CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.
Today’s History Feature:
Dr. Ramachandra Dattatraya Lele
🇮🇳 The Pride of India 🇮🇳
(Jan 16, 1928 – June 24, 2022)
💠Father of Nuclear Medicine in India
🔹Lele was born on January 16, 1928 in a lower middle class family in Hyderabad. Lele and his 3 elder sisters and 1 elder brother were brought up by imbibing Gandhian principles by his parents.
🔹Since childhood, Lele was good in studies, music and sports – especially in cricket. After his schooling, he enrolled to study medicine in Osmania Medical College through Urdu medium and graduated in 1949.
🔹Then he involved himself in rural services for around 5 years and thereafter went for his higher studies to the United Kingdom.
🔹In the UK, initially he got trained at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and did his post-graduation in Hammersmith Hospital, where he got trained under an astute clinician and hepatologist Dr. Sheila Sherlock. There, he continued his study about a new subject – hospital based cyclotron and radioactive isotopes.
🔹After his return from UK in 1957, Dr. Lele joined as a Reader at Nagpur Medical College and became a Professor of Medicine in 1963. There he created a clinical museum, diabetic clinic and handed many research projects on common medical conditions.
🔹Meanwhile, Dr. Lele had undergone a specialized training in Nuclear Medicine for one year in Canada. While he was Dean of Grant Medical College and J. J. Hospital, he was also attached as a Chief of Nuclear Medicine of Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai.
🔹During 1970’s, Prof. Lele established a first full-fledged Nuclear Medicine Department in Jaslok Hospital in collaboration with the Health Physics Division of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
🔹He was the first in India to introduce:
🔅Intravenous use of Technetium-99.
🔅Nuclear Cardiology in 1978.
🔅Nuclear Stethoscope in 1982.
🔅Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) in 1988.
🔹Moreover, he was associated with Lilavathi Hospital, Mumbai for 16yrs (since 2002). There he introduced many innovations using radio-immunoassay. In collaboration with Dr. Shashank R. Joshi, an eminent Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, the duo did many research projects in the field of diabetology.
🔹Prof. Dr. Lele was also the early propagator of Donar Umbilical cord-Placenta Bank. He influenced both the state and central Government for public health which led to the introduction of Non- Communicable Disease Control Program.
🔹Furthermore, he has published more than 100 scientific papers and 11 books on topics such as clinical medicine, nuclear medicine, computer technology and medicine and Ayurvedha.
🔹Among his books, “Clinical Science and Clinical Research” (1993) and “Clinical Approach” (Oxford University Press, 1997) have been widely acclaimed as worthy companions for the practicing doctor.
🔹For his immense contributions, he has received galore of awards, some are:
🔅Gifted Teacher Award from API in 1991.
🔅Padma Bhushan Award from the President of India in 1992.
🔅Homi Bhabha Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Nuclear Society in 2008.
🔅Prof. M. Viswanathan National Award for Medical Teaching and Medical Care in 2011.
🔹The publication of his autobiography “Pursuit of Excellence” is a powerful narration of the life story of a true son of mother India. It’s a must read inspiring book and teaches the way he approached medicine as well as his life. It was published in 2017, on the eve of celebrating his entry into the 90th year of life.
🔹Throughout his career, Prof. Dr. Lele has suggested the importance of learning bedside manoeuvres, skills and researches. He is undoubtedly a walking encyclopedia of medicine who lives with the principle of “Think as if you are going to live forever, act as if you are going to die tommorow.”
A Legendary Doyen of Medicine
The Teacher of Teachers
Prof. Dr. R. D. Lele 🙏🏼
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: He and me worker for 20 years at lilavati he mentored many of us hard core clinicians he headed our nuclear medicine dept
Wrote the first paper of adipokines with him
He is an clinician,academician and teacher par excellence we rarely see this nowadays .for him every case history taking ,meticulous note keep was still the key in syndromic diagnosis encyclopedia of knowledge
Great respect to dr lele🙏🏼🙏🏼
Fortunate to have met him many times, as a student at RMC Mumbai, at Gandhi Medical College Bhopal and on the various occasions of conferences.
He has gifted me his two book s with his signature. His kindness.
A GREAT , yet very SIMPLE personality
Today’s history sharing is unique…
I remember in 2000, when historic BAPICON was organised at Dhanbad,I was org. Secretary.
From kolkata after landing,dr Lele started for Dhanbad by car.. but car got some technical fault in midway.
This man took a lift in a truck, came in time and inaugurated
The man of Science🔬🔬🔬 and knowledge📚📚, used to teach us basic in a very simple way… Very humble and fatherly figure amongst the Indian🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 Physicians…. When I requested him to write ✍️in my Radiology book📕 for physicians, he agreed, but ultimately the chapter was written by Dr Vikram Lele…
If I was to bring down the rainbow from the sky I would do so and write Dr R D Lele over it and place it back in the sky.
To speak about Dr R D Lele’s excellence is like showing a lamp to a rising sun
If Teacher is a word.. Dr R D Lele is its meaning
If Teacher is a Ocean ..Dr R D Lele is its depth
If Teacher is a Flower.. Dr R D Lele is its fragrance.
If Teacher is a song.. Dr R D Lele is its melody
Dr R D Lele is My Best teacher and He gave me the wings and taught me to fly and I reached skies.
I thank my excellent teacher Dr R D Lele wholeheartedly for being and beseech him to bless me always.
Salutations to Dr Lele for hundred times for his unforgettable contribution to medicine!
RDL Sir was my father – Late Prof. Dr. H. V. Tiwaskar’s contemporary – at GMC Nagpur.
I have fond childhood memories with him…
Salutes to the Father of Nuclear Medicine in India… 🙏🙏
Dr RD Lele was a Medical Gem from the soil of India.
My salute to the Father figure of Nuclear Medicine in this country.
I was regularly attending his orations
in Apicon since 1971
Gem of person
Was privileged to discuss some Nuclear medicine topic with him
My Bhaktipurna Pronam to Father figure of Great Physician of India & very humble & soft spoken Person, I have ever met and Father of Nuclear Medicine of India.
A rare gift of God to medical fraternity. Such a knowledgeable person down to earth is an inspiration for posterity. I will never forget one of my discussions during APICON a few years back.
Great story of a famous Indian clinician scientist.
Why do we not produce such Indians any more?
Had our value systems changed while practising medicine globally , so that research innovation and patient centric approach and attitude are less nourished within us ? ( I am only asking myself this Q’s anyway)
My earnest pranam to this humble unassuming great son of India
I honour & Respect my Teacher Dr. R. D. Lele Sir. When I was doing my M.D. in Medicine at J.J.Hosp. eagerly waiting for his
Lecture & Teaching. He was an
Extraordinary Person. I will be
Lucky if I will get his Blessings
By Reading his Book.
🙏Those who have heard Dr. Lele’s lecture will know he is the greatest scientific teacher and speaker of all the time.
Perhaps the one and only one
He will take the audience in the jampacked hall with rapt attention in a pin drop silence, on the topics of science with an art of story telling, making it simplified…
I have never missed his deliberations..
We were lucky ones who heard his clinical case lectures every 3 weeks. He,Farokh Udwadia and Dr. N. H.Wadia used to come to take lecture on Sundays from Mumbai to Solapur by overnight train. We first saw portable endoscopy done by Dr.Sharad Shah in Solapur in 1979-80
They all were great teachers and used to come to Solapur sacrificing their massive practice. 🙏
Feel excited to offer my sincere Birthday wishes to legend, rightly said Bhishm Pitamah Prof Dr RD Lele.. Deep and fondest regards.. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🎉🎉💐💐
Our fond regards to Dr R.D.Lele. We were not so fortunate to have him as our teacher but are proud that he was the Dean of our Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals. May he have a long and happy life.
Great Teacher & philosopher.
He will be always remembered for his innovative work in medicine & is Teacher of senior physicians. I have learned a lot from him.
Dr Lele was a great teacher & clinician par excellence & of course a great human being .
had interacted with him while doing my residency at Jaslok Hospital after passing my MD & also when he delivered VS Prayag Oration at BJ Medical College, Pune.
His sad demise has left a vaccum which is difficult to fill
Thanks for sharing this amazing link!
I have fond memories of interacting with him in the IAMI conference in Delhi 2007.
I don’t remember anyone introducing him as a Padma Bhushan which he had already received in 1992 (as per the above link) and I didn’t know that in 2007 as he was so down to earth and interacted with us as a friend! I remember myself just mentioning him as a past president of IAMI while making a point in my own talk.
We always enjoyed his lectures during API conference.we Will always cherish those moments. Our heartfelt pranams to a great human being and a great teacher 🙏
A gear man, great human being, astute speaker and one loved to interact with him, got mesmerizing effect.
My sincere regards