Based in Hyderabad, Dr Niraj is a well-renowned Senior Gynaecologist, Obstetrician, and Laparoscopic Surgeon helping thousands of women suffering with a variety of gynaecological problems. The problems can range from minor issues needing just reassurance to a significant clinical condition needing major surgery. These are carried out under the best supervision of his keen eyes and expert hands. He also offers his expertise in fertility enhancing surgeries helping a vast majority of infertile couples achieve pregnancy.
Motherhood is the most special time in any woman’s life. Every mother needs the best and yet affordable and evidence-based expert care. This care is almost guaranteed in the hands of Dr Niraj –– who offers his services at Rainbow hospitals in Hyderabad.
He is a fierce proponent of women’s health and has dedicated himself to treating women and educating them about the issues affecting their quality of life. “I always try to ensure that every patient receives the highest level of care,” he states.
The Most Compassionate Nobleman
His patients are so grateful that one Ms Pravallika Paturi said, “Good and Excellent Doctor. For my laparoscopy surgery, he gave positive energy and good treatment for me. Thank you, Dr Niraj, for your valuable support.”
“Words can’t express the confidence and positivity Dr Niraj sir has. He has helped to bring a perfect miracle into our lives after 14 years of marriage. He is the most ethical, knowledgeable and one of the best doctors in India. The secret of awesome recovery is a doctor like Niraj sir and who is an extraordinary asset for Rainbow Birthright hospital.” Moutushi and Debapriya. Hyderabad.
‘Dr. Niraj sir is incredible. Not only has he taken great care of my health, but also he is lovely to speak with at every appointment throughout my pregnancy. It’s rare to find a doctor that combines such personal touches and care for a patient as a person with outstanding quality of medical care and as well as personal care. I highly recommend becoming her patient.’ Charitha Sai Sri Thota
“Consulted him for four years; unmatched experience. Gives each patient ample time, understands their problem, and never given any unnecessary medicines. I would say best gynaecologist in Hyderabad,” praised Mr Arijit Bhattacharya.
Another happy man, Mr Dinesh Reddy, said, “Dr Niraj has a lot of patience and listens to all the concerns, no matter how small they are. Parallel to his profession, he also acts as a guide and motivational Guru, which is more helpful than medicines for some patients. Thanks, Niraj, for all your support.”
Furthermore, Dr Niraj has five-star ratings and great reviews on all the online portals. All these are a testament to his mark of excellence.
The Making of the Doctor
He did his graduation – MBBS from Government Medical College, Nagpur. Later, he completed his post-graduation – MD (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur.
In a candid chat with him Dr Niraj adds, “My keenness for further studies and learning made me determined to go to the United Kingdom.”
Dr Niraj considers himself fortunate to have completed his structured (Postgraduate) training from various London deanery hospitals to achieve CCT (Certificate of Completion of training). He did his FRCOG from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London.
During his postgraduate training in the UK, he developed a passion for MAS (also called gynaecological endoscopic surgeries), including Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy. Over the years of training in India and abroad, Dr Niraj has acquired some skills that he believes have given him the edge in his specialty. He did a dedicated three-year post-CCT training in Gynaecological endoscopy in London. Despite being a heavily competitive field, Dr Niraj secured one of the only two available ‘fellow in endoscopy’ jobs in the London region. He developed his surgical skills under the mentorship of Prof Jeremy Wright, who at the time was President of the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE).
He was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Kingston-upon-Thames, London which he did for over a year. Later he decided to return to India and join a corporate hospital.
Over the past few decades, MAS has revolutionized how surgeries are performed in modern day gynaecological practice. These surgeries lead to minimal postoperative pain, speedy recovery, quicker return to work, less blood loss during surgery and, most importantly, cosmetically far acceptable surgical scars on the tummy as opposed to traditional large cuts.
Some examples of the surgeries that he does include Laparoscopic removal of fibroids including the larger ones and multiple in numbers, surgery to avoid recurrent abortions, total laparoscopic hysterectomy and various other general gynaecological problems that need surgical management and fertility enhancing surgeries. He also has expertise in managing pregnancies that get complicated during their course by the presence of multiple pregnancies, diabetes, hypertension, or other obstetric conditions which put the pregnant woman at risk of bleeding during childbirth, such as placenta praevia or adherent placenta, pregnancy complicated by the presence of fibroids, etc.
Dr Niraj is active in academics and has published and presented papers in Scientific journals and several National and International meetings. He has been invited as faculty in many national conferences to deliver a talk or as an expert on the panel. Besides publications in Indian journals and books, Dr Niraj has also contributed to prestigious textbooks, including the Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Obstetrics & Intrapartum Emergencies, which Cambridge University Press published. These are widely read in India, the UK and other European countries.
The Cutting Edge Clinician
“During my training, I enrolled for the postgraduate diploma in advanced gynaecological endoscopy with the University of Surrey,” he informs. This was a two-year course, including various clinical and research modules. He successfully completed all eight modules passing in theory and demonstrating practical skills. He was awarded a bursary from BSGE towards this training. Apart from the rigorous formal training in the UK, Dr Niraj also had training in Pelviscopic surgery from Keil University, Germany and hands-on training in Robotic Surgery at North Texas Hospital in Dallas, USA, under the guidance of Dr John Dulemba.
Training in the UK National Health Service (NHS) during his postgraduate days, including spending time at the University of Surrey, has helped him acquire the skills of applying theoretical knowledge in his clinical practice. “This makes my practice evidence-based, giving the best possible advice to my patients based on the most updated guidelines from reputed organisations,” he claims. As a Consultant at Kingston hospital in London, besides his clinical commitments, Dr Niraj was also a mentor to trainees in gynaecology.
Gynaecology is among the few medical disciplines that need excellent communication skills, as this speciality involves dealing with sensitive issues. Unfortunately, in India, there are no courses where formal training is imparted to doctors in this aspect that is so crucial in day-to-day practice. The communication skills that Dr Niraj possesses help him gain the confidence of the patient and also help in establishing the doctor-patient relationship that is built on trust fairly quickly.
He further adds, “I am continuously striving to update my knowledge and keep abreast of the latest developments in the speciality.” He supervises and trains budding doctors to gain the necessary skills in dealing with various conditions related to women’s health – obstetrics & gynaecology.
The Gallant Way of Caring for Women
Sharing his inspiration behind venturing into this niche, Dr Niraj recollects that during his early training days, although gynaecological endoscopy was firmly established as a novel way of treating women with various gynaecological conditions in the US and Europe, it was still in its very early stages in India. Attending various National and International Conferences in the late 90s and early 2000s gave him a clear direction and a career goal to pursue his interest in gynaecological endoscopy and provide women with the best possible care. “I always believed that I had in me all the qualities that are needed to be a good Gynaecologist and Obstetrician,” he says humbly.
According to him, ‘To be a good doctor, you first need to be a good human being.’ This is what he has been telling/preaching all his colleagues and junior doctors associated with him in his career spanning over 25 years. He adds, “This ingrained working principle helps me always do the best possible for my patients.”
Another quality that helps significantly is his ability to empathize with patients and understand their pain and misery caused by the underlying clinical condition.
Apart from these Dr Niraj’s good communication skills, giving enough time to patients and possessing the right knowledge and skills make his patients admire him/his work.
As an experienced leader, Dr Niraj’s opinion on adopting modern technologies like AI and ML is honest. He says that while in some other specialities they are likely to have a big role, the direct impact in gynaecology and the surgeries as of now is not foreseen to be huge!
Dr Niraj says about the challenges he has to overcome, “In medical speciality, nothing is greater than producing a good outcome for patients consistently.” Medical speciality is unique as the real competition is mostly with one’s own performance. One needs to push boundaries, strive to achieve higher skills, and keep up with the rapidly changing evidence that emerges from globally conducted trials and research.
“One of the challenges we face as clinicians is to manage our time appropriately to keep a good work-life balance,” he says.
As a clinician, the focus is always to take one’s performance to the highest quality of care that the patient deserves. “We are not expected to have a ‘bad day at the office!” he says.
He firmly believes that although Robotic surgery is gaining popularity, in gynaecology particularly, if your laparoscopic surgeon is skilled and experienced, robotic surgery will not make any difference to the surgical outcome or patient experience. “It still has a long way to go before it becomes widely available and affordable, especially in our country.”
The Smartest Prescriptions
Like in any other walk of life, the one advice Dr Niraj would give to those aspiring to be a gynaecologist is that they ought to have the desire and passion for making a good doctor. This is a competitive field that provides lots of opportunities to make it to the top. Sky is truly the limit to grow, and you can excel as much as you wish! Job satisfaction is tremendous and full of gratification. There are no shortcuts to success. One needs to work hard, learn as one grows, and always remember to learn ‘what not to do!’ as one will come across situations where things could have been done ‘differently’ to produce a more satisfying outcome.
He adds, “I strongly recommend keeping a log of their work, especially all the surgeries they do over the years.” This is essential for learning and growing. Every year at least once, critically appraise their own professional performance, audit their work, identify areas where they need to improve, implement them in practice and check whether they have closed the loop, thus improving their performance at the next self-appraisal. “As doctors, we are not trained to do this in our careers, but my UK training helped me learn this aspect of our professional growth, and I am glad I follow these principles in my career.”
An Exceptional Specialist
On envisioning scaling his offerings in the future, Dr Niraj reveals that the health industry is getting competitive, “I guess there will be many new players/corporate giants who will explore this field.” In the years ahead, many large multispecialty hospitals will come into existence. The primary aim of any treating clinician should be in the best interest of their patients and the care that they provide should always remain at the core of their work.”
Of course, marketing/publicizing his work to a larger population is in the best interests of both him and the patients. He provides exceptional surgical care that he believes must be told to patients so that they reach out for the best possible care that can be made available to them. “To this end, I intend to use social media more than I currently do,” he concludes.