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Anita Shet, MD, PhD, Joins IVAC as Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist

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Anita Shet, MD, PhD, Joins IVAC as Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist

January 20, 2016: The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) announced today that Dr. Anita Shet, a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bangalore, India, will join the IVAC team as a pediatric infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist. Dr. Shet will be a member of the Epidemiology team, but will work closely with the Policy, Advocacy and Communications team.

Dr. Shet will work on the Baseline Assessment for Streptococcus Pneumoniae of India Serotypes (BASIS) study characterizing the serotype distribution of invasive pneumococcal isolates in India (for which she is currently a site investigator) and the Building an Enabling Environment for Vaccines in India (EEVI) project. EEVI aims to create an environment that enables timely, evidence-based policies and decisions for nationwide introduction and delivery of pentavalent, rotavirus, and pneumococcal vaccines into India’s Universal Immunization Programme, while simultaneously raising the volume of political and public discussion around the value of vaccines and a high quality routine immunization system as a necessary part of cost-effective, integrated public health.

Dr. Shet received her medical degree from St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, India and doctoral degree from the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Her doctoral thesis was on the use of mobile phones to improve the care of HIV-infected patients.

Dr. Shet completed her residency training in pediatrics and post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota. She was then a Clinical Scholar at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Rockefeller University in New York. Since 2008, Dr. Shet has been Laboratory Head of Clinical Virology at St. John’s Research Institute. She established the first pediatric infectious disease clinic at St. John’s Medical College Hospital and the first pediatric infectious disease fellowship program in India.

Dr. Bill Moss, IVAC’s Deputy Director, stated “Dr. Shet’s research and publications have spanned the broad array of pediatric infectious diseases, including rotavirus, tuberculosis and rickettsial diseases, with a strong focus on HIV infection. IVAC is delighted to have such a talented and experienced clinician scientist as a member of our team.”


Endowed Dr George Varghese professorship

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The Chancellor and Executive  Dean of Kansas City University School of Medicine have announced  Neil A. Segal M.D.,M.S. as recipient of the "Dr. George Varghese Professor in rehabilitation Medicine ". A formal investiture ceremony will be held on July 14th ,2016.

Dr. Segal is currently a professor in the department of Rehabilitation Medicine. The professorship is the third entity named after Dr. Varghese  in the School of Medicine and the University Hospital. The other two are  "George Varghese M.D. Spine Learning and Resource Center located in the Comprehensive Spine Center in the front of University Hospital and the department library and class room is called "Varghese Learning Center". Kansas University Endowment has raised close to one million dollars from former residents, students, faculty, patients and friends for these.

Dr. Varghese has received numerous awards including all major teaching awards given by the University. In 2005, American Academy of Physical Medline & Rehabilitation honored as " Distinguished Clinician and Teacher"  and in 2011 bestowed its highest honor " Frank Krusen Life Time Achievement Award".

Dr. Varghese is a graduate of St. Johns Medical College , Bangalore ,India. He is faculty at K.U School of Medicine since 1977. He served as the chair of the department for 11 years and  retired in 2011 and continues as Professor Emeritus.

An endowed professor is selected to honor a person or organization. There could be more than one endowed professors in a department. The interest earned from the corpus it raised is used to support salary or research for the named person. The appointments are made by the Chancellor of the University.

In this instance, $600,000.00 was raised by  The Kansas University Endowment from former students ,residents , faculty patients , friends and family of George Varghese. There was some contribution by the institution.

Dr. Neil Segal will be called "George Varghese Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine" .Talking to George about all his achievements he say"  The excellent training I received at St. Johns and role model demonstrated by the faculty at. Johns  are the reasons for my successful career in medicine."

Congrats George and we are very proud of you.


The passing away of Dr Colonel Muralidhar

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It is with deep regret and sadness that I wish to inform you of the demise of our Batch mate, Dr (Col) R Muralidhar on 3rd June 2016.
He was suffering from CA Rt Colon with liver Mets

Col Muralidhar is of the 9th batch (1971) from St John's. He joined the army, specializing in Rheumatology, rose the rank of a full Colonel, was a professor in AMC and after retiring from the army joined Narayana Hrudayalaya as a consultant. His daughters Vibha became a CA at the age 21 now living in SF, USA, & working for Dell, and Sneha who did MBA and works for Dell in Bangalore. He was a noble soul very caring and gentle. He was pillar of strength to the family. His loss is profound and irreplaceable.

He is remembered by his batch for his soft genial and gentlemanly ways. He was an ace Shuttle Badminton player with excellent court craft. Together with the late Dr Aurthur Pinto, he formed a formidable tennis team for the college.

May his soul rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences to all the family he leaves behind.



19TH Edition of Hamilton Bailey's surgery textbook editied by Dr Anil D'cruz and others

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It is approaching a century since the first edition of Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery was first published, authored by the pioneering surgical teacher Hamilton Bailey. That it has survived is testimony to the continuing need for those learning surgery to be able to elicit physical signs in the patient and to understanding their meaning and significance.

The fully-revised nineteenth edition has been brought completely up to date reflecting current surgical practice in both the developed and developing nations, while preserving Hamilton Bailey's original message regarding the importance of physical signs in clinical surgery. It will continue to provide medical students and postgraduates embarking upon a surgical career with an invaluable and immediate source of distilled wisdom and knowledge, set in the context of current surgical practice around the world.



Dr. Irene Manorama Thomas passes away

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Dr. Irene Manorama Thomas Dear Friends,

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Dr. Irene Manorama Thomas passed away at 12.09PM on 21st February 2016. She had hyper potassemia and consequent to gastro enteritis on an overlyng ILD, cardio miopathy , hypertension and diabetes. She had cardiac arrest at St. John’s Hospital on Saturday 13th February 2016 at the MICU. The ICU staff tried their best to correct the situation.

Well known anatomist and pioneer in Indian human genetics, she set up the only lab of its kind in South India in 1972. She is the recipient of several awards for her research work and includes prestigious Dr. B.C Roy award in Medicine.

She worked at St. John’s from 1966 to 2001 and seen generations of Johnites thru the portals of the College. She was well loved by them as she was by her family, which includes David her son, Yasmine her daughter in law, grand children Yana & Yohan. She was Dr. John A Thomas’s classmate at CMC Vellore and they had been married for 54 years.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. John A.Thomas,MD,FRCPath, FAMS

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