Indian Journal of Orthopaedics

: 2019  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 486--487

Legend of Indian Orthopedics: Prof. (Dr.) Bimalendu Das

Raju Vaishya1, Ved Prakash Middha2,  
1 Department of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India
2 Ortho Clinic, Phalke Bazar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Raju Vaishya
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110 076

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Dr. (Prof.) Bimalendu Das was born in a Bengali family on October 25, 1928, and did his medical graduation from the Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna (Bihar), in 1955, with honors in pathology. Subsequently, he did postgraduation in general surgery (1959) and orthopedics (1964) from the same institution, under the mentorship of Prof. B. Mukhopadhyay (a legend of orthopedics, in Indian history). During his postgraduation, he found an orthopedic companion and life partner, Mrs. (Dr.) S. K. Das. They thus became probably the first orthopedic surgeon couple in Indian history. Prof. Das completed his orthopedic training, as senior orthopedic registrar, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in 1967 under another doyen of Indian orthopedics, Prof. Balu Shankaran.

Dr. Das was appointed as a lecturer in orthopedics at Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in 1967 and then was promoted as a reader in the same institution in 1972. He gave his exemplary services, as a clinician and an excellent teacher during both the posts. He was then transferred to S. S. Medical College, Rewa (from 1975 to 1978), as a reader in orthopedics and finally on promotion as Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior, in 1978. He worked his way to the fame until his retirement from the active services in January 1990.

He was a humble teacher and a real “student” of orthopedics. He is credited for starting the postgraduate courses of MS and D. Ortho. at Gwalior in 1980. He had such an aura that all the topper students of MBBS had begun to join his department for their postgraduation. He was an examiner to many top-notch institutes and universities of India, including AIIMS and BHU, and was considered a generous and humble examiner. His students have proven to be his real ambassadors and are working in various reputed institutions in India and abroad. In fact, his disciples have risen to the ultimate positions of President and Secretary of Indian Orthopaedic Association. He was the second President of M. P. Chapter of Indian Orthopaedic Association.

Prof. Das was a born teacher and was loved by his students for his teaching skills. As his disciples, we can easily vouch that he had all the qualities of a real “guru,”[1] who not only taught us orthopedics but who was also a counselor and a sort of father-figure, who helped molded values and was an inspirational source to us. In a true sense, he taught us the meaning of life and service. His keen interest in basic and clinical research has brought many laurels for the state and country. He was an excellent guide, motivator, and mentor for his students. He had a particular interest in polio, hip, spinal, and pediatric orthopedic surgery and conducted many free camps for physically handicapped children in various rural and urban cities of Madhya Pradesh. His surgical skills were beyond par excellence. He was a very “clean surgeon” who understood the anatomy deeply and respected the tissues to utmost during his surgery. He was blessed with an outstanding handwriting. Prof. Das was an honest and highly disciplined person, who always kept the best interest of his patients and students first.

After his retirement in 1990, he joined his family in Bhopal and continued to serve the orthopedic patients, until his last days of life. He passed away in 2014, at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his orthopedic surgeon wife and an engineer son. During his whole professional career, he had proven himself to be a true legend of orthopedics and was a top name in orthopedics in Madhya Pradesh (then the largest state in India). Prof. Das possessed most of the qualities of been an exceptional person, as he was kind, composed, loving, intelligent, and graceful!

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