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Thodur Vasudevan

Thodur Vasudevan FRACS


Born and brought up in Chennai, the coastal city in South India, Vasu moved to NZ in 1991 to a great job in Waikato Hospital as a senior registrar in Thoracic and Vascular surgery as it was then called. The path to his destination started then and followed a path of a General FRACS and then the Vascular FRACS. He has been a consultant in Waikato Hospital for nearly 20 years and recently moved to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne as the Head of Vascular Surgery and the Deputy Head of the surgical program. It was hard yakka but enjoyable all the way. The wide experience in the UK prior to coming to NZ provided a wide platform for my practice. Vasu's passion was to build on the strengths of the unit in Hamilton and he had the privilege of working with cardiac surgeons to create the early steps of aortic teams in managing complex aortic pathology. This remains his passion moving to the Alfred as the cardiac department is very strong and he is proud to say that he has started forging important links with cardiac surgery, cardiology, and IR to set up an integrated aortic MD team. This is very much a work in progress. Vasu does have some academic links though he would like to be called as a clinical researcher. HIs passion outside of work remains sport, having played competitive cricket in India up to University. He still dabbles in cricket and play regular badminton. He has a wonderful supporting family with Malathi, the anchoring rock and 2 wonderful boys, the older one is a lawyer and the younger boy is on his way to being an architect.
 
What operation do you enjoy doing the most and why?
A complex arch procedure in combination with cardiac surgeons and IR folks. Any day! I enjoy the adrenalin and the uncertainties with these procedures and the realisation that we are unique with these procedures and can make a difference with the resources we have. 

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Not sure that I can link my journey to a movie> the movie will probably be called ‘ How a plodder can succeed”

What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Visit Vienna and listen to a live concert
2. Safari in Kenya or South Africa
3. Walk around Mount Kailash in the Himalayas.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
To time travel and go back to my childhood to spend more time with my dad who passed when I was 9.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
“When you finish training, you should be a better surgeon than me”. As mentioned by my mentor Ross Blair. I try to impart the same to trainees till today.
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