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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 154


Senior Consultant in Internal Medicine and Diabetes and Editor in Chief, APIK Journal of Internal Medicine, API Karnataka Chapter, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission27-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance27-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication15-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manjunath Premanath
Senior Consultant in Internal Medicine and Diabetes, # 671, Nrupatunga Road, M Block, Kuvempunagar, Mysuru - 570 023, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AJIM.AJIM_50_20

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Premanath M. Obituary. APIK J Int Med 2020;8:154

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Premanath M. Obituary. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 31];8:154. Available from: https://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2020/8/3/154/289798

Dr. V. Parameshwara


Consultant Physician and Cardiologist


Dr. V. Parameshwara was born in 1930, in a traditional family in Vishwanathapura near Shringeri. He had his early education in Shringeri, Koppa, and Shivamogga. He did his LMP from University Medical School in Bengaluru in 1952 and had his MBBS from Mysore Medical College in 1957. He had his MRCP from the UK in 1964 and worked as a Medical Registrar at the Birmingham General Hospital for some time. After returning to India, he worked as a faculty in the Bangalore Medical College till 1970 after which he started his consultation practice in Bengaluru.

He had a penchant for organizations. He became the National President of IMA in 1985 and that of API in 1987. Indian College of Physicians (ICP) was started during his tenure, and he was its dean from 1994 to 1996. Physicians Research Foundation was his brainchild, and it came into existence in 2015. He was also the chairman of API Karnataka chapter and was a guiding beacon to all the physicians of Karnataka. He had fellowships from various organizations.

Dr. V. Parameshwara's major contribution to the community was the establishment of Sharada Dhanvantari Charitable Hospital in Shringeri and Sharada Dhanvantari Hemodialysis center in Bengaluru. He published an Encyclopedia of Indian Medicine in six volumes. He had authored books on various topics such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity for the public. As he was interested in research, he instituted Parameshwara Best Paper Award for physicians in the Karnataka API. He represented India in the World Medical Association.

His achievements brought a lot of laurels to him. He was the recipient of Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, Dr. B. C. Roy National Award, Dr. Jivaraj Mehta Award, Distinguished Member Award of API, Best Referee Award of JAPI, Master Teacher Award of ICP, and Vishista Sanman Award of IMA. His autobiography “My Tryst with Destiny” is delightful to read and gives an insight to his persona. All these achievements and awards never changed his personality. He was always humble, smooth mannered, and soft spoken. He was an astute physician but always philosophical with his patients. I was a doctor who had just started 44 years ago and was hearing about his philosophy then by his patients, and used to wonder why this gentleman was talking like this with his patients. I now understand the value of his utterances. He was always helpful to his juniors and used to interact with them with lot of grace and humility, never showing any aura. He has lived his life fully and achieved everything he wanted to achieve, but his demise has left a big void in the physician community of Karnataka. We pray God to give strength to his family members to bear the loss.


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