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Pulmonology
Department of Pulmonology at the Meitra Hospital is a highly advanced and specialised unit providing state of the art diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services for respiratory diseases. The Outpatient division offers expert care for allergy, asthma, COPD, ILD and other common respiratory illness with fully fledged pulmonary function lab, rehabilitation unit and allergy testing. Inpatient Department is fully equipped to treat complicated and advanced respiratory disease. Pulmonology department is having most advanced interventional pulmonology unit with all modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipments including EBUS. Sleep Medicine Department is equipped with advanced sleep lab to diagnose sleep disorders mainly obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Padmavathy R

Senior Consultant Pulmonology

A Pulmonologist and Critical Care specialist with nearly a decade of experience, Dr. Padmavathy has an extensive work experience in managing various adult respiratory disorders and allergies in major tertiary care hospitals in Kerala and Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. In her focus on making high quality respiratory care both accessible and affordable, she became the first Pulmonologist to set up a full-fledged Respiratory Medicine department with Flexible bronchoscopy, Pulmonary function tests and sleep studies in rural Wayanad. Dr. Padma has done numerous programs on social media, TV, radio, and published several journal articles. She has both presented and served as faculty at numerous conferences in National and International forums. She is an avid Adolescent Social Health Activist and is a passionate advocate against tobacco and substance abuse and behavioural addictions among adolescents. She is actively involved in conducting regular programs to create awareness among students, parents, caregivers & teachers.  She has mentored and served as guide to students of MBBS, Pharm D and Nursing departments.

Qualification

  • MBBS, DTCD, DNB, IDCCM, FCCP (USA)

Expertise

A dynamic Pulmonologist and Critical Care specialist, Dr. Padmavathy has a decade of extensive work experience in managing various adult respiratory disorders and allergies in major tertiary care hospitals in Kerala and Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. She has a keen interest in bringing Interventional Pulmonology to the forefront in North Kerala and and is active in performing procedures such as diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopies, Medical thoracoscopies, endobronchial ultrasound guided samplings and sleep studies. In her focus on making high quality respiratory care both accessible and affordable, she became the first Pulmonologist to set up a full-fledged Respiratory Medicine department with Flexible bronchoscopy, Pulmonary function tests and sleep studies in rural Wayanad. She has not only  published several research articles in various National and International journals but has also presented and served as faculty at numerous conferences in National and International forums. Dr. Padma is very enthusiastic about community service & social responsibility and continues to deliver innumerous health awareness programs on social media, TV and radio. She is an avid Adolescent Social Health Activist and is a passionate advocate against tobacco and substance abuse and behavioral addictions among adolescents and conducts regular talks to create awareness among students, parents, caregivers & teachers.  Alongside background in Pulmonology, she has leadership and management experience and is an IIM Kozhikode alumnus. She has been appreciated for her role both as mentor, thesis guide and collaborator to students of MBBS, Pharm D and Nursing departments.

Primary Location

  • Calicut

Languages Known

  • English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil

Education:

  • MBBS from Govt Medical College, Calicut
  • Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (DTCD) from Institute of Chest Diseases, Govt Medical College, Calicut
  • DNB in Respiratory Diseases, National Board of Examinations, from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
  • Indian Diploma in Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM), Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
  • Professional Certificate Programme in Health Care Management and Analytics, from Indian Institute of Management (IIM-K), Kozhikode

Experience

  • Junior Resident, Dept of Pulmonary Medicine, Institute of Chest Diseases, Govt Medical College, Calicut
  • Senior Resident, Dept of Pulmonary Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
  • Registrar, Dept of Critical Care Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
  • Asst Professor and HOD, Dept of Pulmonary Medicine, DM Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences, Wayanad
  • Consultant Interventional Pulmonologist, Dept of Pulmonary Medicine, SUT Hospital, Trivandrum
  • Consultant Intensivist, Dept of Critical Care Medicine, KIMS, Trivandrum
  • Consultant Interventional Pulmonologist, SK Hospital, Trivandrum
  • Consultant Pulmonologist, Spring Garden Medical Centre, Trivandrum
  • Consultant Interventional Pulmonologist , Diamond Medical Centre , Vadagara

Awards & Recognition:

  • GOLD MEDAL IN DNB RESPIRATORY MEDICINE Awarded by National Board of Education, New Delhi on ALL INDIA MERIT basis
  • AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS (A.C.C.P.) CHEST UPDATE QUIZ Third Prize, Chennai
  • CURRENT UPDATES IN PULMONARY MEDICINE QUIZ Third Prize, March 2011, Chennai
  • TB CON 2008-Annual conference & CME 1st Prize for Free paper presentation (‘Human Resource management Challenges in the implementation of RNTCP’), awarded by State TB Association of Kerala
  • PMI Kerala Community Project of The Year Award Runner Up- ‘Awareness Campaign against Substance Abuse and Behavioral addictions

Presentations:

  • ‘New Age Behavioural Addictions- Webinar on International Safe Internet Day 2022, Choice Group of Schools, Tripunithara and Calicut
  • ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease- diagnosis and management’ , on World COPD Day 2021, Meitra Hospital , Calicut
  • ‘Substance Abuse and Behavioural Addictions- Webinar on International Anti-Drugs day 2021,Avenue International High School, Nellore
  • ‘Conflict Management’, Talk to Nurses at Meitra Hospital, Calicut
  • ‘Substance Abuse and Behavioural Addictions- Webinar on International Anti-Drugs Day 2021, Sree Narayana College, Chathanur
  • Presented a series of talks on ‘Substance Abuse and New age Behavioural Addictions’ in various schools, colleges and multinational companies and addressed nearly 20,000 students and parents, 2018-19
  • ‘Coronavirus- COVID 19’, February 2020 at SK hospital, Trivandrum
  • ‘Smoking Cessation’ and co-conducted a hands-on workshop on Pulmonary Rehabilitation at NAPCON 2019 held at Kochi in Nov 2019.
  • ‘New Era in Inhaled Drug Therapy’, June 2019 at Hotel Residency Towers, Trivandrum
  • ‘Health Hazards of Tobacco Smoking’, S.K. Hospital ,Trivandrum
  • ‘Health Hazards of Tobacco Smoking’t Health camp on World No Tobacco Day on May 31st, 2019, Trivandrum
  • ‘MDR Pneumonia- How to face it ‘, May 2019 at Pulmocon 2019, Thrissur
  • ‘Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome- Diagnosis and Management’, October 2018 at TAPCCM, Trivandrum
  • ‘Fluids in Critical Care Medicine ‘at Apollo Chennai, 2017.
  • ‘Decompensated Liver Disease’ at Apollo Chennai, 2016
  • “Smoking and its effect on Respiratory health” on September 19th, 2015, at Trivandrum
  • ‘Smoking Hot!!!’, a talk on tobacco smoking in June 2014, for World No Tobacco Day at IMA, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala
  • World Asthma Day 2013, at IMA, Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad, Kerala
  • “Mediastinal Lymph Node Staging- A Pulmonologist’s Perspective” at Calicut Chest Club in 2013
  • ‘Current aspects of Mediastinal lymph node staging’ at EBUS-EUS Workshop and CME held at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai in March 2011
  • ‘Factors Determining Duration of Hospital stay in Patients Admitted with Pleural Effusion in a Tertiary Care Setting’. Poster presented at ‘NAPCON’ 2009, 11th Joint Conference of Indian Chest Society and National College of Chest Physicians (India)
  • ‘Pleomorphic Adenoma of the Trachea’. Calicut Chest Club (July 2009)

Human Resource Management Challenges in the Implementation of RNTCP’,  TB CON 2008-Annual conference & CME on TB by State TB Association of Kerala ( December 2008)

  • ‘Risk Factors of Pneumonia in Children’, 2nd National Conference of Problem Solvers for Better Health, Trivandrum (2003)

Research & Publications:

  • Chicken bone perforation “the missing link” in a bemused breathless octogenarian-A case report of endoscopic revivification. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 10.12691/ajmcr-9-1-11. 2020.
  • ‘Phenotyping Classification of Asthma among patients attending Respiratory Medicine department in a Tertiary care Hospital’- Ongoing study.
  • ‘Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Impact of counselling on Inhalation Techniques in Outpatient Asthmatics’, IJRP, June 2019
  • ‘Clinical and Inflammatory Phenotypes of Severe Asthma in Adults: A comprehensive review’, JAPT Vol 1, Issue 2, Sept- Dec 2018, pgs 58-60.
  • ‘Prevalence of COPD and its relationship to smoke exposure among subjects attending a tertiary care centre in South India for routine health check’, CHEST. 2013: 144(4_MeetingAbstracts): 686A. doi:10.1378/chest.1687673
  • ‘Innovative Technique of Mediastinal Staging’, Coauthor of Poster, presented at ACCP conference “CHEST” in Honolulu Hawaii (October 2011) • ‘Factors determining length of hospital stay in patients with pleural effusion admitted in a tertiary care setting’. Lung India 2009;26(S):18-19
  • ‘Pleomorphic Adenoma of Trachea’.Calicut Medical Journal 2010;8(1):e7
  • ‘A Rare case of Bronchial Myxoma’. PULMON – The Journal of Respiratory Sciences; Vol.12, No.1 (Jan to April 2010)
  • ‘Risk Factors of Pneumonia in Children’. Calicut Medical Journal 2005;3(suppl1) e3

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