“To be a successful surgeon, you’ll need the eye of a hawk, the heart of a lion and the hands of a lady”.
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic GI Surgeon. Extremely passionate about her field of specialization, she chose to be a surgeon long before she decided to become a doctor. Being an artist herself, she believes that surgery is not about being technical and mechanical but it is primarily an art. Every tissue in the body commands respect and each step, in surgery is a stroke in itself. She also firmly believes that “trust” is the major component of the doctor-patient relationship and “faith” constitutes the first step towards healing.
Bariatric Surgeon in India– Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker completed her MBBS and MS in General Surgery in 2006, from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram. Set up in 1967 by none other than the first health minister of India, Ms. Sushila Nayar, MGIMS is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics. The institute not only inculcates a very strong foundation for clinical medicine but also provides a view of rural health and social responsibility at very close quarters. MGIMS has consistently ranked amongst the top 20 medical colleges in India for many years. Incidentally, she was the first lady in more than 20 years to take up surgery as a specialization in her institute. Women in surgery constitute less than 5% of the total number of Bariatric Surgeon in India and have to face a lot of prejudices. However, she considers herself to be blessed to have been trained by the best teachers and most supportive colleagues.
Post her MS in General Surgery, Dr. Bhasker did a 1 year long fellowship in Bariatric Surgery and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at the Center for Obesity and Digestive Surgery (CODS) in Mumbai. During this fellowship, she was trained in all types of bariatric procedures as well as advanced laparoscopic surgeries like hernia surgery, colo-rectal cancers, upper GI surgeries etc. She also underwent training in “upper and lower GI endoscopy”.
In 2007, after her fellowship she joined CODS and Saifee Hospital as a Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Bhasker has more than 2500 bariatric procedures to her credit and has performed almost the same number of laparoscopic GI procedures in the last 10 years. She performs both bariatric surgery as well as laparoscopic GI surgery with equal ease and finesse and is one of the most experienced and Best bariatric surgeons in the india today. She also has a keen interest in single incision (scar-less) surgery and has one of the largest series of single incision bariatric surgeries in India. She also has a vast experience in treating complicated cases and in revisional bariatric surgery.
In 2011, she was one of the first Bariatric Obesity Surgeon to be accredited by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) as a Center for Excellence (COE) Best Bariatric Surgeons in India. In 2013, she was appointed as the “Section Chief for Bariatric Surgery” at Saifee Hospital. She is presently associated with many renowned hospitals in Mumbai- Gleneagles Global Hospital, Parel; Currae Hospital, Thane; Apollo Hospital, Belapur; Apollo Spectra Hospital, Chembur, Suchak Hospital, Malad; Namaha Hospital, Kandivali.
Apart from being a Best Bariatric Obesity Surgeon in India with one of the best skill sets, she also has a very keen interest in clinical research. To further her knowledge in the field of research, Dr. Bhasker completed an online 9 months diploma on “principles and practice of clinical research” from the Harvard Medical School in 2015. An extremely difficult and rigorous course, it opened new horizons for her. Dr. Bhasker has multiple publications and the list of her clinical papers can be viewed on the following link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=bhasker+A . She has been a regular contributor to the Position Statements brought out by the International Federation for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery (IFSO). She is invited as faculty and speaker in many national and international conferences. She has also co-authored a book on “Sleeve Gastrectomy” which was published in 2015 and has contributed chapters in many other books on bariatric surgery and gastro-intestinal surgery.
She has also been deeply involved in training other bariatric surgeons. Dr. Bhasker has trained many surgeons from all across Asia. She has also been instrumental in organizing numerous training workshops in the last 10 years and has herself performed many live surgeries for the purpose of training.
Best Bariatric Surgeon in India- Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker has recently been appointed as the Chairperson for the Position Statement Committee of the Asia Pacific Chapter of International Federation for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery (IFSO-APC) alongwith Prof. Wei Jee Lee from Taiwan. This committee consists of members from Taiwan, Japan, China, Australia, Singapore, Thailand and India. In the next 2 years, the committee intends to bring out some relevant position statements that are pertinent to the Asian region.
Best Bariatric Surgeon in Mumbai, Dr. Bhasker is also an avid blogger and an artist. Her blogs can be read on the following link https://www.bestbariatricsurgeon.org/category/blog/ and http://www.aparnagovilbhasker.com and her paintings can be viewed in the “art corner” on this website! She is also the co-founder and director of Debabrata Auro Foundation along with Dr. Debraj Shome in Mumbai (www.daf.foundation). This foundation has been set up by the two doctors to help the poor and needy in every possible way.
Best Bariatric Surgeon in India – Dr. Bhasker strongly believes in positive thinking and its role in recovering from poor health. Last but not the least, she wants all her patients to remember that:
“Everything heals. Your body heals. Your heart heals. The mind heals. The wound heals. Your soul repairs itself. Your happiness is always going to come back. And bad times do not last”. 😊