After attending Gauhati Medical College, a premiere Medical school in North –East India, Dr. Pranjal Boruah completed his residency and cardiovascular fellowship at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Recently he returned to Northeast Pennsylvania and currently works as a Cardiologist at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.
What inspired you to study medicine? Since childhood, I had a desire to do something that could change people’s lives in a positive way, which inspired me to think about medicine. No one else from my family was in the medical field – they worked as engineers – but I was drawn to the profession because you can do your small part of helping humanity by practicing medicine.
What led you to specialize in cardiology? Believe it or not, I wanted to be a surgeon when I was in medical school. After medical school, I had the opportunity to work in cardiology for six months and realized how much I enjoyed it. I found it very exciting and dynamic. We were able to make a difference in people’s lives. I knew that that point of time, that this is going to be my career.
Why did you choose The Wright Center for your residency/fellowship? When I first came to the United States, The Wright Center was one of the first programs I interviewed with. I saw the people were happy and felt a good vibe. I realized it was a close-knit program where special attention could be given to the residents and their overall well-being.
How did your time at The Wright Center shape the way you practice medicine? The Wright Center has played a great role in making me who I am today, not only in terms of my cardiology practice, but also in developing my work ethic and culture.
What led you back to Northeast Pennsylvania? When I first came here, Northeast Pennsylvania was my second home. I have family nearby, as my brother is in Boston. I have good friends here and it’s a strong community.
Responsibilities in your new position: I currently serve as an Associate of Cardiology and Assistant Professor of the Geisinger Commonwealth Medical School. I am also a Faculty for the Cardiology fellowship of The Wright Center. I specialize in non-invasive cardiology including echocardiograms and cardiac CT scans. I am board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography.
Best and most challenging parts of your new position: The best part is the satisfaction of knowing that I could make an impact in changing the outcome of someone’s life. That’s why I started pursuing medicine in the first place and continues to inspire me every day. There are challenges every day, but these are the challenges that I love!
Plans for the future: I want to build up an imaging program for cardiology where we do complex structural imaging and cardiac CTs in order to bring new advancements and innovations to the area. I am also big in Preventative Cardiology.
Advice for aspiring physicians: You need to work hard, be honest and take care for your patients. If you treat patients like family, you’re likely to be a better physician and a better person.
Family: My wife, Jumee Barooah, and two kids, Dhruv (12) and Krittika (8). I also have a dog, Snowy. They are the love of my life.
When you’re not at work: I’m spending time with my family, hiking, going out for walks, watching movies or reading.
People may not know: Most people think I’m serious or reserved, but my close friends know that I’m a very fun-loving guy!