Asad J. Raja Shares Best Practices of ‘Being a Surgeon’

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Author, surgeon encourages fellow surgeons to uphold ethics, morality, professionalism in practice of surgery

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The issues concerning the institutionalized dehumanization in medicine, the deteriorating professionalism, the commodification of medicine and the rapidly changing values and canvas of surgical discipline prompted author and surgeon, Asad J. Raja, to write “Being a Surgeon” (published by Trafford Publishing). The book centers on professionalism, ethics and morality in the practice of discipline of surgery.

Being a Surgeon” is a heartfelt exploration of surgical discipline. It is intended to help surgeons and other stakeholders around the world make a difference in the care of surgical patients. It would serve trainees and training programs and help improve the culture and practices of surgery. The book invites surgical trainees and preceptors to fight the onslaught of institutionalized dehumanization in medicine. It calls to delve into the full, holistic complexity of the surgical discipline by exploring and cultivating every facet of the surgeon’s role. It centers on the author’s experiences as a surgeon battling to salvage patient life, dignity and wellbeing in difficult and challenging environments. These experiences are held up as examples for surgeons, young and old, to learn from, providing key principles.

Raja believes that individuals today have become savvy and egoistical. There is a widespread apathy, change in values and societal degradation. Furthermore, these have also eroded the long cherished values and practices in surgery. “Being a Surgeon” is his effort to create awareness and helps raise the professional standards of practice.

Human dignity is the fundamental premise of our profession. A human being has an innate right to be valued and respected and to receive ethical treatment,” Raja says. “Human dignity is beyond the boundaries of color, class, or creed, and it signifies the intrinsic worth of human life. We must respect and uphold the dignity and worth of human life at all times.”

“Being a Surgeon”
By Asad J. Raja
Hardcover | 6x9in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781490781860
Softcover | 6x9in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781490781846
E-Book | 148 pages | ISBN 9781490781853
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Asad J. Raja is a general surgeon practicing for 37 years. He graduated from Dow Medical College at the University of Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his surgical training from the U.K. and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He later pursued a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. Dr. Raja has subsequently lived and practiced surgery as an academic faculty in developing countries. He is currently the Quaid-e-Azam professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Aga Khan University and Hospital. His special clinical interests are surgical oncology and trauma. He is very passionate about postgraduate surgical training, surgical skills development, and bioethics education. He is married with two children. He is an outdoor person and likes camping, hiking and unwinding in the wilderness.

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