A Santa Clarita Doctor contributes to the World
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Its 7am as Dr. Shamsundar Ramrattan approaches the coffee machine, tired after working the night shift. His children come to table to eat breakfast as their mother arranges lunches for both the kids and her husband.

Shamsundar joins his children at the table, encouraging them to eat healthy while suggesting to his wife new ways to help all children discover the joy of healthy living. Meanwhile miles away patients begin take their seats awaiting Dr. Ramrattan’s arrival; at the same moment overseas discharged patients rejoice after Shamsundar alleviated their ailments.

Dr. Ramrattan finishes tying his shoes, sips his coffee, then says goodbye to his family on what will be another life changing day for all who encounter him.

Dr. Ramrattan now 52-years-old was born in Guyana, a country devastated by many preventable illnesses, diseases, and death; he now serves both Guyana and Los Angeles as a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Whether through missions, at the hospital, or in a prison cell, Ramrattan uses his experience in the military, with his family, and throughout his life to save lives indiscriminately.

“I try to do as much as possible and seek out whoever might need help,” said Ramrattan at his Santa Clarita home. “I try to not turn down anybody, working with Medical, the underprivileged and geriatric care.”

At a young age Ramrattan lost his father to an illness many in Guyana have also succumbed to.

He sought to escape the destruction and change the world; this came in the form of finishing school early and moving to America to make a name of himself.

“I finished school at an early age, 16 ½ years old, skipped a grade, but I did not want to go to college yet,” he said. “I worked for 6 months then I decided to join the Navy at 17 ½ years old.”

While in the Navy, Ramrattan learned how to be calm under stressful conditions and cherish the communities as he served while on the firefighting squad.

“I went to Antarctica, East Africa, and the Indian Ocean while in a Nuclear Aircraft carrier, and then ended in California, added Ramrattan.

Traveling around the world would further push him to shape lives of Americans by traveling across many states to heal the sick and weary while in medical school.

Ramrattan later chose to sponsor missions that would amply use his skills in providing health care to those who lacked access; his intentions could be associated with his work in the military.

“His desire to help people as a physician post military could be attributed to his experience in that regard,” said friend and retired Air Force Photo-journalist Adolph Mitchell. “He worked as a crew member on Search and Rescue helicopters, so [he] was involved in helping people who needed emergency care.”

Sham worked with a Canadian organization to raise money through magazine sales, events, and numerous donations; all proceeds assisted in purchasing medications and supplies to further serve the Guyanese community.

“It would be given to local clinics to screen for common diseases like diabetes, hypertension, skin disorders, mental disorders and liver disorders,” said Ramrattan.

“Once we found out what was wrong, we would treat them for a month, follow up with a primary doctor, and in some cases bring them to Miami at DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. We used to do that every year for two weeks.”

Ramrattan believes health care in the U.S. is the best around but is sometimes misused, contributing to access limitations.
This is why he takes pride in working with the underprivileged and inmates in Mira Loma. He treats both with excellence, regarding that any system that focuses on jobs and money will naturally fail those who lack an advantage.

“Many have lost their freedom because of a money making system,” added Dr. Ramrattan. “We have to make sure we give attention to those incarcerated and indigenous populations.”
Shamsundar’s love for people is evident through the people he tends to both outside and inside the home as his wife and three children support his missions while ensuring he keeps a healthy balance between work and pleasure.

His oldest son aspires to become a doctor to make an impact in the same way his father has.

“Our kids get it better than most kids when it comes to understanding their health, nutrition, and overall well-being,” said wife Sakina Ramrattan. “Sham is very instrumental in explaining the fundamentals of medical conditions, evident in our son with multiple medical conditions. They [children] are more comfortable talking to Sham because he explains the basics of what they [children] are going through.”

Dr. Ramrattan says that playing sports, keeping up with education, and finding new ways to relax helps him forget the stresses of the day.

Thanks to his family and friends he maintains a healthy lifestyle while being professional and friendly at work, despite the stressful environment of being a doctor.

“He [Ramrattan] is knowledgeable and personable,” said friend and retired Anesthesiologist Dr. Dennis McIntosh. “I have no doubt that he gets along well with patients and does a good job.”
Many times the patients Dr. Ramrattan tends to request him to become their primary physician.
“What you do at work is suppose to be done right - with a lot of thought put into it and all within a timely manner,” said Ramrattan.

Ramrattan hopes to retire from his daily work at High Desert Medical Group so he can prioritize medical mission trips to once again serve the underprivileged outside his community as well.

“As I get older I’m trying to invest more to hopefully retire earlier,” said Ramrattan. “Soon I will work part-time and do medical missions as I travel all over the world.”

Ramrattan’s commitment to life, family, and community through medicine has impacted many throughout the world; his legacy continues as he encourages those within his family and dear friends to pursue significance in the world through medicine.

The good and bad memories of Guyana may forever remain in his heart, but the impressions he leaves on others will become more and more evident over time.

“A lot of my friends and family members, when I would go back, would have bad diabetes and stroke when all they needed was proper medical care,” said Sham. “This is a useful job with a good quality life and a good conscious.”

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joshuasw commented on Tuesday, Aug 02, 2016 at 21:43 PM

Part of an assignment completed at Moorpark College Summer Session as a Student Journalist

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