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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 165


Jodhpur, India

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Kamlesh K Sharma
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Sharma KK. Obituary. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2007;12:165

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Prof. K. C. Sogani who was one of the pioneers of Pediatric Surgery in this country was born on 15 th Feb. 1930 in Jaipur in a prestigious Jain family. He was a bright student and after doing his school and pre-medical education at MT. Abu and Jaipur, he was selected for the first batch of the new Sawai Man Singh Medical College under University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, opened in 1947.

In 1952 he completed his M. B. B. S. and started his post-graduation in General Surgery and learnt the fineries of surgical skills under a very respected and dynamic Prof. P D. Mathur. After a stint of the junior posts as Civil Asst. Surgeon and Tutor, he became a Lecturer in 1958. In the early sixties in S. M. S. Medical College, due to the visionary Principal Prof. R. M. Kasliwal, there was a surge of development in surgical super-specialities and Dr. Sogani was selected for pediatric surgery and sent for the training to the US. and U. the UK in 1963. There he worked with the stalwarts of Pediatric Surgery like R. E. Gross, P. P. Rikham, James Lister and Dennis Brown to name a few.

Returning back on 1st July 1965, he started a full-fledged unit as Reader in S. M. S. Hospital with 36 beds and it was among the initial ones in the country and third in North India after PGI, Chandigarh and BHU, Benaras. He put Jaipur, a small city on the National map and did superb work with his extraordinary zeal, dedication and surgical skill.

In 1970, he became Professor in Pediatric Surgery and in 1978, M. Ch. was started which was the first super-speciality in Rajasthan. In 1980 he gave a big boost to the Pediatric Surgery by starting a new Pediatric Hospital with all departments viz. pediatric medicine, pathology, radiology, anesthesia. This was a relatively new concept in India and proved to be a great leap for the speciality and other medical colleges who followed suit. He was the Superintendent of this new pediatric hospital- Sir Padampat Mother and Child Institute or popularly called Jaykaylon Hospital.

He nurtured the department like a gardener with hard work and vision and trained many students who later started the speciality in other places. His work was acclaimed at the national and international level. He was given the Honorary MNAMS. He was M. Ch. examiner for almost all Universities. He held all the posts in IAPS including that of the President in 1983 and 1984 consecutively and was elected unanimously. He was invited to many places to deliver lectures specially by BAPS in 1984. His main contribution is for the results of the Esophageal Atresia in India apart from many original techniques many of which were never reported.

Dr. Sogani had a charming personality and had a great temperament, patience with the most gracious style of living life and aristocratic mannerisms. He created a team with his great leadership qualities and calm and pleasant way of human management and left behind a great legacy. He is remembered by his students for not only inculcating the uncomparable and innovative surgical craftsmanship but also preaching the philosophy of life.

He is survived by two daughters and two sons who are worthy heir of his great and decorative life -one.


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