Father of Nephrology in India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh Passes at 85 (Download PDF)


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Dr. Kirpal Singh Chugh, widely regarded as the “father of nephrology in India” and Padma Shri (2000), the country’s fourth highest civilian award, passed away at 85. He belonged to Patti in Tarn Taran.

Image of Father of Nephrology In India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh

Image of Father of Nephrology In India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh

Image of Father of Nephrology In India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh

  • Dr Chugh was professor emeritus and former head of Nephrology Department at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

  • After doing his MBBS from Government Medical College, Patiala, at 23 he wanted to do his MD thesis in chronic kidney disease, which was then not a recognized specialty.

  • He was rejected thrice, till finally admitted by dean of Panjab University who said, “This boy is mad, let him do whatever he wants to do. ”

  • He wrote his seminal work on nephrology in 1958- the first systematic study in kidney diseases in India.

  • In 1961, he thus became first “qualified” nephrologist in the country.

  • Called “father of nephrology in India” for single-handedly separating this discipline from medicine and developing it into a super-specialty.

  • He produced a total 72 DMs (Doctorate in Medicine) during three decades at PGIMER before retiring in 1992.

  • He set up the first Department of Nephrology at the PGIMER, Chandigarh and the first nephrology super-specialty training programme.

  • He mentored generations of nephrologists now leaders in nephrology in India and abroad.

Awards and Recognition

  • The National Kidney Foundation of USA considered Dr Chugh’s contributions to the renal community in India as “most outstanding”

  • International Society of Nephrology included him in the first 50 legends in nephrology the world over.

  • First Indian to receive the Bywaters Award by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN).

  • He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 27, 2017


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