I received my medical education at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India.
I graduated in 1981, and served as a Medical Officer with the Army Medical Corps of the Indian Army. On completion of the term of engagement I practiced in New Delhi for some time, and then migrated to USA.
After qualifying at the necessary examinations in the United States, I was certified by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates, and by the Federation of State Medical Boards.
I have gone through an additional five years of postgraduate medical training in USA.
1. One year of transitional year residency at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan, affiliated to Michigan State University (1991-1992).
I rotated through several specialties acquiring experience in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice, and Anesthesiology.
2. Three years of anesthesiology residency at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (1992-1995).
I trained in providing anesthesia for various kinds of surgeries and managing patients who were in a critical condition. I learned and practiced the techniques of regional anesthesia, nerve blocks, and acute and chronic pain management. I was Board Certified in Anesthesiology in 1996.
3. One year of fellowship in pain management at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1998-1999).
I trained to do neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks, chemical neurolysis, implanting pumps for intrathecal opioid delivery, and learned medical management of chronic pain. I did not obtain board certification for pain management.
I started my anesthesia practice in 1995, in a small town called Oneida, North of Knoxville, at the Scott County Hospital. I left Tennessee when I was accepted for a pain fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
For the next twelve years I practiced mostly as an anesthesiologist in the states of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Texas, and Missouri, … with limited consultations for pain management, primarily doing nerve blocks.
I returned to Tennessee in 2008 to start my own medical practice dedicated to outpatient chronic pain management, and medication assisted addiction treatment.
I have obtained certification from the DEA to prescribe Suboxone/Subutex for the states of Tennessee and Texas. I have had this practice in Tennessee for eight years … and in the midcities area of Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, for five years.
I have also attended law school … at the Texas Wesleyan University, in Fort Worth, Texas, (Now Texas A&M University School of Law); and I am a licensed attorney in the state of Texas.