Dr. Arvind Bhateja, one of the top neurosurgeons in the country — with over 3,000 surgeries and a bevy of awards under his belt — has performed 97 free or subsidised spinal surgeries for underprivileged patients from 2013 to December 2016. And he has been able to fund them by simply pedaling hard.


Dr Bhateja has two distinct identities. The Bangalore-based doctor heads the neurosurgical team at Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital (named after his mother who is also a doctor). He also happens to be one of the top amateur cyclists in the country. Combining his love for one with the other, he has been able to save numerous lives.