The Evolved Man of the Week: Dr. Govind Nandakumar

Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s “Evolved Man of the Week” profile. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved person, famous and non-famous individual alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the surgeon and on-the-spot long-distance runner, Dr. Govind Nandakumar.

Dr. Nandakumar, a gastrointestinal surgeon at Manipal Hospitals, was on his way to conduct an emergency laparoscopic gallbladder surgery when he got caught up in traffic on the Sarjapur-Marathalli stretch in Bengaluru, India.

Dr. Nandakumar left his car and ran 1.8 miles to do the necessary surgery, realizing that a delay might put the female patient in danger. He even uploaded a brief video of his run on his Instagram account.

Dr. Nandakumar reiterated the chaos of Bangalore traffic when he shared that the waterlogging and hefty rain caused the traffic to back up for at least a few miles. After finding no indication of the traffic getting any better, the surgeon sprinted for almost 45 minutes to reach his patient.

Here is Dr. Nandakumar in his own words about his viral sprint to do surgery. 

“I commute every day from central Bangalore to Manipal Hospitals, Sarjapur, which is in the Southeast of Bangalore. I left home well in time for the surgery. My team was all set and prepared to perform the surgery as soon as I would reach the hospital. Looking at the huge traffic, I decided to leave the car with the driver and ran towards the hospital without thinking twice.”

Today we honor Dr. Govind Nandakumar as our Evolved Man of the Week. 


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