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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-115

Dr. VK Vijayan (19.06.1948–29.01.2019)


CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi University Campus, Delhi, India

Date of Submission07-Aug-2019
Date of Acceptance16-Oct-2019
Date of Web Publication28-Jan-2020

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Dr. A B Singh
CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi University Campus, Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/ijaai.ijaai_24_19

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Singh A B. Dr. VK Vijayan (19.06.1948–29.01.2019). Indian J Allergy Asthma Immunol 2019;33:114-5

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Singh A B. Dr. VK Vijayan (19.06.1948–29.01.2019). Indian J Allergy Asthma Immunol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 May 27];33:114-5. Available from: http://www.ijaai.in/text.asp?2019/33/2/114/276952



Dr. VK Vijayan (MBBS, DTCD, MD [Med], MAMS, PhD [Med], DSc, FAMS, FICC, FICS, FNCCP, FIAB, FAPSR, FCCP [USA]) was the Former Director of the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI), University of Delhi (1998–2011), and was the Advisor to Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (2012–2015) and at Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (2012–2015), Bhopal.

Dr. Vijayan had his medical education at Calicut Medical College, Kozhikode, where from he took his MBBS degree. He did the postgraduate diploma course in Chest Diseases from the VPCI, University of Delhi, and MD in General Medicine from the Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. He had pursued advanced training in Pulmonology and Cardiology from Brompton Hospital and National Heart Hospital, London, UK, under the Colombo Plan and in Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy and Bronchoalveolar Lavage from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, under the Gandhi-Reagan Science and Technology Initiative. He obtained PhD degree in Medicine from the University of Madras and received the DSc degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University.

Dr. Vijayan's major areas of research work include tropical eosinophilia; studies on Bhopal gas disaster victims, pulmonary function, chemotherapy of tuberculosis, and exercise physiology; and studies on tobacco cessation, rheumatic heart disease, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchoalveolar lavage, and sleep-related breathing disorders. Dr. Vijayan was the recipient of many awards/honors including ICMR National Awards (”Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award” and “Amrut-Mody Unichem Prize in Chest Diseases”); Silver Medal for the best paper presentation at the 9th International Conference on Occupational Respiratory Diseases organized by the ILO, Kyoto, Japan; Medicine Endowment Lecture Award of the University of Madras; Ranbaxy-Robert Koch Oration Award of the Tuberculosis Association of India; DN Shivpuri Memorial Oration of the Indian College of Allergy and Applied Immunology; Dr Prem Sobti–ABC Foundation Excellence Award for the Best Chest Specialist of India of the National Chest Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi; Sir Ronald Ross Memorial Oration of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Kolkata; Dr Santosham Memorial Oration of the Indian Association For Bronchology; 14th Foundation Day Oration of the Biotechnology Society of India, National Science Day Oration of the Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Environmental Medical Association–Dr KC Mohanty Oration, Smt. Pushpa Sriramachari Foundation day Oration of National Institute of Pathology, ICMR, Indian Sleep Disorders Association Oration organized by the Indian Sleep Disorders Association and “Vocational Excellence Award 2015” by the Badagara Rotary International.

Dr. Vijayan had joined the VPCI as a Director on October 5, 1998, and superannuated on June 30, 2011. He breathed his last on January 28, 2019.

The medical fraternity and his near and dears will miss him for long, and the subject has lost one of the doyens of pulmonary medicine. His contribution will always be remembered.




 

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