Editor’s note: This article is part one of a two-part series on Dr. Yalamanchali’s medical service trip to India. Part two, which will publish in ENTtoday’s June issue, and will focus on her work with mobile hearing tests.
Explore this issue:May 2018
At the University of Kansas (KU) Medical Center in Kansas City, a partnership with a premier academic institution in India was developed through the dedication of Mani M. Mani, MD, a professor emeritus in the KU Department of Plastic Surgery. Over the years, he has opened the avenue for international educational experiences and collaborations with his alma mater Christian Medical College (CMC), located in the city of Vellore in a rural area of South India.
Founded in the early 1900s by American medical missionary Ida Scudder, MD, CMC has been ranked for decades as one of the top institutions for healthcare in India. Over the course of a day, the CMC main campus sees more than 8,000 outpatients while caring for approximately 2,133 inpatients. Patients travel thousands of miles from all over India and neighboring countries to seek care at CMC. Often, families spend days, even weeks, in Vellore receiving comprehensive care, treatment, and follow-up for multiple family members at once.