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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 465-466  

Prof. Subramanian Chandrasekaran (Prof. SCS) President of Indian Chest Society 1998

Emeritus Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, SRI Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research (SRIHER), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission21-Aug-2020
Date of Acceptance21-Aug-2020
Date of Web Publication31-Aug-2020

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Vijayalakshmi Thanasekaran
Emeritus Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, SRI Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research (SRIHER), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_684_20

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It is extremely heart-breaking that we have lost another gem of a person, an impeccable doctor, a brilliant mind, a close friend, colleague and family member, to the pandemic. The demise of Prof. Dr. S Chandrasekharan, one of the most eminent Physicians in Chennai, was an irrevocable loss to the medical community and the society at large.

Prof. S. Chandrasekharan was born in Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. His Father Dr. V. Subramanian was Licence Medical Practitioner and mother Mrs. Sarada was a home maker.

He is one of the five siblings. He did his schooling in Thiruchirapalli. His under graduation was form JIPMER (Pondicherry) and postgraduation in Guntur Medical College, Andra Pradesh. He was married to Dr. Padma (MD, DGO) in 1971 and has 2 children son and daughter.

Joined 1986 as Professor of General Medicine in the prestigious Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC and RI) Now Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research.

I vividly remember the time when we were colleagues at SRMC and RI more than 25 years ago. In 1994 January, when we organized XIII th (National Conference on Respiratory Diseases) NCRD at SRMC and RI his contribution in the successful conduct of the conference was tremendous, which made him win the president ship in 1998. He impressed everyone he met during his career and life with his commitment to his profession, eagerness to serve the community and willingness to pass on his knowledge to the next generation. Every action of Prof. SCS, as he is fondly called by his near and dear ones, has testified to his vision to be an instrument to serve the society at every step of his life and career.

He was the epitome of simplicity, compassion, and generosity. Everyone who worked with him would remember him as a person who would want to spend every minute possible with his patients. We rarely saw him taking an off for a personal need. He always tried to interact with his patients as one among them. And that was the one factor which made him different and great. As Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.” If he was away from his patients, that would mostly be for some activity for the benefit of the community like the setting up of and services through IMA chapters.

As a doctor, he was very approachable and extremely good to all patients especially poor patients. He was popular among patients because he went out of his way to help them out. He was a very empathetic doctor.

Prof. SCS was a very accomplished academician. As a teacher, he was well-read. He could talk on any subject and always had a practical approach even to difficult problems. He taught the undergraduate, post graduates of Medicine in an understandable language and taught them interventions such as Thoracentesis, Ascetic fluid top, Pericardiocentesis, lymph node aspiration, bone marrow aspiration, etc., all in the nineties when many specialties were not available for referral, Prof. S. Chandrasekar trained CRRI's, Senior Resident, Postgraduates and at times even the Assistant Professor in these interventions. He stood by the CRRI, Post Graduates and Assistants and gave free hand to manage all patients independently and motivated them to publish scientific papers both in nation and international forum. The inspiration and motivation given by him to the juniors made them renowned academicians and researchers and practitioners all over the globe.

He was members of several National Societies such as Indian Chest Society, Indian Society of Geriatrics, Association of Physicians of India, and Indian Society of Clinical Medicine. He was an active member of Indian Mexine A of Kodambakkam branch (Chennai) in which his main role was to enroll as many doctors as possible to the society. He was very good in maintaining contacts and networking. His explosive and unique character was starting any program in time even if there is only one person in the audience.

The lion's share of his lifetime was a happy dedication to his profession. “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk. Prof. SCS indeed has created a legacy that would outlive him for a long time to come. I am deeply sorrowed by the demise of a close colleague and friend. At the same time, I am glad that I could work along with a great medical professional and a person like him. May his soul rest in peace!

Thank you Corona warrior & not warriors and your immense service that you had provided.

”Most doctors are prisoners of their education and shackled by their profession” Richard Diaz.

”Dr SCS was NOT for money but for service as the above saying” John Hersey.


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