Early in his career, Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt was considering becoming a basic science researcher. After an exchange with one of his mentors about doing science for the science’s sake, he had a self-realisation: He wanted his work to have a direct impact on patient care.
In the 50th episode of Parallax, Dr. Ankur Kalra’s guest is Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt leading physician, researcher, lecturer, and educator who has authored or co-authored over 1650 publications and was recipient of the ACC’s Distinguished Mentor Award in 2018 and AHA’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2019.
In this candid and personal interview, Dr. Bhatt talks about the lessons he took away from being a proceduralist and how he applies them in his everyday life. Dr. Kalra asks Dr. Bhatt to share some of the housekeeping rules that guided him over the years. We learn more about the importance of mentorship and the people who shaped Dr. Bhatt. He reflects on what it means to be a physician and a researcher while he considers what makes scientific work impactful. Finally, Dr. Bhatt shares what he considers to be one of the most important personality traits of a good physician and/or researcher.
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