About Neurosurgery PGI

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh has held a position of eminence among academic institutions that are providing neurosurgical services and education in the country.

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HISTORY:

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh has held a position of eminence among academic institutions that are providing neurosurgical services and education in the country. The history of Neurosurgery at PGIMER can be attributed to the qualities and efforts of its leaders,  Dr. Gulati, Dr VK Kak, Dr VK Khosla, and Dr SN Mathuriya. It is an important to know the travails of those who have struggled and dedicated their efforts towards the building and uplifting of the department.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the more prepared you are for the future.” In a lighter vein, Winston Churchill referring to history said, “I know history will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” It would be tempting to detail the contributions and achievements of the current faculty members; however, we believe that history should be about people who have served the department in the past from the perspective of the present. The true worth and importance of a person or an event can be assessed objectively only after some time has elapsed.

The department as it exists today is slightly different in terms of functional structure from most other Neurosurgery departments in the country. The PGIMER tradition has been and continues to be to produce neurosurgeons who are excellent in academics and surgical skills and, equally important, are good human beings. This has been possible not only due to the vision of the founders of the speciality but also due to the concentrated efforts of all those who were ever associated with the department, for whatever length of time and in whichever position. There have been differences among functionaries in the department in the past, but people have always acted in the interest of the future and well‑being of the department.

This bond holds all the PGIMER alumni together, even to this day.

CURRENT DEPARTMENT:

        The present faculty working in the department are Dr SK Gupta, Dr MK Tewari, Dr Rajesh Chhabra, Dr Sandeep Mohindra, Dr Pravin Salunke, Dr Manju Mohanty, Dr SS Dhandapani, Dr Navneet Singla, Dr Ashish Aggarwal, Dr Manjul Tripathi, Dr Apinder P Singh, Dr M Karthigeyan, Dr Sushanta k Sahoo, Dr Chandrashekhar Gendle and Dr Raghav Singla.

                       In the last 10 years, there has been a gradual change in the functional organization of the department. As the outpatient department (OPD) and the operating workload increased, it was realized that a different system needs to evolve not only for smooth functioning but also for allowing younger faculty members to grow and realize their potential to the fullest. As with all other major institutes in the country, on an average, a person is appointed as faculty after an average of 3–5 years after completing his M.Ch degree in Neurosurgery. This gives him adequate time to hone not only his surgical skills but also to develop decision‑making capabilities in the best interests of the patients.

             At present, all faculty members have an independent OPD, an independent OT and beds, and have the freedom to make their own management decisions. In addition, since each faculty member has chosen a particular field of specialization apart from routine work, there is an unwritten but tacit understanding of referring patients to or taking opinion from each other. Despite this, the department works in unison as one team and there are combined ward rounds for all patients.

VISION FOR THE FUTURE :

In this era of rapidly changing norms and technological advances, Neurosurgery as a branch cannot survive without adaptation. The most important responsibility of an academic institute lies in bringing about the metamorphosis of ‘young minds with unskilled hands’ to ‘sharp minds with a gentle touch’ without compromising on patient care. To maintain the tradition of this teaching, the new Neuroscience Centre is the demand of the hour. Basic neurosciences still remain as a major part of the major disciplines of the departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Biochemistry, the institute had the vision to start dedicated neuroscience departments for focused research in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathology, and neurobiochemistry.