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Dr. D. Vyas Global Health

Dr. D. Vyas' work in global health

“A lot of people die, who shouldn't die. I want to save those lives. Those lives are precious.” – Dinesh Vyas,M.D. Associate Dean for Research in Surgery


 Dinesh Vyas, M.D. is a general surgeon at the TTUHSC at the Permian Basin Department of Surgery, with interests in minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery and trauma care. What follows, is a brief story of how he contributed to training approximately 70 first responders and his goal of providing training to 5000 more by the end of the year.

During his emergency department visit in India in February 2014, Dr. Vyas volunteered to spend two nights on call in a hospital’s emergency room. Seventeen injured people arrived from two auto accidents, but it had taken almost two and a half hours for them to reach the hospital, and during that time they had received no medical care. This lack of emergency care was not new to Dr. Vyas, as he had witnessed too many trauma victims die because they did not receive proper care before reaching the hospital.

Dr. Vyas believes that, by training policemen, paramedics, firefighters, security guards and ambulance drivers, in the proper care of the injured patient before they arrive at the hospital, thousands of lives could be saved and further lifelong disabilities could be avoided.

The first day, Dr. Vyas trained a dozen firefighters, police offices, nurses and ambulance drivers. As word got out, more first responders showed up and asked to be trained. By the end of his visit, Dr. Vyas estimated 70 first responders had been trained. Before leaving India, he received a call from one of his trainees, who said he had helped care for eight people, including three critically injured in an auto accident. All eight had survived.

His goal is for the program to grow exponentially, as the knowledge of proper emergency care spreads from trainee to trainee. Eventually, he would like to introduce the program to other developing countries, including Nepal, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Peru and others.