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  • Born 20thApril, 1893 @ Narasinganallore in Tirunelveli
  • Prince of Wales Medical School 1913
  • Hospital Assistant in a Naval Establishment Hospital Marine Lines, Bombay (1914-19)
  • License of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Bombay in 1917
  • Promoted to the rank of Sub-Assistant Surgeon in the same year.
  • Siddapur to  Royapuram Medical School at Madras in 1920
  • His first publications were in the Indian Medical Gazette in 1919 under the heading “clinical cases”.
  • Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and later Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
  • Government General Hospital and the Madras Medical College from 1929 to 1948
  • Assistant Surgeon and Assistant to the Professor of Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgeon and ultimately to the post of Professor of Operative Surgery.
  • More than a hundred scientific papers primarily in Indian Journals, both local and National
  • Second World War -two surgical units and the Orthopaedic unit, and was looking after the British casualties.
  • RAO SAHIB in 1942 & Rao Bahadur in 1946
  • President of the Association of Surgeons of India in its Delhi session
  • President of the Indian Orthopaedic section in 1962 and 1963.
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of India in 1964
  • An active S.I.C.O.T. member since 1954 till his elevation as an EMERITUS member in 1972.

2.Prof. Dr. M. NATARJAN

Renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon and Doyen in our Country. Uncrowned Emperor in Orthopaedics for two decades from 1960 to 1980.

  • Born on March 18, 1920, at Kamuthi
  • MBBS – Stanley Medical College
  • Joined Armed Forces Medical Service during World War-II
  • Underwent training in Orthopedics in United Kingdom where he completed FRCS and MCh (Orth) in Liverpool.
  • On return, he became an Orthopedic surgeon in Stanley Medical College and Hospital for few years.
  • Professor and Head of department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Madras Medical College and Government General Hospital for 19 years (1957–1976) in Madras.
  • He was mainly responsible for starting of diploma and master’s degree courses in Orthopedics, a school of physiotherapy, a school of prosthesis and Orthotics, Government Institute of Rehabilitation and Artificial Limb Centre at Madras and blueprint for accident services for Tamil Nadu.
  • Text Book of Orthopaedics anad Fractures still sought after.
  • Member of various committees and Fellow Association including WHO, Advisory panel on Rehabilitation and Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association
  • Conferred Honorary Fellowship of Royal College of England, Honorary D. Litt of Annamalai University, and many more.
  • He was a Founder Member of Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA), World Orthopaedic Concern, and Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association.
  • He was President of IOA
  • First Director & Prof. of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Govt. Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, KK Nagar, Chennai.
  • Great Surgeon, Teacher, Researcher and also an able Administrator.

3. Prof. Dr. T. K. Shanmugasundaram

Prof. TKS (as he was more popularly known amidst his orthopedic peers worldwide) was born on 8th August 1929 to an illustrious family as one of seven children.

He obtained his MBBS degree from Stanley Medical College in 1953 and subsequently got an MS in 1957, FRCS (Edinburgh and England) both in 1962, and the MCh (Orth) in Liverpool in 1963.

After his training in the UK, he played a considerable and significant role in the development of the orthopedic specialty in South India, first heading the department in Stanley Medical College, and then later, as Professor and Head of the Department in Madras Medical College from 1976 to 1981.

He was also the Director of the Government Institute of Rehabilitation and Artificial Limb Centre (1979–1983), the principal investigator and project director of the famous Madras study of tuberculosis of the spine (a collaborative project of ICMR, India and MRC, Great Britain) (1976–1987), and the principal investigator and Project Director of PL.480 Paraplegia project and ICMR Paraplegia Project (1979–1987).

He was the postgraduate examiner for over 20 universities, for the National Board of Examinations in India and abroad. His authority in the field made him a popular guest speaker and orator who was invited for many prestigious orations, both nationally and internationally.

He also had the distinction of being the President of the Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association for three years (1973–1976); President of the Indian Orthopedic Association (1982); President-World Orthopedic Concern (1996–99), Chairman-Coordinator, International Bone and Joint Tuberculosis Club, and Chairman and Vice-President, Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu.

In 1998, he was honoured with a ‘Honorary’ Doctor of Science degree by The Tamil Nadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University.

Prof. TKS was most respected for being an excellent teacher and a beacon of ethical practice. In his long tenure as an orthopedic teacher for over 30 years, he taught over 4000 undergraduate medical students and 150 postgraduate students.

Prof. TKS was a torch bearer of academics and research. His clinical research on bone and joint tuberculosis, spinal injury care, bone tumors, and post-injection fibrosis of skeletal muscles were presented in over 80 national and international conferences and published in nearly 80 papers in national and international journals.

4.Prof. Dr. A. DEVADOSS

  • A. Devadoss M.B.B.S., M.Ch.Ortho (Liverpool), F.R.C.S.(Edin), F.R.C.S.(Glasg), F.I.M.S.A., D.Sc. Honoris Causa.
  • A. Devadoss is the Chairman and Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Devadoss Multi-speciality Hospital, Madurai
  • He is the Past President of the Indian Orthopaedic Association, Past President of the Tamilnadu Orthopaedic Association.
  • Founder President of the Shoulder Society of India.
  • Belonging to the “FIRST FIFTY” of Madurai Medical College,
  • Devadoss obtained the “Gold Medal” in Medicine in Final M.B.B.S.
  • He proceeded to the U.K. to add more degrees to his credit – M.Ch.Ortho from Liverpool, the Mecca of orthopaedics
  • After getting Fellowship from Edinburgh and Glasgow Royal College of Surgeons.
  • In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious D.Sc Honoris Causa degree by the Dr. MGR Medical University for his academic achievements.
  • On his return from the UK, he joined Madurai Medical College as Associate Professor and became Professor of Orthopaedics. Gave voluntary retirement after 23 years of Govt. service.
  • He founded the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Accident Surgery at Madurai in 1991.
  • The Institute is recognized by the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi from 1995 for training Postgraduates for D.N.B. in Orthopaedics.
  • Until date with his guidance, 63 Post graduates have successfully received the degree and IORAS has to its credit the highest pass percentage across the country.
  • He has given lectures in the University of Cincinnati OH in 1984 and in the University of Liverpool in 1995, as Visiting Professor.
  • He has been an examiner for MS Orthopaedic for many universities and also examiner for National Board of Examination in Orthopaedics in various centres on several occasions.
  • He is revered by his students for his passion for teaching, dress sense and punctuality
  • During the DNB convection 2018 he was presented the distinguish Best Teacher Award by the Vice President of India C. Venkaiah Naidu on 21st September 2018.
  • The Indian Orthopaedic association has honoured him with “Lifetime achievement award” in its annual conference at Coimbatore on 2018.
  • Even today he teaches Orthopaedics to his postgraduates for 5 hours every day apart from his regular clinical practice and surgeries.