Endocrine Society of India
OBITUARY: PROFESSOR R J DASH
(1941-2021)

Prof. Dash, the legend and towering figure of Indian Endocrinology, was born in Matia, a small village in Cuttack district of Odisha. Despite his humble beginning and the innumerable hardships, he pursued his higher education from Ravenshaw College. His journey in medicine began at SCB Medical College, Cuttack, following which he did his MD (Medicine) and DM (Endocrinology) from PGIMER, Chandigarh “incidentally becoming the first DM in the country”. He served the Institute tirelessly, offering 37 years of service to PGIMER starting as a resident in medicine in the year 1966, followed by registrar (1969-1971), lecturer (1971-74) and ending up as Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology (1981-2003). During the last leg of his journey at PGIMER, he also held the post of Dean Research (2001-2003). In his glorious years of service at PGIMER, he trained nearly 70 DM residents, who currently hold prestigious positions at various institutes in India and abroad. Following his superannuation from PGIMER, he remained academically active. He expressed gratitude in fulfilling the vision of Prof. Chuttani in developing the department of Endocrinology, PGIMER with contribution from trained specialists. His professional contributions were rewarded in the form of several awards of national and international repute, including the Dr. B C Roy award for developing the specialty of Endocrinology in the country. He also has, to his credit, the coveted Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (London), International Medical sciences Academy and Indian College of Physicians. Being a founder member of the Endocrine Society of India, he served the organisation in various capacities for nearly two decades.

Prof. Dash ‘achieved what he was destined to’, becoming the youngest Head of a department, the first Dean, Research and Chairman of the Institute’s academic committee amongst the then serving Professors. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Sumitra Misra, children, grandchildren and several students, who have been or are heads of department and teachers in endocrinology.

His legacy lives on….