Title: Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Cardiologist
Company: Cardiology, Queen Elizabeth II Halifax Infirmary, Heart Rhythm Service
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Rajin Choudhury, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine. Dr. Choudhury has trained and worked in various countries including, India, Romania, Moldova, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Ireland, Canada. He is trained in Internal Medicine, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Dr. Choudhury, with more than one and half decade of medical training in general medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology, with his latest degree in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing from Brussels University, under the mentorship of world renowned Prof. Brugada of the Heart Rhythm Management Centre at the cardiovascular department of University Hospital Brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Apart from other cardiac electrophysiology procedure, there he trained extensively in atrial fibrillation ablation, and hybrid procedures for Brugada syndrome, etc. He was also involved in numerous publications and research in atrial fibrillation along with Prof. Jean Baptiste Chierchia.
There were no doctors in his family, but he knew he wanted to help people, and his mother made sure that he and his brother Dr. Rakeeb Choudhury (a young cardiologist in making) got the schooling needed. Her husband, a well-seasoned banker, brought them up in Dubai and made sure the boys could pursue their dream career in medicine. Dr. Choudhury has always made sure to dedicate part of his time and earnings towards reaching out to the ones who cannot afford health care or simply to spread awareness of cardiac diseases. He had regularly participated in free cardiology health care camps in his weekends in Eastern Europe along with a team of doctors from various specialties but similar motives affiliated to USMF Nicolae Testemitanu. He had also participated in a number of free cardiology health camps while in Calcutta (Kolkata), India. While affiliated to Al Qassimi Hospital, Sharjah, Dr. Choudhury in liaison with Ms. Trudie Lobban of ‘Arrhythmia Alliance,’ UK, had organized Heart Rhythm week, where pulse check booths and heart rhythm booths were set up in primary health care centers, CPR training were imparted to general public and informed about sudden cardiac death. As part of the campaign he arranged a cardiac electrophysiology clinic and Pediatric and adult arrhythmia ablation procedures with cardiac electrophysiologists from Slovakia. He involved his medical students at Sharjah University (where he lectured in heart rhythm disorders to 5th year medical students) how they could go back to their family and friends and teach them how to detect pulse and screen them for heart rhythm disorders. And finally, as part of the campaign he organized a conference inviting the cardiologists and general physicians to discuss the latest guidelines in Cardiology.
Dr. Choudhury earned a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie ‘Grigore T. Popa’ in 2002. He interned there and served his residency in Internal Medicine with Universitatea de Stat de Medicina si Farmacie ‘Nicolae Testemitanu’, and was a Cardiology fellow at the IMSP Institutul de Cardiologie from 2007 to 2009. Being greatly influenced by Dr. Devi Shetty’s (Cardiologist of Late Mother Teresa, in Kolkata) message of ‘Sustainable healthcare for all’, Dr. Choudhury travelled to Kolkata to take up a post of Cardiology Senior Registrar between 2009 to 2011 at one of the first hospitals launched by Dr. Shetty in Kolkata, the Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences. Here he was exposed extensively to cardiac critical care, interventional cardiology and pacemaker implantations. He then returned to UAE where his parents were living, and joined Al Qassimi Hospital, as Specialist Cardiologist, involved in interventional cardiology, cardiac devices and heart rhythm disorders. The head of Cardiology, Dr. Arif Al Nooryani’s vision to have a full-fledged cardiac center with EP suite propelled him to develop the heart rhythm department. There, Dr. Choudhury was instrumental in starting the first cardiac electrophysiology and device clinic in northern Emirates and performed multiple workshops with world renowned experts flying in from USA, Lebanon, Slovakia, Belgium. Dr. Choudhury was keen in starting up heart rhythm professional education that was available to the medical fraternity and was Co-Director of a cardiac electrophysiology symposium in Dubai. He travelled to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota to collaborate and invite the heart rhythm faculty to conduct courses in this congress. He also collaborated with the European Heart Rhythm Association to hold courses.
He was the recipient of 2014 joint EHRA – APHRS (European heart rhythm association – Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society) fellowship award. In 2014 the annual APHRS congress was held in New Delhi, India, and the award was presented to Dr. Choudhury during the opening ceremony of this annual congress presided by the Vice President of Republic of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari. From 2014 to 2015 he served a clinical fellow in invasive cardiac electrophysiology at AZ Sint-Jan Hospital Brugge-Oostende AV in Brugge, Belgium. There apart from his interventional EP procedures, he was also involved in clinical research in atrial fibrillation conducted by Prof. Mattias Duytschaever. Dr. Choudhury was recently awarded a 2016 Fellowship Grant for Postgraduate training in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2015, he has been recognized with an Award of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Patients and Cardiology from Al Qassimi Hospital Sharjah, under the Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates. Since February 2017, at the heart rhythm service, Division of Cardiology, Dalhousie University of Queen Elizabeth II Halifax Infirmary, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dr. Choudhury says he is fully enjoying cardiac electrophysiology as well as a bonus of learning the use of the Needle ablation catheter being tested in ablations of ventricular tachycardia by Dr. John Sapp and Dr. William Stevenson.
With numerous fellowships and awards to his name, Dr. Choudhury joined the European Heart Rhythm Association Young Electrophysiologists Community in 2015, and is a member of the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society and physician of the Heart Rhythm Society. In 2014, he was elected as a fellow of the Gulf Heart Association, and in 2011 he became a lifetime member of the Indian Medical Association and the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Choudhury hosted the Eastern India Interventional Cardiology Conclave in Calcutta in 2011, and his work can be found in numerous medical publications. He has learnt several languages through his years of living and working in different countries and some of them include, Bengali (mother tongue), Hindi, Arabic, Romanian, Russian, and Dutch.
Dr. Choudhury says that having been trained in some of the high volume centres of Europe and at one of the top cardiac electrophysiology centres in Canada rich in core cardiac electrophysiology academics has given him a chance to experience and learn the best of the both worlds and hopes to continue his work in reaching out and providing heart rhythm treatment solutions to those who live in geographically challenging locations and providing affordable treatment to heart rhythm disorders for all.
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