Lives of the fellows

Ramchandra Vishwanath Sathe

b.28 November 1905 d.28 August 1983
MB Bombay(1927) MD(1931) MRCP(1933) FRCP(1963)

Ramchandra Sathe was born at Ahmedabad, India, the son of the late Vishwanath Sathe, who was in government service, and his wife Lakshmibai. He married Kashibai Govind Awate, a doctor, in 1935 and they had one son, Sadashiv, who became an orthopaedic surgeon, and a daughter, Prabha, an obstetrician and gynaecologist.

His early education was at the Municipal School and Elphinstone High School, Bombay, and he pursued his undergraduate medical training at Grant Medical College and Sir J J Hospital, Bombay, where he gained the gold medal for clinical medicine and the Hewlett prize for medicine. From 1936-38 he was honorary assistant physician at St George’s Hospital, Bombay, and from 1938-41 he was honorary assistant physician and tutor at Grant Medical College and the Sir J J Hospital. From 1941-55 he was honorary physician at the Hospital and teacher in medicine at the College. In 1955 he was appointed associate professor of medicine at Grant Medical College and later became successively a full professor, honorary director of postgraduate studies in medicine, and finally emeritus professor of medicine. He was also visiting physician at Jaslok Hospital, Bhatia General Hospital, the National Hospital, Bombay, Karnataka Health Institute and Ghatprabha and Talegaon General Hospital.

For three years, 1963-66, he was vice-chancellor of the University of Bombay, being nominated by the State Government. He had been a member of the senate and the faculty of medicine since 1952. He served on the health survey and planning committee of the government; the ad hoc committee (import/export) on policies for drugs; the drugs equipment standards committee; the Indian pharmacopoeia committee and the national formulary committee. Since 1951 he had been a member of the medical council of India and for some years was a member of its postgraduate medical education committee. He also served on the Maharashtra medical council from 1961, and for six years was a member of its executive committee.

In 1962 he was elected president of the Indian Medical Association, having been vice-president from 1952-55 and president of its Bombay territorial branch from 1956-57. He was president of the World Medical Association 1962-63, and deputy president of the Third World conference on medical education in 1966. He was also president of the Diabetic Association of India, and president of the Association of Physicians of India. From 1932 he was a member of the British Medical Association and an examiner for the MD degree at many universities. Ramchandra Sathe was an admirable physician with a high standard of medical ethics, a keen medical educationist, and an able teacher and scientist. He had few interests outside his profession.

SC Sheth

(Volume VIII, page 436)

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