Pro Vice – Chancellor, Medical Sciences, GIMSRGITAM deemed to be University Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Hailing from a modest agricultural family in Prakasam District, A.P. with rural background, his educational achievements are an excellent reflection of his dedication and commitment. After graduating in 1975, from RMC, Kakinada, he obtained PG qualification in General Surgery from Guntur Medical College, Guntur in 1978. Pursuing a career in super specialty was not the order of the day in those days, but he had the vision to look beyond and secured M. Ch. qualification in Plastic Surgery at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi in 1981.
He opted to join Govt. service and contributed his share in the service of the poor and the needy. His commitment to high ethical & moral values in the practice of Medicine, made him dear to all students and faculty. His initial tenure as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at KMC-Kurnool, GMC-Guntur and RMC-Kakinada won him good name as a Doctor and his skills in Surgical procedures motivated several budding doctors, to pursue a career in Plastic Surgery. In the year 1989, he was elevated to the post of Professor of Plastic surgery and posted to Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam and worked till his retirement from Govt. Service, in May 2008. During his tenure as HOD, the Department of Plastic Surgery at King George Hospital developed beyond anybody’s expectation from meager bed strength of 7 to 40. Impressed by his commitment & devotion to the profession, Philanthropists came forward with donations to set up a 20 bedded exclusive burns ward in KGH.
In recognition of his services to the poor and the needy in general and the contributions made to the specialty of Plastic surgery in particular, (like for example repair of cleft lips and treating burns patients) the Plastic Surgeon’s Association of India has selected him for National and International Travelling Fellowships. His area of special interest has moved him to get special training under Late Dr. Jamal of Tanjore (TN), in reconstructive surgeries in the management of Filarial Elephantiasis. In 1993 he underwent special training in United States of America on “Cosmetic Surgery”. He is a regular participant to National Plastic Surgeon’s Conferences with scientific presentations. Appreciating his seminal contribution in the day to day functioning of KGH, he was appointed as Deputy Superintendent of King George Hospital in the year 2002. In 2005, he served the Plastic Surgeon’s Association of Andhra Pradesh as ‘President’. He is also the recipient of ‘Special Merit Certificate’ from the Director of Medical Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in recognition of his contribution to the field of Medical Sciences. In the year 2006, he was promoted to the cadre of Addl. Director of Medical Education by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and posted as Principal, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam. As Principal, he made many innovative changes in academic and student welfare activities. He brought in administrative reforms and developed various departments on par with Institutions of Excellence. His commitment to the protection of public property was evident by the fact that the sports ground of men’s hostel, which was partially under occupation by unauthorized elements for several years was evicted and reclaimed during his tenure.
After retirement he took over as Director of GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (GIMSR) and contributed to the formation of first Deemed University in Medical Sciences in A.P. In December 2016, he took charge as Director of Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) and has sown the seeds for its growth to evolve itself as an autonomous Institute. Recognising his contribution to Medical Education, the Govt. of AP has appointed him as Vice – Chancellor of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences ( Dr. NTRUHS ). During his tenure, many innovative changes have happened in University working and academic & research fields. Subsequent to relinquishing the post of Vice-Chancellor of Dr. NTRUHS, he returned back to GIMSR as Pro Vice - Chancellor, Medical Sciences of GITAM deemed to be University in November 2019.