Faculty bids farewell to PGI Professors. PGI Faculty bid farewell to three eminent PGI Professors, Heads of Departments who superannuated recently. Prof Y K Chawla, Director PGIMER presided over a function to honour Prof Amod Gupta, Prof Sunit Singhi and Prof Y K Batra on their superannuation at Lecture Theatre-I today. Many heads of the departments, former directors and professors were present. Dr Ashima Goyal, Professor in Oral Health Sciences, PGIMER conducted the function. Prof. Amod Gupta has been Senior Professor and Head, Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh till 31st Aug 2015. He joined PGI on January 1, 1974 as a first year resident having completed his MBBS in December 1973 from Medical College, Rohtak. He joined as a regular Assistant Professor in October, 1981, became Head of the department at a very young age in July, 1989, Professor in Oct 1993 and rose to the position of Dean PGI (2010 to 2014). He has been at the forefront of clinical research in Ophthalmology, especially in the field of retinal and uveal diseases. He has published 331 original research papers in national and international journals which have been extensively cited. He was the first to start Vitreo-retinal surgery in the entire North India for hitherto incurable retinal diseases. He pioneered the setting up of the subspecialty of Uveitis and Intraocular inflammation in India and was the founder President of the Uveitis Society of India. He is an acknowledged international leader in Ocular tuberculosis and was elected to the most prestigious International Uveitis Study Group and described a new disease entity, ‘Tubercular Serpiginouslike Choroiditis’. He discovered contaminated glucose infusions in the rural settings as a previously unknown risk factor for developing fungal endophthalmitis in otherwise healthy young individuals. His work on the use of atorvastatin in management of diabetic maculopathy is extensively cited. He is the recipient of innumerable awards and medals like first R N Mathur award(1996), Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (Distinguished Service Award 2007), Dr P Siva Reddy International Award (2008) by All India Ophthalmological Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology (Achievement Award-2009), Life time achievement award,2013, Teacher of Teachers Award-2012” by LVP Eye Institute, Hyderabad and “Teacher of Teachers Award- 2015” by Center for Sight, New Delhi. He was elected Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences in 2006. In November 2015, he was honored by German Ophthalmological Society with ‘von Szily Medal and lecture-2015. He was conferred ‘Padma Shri’, the fourth highest civilian award in India, by the President of India in 2014.
Prof. Sunit Singhi has been Senior Professor & Head, Department of Pediatrics till 30th June,2015. He did MBBS in 1971 from Rajasthan University, MD (Pediatrics) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1976, New Delhi and joined PGI as an Assistant Professor on 24th April,1986 . At PGI he successfully established a model of stand-alone emergency and Intensive Care Services and India’s first Pediatric Intensive Care unit in 1992. He became Professor in 2000 and rose to the level of HOD in 2008. He has to his credit the commencement of 4 Postdoctoral superspeciality DM Courses for first time in the country viz. Pediatric Critical care, Pediatric Hemato-oncology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Immunology and Rheumatology. He conducted 14 major National and international collaborative hospital or community based research projects funded by World Health Organization, Indian Council of Medical Research, INCLEN and Pediatric Research Foundation from Karolinska Institute. He authored11 books on Emergency Intensive Care and contributed 65 textbook chapters. He guided 95 MD and 4 PhD thesis and authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications. His main areas of contribution have been fluid and electrolyte balance and body water homeostasis in preterm and normal newborns and infectious diseases especially bacterial meningitis, bronchiolitis and pneumonia, pathogenesis of Oxytocin induced hyperbilirubinemia and link between transplacental fluid overload and transient tachypnea of the newborn. He contributed to development of effective antibiotic strategies for treatment of community acquired pneumonia in India and developing countries. He contributed to establishment of “guidelines for management of severe sepsis” in developing countries in 2009 and ‘ISCCM guidelines for Management of Tropical Fevers in 2014. He is the recipient of Indian Council of Medical Research Amrut Modi Unichem Award – 2010, Dr. K.L. Wig Oration NAMS Award – 2013, ‘Plaque of honour’ from Brazilian Society for Intensive Care for global contribution and Life time Achievement Award of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2014. Most recently, he won the BMJ South Asia Award in 2015.
Prof. Y.K. Batra has been Senior Professor & Head, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care till 30th November, 2015. He did his MBBS from Panjab University in December, 1972 and MD from PGI in January,1977. He joined PGI faculty as a Lecturer on 1st August,1981 and rose to the level of Professor on 16th March, 2000 and HOD in May, 2014. Dr.Batra has 40 years of experience in Anaesthesia Intensive Care and pain management. He has to his credit the setting up of trauma services and augmentation of pain and pediatric anaesthesia services at PGIMER. He has published more than 200 scientific papers in both National and International journals. He has occupied prestigious positions as President (2012-13), Vice President and Secretary of Research Society of Anaesthesiolgy. He was nominated as a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences. During his career, he was awarded Fellowship in Pediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Hospital for sick children, Toronto (Canada), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Vanderbilt University, Medical Centre, Nashiville and also received the Life Time Achievement Award in Pain.