|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 201-202
A legend in oncology: Professor Devendra D Patel (15/9/1932 – 5/4/2022)
Rajkumar Kottayasamy Seenivasagam1, Ajeet Singh Bhadoria2, Ravi Kant3
1 Department of Surgical Oncology, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community and Family Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Ex-Vice Chancellor, King Grorge' Medical University, Lucknow, Uttarakhand, India
|Date of Submission||18-Jul-2022|
|Date of Decision||18-Jul-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||18-Jul-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||29-Aug-2022|
Prof. Ravi Kant
AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Seenivasagam RK, Bhadoria AS, Kant R. A legend in oncology: Professor Devendra D Patel (15/9/1932 – 5/4/2022). J Med Evid 2022;3:201-2
Prof. Devendra D Patel is well renowned both nationally and internationally for his extensive contributions to the field of oncology. He was a role model for surgical oncology community of India. Prof. Patel was born in a middle-class farming family in Anand district of Gujarat which is famous for the AMUL milk factory. He completed his MBBS (1956) and MS in General Surgery (1959) from BJ Medical College (Gujarat). He underwent further surgical trainingin the UK where obtained his FRCS from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England & Edinburgh (1964) and advanced cancer surgery training at Lahey Clinic in Boston, USA.
He returned to India in 1966 and worked in the Gujarat Cancer Research Institute in various capacities including as its Director for around ten years (1993-2003) before his retirement. During this period, he transformed the delivery of cancer care and surgical oncology training in Gujarat.
He has extensively travelled both within India and abroad to present scientific papers, conduct workshops and deliver lectures and orations including the Col. Pandalai Oration of The Association of Surgeons of India. He has more than 100 scientific publications. He was instrumental in commencing MCh Surgical Oncology course at GCRI. He has directly and indirectly trained hundreds of Surgical Oncologists, who are presently practicing Surgical Oncology across India.
He was one of the founder members of Indian Association of Surgical Oncology and its past President. He was also the Founder-President of Association of Breast Surgeons of India and past president of Indian Society of Oncology. He was also an active member of various national and international cancer societies. Till the time of his untimely demise, he was very active during IASO meetings and was a leading force for the fraternity of Surgical Oncology of India.During his tenure as President of IASO and later on also he was instrumental in developing International collaborations with reputed likeminded societies abroad. On his initiative, interactions between Indian Association of Surgical oncology and British Association of Surgical Oncology / other foreign surgical oncology associations increased tremendously. His keen& laser sharp focus on futuristic training of young and budding surgical oncologists made him extremely popular all over India.
For over four decades, Prof. Patel has made an impactful and meaningful difference to lives of thousands of less privileged people in the State of Gujarat. During his time at the GCRI he has performed over 18000 surgeries and seen over 1 lakh cancer patients. He actively participated in public and professional education in the National and District cancer control programmes, conducted anti-Tobacco drives for the last 30 years and established the Community Oncology Centre in Ahmedabad. After his retirement from GCRI, he worked at the MahaGuajrat Hospital at Nadiad and made persistent efforts to establish the ShrimatiSubhadraben N Shah Cancer Hospital and Research centre for the benefit of the rural people of Gujarat.
His contributions to cancer care and the society at large has been recognised by multiple national and international awards. He was awarded the Dr. B.C. Roy National Award as eminent medical teacher by the Medical Council of India in 1998, the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2017 by the Government of India, Life Time Achievement Award (2003) by the IASO, “Oncology Development of India award” from late President of India Dr Abdul Kalam (2013),”Living Legend in Oncology” at the Indian Cancer Congress (2017),Honorary Fellowship of the British Association of Surgical Oncology, Honorary Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of India, Professional Excellence Award and multiple Paul Harris Fellow conferred by Rotary International for his various philanthropic initiatives. He was gentle, always smiling, suave, polished, well dressed, and very polite, even with his juniors. His courteous manners humbled even his opponents. Like a lighthouse, he shepherded the gradual ascent of standards of training in surgical oncology in India.
The specialty of Surgical Oncology in India owes him a lot.He can be considered as the father figure of cancer surgery in India.The entire fraternity of Surgical Oncology of India is severely at loss by his demise.. May his soul to rest in peace. Om Shanthi.
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