Dr Sunny Kurian, a renowned pediatrician in Sharjah, has a unique approach to his patients, be it a newborn or an adolescent. Both parents and children are first put at ease in a child-friendly environment before he embarks on a detailed history and examination. Rather than overwhelm the child with unpleasant examination techniques, he plays with them and uses instruments only when required. All the while observing the child and making a head to toe examination.
Only essential investigations are requested to optimize diagnosis and prescriptions are kept to the minimum. Immunization, physical activity and diet are of paramount importance to Dr Sunny and substantial time is spent counselling both parents and children regarding the same.
Adolescent care is an area of special interest and expertise to Dr Sunny Kurian. Most of his patients who he had seen as infants have now either grown up and had their own babies or are currently in their teens.
Dr Sunny finds it important that in an era of easy internet access, increased screen time and social media due importance must be given to these crucial years of a child’s development. It is equally important to advise parents on how to tackle these tricky novel situations.
Over the last 3 decades, Dr Sunny has evolved his practice from a single doctor clinic to a multispecialty healthcare group where the entire focus is patient-oriented. Affordable healthcare with the motto ‘Caring Hands, Healing Touch’ is still his driving forces. This is the philosophy that led the Dr Sunny Healthcare group to become the largest chain of polyclinics in the Northern Emirates before merging with NMC healthcare.
During his 3 decades in the field of Paediatrics, he has treated patients as well given several talks at conferences and medical institutions. Over the years he has developed a penchant for imparting knowledge to his peers and junior doctors. He is a key advisor to the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) on statutory matters and he also pioneered the first overseas branch of the IAP in the UAE. He was conferred the FIAP (Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics) in 2017 for his contribution to the field over two and a half decades.
In the current scenario of lockdowns and home e-learning, there is bound to be a surge in learning and behavioural problems that would have to be addressed. Dr Sunny urges parents to seek help when necessary.