Hard work and dedication have no substitutes
Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with Dr Prof CN Purandare, renowned Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).
Dr CN Purandare has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2009 under the category of ‘Outstanding services in the field of Socio-Medical Relief’.
About Dr Prof CN Purandare
Prof CN Purandare was born on 18-12-1950 in Mumbai. He had his medical education in TN Medical College, Mumbai and is the recipient of numerous degrees and Fellowships.
Dr. Prof CN Purandare is an educator par excellence with 38 years of teaching experience in Medical Colleges in India and Ireland. Passionate about Medical education, he rose through the ranks to become Unit Head in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a position that has given him a thorough knowledge of the policy issues and challenges in achieving academic excellence.
An astute administrator, he has shaped the growth trajectory of the Mumbai Obs/Gyn Society (the largest Obs/Gyn city based society in India) for 9 marathon years from 1995 onwards, having held several leadership positions including that of President in 2003.
From leading a city-based society he moved to the national scene when he was elected Secretary General of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) for the years 2004-2008. He later rose to be President (2009-10).
At FOGSI he was instrumental in giving the organisation an academic focus, pioneered various national development projects, created self-sustainable systems, and firmed-up financial policies. An asset to FOGSI Professor Purandare sourced funding and cemented national and international partnerships with the Health Department of the Government of India and State Governments, WHO, UNICEF, MacArthur Foundation, AMDD, IPAS, PSI and JHPIEGO. He has also established FIGO, AOFOG, SAFOG and RCOG sessions at annual conferences of FOGSI for better interactions between sister organizations. During his years at the helm he not only turned around the fortunes of FOGSI from a loss making organization to a profit making one, but he was also instrumental in establishing a large corporate office for FOGSI in Mumbai.
Professor Purandare was a member of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Core Committee and AOFOG Uro-gynaecology Committee. He has regularly taken time off to meet fellow doctors and enhance his knowledge through participation as a delegate and as a faculty member in national and international conferences including FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics) since 1985. He has represented India on FIGO Executive Board.