Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury: Distinguished Physician Scientist

Consensus Builder For Health Reforms: Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

In this article, you will read about the journey of Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury. He was a celebrated clinical pharmacologist from India. On top of it, he contributed to several health reforms in Indian healthcare, medical education, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Who was Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury?

Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury was one of the pioneers of clinical pharmacology in India. Clinical pharmacologists deal with drug safety i.e. maximizing the beneficial effects of drugs and minimizing the side effects of drugs.

Ranjit Roy Chaudhury
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He was a Rhodes Scholar who returned to India to teach. He went on to become the dean and director of PGIMER, Chandigarh, one of the prestigious medical institutes in India. For Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, this was just the beginning of an illustrious career ahead.

Professional Contributions of Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

Some call him a brilliant medical scientist as he authored over 275 research papers and 25 medical books. Others call him a champion of rational drug use due to his work as the founder of the Delhi Rational Drug Use Society popularizing the Delhi Model in the 1990s. His contributions to the advancement of Indian clinical pharmacology, toxicology, and drug regulatory systems are unparalleled.

He also held high regulatory offices in medical education and profession such as President of the Delhi Medical Council and the office of the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India where he was successful in laying down the foundations of strong governance systems.

He chaired complex technical committees dealing with issues such as approval of new drugs, healthcare spending, restructuring of medical education, and conduct of clinical trials with ease. People who know him describe him as a soft-spoken consensus maker who was unagitated and calm even under provocation. Most of his recommendations were accepted and implemented by the then governments. His recommendations for replacing MCI with the National Medical Commission have recently been given the shape of a law.

Awards and Honors Conferred to Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

He was liked by Academia, Researchers, Industry, Governments, Regulators, and NGOs. They bestowed numerous prestigious awards on him the important ones being the Padma Shri (Government of India), Dr. B. C. Roy Award (Medical Council of India), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), FICCI Lifetime Achievement Award (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry).

He also worked for WHO in Myanmar, Thailand, Egypt, and Geneva for a decade-long period. He was on governing body of the Population Foundation of India, Apollo Hospitals Task Force for Research for decade-long periods in his long career spanning fifty-plus years.

He was also successful in his personal life and was married to Dr. Mandakini Roy Chaudhury and they together had three sons. He has been referred to as a noble soul, a guide, a fatherly figure, a friendly figure, and a philosopher by most of the people in their obituaries.

“What is good, must be done”  
(words of Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury to Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group)

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References and Further Readings

Obituary Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

2. Padma Shri Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury
3. Obituary A tribute to Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury(1930-2015)
4. Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, PFIGoverning Board member and Chairman of the Executive Committee, passes away
5. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury
6. Professor Ranjit Roy Chaudhury
7. Dr. Prathap C Reddy speaks about Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

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Author Profile

Dr. Naval Asija is a New Delhi-based non-clinical doctor having health administration postgraduate training. Since 2018, he has been writing/blogging full-time on health issues. In the past, he has worked for a decade in healthcare, in different organizations, namely Innodata India Pvt. Ltd., Win-Medicare Pvt. Ltd., National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, and National Polio Surveillance Project.
The author can be contacted through https://www.linkedin.com/in/navalasija/

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