Meet Rajive Tandon, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist at Ohio State

Author: Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Hello, I'm Rajive Tandon. I work at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine. I was interested in medicine originally by way of my mother who is a psychiatrist and I used to go on call with her at nights as a child in the psychiatry department. And I found it fascinating watching her work and in action.

Completing my first year of internal medicine residency, I found pulmonary to be the toughest of all the subspecialties. I was enamored by the ventilator. I thought it was such a difficult object to manipulate and to understand so I tried hardest to understand it, study it, work with it and learn from the respiratory therapists and the pulmonologists to master pulmonary medicine and critical care. So my approach is the patient and I sit together along with family hopefully, if they're available, to make a treatment algorithm which suits the patient and myself as well. I will offer them all varieties of treatment, but that may not be necessarily what's best for the patient because they are concerned about an aspect of it and I want to make sure that they are comfortable with the treatment so that they are engaged in the treatment and compliance is maintained.

So it's a joint decision in any treatment that I offer the patient. Pulmonary and critical care is one of the subspecialties within medicine that still has that old school feeling where you get to bond with your patient as an outpatient and then if they do need admission to the hospital or the intensive care unit, which is a very stressful time for the patient and their families, to see a familiar face such as my face because I know them from as an outpatient is a great feeling. So I get to follow them. Also it's a very technically advanced subspecialty, which is continually advancing with medications and different varieties of therapies. So I always have the ability to keep myself on my toes and read more and every day’s a school day for me and I love it that way.

Meet Rajive Tandon, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist at Ohio State

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