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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154

Late Dr. Sarinder Man Singh: "A thorough gentleman"

Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110 029, India

Date of Web Publication24-Jun-2009

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Narmada P Gupta
Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.52904

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Born in 1928 at Murree in prepartition India, Prof. Sarinder Man Singh did his schooling at Doon School, Dehradun. In the year 1945, he was selected for the MBBS course in King Edward Medical College at Lahore. Following the partition of India in 1947, he got placement in Stanley Medical College, Madras, where he graduated as the best student, having bagged four gold medals and seven prizes. In October 1952, he proceeded to England and completed FRCS (England) in 1954. In 1955, he returned to India and joined Irwin Hospital, first as a Registrar and later was selected as Junior Honorary. In 1958, he joined as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Thus, began another phase in his brilliant medical career.

In a pioneering effort, he started the urology clinic at AIIMS. A Rockfeller Foundation Fellowship in 1961 enabled him to train at the famous John-Hopkins Institute in USA, and later at 'Newcastle-Upon-Tyne'. On return in 1963, he joined as Associate Professor, first academic position in urology, and initiated the department of urology at AIIMS.

In 1965, Prof. Sarinder Man Singh was invited as Inspector by Madras University to start the first M.Ch. Urology course in India, which saw the begining of the M.Ch. Urology training programs. In 1966, the M.Ch. course was also started at AIIMS and he trained more than 70 postgraduates in urology, who are occupying professional chairs in India and abroad. In August 1969, Dr. Man Singh was appointed Professor and Head. In 1974, he was awarded Senior Commonwealth Fellowship for three months which enabled him to bring back the latest know-how in urology.

He was one of the pioneers of urology in India and made an impact as a teacher, clinical researcher, and a progressive urologist. He was elected as President of Urological Society of India in 1976. During his long innings at AIIMS, he made immense contribution to the growth and practice of urology in India. Besides the general urology and TUR, he developed special interest in carcinoma of urinary bladder for which he started a bladder tumor registry. He standardized the diagnosis and surgical management of pheochromocytoma and build up the largest series in India during his tenure.

Dr. Sarinder Man Singh had been an examiner to all the universities for M.Ch. Urology, as well as DNB. He published 70 papers and participated in all major urological meetings including BAUS, AUA, and SIU. He was the first member of SIU from India and was on the Editorial Committee of British Journal of Urology. He started Delhi Urological Society as an academic forum, which has now become a vibrant body.

He was known as a thorough gentleman, kind hearted, and always ready to help patients and postgraduate students. In spite of his personal tragedy of losing his wife in 1992, he never showed his anguish and remained always smiling.

He left for his heavenly abode on 8 th October, 2006, after a brief illness for which he underwent surgery in July, 2006.He has left behind a legacy that is difficult to match, and he will be ever remembered for his contribution to the field of urology in India.


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