About Doctor Reza

The Doctor’s Vision:
“I want to make people aware of our specialty in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pulmonary diseases and obstructive sleep apnea. Most importantly, show them how we can help them live healthy lives in polluted metros, like Kolkata."
The Doctor’s Mission:
“There’s immense scope of work in respiratory medicine in East India. Most people are not aware of the advancement of diagnosis and treatment in lung diseases. There’s also a shortage of experienced doctors in this field. So, rather than letting people go to Mumbai for the same, we could provide them an efficient service here in Kolkata.”
Doctor Reza envisions establishing and running -
  • A sleep clinic, which could be a referral centre for the whole of Eastern Region of India
  • Cough Clinic to treat patients who suffer from the nagging chronic cough symptoms.

M.B.B.S. - Medical College Calcutta, Kolkata (1989)
D.T.M.H. - School of Tropical Medicine, University of Calcutta (1994)
M.R.C.P. - Royal College of Physicians, London (1997)

Clinical Specialisation

Dr. Reza specialises in different areas of respiratory medicine including:

  • COPD/Bronchitis/Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Lung Cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

His proficiency lies in the practical procedures associated with pulmonology, including:

  • Insertion of intercostal tube drains
  • Aspiration of pleural effusion
  • Pleural membrane biopsy
  • Pleurodesis
  • Bronchoscopy/Bronchial Lavage/TBLB/TBNA
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Including helping patients get off the ventilator.

Tanvir Reza started his medical career at the prestigious Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India.

He currently visits the Institute of Neurosciences and Columbia Asia Hospital in Kolkata, India.

In the past, he has been associated with –

  • ITU/HDU In-charge at the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata. India
  • Columbia Asia Hospital, Salk Lake City, Kolkata. India
  • EEDF Hospital, Kolkata. India
  • Medical Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata. India
  • Rabindranath Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Kolkata. India
  • Mercy Hospital
  • G D Diabetes Center
  • Battle Hospital, Reading. U.K.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. U.K.
  • Neath District and General Hospital. U.K.
  • Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. U.K.
  • Dewsbury and District Hospital. U.K.
  • Beckbagan Nursing Home, Kolkata. India
  • School of Tropical Medicine. Kolkata. India
General Experience

From his initial years as a lung doctor, Dr. Reza is comfortable doing:

  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Central Venous Canulation
  • DC Cardioversion
  • Transvenous Temporary Pacing
  • Pleural Tap
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration
  • Abdominocentesis
  • Chemotherapy of Malignancies

Years spent in the Cardiology department of the Kolkata Hospitals and Nursing Homes, allowed him to gain valuable experience in the management of patients with cardiovascular problems.

His professional stint in the emergency and OPD of U.K. hospitals, gave him excellent exposure in emergency general medicine, ward work and follow up of respiratory patients.

Teaching Experience

Like many doctors, Tanvir Reza steadfastly believes in sharing knowledge and experience with the medical fraternity. His case studies in chest medicine give him enough material to enable him to teach both junior and senior medical students on the wards and in outpatients.

After his well-earned degree in MRCP he helped prepare Senior House Officers (SHO) for the Part 2 examination, at the postgraduate level.

He provided instructions both in long and short examination cases.

In Kolkata, he still actively teaches his juniors in the ward rounds and in separate classes where required.

Research Experience

A relentless researcher, Dr. Reza is still interested in Research to further solidify his skills for the benefit of his patients.

His research years in Dr. Reza’s words:

  • “Role of Intravenous Aminophylline in the acute exacerbation of COPD” - had been passed by the South Humberside Ethics Committee. It was a double blind, randomised controlled trial, which analysed the role of IV Aminophylline in acute exacerbation of COPD I was looking towards assessing short-term improvement in lung function and duration of stay in hospital. Unfortunately, with changing of jobs, I could not complete the study
  • The M.I.S.T. Trial was a multicentre trial and in Reading, we had to identify patients with empyema, check for their eligibility for the trial and then get them onto it. After my return to India, the trial was completed and published in the New England Journal of Medicine
  • With the Talc Pleurodesis Trial, we were looking into keeping the drain in for 24 hours instead of the usual 48 hours. The trial has been completed and abstract presented at the European Respiratory Society
  • Thoracic Vent Trial - this device is being used in America for treatment of pneumothorax. We were running a multicentre trial looking into the feasibility of using it in the U.K.
  • I have also taken part in trials by pharmaceutical companies like Astra Zeneca.
Specialisation in Life-Saving Courses

Dr. Reza has attended courses in life-saving skills, which he has since put to use in his awareness programmes in various institutions. His sole purpose being to make these basic instructions available to the common man in emergency situations.

The courses he has attended are:

  • In-house “TREATMENT IN RESUSCITATION” - at Good Hope Hospital
  • Revision course in Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Neath Hospital
  • Child protection meeting January 1999
  • Radiation protection course February 1999
  • Revision course in CPR in Grimsby Hospital March 1999
  • Revision course in CPR in Reading 2000
  • Completed Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) courses in 2015.
Conferences Attended

Dr. Tanvir Reza regularly upgrades his in-depth knowledge of chest medicine by attending special national and international conferences, like:

  • CHEST: Austin Texas 2015, Chicago 2014
  • ERS: Vienna 2013, Barcelona 2012
  • NAPCON: Ahmedabad 2004
  • British Thoracic Society, Winter Meeting 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002
  • Combined Welsh Thoracic Society and Cardiff Postgraduate Chest Federation Meeting, March 1998
  • BTS Summer Meeting, July 1998, 2000, 2001
  • COAD-First International Symposium in Birmingham, July 1998
  • A Creative Look Into The New Millennium-Dublin June 1999
Promoting Lung Awareness and Lung Camps

Tanvir Reza is NOT a chest specialist who confines himself to the walls of his clinic or hospital. He is truly a man with a mission – that of spreading awareness of lung diseases, decreasing and aiming to curb the spread of diseases from their very first symptom, if possible.

For this, he makes himself readily available to those in need through various projects that he holds close to his heart.

With the view towards raising awareness about Chest Medicine in Kolkata, Dr. Reza has done:

  • Asthma/Lung Awareness Programs in schools, like
    • Don Bosco School Park Circus
    • La Martiniere for Boys
    • St. Xavier’s Collegiate School
    • St James
    • The Assembly of God Church School
  • Lung awareness talks in
    • Raj Bhavan
    • Lal Bazar- Detective department
    • Grand Hotel (in a BCCI organised Health Fair)
    • Ice Skating Rink Health Fair (organised by Rotary Club Victoria)
    • BSF jawans
    • Institute of Secretaries and Managerial Staff
    • Don Bosco Past Pupils Society
    • TCS
    • Lafarge I Ltd
  • Conducted Free Lung camps in
    • The Grand Hotel
    • Bengal Ambuja housing complex
    • Lal Bazar
    • Raj Bhavan
    • Dhakuria Lakes (Rabindra Sarobar)
    • Keshpur (near Midnapur), Bhojerhat and a few clinics in the city.
  • Piloted Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs in
    • EEDF Hospital on “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome” and
    • Mission of Mercy Hospitals on “Chronic Cough”
    • Columbia Asia Hosptal- “Treating asthma the SMART way”
    • Thakurpukur Cancer Hospital-“Recent advances in asthma management”
    • More than 100 different programmes with doctors as arranged by pharmaceutical companies
    • API Behala, Salt Lake and Barrackpore branches.
    • Given talks to General Practitioners in Kolkata, Tamluk and Barrackpore
    • Been a panelist at “COPD - Current concepts in diagnosis and Treatment” held at the HHI in Kolkata, organised by Sun Pharmaceutical
    • Appeared on television (news) and radio (live) on subjects related to smoking and the lungs
    • Newspapers have published news articles on Dr. Reza
    • Conducted a survey on the smoking habits of the people in Kolkata. Dr. Reza distributed about 500 postcards with a set of 10 questions related to smoking. The distribution was done randomly at major junctions, few polyclinics and diagnostic centres, and personally via contacts and amongst patients.
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