Some Proud Moments

The first Indian Medical College of modern medicine to be fully staffed by qualified Indian doctors

Dr. Rustom Vakil studied medicine in London, training at St. Thomas’s Hospital under the mentorship of esteemed cardiologists including Sir John Parkinson, Sir Maurice Cassidy, and Paul Wood

After returning to India, he focused on pioneering the use of Rauwolfia serpentina, an ancient Indian drug from sarpagandha roots, for treating hypertension

In October 1949, he published a pioneering paper in the British Heart Journal that revolutionized hypertension treatment in medicine

Dr. N.S. Vahia
Founder of Psychiatry

In 1949, Dr. N.S. Vahia transformed Indian psychiatry, moving away from asylum care to a medical model

KEM’s Psychiatry Department led in adopting EEG prior to Neurology, and pioneering the use of the Polygraph for psychological parameter research

Dr. Vahia also promoted holistic well-being through the integration of Patanjali yoga

Dr. Ramchandra Ginde
Founder of Neurosciences

Dr. Ramchandra Ginde, trained at the Montreal Neurologic Institute by Drs. Penfield & Cone, pioneered Neurosurgery at our alma mater

He was renowned for his meticulous approach, personally tending to postoperative dressings and meticulously documenting procedures in comprehensive reports, now archived within the Neurosciences Department

Dr. Homi Dastur
Founder of Neurosurgery

In 1957, Dr. Homi Dastur, mentored by Sir Wylie McKissock at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, joined KEM, founding the Department of Neurosurgery

Despite the initial challenge of late surgeries in the general theatre and emergency corridor procedures, Dr. Dastur persevered

He pioneered a Neuroradiology unit, with advanced tools including a tilting table for myelography and a Schoenander skull unit for cranial radiology

Neurosurgery History

Dr. Kuldeep Singh Goleria

Dr. K.S. Goleria pioneered craniofacial surgery, influenced by Dr. Paul Tessier and a visit to Dr. Ion Munro in Toronto

In 1983, India’s first craniofacial surgery, led by Drs. Goleria and Karapurkar at KEM Hospital, with support from Dr. B.B. Mody and Dr. Mukund Thatte, marked a historic moment in Indian medicine

Dr. Anil Karapurkar

Since its 1956 inception by Dr. H.M. Dastur, the Neurosurgery Department has led in diagnostic Neuro-Radiological techniques like angiography, ventriculography, pneumo-encephalography, and myelography

In 1976, Dr. S. K. Pandya introduced transfemoral cerebral angiography and started interventional procedures by 1978

In 1980, Dr. Anil Karapurkar trained in Neuro-Intervention in Nancy, France, enabling routine neurovascular interventions for cranial and spinal cases

The first Indian hospital to acquire an EKG machine

Profulla Kumar Sen (1915-1982), a renowned Indian cardiothoracic surgeon, was acclaimed for his extensive research contributions

He pioneered a transmyocardial acupuncture method for treating ischemic myocardium and developed a unique aortic arch replacement technique

On February 16, 1968, after extensive work with animal models, P.K. Sen performed India’s first cardiac transplantation, the sixth such procedure worldwide

  • First Intensive Cardiac Care Unit in India
  • The first atrial septostomy and mitral commissurotomy in India
  • First hypothermia technique for ASD
  • First cardiac catheterization in India
Dr. Prafulla Kerkar
Dr. Prafulla Kerkar achieved a historic milestone by performing the world’s first balloon dilatation of cor triatriatum
India’s first fetal echo-guided intervention for severe pulmonic stenosis and right heart failure

Transcatheter closure of a large aortopulmonary window in the world’s tiniest neonate

  • The first department of cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia in India
  • First intravenous anesthesia with Thiopentone sodium
  • First total spinal technique for controlled hypotension
In 1977, Dr. Dara Kooka pioneered India’s first vascular interventional procedure, performing Iliac artery angioplasty using the “Dottering” technique
India’s First Transcatheter Embolization for Malignant Hepatic Mass

Dr. Suman Kinare
Founder of Cardiothoracic Pathology

Following her training in Cardiopulmonary pathology under the mentorship of Dr. Maurice Lev and Dr. Averill Leibow, Dr. Suman Kinare returned to KEM

Under Dr. P.K. Sen’s guidance, she led India’s first unit and made significant contributions, notably describing Mid Aortic syndrome, called Sen-Kinare syndrome and now recognized as Takayasu arteritis

Pioneering work on non-specific aorto-arteritis, now referred as Takayasu arteritis
The first Indian hospital to perform heart transplant surgery
The first Indian hospital to perform a cadaveric kidney transplant

U.K. Sheth, the renowned Father of Clinical Pharmacology in India, led the Pharmacology department and undertook a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the USA, collaborating with Professor Herb Borison in Professor L. S. Goodman’s department

In retirement, he consulted for the World Health Organization (WHO) on pharmacology, with a 14-year stint in Geneva focusing on malaria

Later, he became Professor Emeritus at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s SPARC and acted as a senior advisor to the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at GSMC

Pioneering work on the use of diethylcarbamazine in tropical eosinophilia

Kamala Nimbkar, born Elizabeth Lundy, was an American who founded the first school for Occupational Therapy in Asia at KEM in 1948
She received the prestigious Lasker Award in 1972

The first Physiotherapy School in South & Southeast Asia

The first dedicated Orthopedic department in India
Dr. Vatsala Samant, a GSMC-KEM graduate and Ob-Gyn trainee, was appointed by Dean Dr. Jivraj Mehta to lead Kamala Nehru Hospital in Allahabad

Her commitment won admiration from Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Mrs. Indira Gandhi, and her esteemed reputation endures till today

The first documented test-tube baby in India

The first Department of Preventive and Social Medicine to start a Mobile Health Unit in India 

  • Discovery of Bombay Blood group
  • Single largest collection in a day by a blood bank in India: 5679 units of blood
  • The first Plasma Fractionation Unit in Asia

    The first Indian Medical Institution with an indexed medical journal, ‘Journal of Postgraduate Medicine’

    Dr. Madhubala Joshi-Chinchalkar
    ‘Polar Woman’

    In January 2017, she joined the 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica as the sole doctor, led by the Ministry of Earth Sciences and NCAOR

    At the Indian Research Station ‘Maitri,’ she provided medical care, handled emergencies, and earned the title ‘Polar Woman’