Udupi, May 20,2017:Reports say that UK- based orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Anand A Shetty, of local origins, will start a clinical application of stem cell research in the city in colaboration with Nitte University.
Curing cancer and other related ailments is the main aim Dr Anand, hailing from Asode near Koteshwara in Udupi district, was honoured with the ’Outstanding Clinical Excellence’ award by the UK’s House of Lords this year. Dr Shetty is winner of a host of awards including the prestigious Hunterian Surgical Medal and Hunterian Professorship for 2017 awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his research on stem cells in particular cartilage repair. Only four Indians have received this award so far.
A knee surgeon and director of stem cell research at Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Shetty’s main interest lies in stem cell research, cartilage transplant, accelerated bone healing, and robotics in minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Shetty spoke about his future plans for India especially the coastal city. "My research on stem cells started around three decades ago when it was still in its infant stage. I am into cartilage and bone repair; The biggest breakthrough was in 2000, when the first bone transplant surgery in the UK was done. To get such facility to India, with help of Nitte University, we set-up a multi crore facility in Deralakatte campus three years ago and a similar lab in Hubballi for Dharmasthala hospital," Dr Shetty said.
Dr. shetty said that Indian physicians, are most respected and trusted in the UK. If a British citizen has a health issue, he first tries to see an Indian doctor. Racism may have been there when he first entered the profession, but it changed in 1996 when the Labour government came to power, he added. Apart from his surgical innovations, Dr Shetty is also the first surgeon to use robotics in arthroscopic knee surgery and gel-based cartilage repair surgery.