Lives of the fellows

Ganesh Narayana Rao Kundaje

b.31 August 1935 d.30 April 1996
MB BS Mysore(1958) MRCP Glasg(1965) MRCP(1967) FRCP(1985) FRCP Glasg(1988)

Ganesh Kundaje was head of the department of medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. He was born in Virajpet, South India, the son of Narayana Rao Kundaje, a general practitioner. In 1953 he joined the prestigious Mysore Medical College, completing his MB BS in 1958. In 1960 he went to the United Kingdom and attended several postgraduate courses in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle and London. He passed his membership examinations for the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow in 1965 and for the London College in 1967. He worked in the UK until 1968.

After his return to India he joined the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal as a reader in the department of medicine. In 1973 he was promoted to the post of associate professor and was then successively professor, head of the department and director of postgraduate studies in the division of medicine. He went on to develop the postgraduate teaching programme in the department, making it one of the best in the country. He retired as head of the department in 1992, but continued as a senior professor and later as professor emeritus until his death. He had a passion for teaching and his students, undergraduates and postgraduates alike, will remember him fondly for his lectures and clinical discussions. He guided several postgraduates in their theses and authored more than fifty papers in various journals.

He was invited to be an examiner at various universities all over the country. He also had the unique honour to be selected by the government of India to be on the board of examiners which selected personnel to the Indian administrative service. He was also awarded a Fellowship by the Indian Association of Physicians. He received his FRCP from the London College in 1985 and from Glasgow in 1988.

As a clinician he attracted patients from all over South India and his untimely death is a great loss for his family, friends and patients.

H G Kundaje

(Volume X, page 286)

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