrets of his patient and Becomes a confidante. Dr.Rajkumar’s book Has touched upon the side that talks about his journey towards becoming Such a successful personality.