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Orthopaedics at its best

Monday, March 16, 2015

From the renowned and famous family of Soonawalla doctors, Dr. Darius Soonawalla, Orthopaedic Surgeon, in a friednly tete-a-tete  with Dr. Shernaz Avari, Naturopath/Alternative Medicine.

Dr. SBA: For the benefit of our Afternoon readers, could you kindly give us an insight into your Soonawalla family of famous doctors.
Dr. DS: My father, the late Dr.Fardoon Soonawalla was a renowned urologist and so is my brother Dr. Phiroze Soonawalla. My paternal uncle Dr. Rustom Soonawalla is a famous gynaecologist who has helped deliver umpteem babies not only in the community but outside too.

Dr. SBA: You will be surprised to know that both my children were delivered by Dr. Rustom Soonawalla at the Parsi General Hospital many decades back. I recollect how calm and adjustable he was and helped me deliver my babies with ease.

Dr. SBA: Tell us something about your educational qualifications doc.
Dr. DS: I studied at the prestigious Cathedral & John Comnon School. Later I did my M.S. (Orthopaedics) FRCS (UK), DNB, D.Orth. Today I am Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Dr. SBA: What do you specialise in ?
Dr. DS: I specialize in Orthopaedic Surgery which includes Knee and Hip Replacement. I have been doing these surgeries for almost 20 years now. I also treat fractures, and bone related ailments.

Dr. SBA: Which Hospitals do you frequent?
Dr. DS: I go to the Breach Candy and Parsi General Hospital.

Dr. SBA: Where does one Consult you?
Dr. DS: They can consult me by prior appointment on Tel: 23649400/ 23677779 at Empire Estate, 2nd floor, Kemp's Corner. I am available from 4.30 pm to 8 pm.

Dr. SBA: With your busy schedule, do you find time to lecture and advise?
Dr. DS:  Yes, I do. I lecture at JJ & Zimmer and am also invited for faculty for many Indian and foreign conferences. I am an advisor to DePuy Johnson & Johnson for joint replacement.

Dr. SBA: I am sure Awards, Rewards and Achievements are a part and parcel of your life, which you rightly deserve.
Dr. DS: I bagged the A.K. Talwarkar Prize for coming first in M.S.Orthopaedics The K. T. Dholakia prize was given by Dr. Ranawat for work in hip replacemerrt.

Dr. SBA: Tell me doc, as a renowned and experienced surgeon, what advice would you give to budding doctors in your field ?
Dr. DS: Practice honestly with care and dedication and enjoy your work and you are bound to be successful.

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