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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 37-38

Association of colorectal surgeons of India: Past, present, and future

Editor, Department of SGE, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication26-Nov-2019

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Chetan V Kantharia
Editor, Department of SGE, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2666-0784.271757

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Kantharia CV. Association of colorectal surgeons of India: Past, present, and future. Indian J Colo-Rectal Surg 2018;1:37-8

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Kantharia CV. Association of colorectal surgeons of India: Past, present, and future. Indian J Colo-Rectal Surg [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 May 30];1:37-8. Available from: http://www.ijcrsonweb.org/text.asp?2018/1/2/37/271757

Colorectal surgery in India as we see today has come a long way. It is universally recognized as a separate specialty, with various private institutes and even government hospital having a specialized colorectal surgery unit. Tata Hospital; CMC, Vellore; and Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, among many others have a separate colorectal division.

Today, we have consultants practicing exclusively as a colorectal and proctology specialist. The immediate names that come to mind are Prof. KS Maylivaganan, Dr. Brij-Bhushan Agarwal, Dr. Nissar Chowdri, Dr. Avnish Saklani, Dr. Varhese Mathai, Dr. Mark Ranjan Jesudason, Dr. Prajesh Bhuta, Dr. Niranjan Agarwal, and Dr. Parvez Sheikh. I am very certain that these are just few random names and the list across the country is exhaustive.

However, things were not as rosy as it appears today. A lot of hard work, efforts, and pioneering work put in by our teachers and seniors have paved the path of the success. Lest we forget their work, today, I would like to take you down the memory lane as to how our association has evolved over the years.

Although the Sushruta Samhita has reference of various colorectal and proctology procedures, the foundation of the colorectal association was laid by Dr. RK Menda, Dr. Chulani, and Dr. PN Joshi in India. Their pioneering efforts were further taken forward by Dr. Kum Kum Singh, Dr. Sivalingam, Dr. Shekhar Suradkar, Dr. Parvez Sheikh, Dr Prajesh Bhuta, and Dr. Niranjan among many others.

If the history of colorectal surgery was to be chronicled in brief, it would be as given in [Table 1].
Table 1: History of colorectal surgery in India

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  History of Indian Journal of Colorectal Surgery Top

Starting of a journal is a natural progression of any academic association. The wise man of the colorectal association of the yesteryears first started the Journal in 1986. It was called the “Journal of Colo-Proctology.” It was helmed by Dr. Momen as the Editor, Dr. PK Mukherjee as the Emeritus Editor, and Dr. PK Biswas as the Editorial Secretary. In 1997, the baton of editorship was then passed to Dr. P Jagannath who took it forward until 2006. In 2006, Dr. PJ Shukla took over as the Editor. The journal's name too was changed to “Journal of Colo-Rectal Diseases.” However, after a year, following Dr. Shukla getting relocated in the USA, the publication of journal was suspended. Following efforts of Dr. Kumkum Singh, Dr. Shekar Suradkar, Dr. Parvez sheikh, Dr. Niranjan Agarwal, Dr. Ashokumar Gupta, and Dr. Suneel Roy Patankar and best wishes of all the association members, the Journal was restarted in 2018, with its first issue being published on the occasion of Annual Conference of Colorectal Surgery in Kolkata.

  The Current Status of Our Association Top

Having come so far, currently, our association, Association of Colo-Rectal Surgeons of India, is one of the most popular sections of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI). It has been awarded as the Best Section of ASI for the last 2 consecutive years in a row. Interestingly, it is one of the best attended sectional sessions at the ASI, second to none. A minimum of 50 postgraduates appear for its fellowship examinations each year, which over the years has become very competitive and set a benchmark for itself. Many compete for the International Travelling Fellowship where the selection is made adhering to strict preset guidelines. The association remains vibrant throughout the year, with CMEs and workshops being conducted in all the zones across the country.

  The Future and Way Ahead Top

The future is definitely very promising. However, a lot more needs to be done. We cannot afford to be complacent. As an association, we need to come together. Time has come that we now protocolize the management of each condition. This will lead to a standard internationally accepted practice to be followed across the country. Further, we also need to start registry of major colorectal and proctology conditions. This would lead to presenting a formidable pooled data from our country to the world. And last but not least, we have to keep our Journal going. For this, we need articles and case reports to keep coming from you all. Consistent publication over a year or two, only, would lead to getting our Journal indexed, which is our immediate aim.

So a kind request to you all, to send your articles for publication in your own Journal.

Au revoir than, until the next edition.


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