Rakesh Kumar Tandon, born on the first of April, 1941, in the ancient city of Allahabad, nestled in the heartland of Uttar Pradesh, India, was a man whose life intertwined with the rich tapestry of our country’s heritage. He was the cherished son of Rani and Sant Prasad, two names resonating with the essence of our culture.
In the pages of his life story, Dr. Tandon wove a narrative that blended the traditional values of family and service with a modern pursuit of knowledge and healing. A loving father and a devoted husband, he exemplified the timeless Indian values of familial bonds and dedication.
Yet, Dr. Tandon’s life was marked not just by his roles as a family man but also as a torchbearer of a profound legacy. His grandfather, the illustrious Sh. Purushottam Das Tandon had been honored with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, a recognition of his unparalleled contributions to the nation. Dr. Tandon, in his own unique way, continued this legacy, choosing the path of medicine and research to serve his beloved nation and its people.
His dedication to the well-being of his fellow countrymen knew no bounds. Dr. Tandon’s life was an unending quest to alleviate suffering and promote health, and his passion for research was his guiding light. Through his relentless efforts, he etched his name in the annals of Indian medicine, leaving a mark that would inspire generations to come.
As an Indian author, I find in Dr. Tandon’s life a story that resonates deeply with our cultural ethos – the seamless blend of tradition and progress, the commitment to family and service, and the pursuit of excellence in one’s chosen path. His legacy continues to shine as a beacon, reminding us of the infinite possibilities that arise when we combine our roots with our aspirations, truly reflecting the essence of being Indian.
|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|
|Grandfather’s Name||Late Sh. Purushottam Das Tandon|
|Father’s Name||Sant Prasad Tandon|
|Mother’s Name||Rani Tandon|
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 to providing patients with 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), 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 the 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, the Dr. B. C. Roy award for being an Eminent Teacher, a 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 journey 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.