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What Inspired This Doctor To Pursue His Career In Medicine And Become A Physician?

What Inspired This Doctor To Pursue His Career In Medicine And Become A Physician?

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Facebook Live Talk Show

Date: 10th May 2020

Time: 8:15am MST

Host: Prasanthi Naidoo


Episode: #10

Special Guest: Dr Gopal Sanpersad

Hello and welcome everybody from across the world joining us live on Facebook for our show, Pulse by healthjobhub. My name is Prasanthi Naidoo founder of I started Pulse to connect, share and inspire! My mission is to unveil the pulse behind the pulse. 

Before we start our show today, I would like to wish my mum and all the mothers a very happy mothers day!

Today I have a very special guest joining us live on Pulse. It is my honour and privilege to welcome Dr Gopal Sanpersad, joining us all the way from Durban South Africa. Greetings and good wishes Dr Sanpersad, thank you for joining us, how are you today?


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About Dr Gopal Sanpersad

Dr Gopal Sanpersad is a high achiever ever since childhood, when he finished as the top pupil in primary school.  He matriculated from Stanger ML Sultan High School where he, played soccer, was the head prefect and received the Dux award. He featured in the Top 10 in South Africa in the Matric exams in 1979.

He graduated in 1985 from Natal Medical School and did his internship and various departmental rotations at RK Khan Hospital including general medicine and paediatrics.

He was a Registrar in Neurosurgery, including general surgery, Trauma and Emergency Medicine.

He is in General Practice since 1993 - at Life Westville Hospital in Durban South Africa, working independently but integrally with the management team. 

He started the fledgling Emergency Unit at the hospital, working as an independent contracting practice and has grown it from a small practice to a practice now offering all facets of care. The hospital offers all specialities and subspecialties.

He has gone on to attain several other qualifications, such as  a Diploma in Forensic Medicine, Diploma in Health Services Management and Certificate in Travel Medicine. He has worked in clinical forensic medicine including working with inmates in the Westville Prison in Durban.

Despite all his outstanding academic and professional achievements, Dr Sanpersad’s passion is to serve his local communities and to do volunteer work. He participates in a socially run feeding scheme with local religious leaders, politicians and philanthropists, sponsoring food for the needy. He supports many religious projects in South Africa.

He is also the Media and Sponsorship chair for the Durban Central Football Association and owns a soccer team in the regional league in the Ethekwini district - Fourth tier and semi professional.

Dr Sanpersad is currently the chairperson of the Westville IPA - the representative organization for the doctors and auxiliary service providers at Life Westville Hospital.  He also serves on the Medical Advisory Committee at the Hospital and currently on the team for action against COVID-19. It must be noted that the COVID-19 action team is NOT a reaction team but an ACTION team because they have planned ahead and thus far relatively smooth sailing in management of PUIs and COVID19 positive patients.

Dr Sanpersad is ably supported by his ever understanding wife Sandy and their two sons Ashveer and Yogesh and daughter in law Shikhara. 

Never forgetting the values his hard working parents taught him.

Wow, Dr Sanpersad, this is an extremely impressive bio and congratulations on achieving so many outstanding accolades.


To hear Dr Sanpersad's responses to our questions, please watch our YouTube video here:



List of questions:

  1. Please share your story about what inspired you to pursue a career in medicine, and become a physician?
  2. Please share with us the work you do in your current practice and some of the innovative new procedures and therapies you offer at your clinic?
  3. You shared with me that community work and the volunteer work you do is very close to your heart. Please share with us some of the initiatives you are actively involved in? 
  4. Please tell me a little more about the Sandos Soccer Team that you founded?
  5. In creating Pulse one of our goals is to have our “finger on the pulse”:
    1. Being the head of trauma and the lead doctor for the COVID-19 response team at Life Westville Hopsital in Durban KZN, how has your community, hospital and practice been impacted by COVID-19 and please share your experience working during the pandemic?
    2. What is your medical advice for all of us who are staying home and trying our best to stay safe as well as now starting to prepare to return to normalcy? What should we be mindful of when we resume our daily jobs?
  6. Please Share some final thoughts?


Thank you Dr Sanpersad for enlightening us today and sharing your incredible story on Pulse by healthjobhub.


This brings us to a close of our Facebook Live show for Pulse by healthjobhub. I do hope that you enjoyed the show as much as I did. Please join me next week, same time on Facebook Live. I am excited to announce that our special guest next week is Dr Reshaylia Naidu, a General Dentist from Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who will be sharing with our viewers dental health tips to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please join us again next week to #BeInspired.

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