Dr. Aniket Sakharpe – the son of a mechanical engineer – was fascinated by machines as a child and considered following in his father’s footsteps until the death of his grandfather to cancer.
“Losing my grandfather had a profound effect on me and inspired me to join the medical field,” said Dr. Sakharpe, a plastic surgeon who recently joined Mercy Clinic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Fort Smith.
He grew up in a small town in western India and was drawn to the Fort Smith area because of the similarities to his hometown – the pace, peaceful nature and welcoming people.
In his new role, he is focused on building trust and communicating openly with patients.
“My job is to provide guidance and answer my patients’ questions so they are informed about all their options, including surgery,” said Dr. Sakharpe. “I want patients to know we are partners in their journey.”
Dr. Sakharpe and the team specialize in a broad range of surgeries and treatments. They can help patients restore function and form after a cancer surgery or trauma. They can also perform aesthetic surgeries to improve a patient’s appearance and self-esteem.
“It gives me immense satisfaction and joy to help people feel whole again after a disfiguring event or to boost their self-confidence through surgery,” he said.
Dr. Sakharpe completed his medical training at Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. He earned his master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. He completed his general surgery residency at Easton Hospital in Easton, Pennsylvania, and a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida.
He is married and has two young sons. His wife, Dr. Monali Patil, is a critical care physician working in the Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith. In his spare time, he enjoys watching soccer and both college and professional football. He also likes to play basketball and tennis.
To make an appointment with Dr. Sakharpe at Mercy Clinic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Fort Smith, located at 2717 S. 74th St., call 479-573-3799.
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