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Pioneering surgery in Sheffield performed by Mr James Fernandes and team

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Sophie was born with a pelvic deformity which means her legs were not aligned properly. One hip almost touched her rib cage and she was having to take 13 pain killers a day. She was also struggling to walk because of the pain.

The device inserted in her bone will allow her, without pain, to lengthen her own leg 1mm a day over 60 days by hovering magnets over key points in the bone.

Just 330 of these operations have been done in the world so far and only 10 in the UK all on adults.

Sophie: This operation will help me 'beat the pain'

I was worried and excited because I knew I was the youngest person to have this surgery. But I had a lot of confidence in the surgeon. I’m just looking forward now to getting on with my life. The doctors decided it was better for me to have this operation because I'm hoping to be a spinal surgeon so I'll spend the majority of my time standing up. If they lengthen my leg it will mean the pain should subside everywhere else.I did want to be a dance teacher but then I got really interested in orthopaedic surgery and now i'd like to be a surgeon. I think it's important there's someone understanding what patients are trying to say.We’ve been to conferences and met a few people who know about my condition but no one has seen anything like it. The doctors in Sheffield have been fantastic and I’m really glad they recommended me for this operation so I can beat the pain.”

Surgeon: 'Hopefully we can treat more children in this way'

Mr James Fernandes, an orthopaedic surgeon at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, carried out the operation on Sophie.It’s been fantastic to be able to perform this operation on the youngest person so far. This new technology we’re using is very advanced. We are starting to be able to use this on patients who are younger and younger. The nails have now been modified to the growing child.Our centre is known internationally for its orthopaedic work. We advise and treat hundreds of children every year with limb abnormalities and are a major centre for training the next generation of paediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Hopefully now we can treat more children in this way reducing the pain and recovery time.” – Mr James Fernandes

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The passing away of Dr Leo Menezes

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Dr Leo Theobald Menezes (Plastic Surgeon) (60), husband of , Concepta Menezes from Bendur, Father of  Daniel, David and Deborah, Son of Late Antony and Late Magdeline Menezes, Brother of Gregory / Telma, Bridget /Mark, Eliza / Charles and Elveera / Leo.

Dr Leo was working at Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital and worked at Fr Muller Charitable Medical College Hospital.

He did his MS ( Surgery) from SJMC and then his MCh ( Plastic) from CMC ludhiana and was from batch 1974.

Funeral cortege leaves residence for St Sebastian Church, Bendur at 8.45a.m. , on April 7, 2014 followed followed by Mass at 9:00 a.m.

Memorial Mass will be held on April 8, at 7.30a.m at St Sebastian Church, Bendur.


The Children’s Kidney Care Center at St John’s Medical College Hospital became sister center to Montreal Children’s Hospital, Canada

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It all began with a bang in Bangalore, thanks to ISN. The Children’s Kidney Care Center at St John’s Medical College Hospital became sister center to Montreal Children’s Hospital, Canada. The vision was in place, the mission ready, borders to cross and boundaries to erase. Today, the partnership reflects the glory and pride of a far-fetched dream that turned into reality for children and their kidneys.

Despite being a tertiary referral centre, catering to a wide spectrum of childhood renal challenges and undertaking training programs in pediatric nephrology, St John's Medical College was challenged to offer cost-effective clinical services, optimal multidisciplinary expertise and adequate community-oriented services.

Over the years, we have strived to develop faculty and build capacity in clinical services and research. This partnership helped the allied faculties grow regarding medical social work, multidisciplinary clinical skills, dialysis techniques and pediatric renal nursing.

Among the highlights were the telemedicine sessions, swapping courses in tropical nephrology and advanced renal replacement therapies and organizing regional and ISN Continuing Medical Education courses.

As sister centers, we launched a “Manual in Pediatric Nephrology” catering to the needs of pediatric nephrology trainees, pediatricians and intensivists. It uniquely mixes expertise from East and West, with the collaborative efforts of faculty from the sister centers.

Seen as a training center by the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, we also offer India’s highest post-doctoral course in pediatric nephrology. The Sister Renal Center Program promoted our services to include a pediatric Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis program, pediatric intensive care, renal replacement therapies and specialty clinics in Chronic Kidney Disease, renal nutrition, nephro-urology and renal transplantation.

Research opportunities have also grown to include a state-of-art renal genetic laboratory. Community awareness programs on common pediatric renal disorders, deceased organ donation have become successful annual events on this journey.

Our director, Dr Phadke is ISN Ambassador for pediatric nephrology at the Kenya National Hospital, Nairobi, Africa. ISN opened doors for myself, becoming member of the ISN Research Prevention Program and an ISN pediatric nephrology mentor. We got two Research Prevention Grants, of which I received the best poster award at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2013 and best paper at the WCN satellite meeting.  I also presented a poster at the ISN Nexus Symposia on ‘Bone and Kidney’ in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012 and was sponsored for a specialized training on grant proposal writing organized by the Scientific Writing Academy at the Mario Negri Institute, Bergamo Italy in September 2013.

This success story reveals the ISN’s support and our team effort. The story does not end here. Our "big daddy" has opened yet another path in its mission to serve the unprivileged world in renal care. This year, we will have a new sibling: Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. We look forward to working together and sharing our knowledge - adding more punch to the statement: ISN, the true “big daddy for kids and kidneys.”


Dr Salim Yusuf wins prestigious Gairdner award

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Hamilton's Dr. Salim Yusuf has added one more award to his already impressive collection.

Yusuf, known as Canada's most influential researcher, is to be honoured for his "exceptional leadership" and helping to save millions of lives around the globe.

The professor of medicine at McMaster University and vice-president of research at Hamilton Health Sciences was named a recipient of the 2014 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Wednesday. The award is given to Canadians who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science throughout their careers.

"Saving lives, that's the biggest recognition," said Yusuf. "That's bigger than any award."

His research and insights have led to improved treatment methods in more than 60 countries for acute heart attacks, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities and chronic heart disorders.

Yusuf said it's unusual for clinical and population research to be recognized with major awards, despite the direct impact such work has on human health.

He also pointed out that his work is aided by a team of hundreds, across the globe.

"I'm very pleased," he said. "It's one of the highest awards in the world.

"But it's also a team effort. We work in a team of about 250 people. A lot of people have been involved in this work for the last 30 years."

The Canada Gairdner Awards will be presented at a dinner in Toronto on Oct. 30.

Recipients of the awards, which were created in 1959, each receive $100,000. The Gairdners have been dubbed the "baby Nobels" because more than 80 recipients have gone on to win the world's most coveted scientific prize.

The Hamilton Spectator

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Dr Rajiv Radhakrishnan appointed as Deputy Editor

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Dr Rajiv Radhakrishnan, who completed MBBS in 2003 and MD Psychiatry in 2008  from St John's, has been appointed to the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal ( editorial board as Deputy Editor for 2014-2015,.
He will be advanced  to Editor-In-Chief in 2015-2016.
Rajiv is presently a second year resident in Psychiatry
Congratulations, Rajiv.


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