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At a premier private health institution
Dressed in a pair of knee length khaki trousers,
a comfortable T-shirt and with a fluorescent green
iPad secured under his left arm, Prof Dr Anthony
Kalloo, just back from a trip to Maracas Beach, met
with the T&T Guardian on Wednesday in the lobby
of the Hilton Trinidad, for a brief interview on his
life and achievements throughout his medical career.
Born and raised in Woodbrook at Hunter Street,
Kalloo attended Woodbrook Presbyterian before mov-
ing on to Fatima College. He then entered the teaching
service, and for one year he taught science, physics
and chemistry at St Joseph Convent in Port-of-Spain.
But Kalloo's heart was far from wanting to remain
in that profession.
He explained the impulsions behind his move into
medicine, saying his mother's compassion towards
others, the then current state of health care in T&T,
and realising that he wanted to add more meaning
to his life, were all responsible for him choosing a
career in medicine.
"There were many reasons why I became a doctor.
The compassion for others I learned from my mother.
Seeing sick relatives and how much they could not
depend on the healthcare system. And me just wanting
to add more meaning to my life through helping oth-
ers," he articulated.
Kalloo said after teaching he began engineering
school at UWI St Augustine. After a few months,
however, he realised it was not the thing' for him.
"I switched to medicine after a good friend of
mine, who was studying medicine at the time I was
studying engineering, seemed to be doing something
so much more meaningful than I was, and I think
that is what really triggered my decision to switch
to medicine," said Kalloo.
Once in medical school, he spent some time decid-
ing what type of doctor he wanted to become. At
first he thought psychiatry would cut' it, but once
he began his psychiatric rotation, he thought he'd
better not. He eventually decided that becoming a
gastroenterologist would suit him better.
"It was quite after a while actually, work-
ing with Prof Courtenay Bartholomew, that
I decided to get into gastroenterology," he
He graduated from UWI with a medical
degree and later completed his residency in
internal medicine at Howard University
Hospital in Washington, DC. Today, Kalloo,
68, is a professor of medicine at Johns Hop-
kins University. He is also the director of
the division of gastroenterology and hepa-
tology at Johns Hopkins Hospital for the
past nine years. Kalloo has special interests
in natural orifice surgery, therapeutic
endoscopy, biliary and pancreatic diseases
and sphincter of oddi dysfunction.
In his career which spans near 35 years,
Kalloo has also been the recipient of many
awards and accolades for his contribution
to medicine. Among them were the distin-
guished educator of the year award from
the American Society for Gastrointestinal
Endoscopy and the Caribbean American
Heritage Award (CARAH), which he received
in 2009 for excellence in medicine.
'He has multiple patents'
He has multiple patents and ideas that
are now in practice in gastroenterology and
endoscopy, but to date he records his proud-
est accomplishment as his breakthrough
discovery called Notes (Natural Orifice
Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery).
"This is the concept of doing surgery
without incision. If you think about endo-
scopic surgery, the way it is practiced is by
making incisions either into the abdominal
or chest wall. What we found with laparo-
scopic surgeries was that if you made smaller
incisions, patients recovered faster and they
had less pain," explained Kalloo.
He said the idea of Notes is to do surgery
without incision and to do surgery through
the natural orifices.
"So as a gastroenterologist I do a proce-
dure called endoscopy where I put a tube
with a light and I look inside the stomach
and intestines, but the difference was that
I used that scope to make an incision through
the stomach and enter into the peritoneal
cavity where you can do gall bladder
removal, removal of the appendix or tubal
ligation," said Kalloo.
He stated for gastroenterologists or endo-
scopists to make a whole in the intestine
was considered a major complication for
the patient because an incision into the
intestines can cause leakage of acid into the
"No one thought my method was possible
or feasible, and part of my early work I
started about 15 years ago was to show that
using certain techniques can actually make
it feasible and better for the patient with
regard to infections," said Kalloo.
The procedure has since been performed
on over 3,000 patients worldwide, and
Kalloo published a textbook on Notes last
Giving back to T&T
Kalloo, who is in T&T for the The
Caribbean Society of Endoscopic Surgeons
(CaSES) inaugural meeting which began on
Thursday and will culminate today, said
with all his achievements he has always
kept T&T in mind to give back.
T&T doctor proud of
...Dr Kalloo has multiple patents, ideas in gastroenterology practice
More about Dr Kalloo
• Dr Kalloo completed his fellowship
training programme at the combined
Georgetown University, VA Medical
Center and NIH programme.
• He was an instructor in medicine at
Georgetown University prior to joining
the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1988.
• He was an associate editor of
• He is the founder and immediate past
medical director of the Johns Hopkins
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
• He has authored over 150 scientific
papers, review articles and book chapters.
• He has pioneered and has multiple
patents including the use of Botulinum
Toxin in the gastrointestinal tract,
endoscopic cryotherapy and the winged
• He is the pioneer of Natural Orifice
Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery
(Notes), a technique that will enable
abdominal surgery without the use of
• Dr Kalloo is a past panel chair for
Gastroenterology and Urology Devices
with the United States Food and Drug
• He is the recipient of the 2009
Distinguished Educator of the Year of the
Award from the American Society for
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Dr Anthony Kalloo during a brief interview at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, on
Wedenesday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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