Recently, the Narayana Hrudayalaya Multispecialty Hospital and Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center signed a memorandum of understanding with Weill Cornell Medical College to explore areas of research and educational collaboration and a student exchange program.
Narayana Hrudayalaya is a large multi-specialty health city in Bangalore, India. The Center includes a 1,000-bed heart hospital that can perform 50 major heart surgeries a day. Patients including a large pediatric population come from more than 25 countries to receive cardiac care. The health city also provides specialty care in ophthalmology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, urology and transplantation.
In 2009, Narayana Hrudayalaya opened the Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center, a 1,400-bed facility that offers multidisciplinary cancer care. In addition to diagnosing and treating cancer, early detection through screening is emphasized. Investigators from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center have initiated a research collaboration focused on head and neck cancer. Other potential bi-national research projects are being discussed. The education initiative has begun. According to Jonathan Powell, the first medical student from Weill Cornell to do a rotation at Narayana Hrudayalaya, "I had an immensely valuable two month experience at the new Cancer Center. I arrived in Bangalore not knowing what to expect but was amazed by both the quality of the facilities and the staff's expertise and willingness to teach. In addition to carrying out research, I was exposed to a wide variety of clinical problems. I’ve returned to classes at Weill Cornell but continue to collaborate with colleagues in Bangalore and hope to be able to return in the future.”The institutions’ mutual interests in translational and clinical research and biomedical education offer faculty and students a special opportunity in addressing global health issues.