|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 126-127
Prof. S. M. Chandramohan (1957–2020)
Department of Surgery and Gastroenterology, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||22-Oct-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||23-Oct-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||15-Dec-2020|
Dr. Ramesh Ardhanari
Department of Surgery and Gastroenterology, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Ardhanari R. Prof. S. M. Chandramohan (1957–2020). J Med Evid 2020;1:126-7
I first met Chandru in September 1988 when I joined the M. Ch., course at Madras Medical College, Chennai. Till our last meeting before the pandemic, he looked exactly the same. The thick black hair, neatly trimmed moustache, clean shaven and always in a tie in a white coat or a suit. He was a gentleman at first sight.
Prof. S. M. Chandramohan, the Founder Director of the Institute of Surgical Gastroenterology and Centre of Excellence for GI Surgery at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Madras Medical College, was born in 1957.
He received his medical bachelor degree in 1979 from Thanjavur Government Medical College. In 1984, he finished his MS at Madras Medical College and was the best outgoing student in MS from there. He worked at a primary health centre near Tanjore, catering to many villages. In 1997, he passed the entrance examination and got into the M. Ch., (gastroenterology) course at Madras Medical College, Chennai.
After passing his M. Ch., he worked as an assistant professor, and was the founder of the department of surgical gastroenterology (SGE) at Government Royapettah Hospital. He worked there till the year 2000. He was shifted subsequently as a professor and head at Madras Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. In consideration of his work, his department was recognised as an institute of excellence in upper GI surgery. He retired from there in 2015 and subsequently spent time as a teacher at Global Hospital and Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.
Chandru was an excellent speaker with very good communication skills. He was an often-seen figure in SGE, oesophagus and gastric surgery conferences. Students and delegates flooded to his lectures and symposia as they learnt a lot from these sessions. I must confess that I often learnt a lot from his talks, especially operative videos. I have often referred my poor patients with complex corrosive strictures to him. The patients came back and thanked me for referral due to his kind words and sympathetic attitude and excellent care.
Prof. S. M. Chandramohan was a great teacher. He believed in letting his juniors grow and allowed postgraduate students to perform a multitude of procedures. This led to universal admiration among his students. I know this as I have talked to many of them over the years and seen the respect they held in him.
He kept meticulous records and follow-up. He had contributed numerous publications in various journals and presentations at international/world congresses on oesophagus and stomach. His work particularly on corrosive strictures is a very impressive body of work with a great collection of photographs and videos.
Above all, he was a very wonderful human being and it was fun to get along with him. He had admirable calligraphy skills, and his handwriting resembled printed letters of a book. This was the first thing that attracted Prof. N. Rangabashyam towards him and he brought him to his unit at Madras Medical College. Even as a postgraduate student, he was very good at making slides and presentation for all.
His marriage to Ms. Rema was a very happy one. He had two daughters, and he always made sure to spend at least 1 day with them every week.
In our circle, Chandru is greatly revered. I miss him terribly and never thought this fit man (walking 7–10 km, every day) would be killed by a massive myocardial infarction at the age of 62 years. It is a saying that those whom God loves are taken away early. I am sure I will see him after my time.
RIP Prof. S. M. Chandramohan, 1957–2020, a friend, a great teacher, a surgeon and a great human being.
Vaya Con Dios (Go with God).