Year : 2019 | Volume
: 12 | Issue : 1 | Page : 71-
Dr Rajnish Juneja – A light burnt bright
Shyam Sunder Kothari, Sivasubramanian Ramakrishnan
Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
Dr. Shyam Sunder Kothari
Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi
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Kothari SS, Ramakrishnan S. Dr Rajnish Juneja – A light burnt bright.Ann Pediatr Card 2019;12:71-71
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Dr. Rajnish Juneja, Professor of Cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi, had a sudden cardiac arrest at his home on the night of April 10, 2018. He was 55 years. It was an irony of fate that the last few projects he was working on were on sudden cardiac death. He was an accomplished electrophysiologist and a pediatric cardiologist. In fact, he was one of the very few dedicated pediatric electrophysiologists in this country. Dr. Rajnish Juneja had his early medical training at the best centers in the country; he completed his cardiology fellowship from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1993 with a gold medal and joined the faculty at AIIMS from the year 1995. He developed into a fine electrophysiologist after a year of training (2000–2001) at St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, and subsequently shouldered the development of high level of electrophysiology facilities at AIIMS. Simultaneously, he mastered the growing field of pediatric interventional cardiology with consummate ease.
He was unique in more than one ways. A perfectionist to the core, he was a committed clinician with a “never say die” attitude, and a sincere human being who endeared himself to all his patients and colleagues alike. These were his trademark characteristics. He could not tolerate imperfections around him. He could challenge the entire establishment if he felt necessary, and which he often did for the sake of patient care. No amount of sacrifice was enough for patient care including long working hours, holidays, and sometimes even financial loss.
And his sensitivity for the needy was astonishing and truly extraordinary. Only a few people know that he used to spend his vacations in treating poor and needy patients in Bastar, Jharkhand, without any remuneration, and would bring the needy ones to Delhi for tertiary care treatment.
As an academician, he taught electrophysiology and pediatric cardiology with distinction. His ability to attend to minute details was exceptional and was part of his perfectionist attitude. He was among the founder member of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India and served as its Secretary (2005–2007) and Treasurer (1999–2001) during the early formative years of the society.
He was very fond of Urdu poetry on the one hand and, on the other hand, well versed with the cutting edge technology of the digital world. Sometimes enigmatically lonely, he could spend hours in the search of solution to a problem.
In the current materialistic world, Dr. Juneja came across as an aberration. His lack of recognition seeking behavior, humble nature, and humor in cynicism often stood out. A noble soul and a warm friend, Rajnish Juneja is survived by his wife Mrs. Neeru Juneja and two children. He will be dearly missed by the Indian pediatric cardiac community.
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