“Knowledge has to be shared till you die. I will go on practising till my last breath,” says Dr OP Kapoor, an eminent physician and a gifted teacher who still practises at the age of 85. Dr Kapoor has been known for his marathon teaching sessions and is popular among several generations of undergraduate and post-graduate medical students for making complex subjects simpler.
Practising three days in a week now, Dr Kapoor, said, “One shouldn’t give up practice. One should not shy off and be afraid of competing with young doctors.”
Dr Kapoor studied medicine at Grant Medical College and JJ Hospital. He was awarded with the Dhanvantari Award in 2004 and was also nominated for the Guru Dronacharya National Award in 2007.
He said people often ask him how, at the age of 85, he manages to stand for six hours straight and give lectures. “It is important to stay fit. Doctor should not ignore his/her health and undergo health check-up every year,” he added.
Dr OP Kapoor has lectured extensively in 150 towns and cities in India and has addressed learned medical audiences in the UK and the USA.
Talking about Dr Kapoor, Dr Samir Dalwai, developmental paediatrician and President of Indian Academy of Pediatrics – Mumbai chapter said, “He has inspired and taught many doctors like me. He is the rock-star in the field of medicine and has never turned off any student for knowledge.”
He added that Dr Kapoor started the concept of night clinic, where he taught medical students free of cost. “His class was open for everyone. He used to get food for his students too. At this age also, he not only continues practicing, but shares the knowledge with young medical students. It is his love for fitness and sports that keeps him going,” said Dr Dalwai.
Dr Suhas Pingle, member of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and a student of both Dr Amdekar and Dr Kapoor said, “Both are excellent clinician and teacher. They are gifted with the talent to be both good teacher and a good doctor.”
Talking about Dr Kapoor, Dr Pingle quoted an incident where a Dubai citizen had pain in abdomen and he had visited many doctors but no result. “No one was able to diagnose the cause. Dr Kapoor asked him only one question that whether he had the habit of biting nails. The patient and we were shocked. He actually was observing the patient from head to toe and he observed that his nail biting habit was related to his stomach pain,” added Dr Pingle.