M.B.B.S, MD (Gen. Med.), Ph. D. (Endo.), FRCP
Dr. M.S. Seshadri, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, retired on August 2, 2011 after 34 years of dedicated service to the institution.
Professor Seshadri completed his undergraduate studies from the Coimbatore Medical College in 1972. He had a brilliant academic career as a student, obtaining a first class in all subjects and graduating as the best outgoing student not only of his College, but of Madras University as well. In 1974, he joined the Department of Medicine in CMC for his postgraduate studies, and subsequently in 1977, he began his three and half decade long association with CMC in the Department of Medicine Unit 2.
In 1983,Dr. Seshadri went to the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney to pursue a doctorate in Endocrinology. He worked under Professor Solomon Posen, a doyen in the field of calcium and metabolic bone diseases. During the course of his doctoral studies, Dr. Seshadri was able to acquire valuable laboratory and research experience, and his work on PTH, Vitamin D and oncogenous osteomalacia were ground-breaking.
On completing his doctoral studies in 1986, he returned to CMC and began providing clinical services in Endocrinology. In 1994, Professor Seshadri established the Department of Endocrinology, and the subsequent years have seen the growth of an exceptional department that has now acquired an international stature in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Seshadri was not just a brilliant clinician, but a prolific researcher and an exceptional teacher. He was a doctoral guide for both clinicians and laboratory specialists, and was instrumental in initiating the DNB course in Endocrinology in 2001. He has been a reviewer for several medical journals and a much sought after speaker for conferences and seminars. Dr Seshadri is a member of the Task force for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and a member of the Human Resource Development Group, CSIR.
Within the institution, Dr. Seshadri has been a mentor to several generations of students and doctors. He is highly respected and admired for his outstanding academic and clinical expertise, and with his unassuming persona, he has been able to relate well to patients, people and colleagues. Dr. Seshadri combined his vast medical knowledge and astute clinical acumen with a humane spirit that was both inspirational and worth emulating.
Professor Seshadri’s wife, Dr. Lakshmi Seshadri is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Their two children, Divya and Dhruva, are engineers.
CMC thanks Professor Seshadri for his outstanding and committed services to the institution and wishes him all God’s blessings for his future endeavours.