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Remembering our Stalwart


Dr. Haldar passed his DMRC in 1941 and joined S.N. College, Agra as a lecturer. After three years of the service, he was called upon to serve the Indian Army as a radiologist as a Major in IAMC. In 1946, after his release from the army, he joined his parent service. IN 1949 he took charge of the department of radiology at S.N. Medical College and L.P. Radium Institute Agra as a Reader and later as a Professor of Radiology. In 1966, he left S.N. Medical College and joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi where he served for three years as Prof. of radiology, sunflowermaids.com. In 1970 he was called back by the state government to organize the Cancer Institute at Kanpur and join as Prof. and Head of the Department of Radiology at GSVM Medical College Kanpur. He devoted most of his time in developing this institute and forming the nucleus for the most modern teaching and research center.

Dr. Haldar has played a great role in organizing the teaching and research work in India. He was called upon many times by WHO. In 1969, He was the president of the IRA. In 1971 he was the president of the 24th Indian Congress of Radiology, Kolkata. Dr. Haldar has written many academic papers in Radiology and was an advisor to ICMR on cancer. Dr. Haldar attended the International Congress of Radiology at Montreal and at Rome in 1965. He also attended 12th International Congress of Radiology at Tokyo in 1969. In 1971 Dr. Haldar was invited to give the prestigious Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose Memorial Lecture at Kolkata. His services were very much appreciated in India & U.P.


Dr. Padam Singh was born in February 1921 at Bangalore. He graduated from Andhra Medical College in 1955 and later joined the Christian Medical College, Vellore as House Surgeon. In 1961 he left for U.K. and started working as Registrar in Hammersmith Hospital and obtained a DMRT and FFR during the five year period of his training. In 1966 he returned to CMC, Vellore and worked as a Reader in the Radiotherapy department.

In 1967, he took charge of the department and was instrumental in starting DMRT and MD training in Madras University and the M.S.R. course at CMCH, Vellore, awarded from U.K.

In 1969 he was promoted as Professor, In 1967 he relinquished the post of the Head of the Department for health reasons and settled in Bangalore continuing his service for establishment of the Bangalore Medical Trust for cancer patients.

Dr. Padam Singh’s enthusiasm for everything in the Radiotherapy department was highly inspiring to his colleagues. His concern for patients was exemplary. He had all the hallmarks of a successful doctor. As a doctor, he had the ability to establish rapport with patients as a diagnostician and as a therapist. He had immense experience with orthovoltage X-ray and Brachytherapy. His students remember him for his humanity and outstanding guidance as a teacher and for interdisciplinary clinics in the treatment of malignant diseases, as the foresight to plan for the future. He was instrumental in obtaining a 42 Mev BETATRON, the first machine of its kind to be operational in South East Asia, which was commissioned in 1978. He was also instrumental in substituting radium with cesium 137 tubes and needles from Amersham. England in 1975 at CMC for the first time in India.

Padamshri Dr. Ketayun Ardeshir Dinshaw
President AROI 1994-96
16th Nov 1943 to 26th Aug 2011

Dr. Ketayun Ardeshir Dinshaw, an internationally renowned cancer specialist and former Director of Tata Memorial Center, lost her personal battle to the same disease on 26th August 2011, which she ironically fought through her professional career as a visionary for four decades.

Born in a Parsi family in Kolkata on 16thNovember 1943. She was trained at the Christian Medical College, Vellore. After her specialization in Radiotherapy and Oncology at Cambridge, she returned to India and worked tirelessly for the cause of cancer at the Tata Memorial Hospital for over 35 years from where she retired in November 2008, having served as its director for 13 years.

As an outstanding doctor and administrator, she had the ability to bring out the best in the people around her, enabling her to bring about a sea change in many aspects of cancer management, education and research in the country. With her intense and persistent efforts, she brought the practice of oncology and especially radiation oncology in India and more so at the Tata Memorial Center on the world map of oncology care. A stickler for punctuality, decorum and ethics, she could find ways for delivery high-quality public service even in the government-funded mechanisms-signed, sealed and delivered through her trademark left handed green signature. She always had pertinent and practical views and policies to recommend. Her efforts brought special meaning to the state of “Institution before Individual”. She was an Institution builder – ACTREC, the 60 acre research campus of Tata Memorial Center, the Homi Bhabha Block at Tata Hospital and the Tata Medical Center at Kolkata, to name a few. She was a part of the team spearheading the development of Indigenous tele cobalt machine now called Bhabhatron.

An example of her zeal to get new and relevant technology into the country saw her role in establishment of the medical cyclotron on the TMH Campus with the first PET in the country and followed soon by the first PET-CT (positron emission tomography) on the TMH Campus itself.

Being a staunch patriot and an eternal optimist, in various international forums, she stood not just for India but for the cause of cancer in the entire developing world. She served as the president of the International Society for Radiation Oncology. She nurtured voluntary groups and NGOs like the V Care, Woman’s Cancer Initiative, CPAA, and several others. She was a serving board member of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Indian Nuclear Society and the Padmashree.

She had multifaceted personality. This great connoisseur of music and art was also an ardent admirer of the plant kingdom, ferrying lovely plants from all over the world. She had special respect and admiration for the serving and retired men and woman in the armed forces and their families and extended immediate care to all who happened to need the services of the TMC.

Dr. B.D. Gupta
President AROI (1982-1984)
Editor JCRT (1988-1996)

We have completed more than 100 years when first patient was treated with 100 Kv x-rays and Radium in 1903. All these years have witnessed many revolutions and developments. In India Radiotherapy started sometime after the 2 world war and more precisely after the Independence in 1947 with 100 KV and 250 KV deep x-ray therapy machine and Radium tubes.

Postgraduate training started with diploma (DMRE) in some of the centres which later on upgraded to M.D. Radiology a combined degree programme in Radio-diagnosis and Radiotherapy. The first cobalt units were installed somewhere in 1965 in metros.

We must remember Dr. N.B. Roy of Calcutta, Dr. P.K. Haldar of Agra, Dr. Rai from Madras (Now Chennai), Dr. Syed Ali, Hyderabad, Dr. M.L. Agarwal, Amritsar, Dr. J.P. Sinha, Patna, Dr. Pinto, Bombay and many more who in spite of limitations had done wonders and kept alive the speciality.

This continued till the second generation professionals who were trained exclusively in Radiotherapy and Oncology and returned to India and occupied positions in various centres, to mention few Dr. A.D. Singh, Dr. Urmil Sharma, Dr. B.D. Gupta, Dr. M. Krishnan Nair, Dr. Saroj Gupta and Dr. K.A. Dinshaw.

They practiced in their speciality of radiotherapy with Oncology and established independent departments in the end of 1960 and beginning of 70s. We were all attending and very active members of Indian Radiological Association where we have parallel sessions of radiotherapy discipline.

This continued until 1976-77 when some of the professionals met at Nagpur and recommended to have our own Association and it was named as Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI) with its Head quarter at Chandigarh. The first conference of AROI was held at Nagpur in 1978. In the beginning of 1970 after facing so much opposition, we could win over and M.D. was started in PGIMER, Chandigarh in the year 1972 and thereafter many institutions followed the lead like AIIMS, New Delhi, CMC, Vellore, Medical College, Trivandrum and so on.

A cancer control programme was also initiated by the Govt. of India in 1982 and many of us became the founder members. The establishment of Regional Cancer Centre was started under the cancer control programme and now you can see the result and the vision of Founding members. Every one of us in the discipline should work hard and see that more and more centres should come with high technology in clinical practice.

Dr. B.D. Gupta


Prof. Dr. Rangi Prasad Singh was the pioneer in the field of oncology in Bihar. He nurtured the Prince Wales Medical College based Radium Institute of Patna from its nascent stage in the 1960’s to a stage when it was transformed into a premier Oncology centre in Eastern India, as Professor and head of the department.

He graduated from the Prince of Wales medical College in 1952 and obtained his M.S. (Gen. Surg.) in 1958 and M.D. (Rad.) in 1965. He obtained his DMRT from Middlesex Hospital, London in 1970 and was associated with Hammersmith cancer Institution, Royal Marsden Hospital and Holt Radium Institute, Manchester. He was fellow of the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians, London. He was fellow of the Indian College of Radiology.

During his illustrious career he adorned several posts in all fields. He was President IMA Bihar, President Bihar State Radiology Association, Founder president AROI Bihar Chapter, Senior Vice President of the Indian Radiological and Imagine Association (IRIA), President, Bihar State Health Services Association and Vice President of Bihar Literacy Forum. He was a visiting Professor at the Howard University Hospital, Washington and National Institute of health Bethesa, U.S.A.

In the literacy field, he has over a dozen publications both medical and non-medical; to his credit. He was Vice President Akhil Bhartiya Bhasha Sahitya Sammelen.

It will be an exercise in futility to entirely dimensionless the influence of his gentle personality, but in his demise, it is indeed profound. He was a great son of the soil, a self-made man, and simple in taste with immense character.

1976 Dr. Brian Windayer
1983 Dr. V.Ramalingamswami Dr. C.A.F. Joslin
1987 Dr. Frank Neal Dr. Nissar Syed
1990 Prof. Joslin Dr. A.D. Singh
1991 Dr. S.R. Gowarikar Dr. D. Nori
1992 Dr. Karol Sikora Dr. Carl F. Von Essen
1994 Dr. J. Stuff Dr. Mihir Mitter
Feb. 1995 Dr. B.D. Gupta Dr. M. Brada
Dec. 1995 Dr. Chittir Moorthy Dr. A.N. Bhisey
1996 Dr. T.K. Datta Dr. Lesstr J. Peters
1998 Dr. Kailash Narayan Dr. K.A. Dinshaw
2000 Dr. B. Sanyal Dr. S. Bhoopal
2001 Dr. G.K. Rath Dr. Alan Horwich
2002 Dr. M.K. Mahajan Dr. Prof. Grisby
2003 Prof. S. Ayyagiri Prof. Aivaro Mertinez Dr. Ajmal Puthawala
2004 Dr. P.S. Negi Dr. J. Van Der Zee
2005 Dr. S.C. Sharma Dr. Carlos Perez Dr. Anil Sharma
2006 Dr. Nagraj Huilgol Dr. John Yamold Dr. P. Uma Devi
2007 Dr. Parmod K. Julka Dr. P. Tripuraneni Dr. G. Kilara
2008 Dr. F.D. Patel Dr. Soren Bentzen Dr. Tomcha Singh
2009 Dr. Subramanyam K Dr. Bernard J Cumming Dr. M. C. Pant
2010 Dr. Shyam Kishore Srivasta Dr. Richard Potter Dr. K.T. Bhowmik
2011 Dr. P.K. Sur Dr. Valentene Dr. V. Kanan
2012 Dr. M. Jagdishan Dr. Jean Bourhis Dr. D.P. Singh
2013 Dr. S. Hukku Prof. Paul M. Harari Dr. C.S. Madhu
2014 Dr. Vidya Sagar Dr. Takashi Nakano Dr. J.K. Singh
2015 Dr. Ramesh Billimaga Dr. Arno James Mundt DR. P. Prem Kumar
2016 Dr. A.K. Anand Dr. Philip M P Poortman Dr. Rakesh K. Vyas
2019 Dr. Vijay Anand Reddy Dr. Zubi Zarreta Eduando Dr. Kunnambath Ramadas