About the Author
Professor B.R. Parekh is one of the pioneers in the speciality of pediatric surgery in Central India. He had a long standing professional career spanning over 40 years as a teaching pediatric surgeon. During this period he trained large number of students, many of whom now occupy key faculty positions in various teaching institutes in the country.
Dr. Parekh graduated from Government Medical College, Jabalpur and completed his post-graduation in General Surgery from the same institute. During his Medical School he met his future wife, Dr Premlata. They both found Paediatrics as a fascinating career. Dr Premlata went on to pursue post-graduate training in Paediatric Medicine whereas Professor Parekh found Pediatric Surgery as a fascinating career.
After receiving his post-graduate degree in General Surgery Dr. Parekh proceeded to pursue training in Paediatric Surgery. At that time, nearly 4 decades ago, the training positions for this sub-speciality were far and few and were quite competitively sought after. He was successful in being selected for a specialised training programme at one of the country’s premier academic and tertiary institutes – Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai. Dr. Parekh worked there with the two doyens of pediatric surgery in India namely Professor R. K. Gandhi and Professor Snehlata Deshmukh.
On completion of his training in Mumbai, he went to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool for further experience in Neonatal Surgery. He returned to his native Central Indian State – Madhya Pradesh and joined the State Government owned M.G.M. Medical College, M.Y. Hospital and Chacha Nehru Children’s Hospital, Indore as a Lecturer. He spent the next several years developing Paediatric Surgery as a sub-speciality in this institute.
Dr. Parekh was promoted as Associate Professor and subsequently as Professor of Pediatric Surgery in this college. With his hard work, sincere devotion and persistent efforts he brought laurels to the institute by operating all routine and complex neonatal and paediatric surgical patients with excellent results. He renovated the pediatric surgery ward and operation theatre from donations received from general public. Professor Parekh developed Pediatric Surgery Service from a humble beginning and over a span of 30 years evolved the department into a Referral Centre in central India. He started DNB Course in Pediatric Surgery. The department acted as a training centre for undergraduate students, post-graduates in surgery and pediatric surgery, as well as nursing students.
Dr. Parekh superannuated from this full-time tenured position as Professor and Chief of Paediatric Surgery in 2005. At the time he handed over the reins of this service to his junior colleagues, the hospital could boast of a very busy outpatient clinic, a dedicated surgical ward for paediatric patients, a well-equipped neonatal surgical ICU, a dedicated operation theatre, a long queue of waiting paediatric surgical patients and most importantly dedicated trained staff for managing these cases.
After retirement from M.G.M. Medical College, Dr. Parekh joined as Director Professor of Pediatric Surgery in the newly commissioned Sri Aurobindo Medical College & Post-graduate Medical Institute, Indore where he started a New Department of Paediatric Surgery. Over the years this department grew with the state of art modern equipments. He worked in this institute for 10 years before retiring in 2015. Professor Parekh was instrumental in starting M.Ch. course in pediatric surgery thus ensuring that there was a legacy he left behind in the department with a post-doctoral training course. Presently the trainees are getting the benefit of this programme.
During his academic tenure lasting nearly 45 years, he regularly attended Annual Conferences of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, presented papers, delivered Guest Lectures and had several publications to his credit. He wrote chapters in Recent Advances in Pediatrics and was the co-author of the book entitled “Pediatric MCQs”. Professor Parekh was Examiner for M.S., M.Ch. and Ph. D. in various Universities in the country.
Prof. Parekh served in the Executive Body of IAPS for 3 terms. He was on the Editorial Board of Journal of IAPS. He established the M.P. State Chapter of IAPS and was its Founder President. He was awarded the prestigious Dr. S. K. Sogani Gold Medal along with a Citation by the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons in its Golden Jubilee function. The award was given in recognition of his Life Time contribution to the cause of Pediatric Surgery in India. He also received Life-Time contribution Award from Indore Surgical Research Foundation for being instrumental in establishing the speciality of Pediatric Surgery in Madhya Pradesh. He was the recipient of Dr. B. C. Roy Award from Indian Medical Association. His name finds a mention in the Limca Book of Records for successfully operating a rare case of Conjoined Twins.
After retirement from the teaching assignments, Prof. Parekh continues to remain active in medical profession. He continues to attend conferences and workshops, manages complex surgical cases referred to him for his expert opinion. In addition he divides the remaining time between his family, grandchildren, music and travelling within the country and abroad. At the age of 72, he has developed keen interest in long-distance running and participates in Marathons.