Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with Dr OP Kalra, Vice-Chancellor. Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Science, Rohtak (Haryana), India.
Dr OP Kalra has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2010 under the category of
‘Eminent Medical Teacher’.
How does it feel being conferred one of the most prestigious awards in the medical field?
I feel humbled. It re-enforces my belief that hard work, dedication, perseverance and clarity of goal help you achieve your targets and finally get rewarded. Institutional support by University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), University of Delhi, University Grants Commission and lately Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak and Haryana Govt. have played a major role in this achievement.
Tell us about your journey so far?
I am an alumnus of JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. I did my MD (Medicine) followed by DM (Nephrology) from PGIMER, Chandigarh. In pursuit of higher learning in the field of Nephrology,
I got the opportunity to work as Visiting Scholar at University of Missourie, Columbia and Veterans Administration Hospital, Columbia, Missourie, USA under the aegis of International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. Thereafter, I got the opportunity to work at the University Hospitals of Leicester, United Kingdom under Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship Program.
After completing my initial training at PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1984, I joined as a faculty member at Medical College and Hospital, Rohtak, Haryana, where I upgraded the Dialysis Unit; however I moved to UCMS (University of Delhi) in 1988, where I have been working for more than 27 years until 2015. During my long stint at Delhi, I got rich experience of working with distinguished faculty members, researchers and trained several undergraduates and postgraduates in Medicine. During the last nearly 9 years, I got the opportunity to work as Principal of UCMS and GTB Hospital. It was an exciting experience to witness the remarkable all round growth of quality medical education, research and tertiary level patient care facilities in the College, which made its mark among the top three Medical Institutions in the country. I developed the Division of Nephrology at GTB Hospital, Delhi and subsequently under the aegis of Government of NCT of Delhi, established Hemodialysis Centers at various Delhi Government Hospitals under Public Private Partnership. During this period, I also got an opportunity to work at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal for a period of 2 years on deputation from Government of India, where I established the Dialysis Unit.