Padmashri Dr Kadiyala Ramachandra , MD , born on November 6th 1919, was an alumnus of Doveton Corrie Boys School, Loyola College and Madras Medical College. He completed his MBBS in 1949 winning several awards, the most outstanding of which was the Johnstone Gold Medal, T.M.Nair Gold Medal, The Raja of Panagal Prize and the Dr Rangachari Prize in medicine. He was Superintendent and the Physician of The Government General Hospital, Madras and the Professor of Medicine, Madras Medical College. In addition he was the member of the Senate and Syndicate of the University of Madras and the Chairman of the Examining Bodies of Postgraduate Medicine.
His achievements were so numerous that an attempt to merely list them would not do justice to this genius and his efforts as a doctor and a teacher. His erudations was clearly manifest in his Curzon Endowment Lectures (1968) and Dr. K. Kudumbiah’s Endowment lecture (1971) on the History of Kidney Disorders. He has to his credit, 52 scientific publications, among which are the papers he read at the WHO. He had been responsible for initiating two new departments in the Government General Hospital viz. Department of Oncology and Cancer Chemotherapy and the Rheumatic Care Unit.
Dr K.Ramachandra had conducted extensive studies on the usefulness of Indian Herbs and his efforts at evolving a synthesis of Indian and Modern medicine is laudable. His research on the therapy of Bronchial Asthma with indigenous herbs had been reported in several leading periodicals such as the Hindu and The Asian Times. All India Radio had featured a series of his talks on a wide range of topics including The Prevention of Heart Diseases, Arthritis and Chemotherapy of Malignant Diseases. He was also a convener for the Medicinal Chemistry Research Centre using several indigenous herbs. Lastly his treatise on the History medicine recording Kidney Disorders and Urinary Tract Infections from 1500Bc to modern days was a monumental work and was published by The University of Madras.He was also a vivid poet and had a vast collection of English Poems to his credit . His book of Poetry titled “Poems of Introspection” was published in 2003.
Dr K Ramachandra’s impressive achievements in medicine were recognized when he conferred The Padmashri award by the President of India In March 1974. After his retirement at the age of 55 in 1975 he became the Professor Emeritus of Medicine of Madras Medical College and for more than quarter century this eminent first Physician of Tamil Nadu continued to share his talent and expertise to the glory of his profession and the benefit of mankind till his death in February 2007
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