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Retiring GGH surgeon looks forward to future

Dr. Nitin Banwar has been an orthopedic surgeon for more than 30 years, but for the past five has concentrated solely on hip and knee replacements at the Joint Center of the Finger Lakes at Geneva General Hospital.

His reason is pretty straightforward — and somewhat personal.

“I just like taking care of old people. It’s as simple as that,” Banwar said with a smile during a recent interview at the hospital. “I think it’s a cultural thing. There is such an emphasis on youth in this country. When you come from a more traditional culture like mine, there is a lot of emphasis on the older population. There is a lot of respect for their experience and their time. I always appreciated that, and I just enjoy interacting with older people. Now I am part of that segment, too.”

The 65-year-old Banwar, who came to the United States from his native India in the 1970s and started practicing at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic in 1985, is retiring at the end of the year as medical director of the Joint Center of the Finger Lakes. His last surgery was at the end of September.

Born in raised in Mungeli, India, Banwar went to Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, and did his internship at Command Hospital for the Indian Armed Forces in Kolkata, India. He came to America in 1975 by way of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

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