NORTON, Va. – When Dr. Sreenivasan Kotay first visited Southwest Virginia in the 1970s, he was serving as a chauffeur of sorts for a fellow physician establishing a practice in the region.
He would return a few years later to establish his own orthopedic surgery practice and become a beloved physician who made a tremendous difference in the quality of life for thousands of patients.
Fellow physicians, other caregivers and administrators of Mountain View Regional Medical Center celebrated Dr. Kotay’s outstanding contributions to the hospital and the region at a special ceremony Wednesday, June 19. After 34 years of making Southwest Virginia patients feel better, Dr. Kotay, is retiring to pursue more leisurely activities.
“I really liked the people, and I loved working here,” said Dr. Kotay, who will continue to live in Wise County. “The people are extremely nice. They accepted me, and I had a good time taking care of their medical needs. If I have an opportunity in my next life to repeat this experience, I would not hesitate.”
In addition to improving people’s lives, this Wellmont Medical Associates Orthopedics physician has made his mark on Mountain View Regional. He served as chief of staff for two years and as chief of surgery for four years and as a member of the Mountain View Regional board of directors for about seven years.
“He was a trailblazer in orthopedic surgery in this hospital and elevated the level of service available to patients,” said Fred Pelle, Mountain View Regional’s interim president. “He has performed a tremendous community service with the superior care he has delivered to his patients and has earned a well-deserved retirement. Dr. Kotay has been a marvelous physician, and we can’t thank him enough for choosing to spend the bulk of his career in Southwest Virginia.”
As Dr. Kotay transitions to retirement, patients with orthopedic surgery needs have available options at Lonesome Pine Hospital and other Wellmont Health System facilities. Patients who would like assistance finding an orthopedic surgeon can contact Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE (6877).
Dr. Kotay went to Calicut Medical College in the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, India. After completing a residency there, he obtained his master’s degree in orthopedic surgery from Central Institute of Orthopedics in New Delhi, India. He then came to New York and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
One of the people regularly in his life during his medical training was Dr. Edakandyil Manoharan. The two were classmates in medical school and worked together again at Maimonides, but that was not the end of their friendship.
Dr. Manoharan had accepted a position as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lonesome Pine in Big Stone Gap. Dr. Kotay gave him a ride and looked into the possibility of practicing at St. Mary’s Hospital, the predecessor of Mountain View Regional, because he liked the area. He eventually joined the staff, beginning his lengthy tenure at the hospital as a general orthopedic surgeon.
His cases included joint replacements and arthroscopic surgeries, and he treated other bone and joint injuries. In addition to his work in the hospital, he saw patients at Wise Medical Clinic and The Orthopedic Clinic before becoming an integrated physician with Wellmont about five years ago.
Dr. Kotay has been board-certified in orthopedic surgery since 1978.
“He has done a fantastic job as a surgeon,” said Dr. Manoharan, who retired in 2010. “He has a tremendous amount of knowledge and has provided great medical care for the residents of Southwest Virginia. We are lucky to have had such a great orthopedic surgeon taking care of patients in the region.”