Dr. Ashok Seth, who is perhaps one of the most recognized and respected Indian Cardiologists in the world, has contributed extensively to the growth of Cardiology, especially Interventional Cardiology, not just in India but worldwide. His expertise and skills have won him universal respect and accolades, and his efforts have carved a spot for India on the global cardiac care map.
Over the past 20 years he has pioneered a number of angioplasty techniques in India and the Asia Pacific region, and been instrumental in training the next generation of cardiologists in these techniques. The Governments of Malaysia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, as well as WHO and SAARC Cardiac Society have all sponsored doctors to be trained under Dr. Seth.
Dr. Seth is Founder / Advisory Board Member / Governor of several prestigious international scientific bodies including the Asia Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiologists, SAARC Cardiac Society, and Society of Cardiovascular Angiographies and Interventions (USA). He had the privilege of organizing the 2nd AICT (Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics) conference in October 2006. This landmark conference, inaugurated by then President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, was attended by more than 1000 delegates from 27 countries, and brought 200 of the world's most noted cardiologists to India for the first time. Dr. Seth is the Vice President of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology for 2013-2015, and the Immediate Past President of the Cardiological Society of India-the official National Body of all Indian cardiologists. He was the first Asian cardiologist to be elected to the Board of Governors of Society of Cardiac Angiographies and Intervention (USA) - the official professional and regulatory body of interventional cardiologists in USA. He has been conferred the Padma Shri award by the Government of India, in 2003. Dr. Seth's talents manifested early in his career-he was one of the youngest overseas doctors to be awarded the Fellowship of all the three Royal Colleges of London, Edinburgh & Ireland in year 1995.
FRCP (LOND, EDIN, IREL), FACC, FESC, FSCAI, FCSI, Dsc. (Honoris Causa), D.Litt. ( Honoris Causa)
Chairman - Cardiology Council, Fortis Group of Hospitals
Immediate Past President - Cardiological Society of India
Vice President - Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
Honour ary Professor of Cardiology
Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal (2000 onwards)
Medical College, Raipur (2001 onwards)
Medical College, Bilaspur (2001 onwards)
Padmashree Dr. D Y Patil University (2008 onwards)
Honour ary Professor of Cardiology
Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh, (1998 onwards)
Honour ary National Professor
Annual Course on Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of India, (1996 onwards) "Dudley" Visiting Professor University of Birmingham, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, U.K (1995)
RECENT UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL DISTINCTIONS
(Unprecedented Honour For Any Indian / Asian) Dr. Seth has contributed extensively to the growth, development and scientific progress of Cardiology especially Interventional Cardiology in India and across the world. Over the past 20 years he has pioneered numerous angioplasty techniques for India and Asia Pacific region. His expertise, skills and his pioneering efforts in teaching and training in angioplasty have won him respect and accolades all across the world.
Dr. Seth was the first cardiologist in Asia Pacific region to perform Directional Atherectomy, Angioscopy, Stents, Thrombectomy devices & Drug Eluting Stents and use of Impella heart support device failing heart. He has performed one of the highest numbers of angiographies and angioplasties in the world - which is acknowledged by the 'LIMCA' Book of Records.
Dr. Seth was also instrumental in the core team which created the Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi from its first day when he became the Head of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology on his return from England on 3rd October 1988. He was one of the key pillars to make it into one of the most famous landmark institutes in the World. He left the Escorts Heart Institute in Dec'04 to create a new standard in cardiac care in Max Heart & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Seth has the unique honor to be invited to demonstrate and teach complex angioplasty techniques via the satellite transmission from New Delhi to the 'Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics in 2003 & 2007' Meeting in Washington DC (USA) and to EuroPCR in Paris in 2006 (from Bangkok) & in 2003 (from Chennai), which are the most important and biggest meetings of Interventional Cardiologists across the World. This is a unique prestige and privilege for India and a first for any Interventional Cardiologists in Asia. He has also done live transmissions of complex angioplasty techniques from India to international meetings in Singapore, Malaysia, Paris, China, Australia, Korea, Sri Lanka etc.
Dr. Seth has been invited to lecture / demonstrate complex angioplasty techniques to more than 300 international courses & meetings across the globe.
Dr. Seth has been highly acclaimed internationally for academics and research. He is the
Associate Editor of International Journal of Cardiology Member, Editorial Board
Journal American College of Cardiology - Cardiovascular Interventions
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Intervention
These are three of the most important journals of Interventional Cardiology in the World and are an unprecedented honor for an Indian.
Dr. Seth has had the unique distinction to be elected on the Board of Governors of Society of Cardiac Angiographies and Intervention (USA) - the official professional and regulatory body of interventional cardiologists in USA which has a global influence. This is a first for any cardiologist from Asia.
He has been invited to be a member of expert committee of "Society of Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (USA)" for its international position statement on "Percutaneous Coronary Interventions Without On-Site Surgical Backup" and is a co-author of this 'Guidelines' which have been supported by 15 Interventional Cardiology Societies across the World.
Dr Seth is a Member of Expert Committee - Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, Directorate General of Health Services, to examine issues relating to regulatory requirements for exercising control over medical devices (October 2009 onwards).
Dr. Seth is the Chief Coordinator of CSIR funded NTMLI project to manufacture an indigenous low-cost Drug Eluting Stent in India by year end 2008.
Dr. Seth is one of the youngest person to be honored Doctorate of Science (DSc) Honoris Causa by Banaras Hindu University in 1998.
He also was one of the youngest overseas doctors to be awarded the Fellowship of all the three Royal Colleges of London, Edinburgh & Ireland in year 1995.
He has also been a prolific writer of original scientific papers and has more than 150 publications to his credit in prestigious Indian and International medical journals. He has also written and edited chapters in 10 text books of Cardiology and Medicine.
Dr. Seth has trained more than 350 cardiologists from India and abroad in advance techniques of angioplasty. The Govt. of Malaysia, Bangladesh, WHO, SAARC Cardiac Society, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia has all sponsored doctors from their country to train under Dr. Seth.
He has had the unique distinction of organizing the '2nd AICT' (Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics) conference in India in October 2006. This was a privilege and pride of Nation. This landmark meeting brought together for the first time in India 200 top most Cardiologists of the world and more than 1000 delegates from 27 countries. The President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam gave the inaugural address to the cardiologists and it was acclaimed and lauded internationally.