Dr. Sai Satish was among the first few to get trained in TAVI way back in 2008. “Initially this procedure was only approved for those with prohibitive risk for open heart surgery, the inoperable cases that were condemned to a miserable quality of life and high mortality. Then the US FDA rapidly realised its potential to save lives and approved the procedure for high risk cases and intermediate risk patients as well. Somewhere along the way India woke up and adopted this form of treatment,” says Dr Satish who has worked in Hungary as a “Senior Interventional Cardiologist” in one of the best TAVI training centres in the world and is one amongst a handful across the sub-continent who is licensed to implant these valves independently.
He has conducted several training sessions and live case demonstrations, to train other doctors in this non-surgical form of valve replacement in and outside India. He recently trained the team which was the start of Sri Lanka’s 1st TAVI programme, helping implant the country’s first few valves. He is also invited routinely as faculty at several international conferences as an expert in the field.