Lives of the fellows

Bhikhuldhali Khushalbhai Naik

b.13 October 1921 d.30 September 2001
MB BS Bombay(1947) MRCP(1949) DTM&H FRCP(1975)

B K Naik was a prominent Indian cardiologist. He was educated at Bombay University and at the London School of Tropical Medicine. He went on to set up the first department of cardiology in Andhra Pradesh, at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, in 1960. He was also professor of medicine and occupied several administrative positions at Osmania Medical College.

During his career he received many honors and awards. In 1973 he was elected president of Cardiological Society of India. The best physician of India award was bestowed on him by the Association of Physicians of India in 1979. The Indian government awarded him the prestigious 'Padmashri' title in 1976. His main interest in diabetes and hypertension in relation to coronary artery disease and in preventative cardiology made him a national hero in the field of cardiology.

He presented many papers to national and international conferences. His speeches were always humorous and he often used quotations from the scriptures. His oratory attracted large audiences, including medical and non-medical scholars.

He leaves behind three daughters and a son. His loss to Andhra Pradesh is irreparable.

Kakarla Subbarao

[Brit.med.J., 2001,323,1191]

(Volume XI, page 412)

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