Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with Dr Amrinder Jit Kanwar,
Former Head & Professor, Dept. of Dermatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Dr Amrinder Jit Kanwar has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2010 under
the category of 'Eminent Medical Teacher'.
About Dr Amrinder Jit Kanwar
Dr Amrinder Jit Kanwar S/O Late Shri Inder Singh and Smt Shanti Devi was born on 29th June 1948 in Delhi. After his schooling in Delhi he joined the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi to pursue MBBS as it was the desire of his parents that he should become a doctor. After completing MBBS in 1969 Dr Kanwar stayed at AIIMS to obtain post graduate (M D) in Dermatology and Venereology in Jan 1975. After Senior Residency at AIIMS he went on a foreign assignment to Benghazi, Libya where he stayed till 1987.On his return from Libya he joined Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh as an Associate Professor in Dermatology. He stayed in PGI, Chandigarh till June 2013 when he retired as Senior Professor and Head, Department of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology. After his retirement he moved to his home town Delhi.
Presently he is working as Professor and Head Department of Dermatology at Sharda University, Greater Noida.
During his career spanning more than 45 years Dr Kanwar has several affiliations, awards and honors to his credit. He was selected as a fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS) in 2008 and as a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) London in 2011.
He has 592 publications to his credit in National and International journals. His main areas of interest are Vitiligo, Pemphigus, Atopic dermatitis and Psoriasis. In view of his outstanding work in Vitiligo he was awarded Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award by the Indian Council of Medical Research in 2010. He was selected by the National Academy of Medical Sciences to deliver the Dr R V Rajam oration in 2014. He also delivered Dr Ambady Oration awarded by Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists in 1991 during the annual conference at Patna. He spent one year at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London in 1995 during Commonwealth Medical Fellowship. During this period he received special training in Pediatric Dermatology. He was at the National Institute of Health, Washington USA in 2006 for a Fellowship in AIDS. And he spent one month in Kurume, Japan in 2010 for special training in Pemphigus
He received the Best Teacher award from the Indian Association of Dermatologists Venereologists and Leprologists in 2015 and Life time Achievement award in 2016.
Dr Kanwar is a Senior dermatologist with an extremely good clinical sense. He relishes this Dr B C Roy award as the best moment of his life. He is loved a lot by his students, fellow colleagues and patients.
How does it feel being conferred one of the most prestigious awards in the medical field?
It is indeed a great feeling difficult to be described in words. When I received the mail, I could not believe it. I read it again and again. I thanked the Almighty and the whole evening was busy with messages from all friends and relatives. I was able to find a few minutes to remember my mother and I dedicate this award to her. After the death of my father in 1960 she brought us up and looked after us so well.