b.8 May 1945 d.16 November 2008
BSc Annamalai(1964) MB BS Madras(1970) FRCS Edin(1976) T(S)(1994)
Ganapathiraju Ravichandran, known as ‘Ravi’, was a consultant in spinal injuries at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. He was born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, the son of T S Ganapathiraju and Sarojinidevi. He studied chemistry at Annamalai University and gained a diploma in radio engineering in 1966 before turning to medicine. He studied at JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research) in Pondicherry and in 1970 qualified MB BS from the University of Madras.
He was a house officer at JIPMER and then a senior house officer in orthopaedics at the Central Institute of Orthopaedics in New Delhi from 1971 to July 1972.
He then went to the UK. He was a senior house officer on the general surgical rotation at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-Trent, from February 1973 to July 1974. He then spent six months at Tyrone County Hospital, Northern Ireland, as a senior house officer in general surgery.
In March 1975 he went to the Midland Spinal Injuries Unit in Oswestry, as a senior house officer in spinal injuries. He then became a registrar in orthopaedics at the Institute of Orthopaedics, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. From July 1978 to April 1979, he was a senior registrar at the back research unit, Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital, Mansfield. In 1979 he became a senior registrar in spinal injuries at the national spinal injuries centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.
In November 1984 he was appointed as a consultant in spinal injuries at Lodge Moor Hospital, Sheffield, and later moved to the newly built Princess Royal spinal injuries centre, Northern General Hospital. He retired from the NHS in 2007.
He championed an integrated approach to the management of spinal cord injuries and was known for his work on complex pressure sores. He was chairman of the clinical management team for five years and of the Trent regional education committee. He was a regional specialty adviser in rehabilitation medicine for the Royal College of Physicians.
Outside medicine he enjoyed classical south Indian music.
In 1974 he married Ann. They had three children, Santhi, Rekha and Simon (two of whom have followed him into medicine) and two grandsons.
[BMJ 2008 337 2898]
(Volume XII, page web)
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