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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-68

Obituary: Dr. Bharat Kumar J. Damany, 1929–2022

Department of Neurosurgery, LTMG Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission14-Feb-2022
Date of Acceptance14-Feb-2022
Date of Web Publication9-Mar-2022

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Batuk Diyora
Department of Neurosurgery, LTMG Hospital, 2nd Floor, College Building, Sion, Mumbai-22, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/joss.joss_9_22

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Prof. Dr. Bharat Kumar J. Damany

Neurosurgeon (November 06, 1929–January 26, 2022)

With great sorrow, I am writing the obituary of this legendary neurosurgeon Prof. Dr. Bharat Kumar J. Damany. He left for the heavenly abode on January 26, 2022. His journey of 93 years had been a fine example of how life should be lived and led. His demise had left a lacuna in the neurosurgery community, which will be arduous to fill for many years.

Hailing from humble family background, Dr. Damany was a very kind and gentle person of great value. He received all his degrees of Bachelor of Science, M.B.B.S., and M.S. from Bombay University in 1947, 1952, and 1957, respectively. His M.B.B.S. journey was cherished with multiple prizes. He cleared M.S. with the highest merit and was awarded Dr. A.P. Bacha Memorial Gold Medal, Dr. S.R. Moolgaonkar Gold Medal, and Dr. C.S. Patel Gold Medal for the highest proficiency in surgery. In 1958, he joined Bombay Hospital and worked as a senior neurosurgery resident. In 1959, he was a selected Fulbright Scholar. He worked in the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, as a chief neurosurgery resident from 1959 to 1962. In 1962, he extended his services as an assistant surgeon in Ulleval Hospital, Oslo, Norway. He later fled back to India to become professor and Head of the Neurosurgery Department in Smt. NHL College (V.S. College), Ahmedabad. He is credited to start the department Neurosurgery in VS Hospital. He initiated this department and served in this prestigious institute for 11 years. He was later called to inaugurate the Department of Neurosurgery at LTMMC and GH in Sion in 1975. He contributed immensely as he held a professorship and the post of Head of the Department from 1975 to 1987. He has trained an entire generation of neurosurgeons for which society will always be indebted to him. In 1983, he pursued several observerships in spinal cord stimulation and deep brain stimulation for pain relief and using CO2 laser in several reputed institutes of Canada and Los Angeles. After handing over the battalion to Prof. P.S. Ramani in 1987 in Sion Hospital, his passion for learning and teaching did not dwindle. He continued his passion by observing and attending several workshops in Boston, Sweden, and Philadelphia in 1995, 1997, and 1998. During all these years, he rendered his services as an honorary consultant in H.N. Reliance Hospital and Research Centre and P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Hospital, Mumbai.

Several achievements are etched to his name. Apart from starting the Neurosurgery Department in N.H.L. Hospital, Ahmedabad; LTMGH, Sion Mumbai; and P.D. Hinduja Hospital National Hospital, Mumbai, he had been credited to initiate the use of bipolar cautery in neurosurgery in India in 1963. He was also one of the first to start transnasal pituitary surgery in India. He pioneered the use of CO2 laser in neurosurgery in Mumbai. He had presented several landmark papers in a prestigious national and international journal. He had authored several important topics in renowned books. He has also organized several workshops and annual conferences. He had been a life member of many reputed national and international societies.

For his immeasurable contributions, he had been felicitated with several prestigious honors. He was awarded the “Jewel of Sioners and Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2004 by Mrs. Suman Himatsingh Advani Foundation and Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club of Mumbai. He was also felicitated on World Elders' Day in 2004 by Sionites in appreciation of his services to the institution. He had been conferred the distinction and inducted as “Leading Scientist of the World” in 2005 by International Biography Centre, Cambridge. He was also granted the “Life Time Achievement” award in 2012 by the Indian Society of Pain. He delivered S.R. Talwalkar and Dr. J.S. Kalgutkar Memorial Lecture in 1994 and 1998, respectively.

He was a well-educated, keen observer, prolific speaker, excellent teacher, and humble and loving personality. He was a meticulous surgeon and deeply involved in patient care. Furthermore, he was a generous neurosurgeon and very liberal to support patients for their financial needs. As a president of the Sion Rotary Club, he was a regular and longtime financial supporter for those M.B.B.S. students who were in real need. I had personally witnessed his generosity during the first wave of COVID-19 when he donated ventilators to the anesthesia department at LTMG Hospital, Sion. He was actively involved in the process and personally supervised it. His contribution to the Bombay Neurosciences Association (BNA) was immense. He was a past president of BNA. He was a regular attendee of all BNA meetings and had actively participated in almost all the meetings. He always encouraged young residents and trainee doctors for their presentations, asked thought-provoking questions, and enumerated different treatment options.

Dr. Damany had left behind a rich legacy and accomplishments. He had created bridges among colleagues and departments. He had trained many generations of neurosurgeons, fostering a sense of leadership, humanity, sense of community, and family. He will always be remembered for his contributions toward the upliftment of neuroscience in the western part of India.

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