It's a Small World After All
Bringing global thinking to health care: Baylor College of Medicine forms apartnership with India
When Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Globalization opened its doors in March, it was just making official what has been already been happening within the system for years. Inspired by the legacy established by Dr. Michael DeBakey and the ease of connecting to faraway places through evolving technology, BCM is poised to extend its reach to even the smallest corners of the world.
Dr. Navneet Kathuria, BCM's chief performance improvement officer, is at the helm of the center, which serves as an umbrella for BCM's existing international programs, as well as new global initiatives in education, research and patient care. With BCM trustee Wallace S. Wilson’s gift of $5 million, the center’s joined forces with Max India Group, the country's leading comprehensive provider of standardized, seamless and international class health care services.
Kathuria began exploring opportunities with Max in 2007 when he was on faculty at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and he believes the partnership is mutually beneficial.
As technology brings countries closer together, it is easier for doctors to share insight and information through avenues such as Skype.
“Now that we have formed this agreement, it provides a framework for our research and for scientists to work and learn from each other,” Kathuria says.
While India is the first collaboration of the new center, BCM already had 314 different research projects underway that fit the mission of reaching beyond the immediate borders for education and research, including Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, plus research projects in 33 countries. As technology brings countries closer together, it is easier for doctors to share insight and information through avenues such as Skype.
“In the past it would have taken years to travel continents to collaborate with other scientists,” Kathuria says. “Science knows no bounds and this moves science forward."
He points to the economic rise of India, China and Brazil as places the center can reach out to and exchange information. He also stresses that even when a disease seems to be contained to a distant part of the world, it still affects the global population. Everything from SARS to diabetes can be addressed through a comprehensive program developed by collaborative projects.
Although India is the first stop on the center’s map, Kathuria is quick to point out that it’s not just about India.
“Globalization has always been there. Dr. DeBakey was global health pioneer and any institution of higher learning and diversity is smart to partner not just locally, but around the world for their science,” Kathuria says. “It decreases the cost of globalized medicine and takes on a different texture.
"Health care is much more engaged."