The Emotions Under The Surgeon’s Mask

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do much.” – Helen Keller Last week, I had the privilege of operating alongside Dr Narendra, a cardiothoracic surgeon and my friend of 30 years. It was a challenging surgery – the patient, a young girl had a cancerous tumor going from her neck down into … Read more

Lessons For Life: A Walk With A Cancer Survivor

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath : This is a guest post by Haripriya Suraj. Haripriya is a wellness practitioner, author, and early childhood educator. As my better half, she has been my source of support and inspiration through our years together. In this post, she shares insights from a walk with a friend who is … Read more

Over A Cup Of Coffee

Last week Google (Google Doodle) celebrated Espresso Coffee Machine inventor Angelo Moriondo’s birth anniversary. This brought me back memories of a coffee machine in the USA. I was never much of a coffee drinker. But at the teaching hospital in Bangalore where I worked from 2006 to 2017, coffee in between surgeries was an enjoyable … Read more

The Human Touch

The big brown eyes seemed to hold deep wisdom.  Even while I was talking with her mother, six-year-old Gowri’s (name changed) gaze never left my face. She appeared to be assessing me. “Oh yes, she understands all that we say,” her mother said, “But she doesn’t talk to strangers.” Throughout her pre-operative evaluation over the … Read more

Cancer Is A Diagnosis, Not An Identity

Once, at a social gathering, the host introduced a friend of hers to me and referred to her as a ‘Cancer Patient.’ I could see that being referred to in this manner made the woman uncomfortable. However, she seemed to know that the host didn’t mean to offend her. She took it lightly and said … Read more

When You Must Be Cruel To Be Kind

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath : This is a guest post by Haripriya Suraj. Haripriya is a wellness practitioner, author, and early childhood educator. As my better half, she has been my source of support and inspiration through our years together. This post is based on a real-life incident.  “I need to speak to Suraj, … Read more

When Adversity Gives Rise To Purpose

Mr Das was about 60 years old when I first met him in the summer of 2012. Accompanied by his nephew, he had a dignified bearing despite his tattered clothes. He was from the eastern part of India, and in spite of his broken Hindi, we managed to communicate. He had a large goiter (enlargement … Read more

Short Meetings, Lasting Memories

This is an image of a morning glory flower in a post by Haripriya Suraj on Dr Suraj Manjunath's blog

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath : This is a guest post by Haripriya Suraj. Haripriya is a wellness practitioner, author, and early childhood educator. As my better half, she has been my source of support and inspiration through our years together. In this post, she shares a memorable account of her encounter with a cancer … Read more

International Career Development Program: A Memory From March 2014, Phoenix

this is a picture from the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting 2014, showing Dr Suraj Manjunath with the office bearers of IASO and SSO

Exactly eight years ago (thanks to social media for bringing back this memory!), I landed in Phoenix, Arizona to participate in a unique initiative. The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), USA, in collaboration with the Indian Association of Surgical Oncology (IASO) had, for the first time, instituted a career development program to enable surgical oncologists … Read more

When The Giver Becomes The Receiver

This is an image of a greeting card given by acancer patient's daughter as a token of gratitude in a blog post by Dr Suraj Manjunath, surgical oncologist, Bangalore

Being a healthcare provider is a profession of giving. Giving treatment, time, advice, reassurance, comfort, and more is part of every doctor’s job. The cycle of giving typically starts at the break of dawn and goes on way past dusk, sometimes well into the early hours of the next morning. Every time my phone beeps, … Read more