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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 687-688
Obituary of Dr. Sailen Bhattacharya: A legend of Indian orthopedics

Department of Orthopaedics, Arihant Hospital and Research Centre, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Date of Web Publication5-Nov-2018

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Taneja DK. Obituary of Dr. Sailen Bhattacharya: A legend of Indian orthopedics. Indian J Orthop 2018;52:687-8

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Dr. Sailen Bhattacharya was born in Kolkata on October 26, 1924. His father Shri Jagatnarayan Bhattacharya was the nephew of Shri Mahesh Chandra Bhattacharya who was a renowned Homeopathic doctor in India. He joined R. G. Kar Medical College and graduated from Kolkata University in 1949. He was selected by the Indian Medical Association for training in USA and UK in 1953. He passed his FRCS examination in 1956 from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. On his return, he joined as a Hon. Lecturer of Orthopedics in 1958 in his own Almamater and left the college in 1976 as Hon. Associate Professor.

He got interested mainly in Elbow and Shoulder. He studied the Pathoanatomy of the stiffness following Elbow trauma and devised his own artholysis operations. This operation is also called as “Bhattacharya operation” which is widely used by the surgeons all over the country. He maintained a very busy practice at Harrington Street, Kolkata. One fine morning he decided to close down his clinic and build a new hospital. The main purpose of this was to provide economical treatment but without compromising in the standards. Thus, “Bhattacharya orthopedic and Research Centre” was born at Narayanpur, a small village near the airport. Because of innumerable patients, the township developed around the land. Patients were given food from his paddy fields and vegetable garden and the same food his family shared.

The OPD was overflowing with patients, and he himself used to see 60 patients per day up to the age of 90. He had a team of about 16 qualified orthopedic surgeons to run his hospital. They all were super specialist. He supervised difficult operations up to the age of 85. He maintained meticulous records of all his patients, and he will take great pride and showing X-ray of his first artholysis operation done in 1957.

In 1983 when Prof. Mukhopadhaya established Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation–India (OREF–India), he picked up Sailen da as one of the life trustees and was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the foundation. After the death of Prof. Mukhopadhaya, he took keen interest in OREF–India. His center was recognized by National Board of Examination, New Delhi. At a glorious age of 90, he has been conducting PG Course in his hospital. Remarkable indeed. He invited all top teachers of the country for this course. Everyone took it as an honor. This speaks of volume about his dedication and commitment towards the teaching. His patients included Late Smt. Nellie Sen Gupta, Mother Teresa, Guru Shri Sita Ram Das Onkar, Prafulla Ch Sen, and many more luminaries.

He received many awards to name few: (a) Lifetime Achievement Award of IOA – 2016 (b) Eminent Orthopaedic Surgeon Award of SAARC Countries – 2014 (c) Professor Excellence Award of IOA – 2012 (d) Eminent Orthopaedic Surgeon Award of OREF–India – 2006 and many more.

He was Vice President of IOA and President of West Bengal Orthopaedic Association.

He delivered innumerable orations of many state chapters.

His son Inderjeet and his wife Kalyani looked after him with full devotion. Sailen da loved his two grandchildren who were living with him in Kolkata. His daughter and son-in-law are in America. Dr. Sailen da will go to the USA to spend time with his children, and on return, will brings all the latest gadgets to be it a camera, laptop, or mobile. He will learn the new techniques and always said that age is no bar to learning.

Dr. Sailen da once said that “I did everything for self-satisfaction and love for others. No attachment and I want to leave this world smiling.” Indeed, he left this world smilingly. This reflects his philosophy of life.

After a brief illness, he left for his heavenly abode on July 18, 2018.

May his soul rest in peace!

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Deven K Taneja
178, Anoop Nagar, Indore - 452 011, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_476_18

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