79 years old renowned surgical gastroenterologist N Rangabashyam died on 15 July 2013 at his residence in Chennai.
Rangabashyam, who is a Padma Bhushan award recipient, is survived by wife and two children.
Rangabashyam, was considered as a leader in surgical gastroenterology and proctology in the India. Rangabashyam was credited with various efforts including starting the first M.Ch. (Surgical Gastroenterology) degree course in India, besides the Ostomy Department in the Madras General Hospital.
He also established the first enterostomal therapy diploma for nursing professionals in the country. He was Member — Advisory Panel for Gastro Intestinal Surgery, National Academy of Medical Sciences (India), New Delhi and Member, Permanent Committee for the Fixation of fee structure for Private Professional Educational Institutions in Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
A brief insight into His contributions
• He has mainly contributed on colitis, bowel cancer, other gastro-intestinal cancers, portal hypertension and bowel disease in the tropics.
• He has published various articles on liver surgery, pancreatitis, ileal and colonic problem and paprostomy.
• He was awarded with many honour and accolades, the major of which include his appointed as the Honorary Surgeon to the President of India by former President R Venkataraman.
• He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and won the prestigious Dr B C Roy National Award twice.
• He was also elected as a Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Academy of Medical Sciences, India and Academy of Medical Sciences, Singapore.