NORTON — The retirement of Dr. Sreenivasan Kotay, a prominent physician in Southwest Virginia, has been announced by Wellmont Health System.
Fellow physicians, other caregivers and administrators of Mountain View Regional Medical Center this week celebrated Kotay’s contributions to the hospital and the region. After 34 years of service to Southwest Virginia patients, Kotay said while he will continue to reside in Wise County, he is retiring to pursue more leisurely activities.
“I really liked the people, and I loved working here,” he said. “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.”
Kotay served as chief of staff at Mountain View Regional for two years and as chief of surgery for four years, and served as a member of the hospital’s Board of Directors for about seven years.
Mountain View Regional Interim President Fred Pelle called Kotay a “trailblazer in orthopedic surgery in this hospital and elevated the level of service available to patients. 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.”
A native of India, Kotay received a warm welcome in Wise County and has become one of the more notable physicians in the area. He attended Calicut Medical College in India and after completing a residency there, obtained his master’s degree in orthopedic surgery from the Central Institute of Orthopedics in New Delhi.
Kotay then traveled from his homeland on the subcontinent to New York City in order to complete a residency in orthopedic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. It was a long friendship with a fellow India native that led Kotay to his medical career in Southwest Virginia.
Kotay and Dr. Edakandyil Manoharan were medical school classmates and worked together at Maimonides. When Manoharan accepted a position as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Kotay gave his friend a ride to check out the area.
Besides helping to transport his pal to a career start in Wise County, Kotay decided he would look into the possibility of practicing at St. Mary’s Hospital, later to become Mountain View Regional, because he liked what he saw of the area and the people.
Kotay eventually joined the Mountain View Regional staff performing joint replacements and arthroscopic surgeries, and treating other bone and joint injuries. In addition to his work at the hospital he treated patients at the Wise Medical Clinic and The Orthopedic Clinic before becoming an integrated physician with Wellmont about five years ago.
Kotay has been board certified in orthopedic surgery since 1978.
“He has done a fantastic job as a surgeon,” said his friend, 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.”