Journey continues, acquisition of knowledge continues, core values remain strong all the time – Dr. Ranga Rao Rangaraju

Dr. Ranga Rao Rangaraju
Chairman and Oncologist (Paras Cancer Centres)
Gurgaon, India

Q1. Please share your inspirational journey with us?

To become an oncologist, my journey after the school, was over 16 years, 61/2 years of MBBS, 3 years each of PG and Super-specialty courses, with intervening gap of service. Fortunately, after MBBS, being in-service candidate, I did not have to think of economics of my journey. The pursuit was of academics, acquisition of knowledge, expertise, and continuous knowledge updates till now.

As a child and teenager, my father, an army doctor was my role model to follow, As I grew in profession as an Army Doctor,  at each stage I identified  near ideal persons from my superiors,, integrated their qualities of them, with deletions and additions, created and  adopted the hybrid virtual role model to follow. Identification of a role model was based my perception of value, respect, position. While following the model, amendments based on the continuous inputs, were adopted. After a certain stage, an urge to achieve something more professionally developed, anf followed rather than a role model. The objectives of the journey remained as reaching greater professional heights. The core values of patient centric approach, honesty, boldness, righteousness, judgment, resistance to temptations, family values, to hold and maintain a good reputation never were lost sight of.

After 45 years of medical graduation, I realize that the journey was a long one and it is ongoing and not yet over.  The steps to reach here, were many and each of them was a journey by itself- school, college, hospital, postgraduate, super-specialization. At each step, one felt that this is most difficult one and further journey would be easier. But that perception was wrong, and each journey was unique in its own way. Journey continues, acquisition of knowledge continues, core values remain strong all the time. As we grow, expertise to administrative, managerial skills, leadership qualities, man management and other administrative skills become very handy and go a long way to improve your over all performance.

Q2. What did attract you towards to become Doctor specially Oncologist (Cancer Specialist)?

As a medical and PG student,  I found it was challenging to treat the cancers, and it was an uphill task. Patient suffering was great and mortality rates were high. The opportunities were great and the filed was mostly unexplored. There was a real challenge, and also the need of a psychological counseling was too much, which I liked. Hence, I chose the subject.

Q3. What are the main reasons behind increasing numbers of Cancer Patients very fast in the world?

  1. Lifestyle changes
  2. Use of tobacco, alcohol,
  3. Increasing incidence of cancer-causing Infections
  4. Environmental pollution and
  5. Excessive use of chemicals
  6. Some unknown and unidentified factors

Q4. What are the goals do you want as a Chairman at Paras Cancer Centers?

To set up the cancer center with international standard, manage the patients in the most appropriate manner, commence education.

Q5. What kind of hurdles did you face in your journey?

Lack of Orientation of the staff to a cancer Centre, identifying the right man for the right job, disparity between the expertise and the cost, touch competition with already established Centre’s.

Q6. You have published several national and international articles. How do you choose any topic to write an article and which is your favorite writing domain?

Whenever we find that our work has been good enough in a particular field, we start compiling the data and analyze for publication. Some were based on an investigative combination of medicines, or procedures.

Q7. Which are the main key things do you deliver at the time of training classes for the medical and nursing students?

Patient centric focus, systematic way of work, automated SOPs, recent advances, Quality of care.

Q8. How do you motivate yourself at every morning?

I look back at my recent performance and evaluate the goods and bads. And think of a way of making it better. 

Q9. Which one thing do you want to change in yourself and why?

Control my emotions and anger. They are obstacles to the best delivery of the output.