|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 722--723
Dr. Jayant Misra
Maheep S Gaur
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Rancan Gamma Knife Surgery, Vimhans Hospital, New Delhi, India
Maheep S Gaur
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Rancan Gamma Knife Surgery, Vimhans Hospital, New Delhi - 110 065
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With profound grief, I write this obituary of Dr. Jayant Misra, my friend, colleague and Gamma Knife surgeon for 22 years. I can vividly remember when I first met Dr. Jayant at an inaugural party of Radionics X-Knife at Hotel Claridges, New Delhi, in September 1996. I was already doing Gamma knife Fellowship in Japan since March that year and came to Delhi for a 6-month break and visa renewal. I went to this meeting to interact with Prof. E. R. Cosman, known to me through my teacher Dr. Takaaki Takizawa. He was the founder of Radionics and dedicated Linac Radiosurgery X-knife, which was being installed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. I met Dr. Jayant and Dr. Ajay Niranjan, both Senior Registrars with Dr. Ajaya Nand Jha. Dr. Jayant was already planning to go to the University of Virginia for Lars Leksell Fellowship. He was keen to know about our work and experience during fellowship at Heisei Memorial Hospital, Japan. On completion of my Fellowship, I returned to India and developed Rancan Gamma Knife Centre at Vimhans Hospital, with Gamma Knife Model B. Dr. Jayant came back from the USA after his fellowship and joined me. Prof. A. K. Banerji, Director at Vimhans Hospital, suggested that since we both were young and with good experience and fellowship in this new field, it would be good if we worked together rather then competing with each other. Since April 1998 till January 2006 we had joint practice. As a senior consultant with me, he worked dedicatedly and constructively regarding building our Centre. Every patient was discussed and planned with our joint opinion. In 2006, we separated our practice but continued in the same department till August 2009, when I moved to the new Gamma Knife Centre at Goodwill Hospital, Noida, with Gamma Knife Perfexion. He took over as Head of Department and continued in the same position till the end of May 21, 2020. We again worked together from January 2015, when I joined back at Rancan Gamma Knife Centre.
Dr. Jayant was born in a family of lawyers at Varanasi, UP, on April 30, 1962. He did his 10th Board from Boys High School, Allahabad in 1975 and 12th from Sherwood College, Nainital, Uttarakhand, in 1977. He did his graduation in 1984, from Motilal Nehru Medical College, University of Allahabad, UP, and M.S. in General Surgery from the same institute in 1989.
Later he worked as Medical Officer, Oil & Natural Gas Commission, BRBC, Bombay [Offshore Installations], India, from May 22, 1990 till November 30, 1990; Registrar/Clinical Assistant Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, PD Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Center, Bombay, India, from December 31, 1990 to December 31, 1992 and Senior Resident Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, UP, India, from March 16, 1993 to October 30, 1993.
He did his M. Ch. Neurosurgery (1993-1995), and was Senior Resident at Department of Neurosurgery, Gobind Ballabh Pant Hospital, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, from November 02, 1993 till January 14, 1996. After M. Ch. Neurosurgery, he joined Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, as Senior Registrar Neurosurgery [Post-Doctoral], Department of Neurological Surgery, from January 27, 1996 to November 25, 1996.
He was Lars Leksell Fellow with Professor Ladislau Steiner at Department of Neurological Surgery, Lars Leksell Center for Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, University of Virginia, Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA, USA, from November 26, 1996 till January 12, 1998.
Dr. Jayant Misra was a good clinician and had full faith in his patients. He took very judicious decisions and contributed to gamma patient board discussions. Till 2006, we always shared our views and reviewed treatment plans before radiation. He had a fixed routine to come every day at 9 am to the department and continue working till 4 pm. He hardly took any vacations other than visiting his parents annually once in summer. He was a strong-headed person and followed his views. It was some times difficult to convince him in difficult situations. His favorite book was 'Foutainhead' written by Ayn Rand; probably it influenced his instincts.
He was a keen Gamma Knife user as that was all he was interested in professionally. Apart from Vascular and Benign Tumor cases, he liked treating Trigeminal Neuralgia. He never got interested in Movement Disorder cases, especially Parkinson's disease, which I treated in the department. He was against psychosurgery, which he called 'unethical'. Later in 2010, he got involved in the ROSE trial for Mesial Temporal Epilepsy.
He attended the Gamma Knife Society meetings and presented our cases at Hong Kong in 1998, at Lake Tahoe, USA, in 2000, and Prague in 2002. He attended very few local meetings. I can remember two Radiosurgery updates in Delhi organized by AIIMS, 2007, and myself at Goodwill Hospital 2010, where he presented his invited lectures.
Dr. Jayant did not want to understand or get involved in the business of medical practice, which all private sectors hospitals pursue. He never participated in any marketing events organized by our Corporate. He looked at things in black and white. There were no gray areas in his work. He did not believe in partial truth but only in absolute truth.
He had some underlying health issues for over 6 months which he ignored till the Covid-19 lockdown period set in when he developed multiple problems leading to hospitalization. We all tried our best to help in this time of restrictions. He lost battle for life on May 21, 2020, in ICU at Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi.
May his soul rest in peace. His departure will surely be felt as a big loss in the neurosurgical community. May God Almighty give strength to his family to bear this irreparable loss.