Dr Jitendra Nath Pande, former head of the division of medication on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), died on Friday evening with coronavirus illness (Covid-19). He was 78.
His colleagues and college students bear in mind him as an encyclopaedia of medication, pioneer of vital care in northern India, in addition to a devoted physician and instructor.
As a professor, he used to succeed in the wards for the morning spherical to check-in on all of the admitted sufferers earlier than his college students. “He could be there at 7.30am each day. We had been supposed to succeed in the wards at 8am, test on the sufferers and report back to him,” mentioned Dr Anoop Misra, certainly one of his college students, and now the chairman of Fortis C-DOC centre of excellence for diabetes, metabolic illnesses and endocrinology.
“There have been occasions when he would take a look at a affected person and provides a prognosis in minutes,” he mentioned.
Even after turning into a physician in his personal proper, when Dr Misra was uncertain of any remedy course or bother with prognosis, he consulted Dr Pande.
Dr Pande was additionally one of many first to ascertain intensive care models (ICU) in northern India. “It’s a nice loss to the whole medical fraternity. He helped arrange one of many first ICUs within the nation. Most of the present main intensive care specialists have skilled below him,” mentioned Dr Ashok Kumar, who studied below Dr Pande as an MBBS and post-graduate pupil. He’s at the moment working as director of rheumatology division at Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj.
The Supreme Courtroom referred to Dr Pande’s crew’s research on ‘Out of doors air air pollution and emergency room visits at a hospital in Delhi’ in its 1997-98 judgment banning diesel buses within the Capital.
“Generally, once we requested him a query, he would reply with the precise web page quantity and desk we should always discuss with,” Dr Kumar mentioned.
Dr GC Khilnani, former head of the division of pulmonary medication at AIIMS, mentioned, “He was born to a household of academics, he was my mentor and one of many biggest academics I do know. At the moment, many selected to go overseas and apply medication however he remained at AIIMS proper from his commencement to superannuation.”
Dr Pande was nonetheless practising medication, consulting about 50 sufferers a day at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Analysis in New Delhi.