Bip Nandi, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
Get to know Bip Nandi, MD
I believe underserved people need as good quality health care as affluent people. They are less able to absorb the shocks of poor quality care. That is what I strive to do with Baylor College of Medicine.
I believe that today, in politically stable countries, lack of basic health care is a lack of vision and drive. I grew up in the UK where the National Health Service meant that society’s poorest and richest had equal access to quality health care. In 1947, after the ravages of war, our country crippled by bombs and debt had given birth to something visionary. The NHS had become a source of national and personal pride.
Being a child of the 80’s, growing up with images of Live Aid and famine, I could not marry the randomness of the health care I was receiving with these images. The world has changed much in thirty years, and I like to think we are improving access to care for the world’s most underserved. I also know we have a long way to go.
Currently there are only five pediatric surgeons in a country with about nine million children. When I arrived, there were just two. There was little scope for specialization, although this is improving. You have to be interested in whatever comes through the door when there is no one more qualified than you to do it. Having said that I enjoy oncology surgery the most.
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