|Name||Rakesh Kumar Tandon|
|Birth Date||April 1st, 1941|
|Death Date||August 3rd, 2020|
|Birthplace||Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Interests||Tennis, Traveling, Photography, Spending time with family & friends|
Index of Contents
|Grandfather’s Name||Late Sh. Purushottam Das Tandon|
|Father’s Name||Sant Prasad Tandon|
|Mother’s Name||Rani Tandon|
Rakesh Kumar Tandon was born in Allahabad, UP in India on April 1st, 1941, the son of Rani and Sant Prasad. He was a loving father and husband.
According to his obituary, Dr. Tandon “carried the legacy of his grandfather Bharat Ratna awarded Late Sh. Purushottam Das Tandon in the service of mankind as a caring doctor and passionate researcher.”
Dr. Tandon’s grandfather: Sh. Purushottam Das Tandon was born in Allahabad in a middle-class Khatri family. After obtaining a degree in law and an MA in history, he started practicing in 1906 and joined the bar of Allahabad High Court in 1908 as a junior to Tej Bahadur Sapru. He gave up the practice in 1921 to concentrate on public activities. He worked as a Professor of Hindi at Victoria College, Gwalior.
Dr. Tandon trained in India and the United States and was a pioneer in gastroenterology in India, recognized for his contributions to the understanding of GI and pancreatic disease.
Over the years, Dr. Rakesh Tandon has won many discrete awards for his contributions, hard work, and commitment towards providing patients a new lease of life.
Dr. Rakesh Tandon’s publications are read all over the world because he is mostly restricted to writing for only Indian audiences. Dr. Rakesh Tandon has authored some well-known and bestselling books.
Dr. Rakesh Tandon was an MBBS, MD (in general medicine), had done Ph.D. from AIIMS, FAMS, FICP, FRCP, and AGAF from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK. This clearly shows that he has superior knowledge and he uses it well in every medical complication that Dr. Rakesh Tandon deals with.
Dr. Tandon served as a President and Secretary-General of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology and President of the Indian Pancreas Club.
Dr. Rakesh Tandon has been awarded by the Medical Council of India, Dr. B. C. Roy award for being an Eminent Teacher, Gold medal for best thesis in M.D (Medicine) in 2000 and was recognized as a Master of the World Gastroenterology Organisation in 2009.
In 2016, Dr. Tandon was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th Convocation of AIIMS in New Delhi 2016, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Crohn’s Colitis Foundation in New Delhi in 2018.
Academic journy and honours
1958 – 1966
K. G. Medical College, Lucknow, MBBS (’63), MD (’66)
1966 – 1969
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, Resident, Med & Fellow, Gastroenterology (GI)
1969 – 1970
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, Clinical-Research Fellow, GI
1971 – 2002
Attending Gastroenterologist, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi – Ph.D. ’81
1991 – 2002
Head of Dept of GI & Human Nutrition Unit, AIIMS, New Delhi
Dr. B.C.Roy Award for Eminent Teacher, Indian Medical Council
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland
2003 – 2020
Medical Director & Head of GI, Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute for Liver, Renal & Digestive Diseases, New Delhi
Master of World Gastroenterology Organisation, World Congress of Gastroenterology
Lifetime Achievement Award, Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Lifetime Achievement Award, AIIMS
Lifetime Achievement Award, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, India
Emeritus Teacher Award, National Board of Examination, New Delhi
He has published approximately 300 research papers, 87 chapters in books, and 6 books including one in Hindi, Hum Swasth Kaise Rahe.
We are here to do our duty to mankind
— Dr. Rakesh Kumar Tandon
Dr. Tandon passed peacefully while he was on his daily morning walk on August 3rd, 2020 in Gurgaon, India.
His creative ideas have helped many patients. Now he is survived by his wife, a physician, and will be dearly missed by his family, friends, students, and colleagues.