Dr. Birendra Kishor Das
Director and Chief of Nuclear Medicine
UTKAL INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar – 751013
ORISSA, I N D I A
Tel. 0674 – 2555581 / 82,
Mobile : 9937921498
Dr. B.K. Das started his medical studies at the S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack. However, after a brief period of three months he got an opportunity to continue his basic medical education at the University of Goettingen, Germany and left India in October 1960 at the tender age of 18 years.
The University of Goettingen in Germany is one of the ancient and most renowned universities having the distinction of producing 5 Nobel Laureates from its faculty.
During his student days at the University of Goettingen, Dr. Das created history by procuring highest marks in preclinical subjects among the foreign students and was selected by the University to go as an exchange student to New York in 1963 and to London in 1964. He was also included as one among the 25 medical students selected from all over Germany to attend a 3 day meeting of Nobel Prize winners in Medicine in Lindau.
Dr. Das established the Indian Students Union and was its first president at the University of Goettingen. When the Afro-Asian Students Unions were established in different German Universities, Dr. Das served as the Cultural Secretary of the Federation of Afro-Asian Student Unions.
Dr. Das financed his studies by doing part time work as an unskilled laborer in a wood factory at weekends during the semester and as a hotel boy or hospital ward boy during vacations. However, during the last two years of his studies he was awarded the prestigious Friedrich-Ebert Foundation Fellowship based on excellent academic records.
After completion of basic medical education which included submission of a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University and doing two years of residency in medicine, Dr. Das joined the Institute of Radiation Sciences at the University of Berlin as a Research Associate and completed the prescribed four year course leading to the qualification of Specialist in Radiology and Radiation Medicine. During this period, he worked intensively in thyroid research leading to several original publications. He also developed new methods of investigating gastric secretion using radioisotope techniques. While at the University of Berlin, he was invited to deliver Guest Lectures at the 5th Annual Conference of the Society of Nuclear Medicine in 1971 held at Berhampur and 26th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Radiology held at Aligarh in 1972.
In 1974, he left Berlin and joined as Asst. Head of the Department of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine at City Hospital of Offenbach, a 1200 bedded teaching hospital affiliated to the University of Frankfurt. Dr. Das was instrumental in developing the Nuclear Medicine Unit of the department and was deeply involved in conducting a 3 years course for radioisotope technologists. During this period, he presented several papers in national and international congresses and was also invited to deliver a Guest Lecture at the 31st Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Radiology held at Lucknow in 1978.
In 1982, after 22 years of stay abroad, Dr. Das returned back to India leaving behind his well established career and personal properties. He joined the newly established Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar as Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Nuclear Medicine. Within a short period, the department developed to be one of the most active centres in the country. He started the Ph.D. programme in Nuclear Medicine (probably for the first time in the country) and established the Northern Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine in 1986.
In September 1987, Dr. Das joined the prestigious Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow. The dept. of Nuclear Medicine was developed to be the largest Nuclear Medicine Centre in the country catering to the patients not only of U.P., but also of neighboring states including Nepal and Bangladesh. The department under his leadership was the first Centre to start M.D. course in Nuclear Medicine in South East Asia. Besides, a large number of postgraduates have been trained to qualify for National Board Examination and are serving as heads of many Nuclear Medicine Centres of the country. A Post Doctoral Certificate Course (PDCC) in Nuclear Nephro-Urology has recently been started for the first time in the country.
Dr. Das continued his research in Thyroidology and Gastric function. A new diagnostic parameter called TPR has been developed by him, which has been found to be very sensitive in the diagnosis of many thyroid disorders in an extremely cost-effective manner, making estimation of Thyroid hormone levels redundant in most cases. A vegetarian test meal using radioactive 'Chapati' has been developed and standardized for gastric emptying studies and now being routinely used.
Dr. Das has organized several national and international conferences, symposia and workshops in Nuclear Medicine and allied subjects. IAEA sponsored training programmes have been conducted in the department with participation of international trainees from several countries. Dr. Das has pioneered the Distant Assisted Training Programme for Nuclear Medicine Technicians sponsored by IAEA and Govt. of Australia in the country.Read More