It came as a rude shock on Tuesday noon that internationally renowned cardiologist, Dr BK Goyal passed away.
“This is a huge loss for the state,” said Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra, “I’ve know him for over 10 years now. He was a gem of a person. He would treat poor patients for free.”
Ask anyone about Dr Goyal and they are sure to say that he was a workaholic. He saw his patients as a routine yesterday night and left for home talking to his colleagues about how he loved his work dearly.
“He was an eminent doctor. Yesterday, we left together and were discussing about how he had been practicing for the last 70 years. He has seen his patients actually till yesterday night. He is the first doctor in the country to receive Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri as well as Padma Bhushan for his expertise. He was a great man,” said Dr Gautam Bhansali, consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital.
He never differentiated between the rich and the poor, say Dr Goyal’s colleagues. If there was anything to be learnt from Dr Goyal, it was that learning has no age bar, added his friends.
“If there’s any word to describe Dr Goyal, it has to ‘hardworking’ He was a relentless workaholic who learnt angiography in the latter part of his life. He loved learning new things. He created this institution to be the best in the country,” said Dr Shrirang Bichhu, Head of department, Nephrology at Bombay Hospital.
“He wanted to make sure that the rich and the poor were given the best of treatment. And so, this is the only private institute that gave the best of treatment without taking a donation. He has treated many poor patients for free. He passed away at 12 in the noon today and we are all really sad hearing the news,” added Dr Bichhu.
“He is one of the biggest personalities for the medical fraternity in Maharashtra. It is an irreparable loss for the doctors and patients. Our heartfelt condolences to the family,” said Dr Shivkumar Utture, President Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC).
Dr Goyal was an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist to the Texas Heart Institute at Houston, USA. He was also the honorary dean and chief cardiologist at the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences and a former Director-Professor of cardiology of JJ Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College, Mumbai.