33rd Birthday

As a 32 year old, I matured into my role as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist during my first year as an attending physician. Only 12 months later, With the surge in COVID-19 cases around Houston, I was called to attend in intensive care units around the city sooner than expected. Although it was over 18 months since finishing my critical care fellowship, I was excited to return to caring for critically ill patients in multidisciplinary teams.

I’m humbled to have received “Best CV Anesthesia Attending” in my first year as an attending. I’m thankful to work with such a cohesive and supportive perioperative team dedicated to improving patient care, pushing the boundaries, and yes, even making Rishi try to delve into the world of research (those who know me know that I’d much rather be doing education/lectures, lol).

As a 33 year old, I’m motivated to continue expanding my role as a clinician, educator, and research with multi-institutional collaboration, national/international speaking opportunities, and everything in between! 🙂

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  1. You’re 32 and already one year as an attending.
    I am 30 and just started my 4 year Masters programme in Anaesthesiology, and I’m considered “the early ones”.
    I wonder at what age did u grad med school and how long did it take for u to start training to become an Anaesthetist?

    • I was 25 when I graduated from med school. I finished high school and college each a year early, then took a gap year to teach MCAT preparatory courses. After that, I did four years of med school, four years of categorical anesthesiology residency, a one year critical care medicine fellowship, and finally a one year adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship. Been an attending for ~14 months now. 🙂

      • That’s early 🙂 I graduated at 24y.o.
        Then had to go thru 2 yrs of compulsory housemanship where we rotate 6 different specialties; 4mths each. I then fell in love with Anaesthesiology, pursued it after housemanship. 3+ yrs in Anaesth then was accepted into Masters programme, which will take me another 4 years before I can call myself an Anaesthetist.


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