Kanwaljeet "Sunny" Anand, MD
“I was born on a cold winter day in the Punjab, but my mom called me ‘Sunny’. There was a high infant mortality rate in India at that time, and I had to wait maybe 6 or 7 months before I could get a formal first name. So the nickname stuck.”
“I’m a die-hard optimist. I have found it has helped me to function as an intensive care physician, trying until the last moment. And that persistence has been blessed by good outcomes.”
“I’m up at 4 a.m. each day, wake up and drink about 1½ liters of water. The body gets dehydrated during sleep. Then, I’ll meditate for a while, which brings a certain calmness to my day. Within 10 seconds of walking into the PICU, I usually get a sixth sense of the state of the unit. Thirty years of doing the same thing and loving it — I guess one develops that intuition.
“The intensive care unit is like Penn Central for trains. Patients come from every part of the hospital: operating rooms, ED, transports, clinics, and wards. A strong PICU is the backbone of any children’s hospital. And we take this responsibility very seriously. This is the last port of call. After coming to Packard, patients have nowhere else to go. We have that mindset. If we can’t make that diagnosis and help the patient and their family, no other place can.”
“As you can see, every bed is full. When we don’t have enough places to put patients, that’s a challenge. I have no hesitation in asking donors to invest in the PICU program because it’s not for myself, it’s for our patients and families.”
“Sometimes we get a child who is critically ill, and a few days later that child gets better and is able to give me a hug. You couldn’t pay me a $1 million to forego that hug.”