The Maa Danteshwari Hospital of SEARCH has been
conducting surgical operations and providing specialist consultancy
to the poor rural and tribal population of the Gadchiroli district
since several years, thanks to the selfless services provided by
the medical specialists from many parts of the state of Maharashtra
such as Chandrapur, Mumbai, Akola, Sangli, Miraj and such other
regions. Presented below is the list of these doctors without whose
services SEARCH would not have been able to provide specialist services
as it does now. SEARCH records its gratitude to these doctors who
find time from their busy schedules and travel long distances to
provide their services free of charge. The list given below is arranged
Dr. Kiran Bhingarde
provides his services in surgical camps at Shodhgram, SEARCH. He
has been associated with SEARCH since 2006. He did his graduation
(MBBS) in 1982 (Govt Medical College, Miraj); post graduate diploma
in anesthesiology in 1992 (BJ medical college, Pune) and MD in 1994
(Govt Medical College, Aurangabad). During his medical education
he has been a meritorious student. He served the Government health
system for a period of 9 years and since 2001 is a private consultant
Anesthetist in Kolhapur. He has presented 4 papers in state and
Shekhar Y. Bhojraj, MS, FCPS (ORTHO), D (ORTHO), the
consultant Spine Surgeon, Spine Clinic Lilavati Hospital and Medical
Research Centre, Mumbai, India and the present President of the
Association of Spine Surgeons of India, has been associated with
SEARCH since 2004. Presently he visits SEARCH with his team and
provides consultancy and surgical services for the benefit of the
rural and tribal population of the Gadchiroli district through SEARCH.
He visits SEARCH 4 times in a year, holds the clinic at SEARCH's
Danteshwari hospital opd in Shodhgram as well as in the villages
of the field area of SEARCH and performs surgical procedures in
the Danteshwari hospital as per need. To the poor population of
the Gadchiroli district, services of such an eminent spine surgeon
have meant a god sent opportunity and gift. SEARCH and Dr Shekhar
Bhojraj have jointly undertaken a research project on low back pain
in rural and tribal population. Dr Bhojraj who studied for his specialization
in UK, US and France was earlier with the P.D. Hinduja National
Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Mumbai and also was the
Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Mumbai besides being the
Chief, Neurospinal Unit - K.E.M. Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical
College, University of Mumbai. Besides his contribution to SEARCH,
he provides free consultation to patients from Dharavi slums of
Mumbai once in a year through an NGO C.S.S. C. and also in Wadia
Children's Hospital for poor children
Dhananjay Bokare is a consultant Urologist and Andrologist
at Nagpur since 2000. He has been associated with SEARCH since 2003.
He visits Shodhgram every month on the fourth Saturday and conducts
clinic. He graduated (MBBS) from Nagpur University in 1990 and did
his M.S. (GMC, Nagpur) and M.Ch. (Bombay Hospital, Mumbai) in 1994
and 2004 respectively. He is also a diplomate of the National Board,
New Delhi in Genitourinary Surgery (1999). He was recipient of prestigious
Late Dr. G. M. Phadke Traveling Fellowship awarded by the Urological
Society of India for the year 1999. His professional/teaching experience
is as Registrar in Department of surgery, Govt. Medical College,
Nagpur and Department of onco-surgery at Balabhai Nanavati Hospital,
Mumbai. His special interests are: endo-urology, pediatric urology
and PCNL besides male infertility and female urology. He is a member
of several professional bodies including Urological Society of India,
Indian Medical Association and Association of Surgeons of India.
Sameer R Kalkotwar is MBBS from Nagpur (2001) and MS (Ortho)
from Bhopal (2006). He has also undergone a number of courses and
workshops in his specialisation and has done presentations in various
conferences in India. Currently he is a fellow of the Spine Foundation
in Bombay since 2006. He is associated with SEARCH since 2006 and
contributes by way of conducting spinal surgeries and clinics and
participates in the community based research on Low Back Pain
Abhay M. Nene is a consultant spine surgeon with P. D.
Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai. He has been associated with SEARCH
from 2007 and conducts spine surgeries. He did his M.B.B.S. and
M. S. (Orthopedics) from University of Mumbai in 1995 and 1998 respectively
and received the spine foundation fellowship in 2000-01. He is also
the recipient of other fellowships and awards from US and Argentina
and has held positions in institutes of repute in India and abroad.
He has been a faculty at key spine workshops conducted all over
the country. Before his move to the P.D. Hinduja National Hospital,
he held the positions of Senior Orthopaedic Registrar in a few Hospitals
in Mumbai. He has been invited to several national and international
workshops and conferences as expert speaker
Mallinath Patil is a Consulting Gynecologist & Obstetrician
in Miraj. He is associated with SEARCH since 2002 and contributes
his expertise in the surgical camps held at the SEACH Hospital.
After graduation (M.B.B.S) from B.J.M.C., Pune in 1966 he did his
DGO in 1969 and M.D. from B.J.M.C., Pune in 1971. He has been awarded
honorary fellowships by the Indian College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
in Dec.1987 and by the Indian College of Maternal & Child Health
in 1992. He has been a member of several scientific associations
such as Indian Fertility & Sterility Society, National Association
of Voluntary Sterilization & Family Welfare and Indian Academy
of Human Reproduction. He is an active member of American Fertility
Society, since December 1984 and has been on its various Committees
including being chairman. He has functioned in an advisory capacity
on various committees such as National Association of Voluntary
Sterilization & Family Welfare besides the committees of American
Fertility Society. He was also the Vice President of The Federation
of Obstetrics & Gynecological Societies of India in 1997. He
has contributed to various publications (Journals, Books) in the
field of his specialty. His academic participation spans several
conferences (International 9; national 31, state 106) 4 orations,
and research study on the topic of "Low Dose Aspirin"
in the Prevention of Pregnancy Induced Hypertension in Indian Women"
and invited lectures in Maharashtra and Karnataka on "Vegetarianism.
Mohan Rajaram Patil
acquired his MBBS degree (1986) and then diploma in Anaesthesiology.
Since 1988 he has been working as an anaesthesiologist at Sangli.
He is associated with professional bodies (Indian medical association,
Indian society of Anaesthesia, Deccan Surgical Society etc) besides
social service groups and international organisations including
educational institutes. He has been active in sports (table tennis)
and other out door activities (Himalayan Trekking). He is recipient
of awards such as of Giants International. Besides the services
he provides during surgical camps at SEARCH, his philanthropic activities
include supporting a girl child and donations to educational institutes
and remand home.
Santosh Vasantrao Patil has been associated with SEARCH
since 2007 and provides his expertise during the surgical camps
held at Maa Danteshwari Hospital. He did his M.B.B.S., M. S. and
M.Ch all from Mumbai University. He is a consultant pediatric surgeon
at Kolhapur and teaches D.N.B. Pediatric Surgery at Sangli. He also
works as an honorary Pediatric Surgeon at Municipal Corp. hospital
(Savitribai Phule Hospital) in Kolhapur.
Sanjay Purohit is from Sangli. He holds M.S. (General
surgery) and M.Ch (Urology) from University of Mumbai. His areas
of special interest in Urology are Reconstructive Urology, Endourology,
Paediatric Urology and Andrology. He is a sports enthusiast and
plays Tennis, Badminton & also enjoys Snow Skiing and high altitude
trekking besides photography. He is associated with SEARCH since
2003 and contributes by way of conducting urological and general
Nitin Bhalchandra Sakhadeo is a practicing urologist
from Kolhapur and has studied in India and abroad (M.B.B.S. and
M.S. from Shivaji University and FRCS from Edinburgh). He received
his training as an Urologist in Liverpool & Manchester from
1991 to 1996. He has been associated with SEARCH since 2006 and
conducts urological surgeries during his visit to Shodhgram, the
HQ campus of SEARCH.
Salphale is a senior practicing surgeon from Chandrapur.
He has been associated with SEARCH since a number of years. He visits
SEARCH with his team for performing hernia and hydrocele operations.
Phimosis and vasectomy procedures are also performed. These camps
are held once in two months. On an average, 40-50 operations are
performed per camp.
Sanjay Shivade has been a meritorious student all through.
He studied for his M.B.B.S. and M.S. (General Surgery) and then
worked for a short period in Rural Hospital and Civil Hospital in
Satara district. He established his own hospital in Lonad, a town
which had no support systems such as anesthetists, radiologist,
pathologist etc. Now it is a 35 bed hospital with facilities such
as X-ray, U.S.G. and also a small I.C.U. He is a life member of
professional bodies such as Association of Surgeons of India and
Association of Rural Surgeons of India. He has presented several
papers in national conferences, seminars and workshops. He has presented
a paper in an international conference in Germany. The surgical
procedure devised by him is to form part of the textbooks and will
be known by his name. He is a fellow of the Association of Rural
Surgeons of India. He is associated with SEARCH since 2003.
Mrs. Alka Tamane is a consultant gynaecologist from Akola.
She is associated with SEARCH since 2006. She did her M.D, D.G.O.
and D.F.P. from Mumbai University (1978). She has performed more
than 3000 vaginal hysterectomies in non-descent uterus and handled
more than 500 cases of fibroid uterus removed vaginaly. Her special
interest is vaginoplasy for absent vagina.
Mahendra Upendra Tamane is a practicing general and plastic
surgeon from Akola. He is associated with SEARCH and contributes
his expertise since 2006. He did his M.B.B.S (1973) and M.S. (1978)
from Marathwada University and did a fellowship in plastic surgery
& burns in Sion hospital Mumbai in 1983. His special interest
is Laparoscopic surgery. He has been past president of Akola chapters
of IMA, Rotary Club and Surgical Society. He is president of Hedgewar
blood bank and a faculty on surgery department of J.G. Dental College,
Akola (as HOD) and honorary surgeon with Ayurved College & Hospital
Akola. He has conducted many camps of plastic surgery & laparoscopy.
Dr. Shaila Telang
has studied in Mumbai University (MBBS 1971, MD (Anesthesia) 1977).
She is presently with the Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Center
as Honorary Anesthesia Consultant since 1977. She has attended various
conferences and has presented papers nationally and internationally.
Dr. Raghuprasad Varma,
M.B.B.S., M.S.(ORTH), DNB(ORTH) FCPS is a consultant spine surgeon
at DR L.H.Hiranandani Hospital ,POWAI, MUMBAI; associate consultant
spine surgeon, "Spine Clinic", Lilavati Hospital and Medical
Research Centre, Mumbai and a visiting consultant spine surgeon
at M.G.M HOSPITAL,VASHI, Navimumbai. P.K.C Trust hospital, Vashi,
Navi Mumbai and Specialists Hospital, Kochi, Kerala.
Ravindra M. Vora F.R.C.S.Ed is a senior paediatric surgeon
from Sangli. He is the principal force behind the surgical camps
at Shodhgram by his team of doctors from the Miraj-Sangli region.
He has the distinction of being the first surgeon in Maharashtra
outside Mumbai. He has been associated with several professional
bodies in various capacities such as: The Founder Chairman, Deccan
Association of paediatric. surgeons (1997); the Chairman, Maharashtra
Chapter, Indian Association of paediatric surgeons(2006); Organizing
Chainman, National Conference, IAPS (2006); Moderator, Registry
of Birth Defects, Maharashtra Chapter-IAPS; Co-coordinator, Prevention
of Neural Tube Defects; He has designed a new retractor for plication
of diaphragm. Establishment of 'Birth Defects Clinic' and Association
of Parents of Children with Congenital Malformations at a charitable
trust's diagnostic center is credited to him. He is also involved
in the training of rural surgeons in paediatric surgery (ARSI activity);
nature conservation & environmental education. He is associated
with National Alliance of Peoples Movements and other NGOs in the
field of environment protection. He is also a post graduate teacher
for DNB paediatric surgery at Paediatric Surgery Centre and P.G.