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Dr. Ramesh Nigam Memorial Oration

Dr Ramesh Nigam was born on 12th December 1920. Dr Nigam had to interrupt his undergraduate studies at Guy’s hospital during World War II and joined King George Medical College, Lucknow from where he passed MBBS (Hons) winning the prestigious Lt Governor Sir John Hewett Gold Medal in 1942. Dr Nigam took his MS (Hon) in Surgery in 1944 and MD (Pathology) in 1945,both from the same Medical College, a testimony to his deep interest beyond the call of surgery. After training in the United Kingdom he was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1946. He was honoured with FACS in 1958.

He started his professional and teaching career at King George Medical College, Lucknow where he worked for four years as Assistant Professor. Dr Nigam served the armed forces for a while as Captain. He was extremely academic and positive in approach. He was also peculiar to have had Head light on his forehead even during rounds. He used to operate large number of cases of PYONERPHROSIS with full authority. He was very popular as administrator as well as teacher.

Dr Ramesh Nigam moved to Nagpur Medical College to serve as Professor for 11 years. In 1959 he moved to Delhi as Professor of Surgery at the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.

Tragedy struck in 1961 when he suffered a retinal detachment. By 1963 he became blind in both eyes. He was only 44 years of age. Undeterred he continued teaching surgery. In a rare gesture, the Government appointed him as Special Professor and Student Counsellor.His wife and students kept him updated by reading from the journals. Later he learnt braille and touch typing . He directed research on organ transplantation and vascular surgery. He served as Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Surgery for 20 years, published a book “A companion in surgical studies” Dr Ramesh Nigam was a member of the Governing Council of the Association of Surgeons of India. He received Dr B.C Roy award in 1964 and was decorated by the Govt. of India with Padma Shree in 1972.

Dr Ramesh Nigam breathed his last on 13thJanuary 1999.

His daughter Dr Madhuri Nigam was a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New Delhi.

The Association of Surgeons of India instituted an Oration in the memory of Dr Ramesh Nigam in 2002.


Dr. V.K. Kapoor
Lucknow
2002
Dr. N.S. Murali
Chennai
2003
Dr. K. Rajeev Sinha
Jhansi
2004
Dr. Sushila Sripad
Kolkata
2005
Dr. T. Vidyasagaran
Chennai
2006
Dr. Dinesh Pratap
Jhansi
2007
Dr. H. Ramesh
Cochin
2008
Dr. Sudheer Pandey
Lucknow
2009
Dr. Ashok Kumar Gupta
Mumbai
2010
Dr. Bindey Kumar
Patna
2011
Dr. Sanjay S Negi
New Delhi
2012
Dr. Anand Kumar Mishra
Lucknow
2013
Dr. Kim Mammen
Ludhiana
2014
Dr. Kim Mammen
Ludhiana
2014
Dr. Puneet Dhar
Cochin
2015
Dr. Sanjay De Bakshi
Kolkata
2016