Reformer of India's Medical Diagnostics Industry: Dr. Arvind Lal

Dr. Arvind Lal is a Pathologist, and perhaps, the most well-known pathologist in India. A pathologist helps in identifying the diseases which a patient is suffering from, and in knowing their current status, by performing laboratory testing on the patient's blood, urine, etc.

 
Dr. Lal Path Lab
Image Credit: Drlalpathlabs.com


He wanted to become a fighter pilot in Indian Air Force, but destiny had other plans for him. He was myopic and could not qualify in Air Force due to eyesight issues. He pursued medicine form Armed Forces Medical College and then completed his post-graduation in pathology from the same institute. 


The tragic and untimely death of his father caused him to inherit and run the path lab founded by his father, which had by then an inflow of around 30 patients per day. 

Over the next four decades, he steered that solo lab to become India's largest chain of diagnostic labs, servicing around 70,000 patients per day. 


In his journey, Dr. Lal happened to organize the medical diagnostics industry in India by introducing his hub and spoke model linked with a franchise system. He also created one of the most valuable brands in the Indian healthcare market, the "Dr. Lal Path Labs"

Dr. Lal Path Labs is well known for its quality reports and boasts of several ISO certifications and accreditations like NABL, and American Pathologists’ Laboratory Accreditation Program, offering the widest range of medical tests, close to people's homes, and providing them quality test results, in their smartphones.


His other notable professional contributions include instituting a Public-Private Partnership with several state governments in India and his leadership at the skill development for paramedical training in the field of laboratory medicine.


Dr. Arvind Lal is a highly respected professional and has received many honors from the industry as well as govt. of India. He has been honored with the prestigious Padma Shri award by govt. of India for his contributions to Indian healthcare. 


He also holds the distinction of being appointed as the honorary physician to several Presidents of India and has also been awarded the honorary Brigadier rank by the Indian Army. He has also been conferred the Lifetime achievement award by the Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce. 


Dr. Arvind Lal knew of his limitations, and quite early in his corporate journey hired a professional CEO to expand his services at pan India level as well as internationally. The company has operations in many countries and is seeing double-digit growth. It crossed annual revenue of 1200 crores INR in 2018 -2019, directly employing over 4000 people. 



His life partner as well as his professional partner, Dr. Vandana Lal has supported him in all his endeavors and other than being the mother of his son and daughter, also serves as a whole-time director in Dr. Lal Path Labs Ltd. of which Dr. Arvind Lal continues as the Chairman and Managing Director. He is a highly spiritual person and calls himself an accidental entrepreneur and a corporate yogi.


“Dreams change. Destiny opens or closes doors; it’s up to you to walk through them” (excerpt from his own book)  



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Last Updated On 09/11/2019 02:30 PM


Author Profile: Dr. Naval Asija is a New Delhi based non-clinical doctor having health administration postgraduate training. Since 2018, he has been writing/blogging full time on health issues. In the past, he has worked for a decade in healthcare, in different organizations, namely Innodata India Pvt. Ltd., Win-Medicare Pvt. Ltd., National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project and National Polio Surveillance Project.
The author can be contacted through https://www.linkedin.com/in/navalasija/
 

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