Dr. Syed Nasheed Ali: A Passionate Cardiac Surgeon Driven by the Desire to 'Save Lives'

 Dr. Syed Nasheed Ali,  Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Syed Nasheed Ali

Vascular Surgeon

Of late, we are witnessing an increasing number of patients with severe heart related problems. Sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diet intake, stressful daily lives, and tobacco & alcohol consumption have increased the risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension, which are now known to be the major reasons for cardio-vascular diseases among patients. If recent estimates are to go by, the number of cardiac surgeries that are being performed in India each year in recent times is over 300,000, highlighting the demand for skilled cardiac surgeons within the country.Dr. Syed Nasheed Ali is one such eminent figure who is well-known in the Indian cardiac surgery space for his profound subject matter expertise and ability to offer patient-centric care.

Having completed his medical schooling from Government Medical College, Aurangabad, and masters in general surgery from Government Medical College, Nanded, Dr. Syed went on to pursue his MCh in Cardiothoracic Surgery from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. Later, he started working as a Consultant at Mediciti Hospitals and Yashoda Hospitals. To further satiate his hunger for knowledge in the cardiology field, he then completed his one-year fellowship on Advanced Adult Cardiac Surgery from University of Toronto. On returning back to India, he took-up the responsibility of heading the department of cardiothoracic surgeryat Olive Hospitals. Currently working as the Consultant & Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Olive Hospital, Dr. Syed has successfully done over 2000 adult cardiac surgeries so far and earned the reputation of being one of the most well-renowned adult cardiac surgeons in India today.

“During my cardiac surgery training at Nizam’s, I was very fortunate to be mentored by some of the brilliant minds in the cardiology field such as Prof. Dharmarakshak, Prof. RC Mishra, Prof. RV Kumar and Assistant Professors Dr. Ambarish and Dr. Vijay Kumar. Later on, I also worked for 3-4 years with Dr. Sukhesh Kumar Reddy, who currently heads the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology. Under their able guidance, I was able to garner profound subject matter expertise in the cardiac surgeries space, which has played a significant role in shaping me into the successful medical professional I am today”, says Dr. Syed
The Driving Force

Always carrying the urge to save lives and contribute towards the well-being of people, Dr. Syed’s interest towards cardiology sparked when he came across a statement in his general surgery textbook, which said ‘Coronary artery bypass surgery is one single surgery that saves the most lives’. This drove him intensely towards taking-up specialization in cardiac surgeries, as he feels it to be the most rewarding work in his entire life. Today, as a specialist in treating coronary artery diseases, Dr. Syed is among the sought-after doctors for coronary artery bypass grafting, heart valve surgeries and other complex cardiac surgeries such as ischemic VSDs and surgery for the ascending aorta.

“These serious cardiac illnesses majorly affect patients who are in their prime, aged around 40-60 years when they are the actual bread earners of the family. If such a person falls prey to these diseases, entire balance within the family will be adversely affected. The quality of life that the patients have after the coronary artery bypass surgery is excellent, enhancing their life expectancy for another 10-20 years. So successfully treating one such person will in turn result in the holistic well-being of an entire household. This was another major aspect that drove me towards becoming a cardiac surgeon”, adds Dr. Syed.

To ensure that each of his patients get nothing short of the best, Dr. Syed makes sure that the treatment being offered is tailormade to suit each patient’s requirement & health condition

Compassionate, Patient-centric Care

Keeping patient-centric care as paramount, Dr. Syed first tries to understand the problems and concerns of the patients by treating them as his own kin. Additionally, to ensure that each of his patients get nothing short of the best, Dr. Syed makes sure that the treatment being offered is tailor made to suit each patient’s requirement and health condition. While he goes for arterial grafting for young patients, he opts to first do a screening of the aorta for elderly patients, as the risk of paralytic attack is high among them post surgery. This practice of providing compassionate and individualistic care to all patients has made him the top-of-the-mind choice for any kind of heart related illnesses in the country today.

Reminiscing a case, Dr. Syed says, “We once got a female patient who had delivered a baby just day earlier with deep venous thrombosis, which refers to blood clotting the legs. Although it is common during child births, it can some times spread to pulmonary arteries and even block them. When we couldn’t dissolve the clot through injection, we had to perform an emergency open heart surgery and removed the clot from the patient’s artery and the heart. While she did show symptoms of recovering, we observed that she was slowly losing consciousness since a part of the clot had reached her brain. We immediately coordinated with a neurosurgeonand performed a brain surgery to successfully remove that clot as well. The fact that she was a new mother motivated myself and the entire team to put in our best efforts throughout this entire process”.

Owing to his vast industry experience and contributions to the field of cardiology, Dr. Syed is a member of the Indian Association of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, European Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Medical Council of India. Additionally, he has also published numerous papers across prestigious journals such as the Indian Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Asian Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Stressing upon the importance of health, Dr. Syed urges people to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet and stop consumption of tobacco or alcohol. When asked about what his advice would be to upcoming cardiology professionals, he says, “Despite being such a tough field, make sure to always be compassionate towards your patients, as the gratitude that you get in return will be the most satisfactory reward in your life”.