JNMC Alum treats patients 7,700 miles away

Dr. Anup Katyal is a JNMC alum and a pulmonary a critical care physician in St Louis and is also part of the AMAANA Covid advisory panel for JNMC. He was covered in the following Washington Post story:

Patients in India are desperate for care. This family turned to a doctor 7,700 miles away.

Anup Katyal, an intensive care physician in Missouri, was finally getting a break from treating hundreds of covid-19 patients at the hospital where he works. Then, catastrophe descended on India, his homeland.

Each day since, he has awakened to a flurry of messages from 20 relatives, friends and fellow doctors in India seeking medical advice.

And then, before bed, he has hopped on Zoom with a family in New Delhi who contracted the virus and turned to a physician 7,700 miles away because local doctors turned off their phones and shuttered their offices.

The catastrophic coronavirus surge in India has devastated the country’s health-care system, with thousands dying as they wait for hospital beds or oxygen. Even before their conditions become dire, many newly infected Indians are struggling to find medical care as urban hospitals are stretched to their limits and bare-bones health systems struggle in rural areas and villages. Misinformation and misguided claims about purported cures, such as lemon drops, have proliferated as terrified citizens fend for themselves.

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