Lives of the fellows

Pathiyil Karthiyayani Krishnankutti

b.14 December 1919 d.14 February 1985
MB BS Madras(1944) MD(1947) MRCP(G)(1952) MRCPE(1952) MRCP(1952) FRCPE(1954) FRCP(1970)

Krishnankutti was born in the State of Kerala, India, and studied medicine at the Madras Medical College where he obtained the MB BS degree of Madras University in 1944. He was awarded the MD degree in internal medicine in 1947. In 1950 he went to Great Britain where he worked for two years, receiving extensive training in cardiology. He gained his membership of the London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Colleges in 1952, the last year of his stay in the UK.

On return to India he served as an honorary assistant physician at the Government General Hospital, Madras, from 1953-55, the hospital being one of the oldest government hospitals in India to be run along modern lines. Krishnankutti was later promoted to honorary physician in the same hospital, a position he occupied from 1956-65. In 1965 he was appointed to the chair of clinical medicine in the Government Stanley Hospital and Stanley Medical College, which he held until 1979.

Krishnankutti was well known as a physician and internist, and became honorary consultant in medicine to the Southern Railway Hospital in Madras. He was appointed honorary physician to the president of India in 1967, who was at that time the renowned philosopher Dr S Radhakrishnan.

In 1970 Krishnankutti returned to the UK as a Commonwealth senior medical fellow and worked for about three months at University College Hospital, London, with Lord Rosenheim [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI,p.394]. He visited the USA and worked at the Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.,extending his interest in cardiology by working on echocardiography and other non-invasive techniques.

Krishnankutti was a fine clinician with a deep interest in cardiology and a popular teacher. His special interests were coarctation of the aorta, toxic myocarditis and haemodynamic changes in anaemia. He wrote two textbooks of medicine, and published papers in the fields of internal medicine and cardiology.

He married Gita Nair, daughter of a medical practitioner, and they had four sons.

V Ramalingaswami

(Volume VIII, page 267)

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