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Aashish Contractor - Medicine

Aashish Contractor - Medicine

Dr. AASHISH CONTRACTOR class of '87 is the head of dept of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai. The Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation department at the Asian Heart Institute is one of the busiest in the country.
After obtaining his medical degree from T.N. Medical College, Mumbai he completed his post graduate training in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Virginia, USA. He worked in the US, in a preventive cardiology setting for 5 years before returning to India. On his return, he set up the first formal Cardiac Rehabilitation department in the country at Cumballa Hill Hospital and Heart Institute, and then the department at the Asian Heart Institute.
Dr. Contractor has been published in national and international textbooks as well as journals.  He contributed a weekly column on heart disease prevention in the Mumbai Samachar, one of the leading national newspapers, for five years. He is also the certification director of the American College of Sports Medicine in India. He has coordinated the medical support for the Mumbai Marathon from its inception, in 2004 to present, as well as the inaugural ATP tennis tournament in Mumbai.
On an academic front he is a visiting lecturer at the SNDT University and serves on the board of studies of the SVT College (SNDT University) as well as a visiting professor at Chester University, UK.
On a personal front, he practices what he preaches, and takes a keen interest in several sports. He has taken part and completed the London Marathon in 1999.
EXPERIENCE
Nov 2002-Present
Asian Heart Institute; Mumbai, India
Head of Department: Preventive Cardiology  and Rehabilitation
Phase I-IV cardiac rehabilitation, including a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic
Founded the department, the first telemetry monitored phase I-IV cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation and centre in Mumbai. The dept sees over 90 patients for Phase II rehab, six days a week. The Asian Heart Institute performs the highest number of cardiac surgeries in Western India.
EECP treatment is offered for those with stable angina and heart failure
Corporate Wellness program.
April 2001-May 2003
Cumballa Hill Hospital and Heart Institute; Mumbai, India
Head of Department: Cardiac Rehabilitation
Founded the department, which includes Phase II and Phase III cardiac rehabilitation, and a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic
March 2001-Sep 2003
Spectrum Healthcare; Mumbai, India
Consultant: Corporate Wellness Programme  
Spectrum Healthcare is a multi-disciplinary preventive and diagnostic health centre
Responsibilities include development of corporate wellness programmes, and stress testing of patients
November 1997- August 2000
Centre for Heart Disease Prevention, Candler Hospital; Savannah, Georgia, USA     
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist and Clinical Researcher
Responsibilities included initial assessment, cardiovascular risk reduction counselling, with special emphasis on lipids, and follow-up of patients in the cardiovascular risk-reduction and cardiac rehabilitation programme. Worked under Dr. Neil Gordon.
Cardiopulmonary stress testing of patients, with gas exchange measurements.
Investigator in a grant issued by the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust, titled “Implementation of a Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program in Transplant Recipients”. Duties involved patient recruitment, cardiopulmonary stress testing of participants and follow-up with patients to maintain lifestyle changes.
Investigator in a grant issued by the American Heart Association, titled “Clinical Effectiveness of 3 Models for Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Low-Risk CAD patients.” Duties and responsibilities same as above.
June 1997 –August 1997
Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Sausalito, California, USA         
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
Cardiac rehab specialist for patients attending Dr. Dean Ornish’s Retreat for Reversing Heart Disease.
August 1996 – May 1997
University of Virginia, Health Sciences Centre; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Martha Jefferson Hospital; Charlottesville, Virginia                  
Intern, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
February 1994 - February 1995
B.Y.L Nair Municipal Hospital; Mumbai, India Clinical Intern
Rotated through various departments of the hospital thus gaining a broad exposure to different aspects of medicine.  Performed duties of a junior resident doctor
EDUCATION
University of Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Master of Education, May 1997
Concentration: Exercise Physiology (Cardiac Rehabilitation) GPA: 4.0
University of Bombay, T.N. Medical College; Mumbai, India Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), February 1995. Consistently ranked among the top 10% of the class
CERTIFICATIONS
Clinical Exercise Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (American Heart Association)
PUBLICATIONS
Effectiveness of three models for comprehensive cardiovascular disease risk reduction.  Neil F. Gordon, Carla English, Aashish Contractor et al.  Am J Cardiol, 2002;89:1263-1268.
Chapter in Erhman, Gordon et al (ed): Clinical Exercise Physiology.  Human Kinetics, 2003, pp 281-295.
Resistance training for hypertension and stroke patients.  In James Graves, Barry Franklin(ed):Resistance training for health and rehabilitation. Human Kinetics,2001.
The Role of Homocysteine in Indians in particular.  In R. Gupta (ed): Current Advances in Atherosclerotic Research.  Indian Society of Atherosclerosis Research, pp 100-106, Vol IV, 2001.
Prevalence & the role of Homocysteine in Indians.Hypertension India,2001;15(3):39-41.
Cardiac Rehabilitation: Chapter in API Textbook of Medicine,VII edition,pp449-51.
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Visiting Lecturer, University of Chester, United Kingdom, since September, 2007
Certification Director of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification programs in India, since November, 2003.  (The only person authorised in the country for the same)
Faculty & Member of Board of Studies, SVT College of Home Science, SNDT University, since 2005.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND HONOURS
Dy Medical Director: Standard Chartered International Marathon, since its inception in 2004 till present.
Treasurer (since 2003) and Governing Council Member (since 2000) of the National Society for Prevention of Heart Disease and Rehabilitation (NSPHERE)
Chief Tournament Physician: ATP Mumbai Open Tennis tournament, 2006
Editorial Secretary, API Textbook of Medicine, VII edition, 2001-2003.
Member- Ethical Review Board, CMC Mumbai, since 2003
Alice Becker Williams Award for displaying exceptional promise as evidenced by both, professional and academic accomplishments; University of Virginia, 1997.
Columnist: weekly column on ‘Heart disease prevention’, Mumbai Samachar newspaper.
INVITED SPEAKER
National workshop on Methodologies of Fitness Assessment organised by the Nutrition Society of India, 15th and 16th Sept, 2006. Topic: Cardiovascular Fitness
Indian Merchants Chamber, Ladies Wing: Discussion on olive oil.  11th Sept 2006
National Seminar on childhood Obesity, Aug 2007, SNDT Univ, Mumbai
British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Annual Conference, Sept 2007, Cardiff, UK
National Society of Prevention of Heart Disease and Rehabilitation and Indian Society of Electrocardiography: Cardiology Update 2008: Topic; ST-T changes, METs, and VO2 max: are they useful for the cardiac patient. May 18, 2008
GP association, HN Hospital, May 22, 2008
British Cardiovascular Society, Annual Conference, June 2, 2008, Manchester, UK
Indian Medical Association (IMA), Mumbai West Branch., July 24, 2008.
Indian Medical Association, Mumbai Branch, ‘Hits and Misses of Cardiology’, 27 Sept, 2008.
Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital and Research Center: Talk on “cardiac Rehabilitation’, on the occasion of World Heart Day, 30 Sept, 2008
INVITED SPEAKER (PUBLIC)
HELP library on the occasion of World health Day, 2008
Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Lifestyle issues for corporate executives; October, 3, 2008