An Interview with Dr Anubhav Mittal

Pancreactic Surgeon at The Australian Pancreatic Centre

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A SURGEON?

Well,  I’ve always loved a challenge, and becoming a surgeon is a big challenge!
It’s a combination of intense detail and rigorous training in both theory and skills, along with a creative problem-solving mentality.
It requires excellent judgement and the ability to synthesise multiple points of information and bring together a team on the day.
There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing a complicated 8-hour operation and seeing the patient wake up again.
It’s an absolute privilege.

I HEARD YOU LOVE DIFFICULT CASES?

 

Absolutely!
Every life is precious and I will always put in 100% effort, especially for the very difficult cases.
It’s not just about technical ability, it’s about having the right mental attitude where you’re ready to think out of the box and push the boundaries.
When someone’s life is on the line, isn’t that what you want?
Every patient is unique and deserves to be treated as such.

               TEAMWORK IS PARAMOUNT

 

“I take on the

difficult surgeries

because I love the challenge”

OK, BUT ISN’T THAT A LITTLE RISKY?

 

Well, risk is relative – it depends on who you ask!
I never take unnecessary risks with people’s lives.
What I do is take considered risks which have been carefully evaluated in the context of the entire situation and reviewed by our entire MDT.
I’m here to serve the patients, and I put their welfare above all other considerations.
I’m not going to sit in my comfort zone when my patient’s life is at risk.
My belief is that if I’m not stretching myself and doing my very best, then I am letting my patient down.
The patient is trusting you with their life, so you have to trust yourself!

I HEARD YOU’RE DOING RESEARCH, TOO?

 

Yes.
Even though we are giving the very best care we can with today’s technologies, that doesn’t mean we can’t improve for the future.
I’m a big advocate of constant improvement and redefining excellence.
I’m involved in several medical and scientific research projects which are directly aimed at improving patient care and outcomes.
Just imagine what we can achieve when we put together a team of the very best clinicians and researchers, specialising solely on the pancreas.
Todays research will be tomorrows procedures.

AND YOU TEACH AS WELL?

 

Yes! I’m  a Senior Lecturer and Director of Surgical Skills training at the University of Sydney.
One of the best ways to improve the future (besides research) is to train the next generation of clinicians.
The trainee surgeons are very bright and motivated, and it’s great working with them and their youthful energy.
I emphasise that it’s not enough to merely have technical surgical skills.
Excellence requires creative thinking and problem solving tools.
And a 100% commitment to serving the patient!