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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 127-128

A true gem––Dr. Ketan Khurjekar

Department of Spine Surgery, Sancheti Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Asian Spine Clinics, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission26-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance08-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication05-Feb-2020

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Dr. Shailesh Hadgaonkar
Dr. Shailesh Hadgaonkar, Consultant Spine Surgeon & Unit Head, Department of Spine, Sancheti Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra.
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DOI: 10.4103/isj.isj_84_19

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Hadgaonkar S. A true gem––Dr. Ketan Khurjekar. Indian Spine J 2020;3:127-8

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Hadgaonkar S. A true gem––Dr. Ketan Khurjekar. Indian Spine J [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 23];3:127-8. Available from: https://www.isjonline.com/text.asp?2020/3/1/127/277813

DR. KETAN KHURJEKAR (16.9.1975 - 15.9.2019)

Anything written will fall short for you. We all die; the goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something, that will last till eternity.

My acquaintance with my dear friend Ketan dates back to 2002, during the days of my residency, long before we became colleague spine surgeons at Sancheti Hospital, Pune. Our friendship has been for duration much more than our professional work.

Dr. Ketan Khurjekar, who passed away at the age of 44, will always be remembered for his immaculate surgical skills, leadership qualities, thorough knowledge of his subject, and most importantly his friendly nature by which he could make anyone be it a fellow surgeon, a resident, or a janitor feel at home.

Dr. Parag Sancheti described in his emotional post that he was “a man in hurry.” A fatal road traffic accident on Mumbai Pune expressway on September 15, 2019, his birthday eve, snatched away from us this humble, energetic, and ever smiling soul.

Ketan was a gold medalist from Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad. This blue-eyed boy pursued his training for spine surgery at multiple international institutions of excellence with a long stint at Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore. At Sancheti Hospital, Pune, his career soared higher, with his fame growing far and wide.

He was indeed a personification of the Japanese concept of Ikigai; he loved what he did and excelled in it, at the same time being an indispensable part of the society as a doctor and a human. His students will always remember him as THE MASTER, larger than life; he taught them not only spine but also the essence of life.

He was a true team player; his energy and enthusiasm was infectious. Our off-field friendship paved the way for our on-field partnership. We were very similar in our ideologies and together we established the concept of 6 days spine clinic (10–6 pm) in Maharashtra and Western India starting from 2010. There was great coordination and harmony between us as we shared same clinics and theaters 3 days each for 10 years and together developed the spine department at Sancheti Hospital brick by brick.

Ketan was an academician to the core and a trustworthy partner. We started “The Pune Spine Weekend – Live Surgery Conference” in 2013 and “AO Spine Scoliosis Week” at Sancheti Hospital, Pune. Ketan was instrumental in starting International Journal of Spine along with Dr. Ashok Shyam and me. We worked on many projects together and represented Sancheti Institute all over the globe.

He contributed immensely to the activities of Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) as an active community member. He was instrumental in formulating the consent forms of ASSI, with which he has left his mark on the ASSI website.

The researcher in him always searching for answers, the thinker in him formulating answers, he became the AOSIN research officer in 2019.

He would always be remembered as a great human being, perfect family man, a true friend, compassionate doctor, and an excellent surgeon. He has left a legacy to be followed. So much has this man achieved in his short career for which he will always be remembered in our hearts. There is a famous movie line: “life should be large, not long.” The thousands of moments he made us all cherish make him immortal.

It was an honor to be with you, missing you always.


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