Nagpur: Dr. Ghanashyam Taori, towering personality of the Nagpur medical scene, a giant in his field of Neurology, and Founder Chairman of the well known Central Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS) Hospital in Bajaj Nagar, passed away early this morning.
He was suffering from chest infection and was ironically being treated in his own CIIMS hospital where his condition worsened and he was shifted to the ICU.
He spent about 3 weeks in CIIMS combating his illness but in the end he succumbed.
So dedicated was he to his hospital that even during the initial part of his sickness he was seen taking rounds of the hospital and checking on problem areas.
Brief Biopic of Dr. Taori
Dr. Taori’s work experience spanned over 50 years. He had worked at Vellore, Canada and Sewagram before settling in Nagpur with the formation of CIIMS in 1984.
- Director & Chief Neurologist Central India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur Jul 1984 till to date.
- Neurologist, Gopikrishna Neuro Clinic , Nagpur. Jun 1973 Jun 1984 Visiting
- Professor of Neurology, MGIMS, Sewagram. Nov 1973 Apr 1976
- Professor of Neurology, Christian Medical College, Vellore. Apr 1972 Apr 1973
- Associate Professor of Neurology, CMC, Vellore. Apr 1970 Mar 1972
- Reader in Neurology and Associate ,Professor of Medicine, Dept of Neurological Sciences, CMC, Vellore. Mar 1968 Mar 1970
- Fellow, Neuropathology Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada. Sep 1966 Dec 1966
- Sr Resident, Neurology, Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada. Jul 1965 Aug 1966
- Fellow, Electroencephalography & Clinical Neurophysiology Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada. Jul 1964 Jun 1966
- Lecturer in Neurology, Dept of Neurological Sciences, CMS, Vellore. Jun 1962 Apr 1964
- He was recipient of many awards such as:
• E Merck Gold Medal Award for the best research paper at the Annual Conference of the Neurological Society of India at Lucknow 1972.
• Life Time Achievement Award, Jan 1999, Department of Neurological Sciences, CMC, Vellore.
• Life Time Achievement Award, Aug 1999 by Neurotrauma Committee of Neurological Society of India.
• “B Rammurthy” oration “Neurocon 2001”, Mumbai. • M.B.B.S — Nagpur University, April 1957 • M.D. — Nagpur University, April 1960 • FRCP (Neurology) — Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Nov 1966
• “Professional Excellence Award” 2003, Academy of Medical Sciences, Nagpur.
• “Vidarbha Gaurav Award” 2004, by Vidarbha Krishi Pratisthan, Nagpur.
• “Life Time Achievement Award” 2004, by Madras Neuro Trust, Chennai.
• “E C Eduljee Vocational Excellence Award, 2004-05, Rotary Club, Nagpur.
• “Nagbhushan Award” 2005 by Nagbhushan Award Samiti, Nagpur.
Dr. Taori was born co incidentally in this month of June only, on 1st June 1932.
He obtained his M.B.B.S from Nagpur University in April 1957 and M.D. also from Nagpur University in April 1960 • He then went to Canada where he got FRCP (Neurology) from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Nov 1966.
He was not just a Physician par excellence but he was a great Researcher who initiated or took part in more than 100 Research projects that led to advancement in the detection and treatment of dreaded diseases such as Tuberculosis, Meningitis and Neurological disorders among children.
Central India Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS), Nagpur, a registered society (Maharashtra/215/83) and a Public Charitable Trust was a dream of Dr. G.M. Taori, the founder Director, that came true in July 1984. It is a medical research institute with a medical services wing (hospital) as part of infrastructure for research. Besides the hospital services, it has clinical research projects too. Institute has been developed on generous donations from the public not only from local region but also from distant areas also.
CIIMS treats many economically backward patients at subsidized rates or even free
At present iCIIMS is a 114 bedded hospital cum basic life sciences research centre. Of the 114 beds 34 beds are in general ward, 40 beds are in intensive care units and the remaining in the semi-private and private wards. In general wards charges are at subsidized rates and to those deserving further relief consideration is given for free or concessional treatment.
At present the monthly load of patients in OPD is more than 5000 inclusive of new and follow-up, in the ratio of 45:55. Average in-patient occupancy is between 80 to 90%. Nearly 70% of the work load is of neurology and neurosurgery patients.
Truly in his life time Dr. Taori changed the medical scenario of Nagpur, or whole of Central India in a way.
He was truly a son Nagpur will forever be proud of and his presence will be sorely missed.