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Publication by Dr Paul Thuluvath et all

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Endoscopic suturing closure of large mucosal tears after endoscopic sub mucosal dissection is technically feasible, fast and eliminates the need for  hospitalization


Johnites from batch 2010 start a new tradition

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Batch of 2010 creates a new trend- every new batch that joins st johns plants a tree on their very first day n watches it grow through the years.. many decades later when they come back for a reunion they will see how it has  grown, creating a sense of unity and ownership!To leave a lasting legacy,what better than to plant a tree and this was what Rodney Dcunha and his friends from the class of 2010 did today.

The class of 2014 will nuture it for the next 4 yrs.The tree is Tabubia Cassia which will give pink flowers in summer and the tree will be full of flowers with out any leaves.


A Note from Dr Christopher Lasrado on his illness

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Dear all,

I am overwhelmed by the Johnite response from across the world.When I first looked at my CT scan films in Chhatarpur town, I looked at them very objectively. My close colleagues were staunch and did not show their emotions. It was the rest of my staff and nursing students, with a few of the local community who had come to see me off the next day that broke my “mettle”. Truly I felt loved and it strengthened my resolve to come back to these dear people and continue to lead them.

The response from across the world seems just an extension of the response of my staff and students, and it moves me in my deepest being.In short, I feel loved.Thank you all, Johnites past and present. I assure you I will be back and continue from where I left off.For those who do not know, I walked out of the tertiary level into the secondary level of care in 1997, moved to North India in 1999. And in 2001, I moved to one of the hardest units of the Emmanuel Hospital Association groups. I have been in charge of that unit since 2003 and have been blessed in seeing it grow from strength to strength to reach its present position.

Last year we did 4,500 deliveries and over 20,000 inpatients. Though by training I am a surgeon, I have had to manage other specialities as well, such as MIs, hypertensive crises, strokes, pneumonia (adult/paediatric), and a wide range of infectious diseases endemic to the area. Malnutrition is a big problem in the area, as also various kinds of poisoning, with just me and the junior gynaecologist holding fort. We were fighting with our backs against the wall.To help us do battle is a bunch of four young doctors, who are learning on the job. The picture does not look as bleak as I have painted it to be. Our doctors are a real gung-ho bunch, and at the end of the day, they are on top of every problem.My going away has caused the patient numbers to dip (fortunately). But the load that we are handling is huge: 250 outpatients a day.In short, Chhatarpur needs help.I would be grateful if people would pitch in with short stints. We need specialists in paediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynaecology, as well as intensivists.Irwin told me about people wanting to contribute towards the expense of my treatment. EHA is paying for my entire treatment and I feel it would be good for their coffers to be refilled, as resources are sparse and the needs of various units plenty. If people do want to contribute, they could send in small amounts. It would go a long way to buffer the EHA bank account. Sanjiv and Praveen (Sparrow) will coordinate the entire thing.Thank you again, and God bless. Will get back to you after the surgery, I am sure.Yours, as ever,


to read about a typical day for Dr Lasrado please see the brief write up by Dr Binu Joy at the link below


He shall live because of Johnites

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On March 10th 2014 Sr Martina from batch 1995 put the request below on Face book and others help spread the word around on different sites and groups.

To all johnites. I am 95 batch.
I am working in a village where I have a patient with recurrent abortion for 5 times and now that she is diagnosed to have APLA positive and has conceived again, where she needs to be on Low molecular Weight Heparin through out, which costs her Rs. 60,000/ in total. the patient is very poor even struggling for daily food.
Any willing heart to help her even if its Rs. 500? will help her for two days injections.
If interested you can contact me on 07358113356 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Its only my small effort to help her.
Please do help her

Today September 7th 2014  sister's email reports.

Dear doctors,

This is with great joy and happiness and gratefulness I send this mail.The lady whom you have helped delivered safely on 05/09/2014 (teachers day) at 8.37pm to alive boy baby weight 2.900kg.Thanks a lot for the generous help. On behalf of the patient I thank each of you. May God bless you all.Please continue to support me in your prayers and good will.Thanking you

Sr. Dr. Martina



Dr Salim Yusuf is amongst ‘The Scientists who matter most

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Toronto: Indo-Canadian cardiologist Dr Salim Yusuf is amongst ‘The Scientists who matter most,” based on the list of scientists that Thomson Reuters released recently.

Of a total of 3,200 such scientists, 1,616 are from the United States, and 89 are from Canada, including Dr Yusuf, Director of McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Thomson Reuters list calls Dr Yusuf as “Canada’s most influential scientist, based on citations. They have chosen these scientists based on how widely their research papers and published works have been cited by other researchers. The more their works have been cited, the more influential they are deemed to be, according to Thomson Reuters.

“In recent years nine of his (Dr Yusuf’s) studies, which involve large-scale clinical trials across countries and population groups, have been among the research world’s top  0.1 percent,” Globe and Mail writes about Dr. Yusuf which’s based on what Thomson Reuters has written about him.

“Dr. Yusuf is well known as a pioneer in his field and his efforts this year earned him a ($100,000) Gairdner Award, generally regarded as Canada’s most prestigious prize in biomedical science.”

It has been noted that those who receive the Gairdner award go on to win the Nobel Prize.

In one of his ground breaking studies, Dr Yusuf calls India “the world’s diabetic capital, where people are less active in their leisure time than any other ethnic group in the world.” And contrary to their vegetarian pride, he said in an earlier interview with this writer, “Indians’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is low compared to most countries.”

In one study of 20,000 heart attack patients in 89 hospitals across India, Dr Yusuf found that “poor patients had a higher death rate compared to the richer people. This was entirely because poor patients did not receive many of the life saving therapies as they couldn’t afford it.”

Dr Yusuf says he became a doctor because his father wanted him to be one and then he became a Rhode Scholar and landed at Oxford.  He has been at McMaster University since 1992.

Thomson Reuters has 30 Scientists from Saudi Arabia who matter the most but there’s no one from India.

The list has names of 157 German Scientists; 141 Chinese scientists, 94 from Japan; 52 from Italy. Sweden is at the tail end with 28 scientists.

(Ahit Jain can be contacted at  -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )|-the-scientist-who-matters-most.htm

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